3:30 PM ET, November 23, 2013
Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL
No. 2 Florida State scores school-record 80 points in rout of Idaho
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Life off the field may be complicated for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and the second-ranked Seminoles, but things are simple between the lines.
Winston threw for 225 yards and four touchdowns as Florida State broke a school record for points in a game in an 80-14 victory against Idaho Saturday.
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Amid another week of Jameis Winston scrutiny, the Seminoles put together a dominant effort against Idaho, writes David M. Hale. Blog
An ongoing sexual assault investigation of the Heisman Trophy candidate continues to cast a shadow over the program while the team focuses on football. State attorney Willie Meggs told The Associated Press on Saturday it is unlikely that a final decision will be made before Thanksgiving on whether to charge the quarterback.
Lawyer Patricia Carroll claims Winston raped the accuser on Dec. 7, 2012. Winston's lawyer Tim Jansen said the sex between the two was consensual.
"The football field is a sanctuary to me," Winston said. "And it's like that for all of our teammates. When all of us are on the field everything is just zoned out. We focus."
Florida State (11-0), second in the BCS standings, is two wins away from a likely berth in the BCS championship game with the regular-season finale at Florida next week. This is the first 11-0 start for the program since the 1999 national championship season and the first time going undefeated at home since 2000.
The Gators (4-7) lost 26-20 to Georgia Southern on Saturday and will be heavy underdogs next week. Florida State should go into the Atlantic Coast Conference championship without a loss and be favored again. A trip to Pasadena for the title game is nearly within its grasp.
Winston, a Heisman Trophy front-runner, played just one series in the second half.
"It's not right for the game," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said when asked about getting Winston better stats with more playing time. "People know he played well. ... He played exceptionally well and he's on a great team.
"To me, stats aren't the key for awards. It's how well you play, how you dominate your opponent and what you do. That's my opinion. People who look at numbers don't really know the player."
The Seminoles have dominated throughout the season, but 66 points was the largest margin of victory since a 69-3 win against Murray State in the 2012 season opener. They topped the 77 points the Seminoles scored in 1995 against North Carolina State in 1995 to remain unbeaten.
The 607 points scored by Florida State in 2013 broke the ACC single-season record set by the Seminoles last season. The 11 consecutive games of 40 points or more ties Texas' 2005 single-season FBS record.
Fisher, who criticized his team's focus early, admitted he was being picky, "but that's the elite standard we want to be held to."
Brad Edwards' Projected BCS Standings
It should be close for fifth between Clemson and Missouri. If the gap between them in the polls doesn't change much, Clemson will have a slight BCS lead. If voters were impressed by Missouri's win at Ole Miss and elevate Mizzou more than expected, it could go the other way. It seems that Auburn and Missouri are both just an Ohio St. loss away from controlling their destiny to the BCS title game. -- Brad Edwards
|1. Alabama||4. Auburn|
|2. Florida State||5. Clemson|
|3. Ohio State||6. Missouri|
The BCS standings will be revealed at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN.
Devonta Freeman opened up the scoring with a 60-yard run on their seventh offensive snap of the game. That was the beginning of the punishing day for a run game that posted 336 yards rushing. He had 129 yards on 11 carries as the entire backfield got loose. Freeman is now the 14th player in school history to rush for 2,000.
James Wilder Jr. carried an entire possession on his back in the second quarter. He capped a five-play, 85-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown with 5:54 left in the second quarter. Wilder carried the ball on four of those five plays and accounted for every yard. Karlos Williams added 114 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.
Kenny Shaw recorded his first 100-yard game of the season in the last home game of his career. He finished with 107 yards and two touchdowns on five receptions. Kelvin Benjamin hauled in two touchdowns on his three receptions and now has a touchdown in six of his last seven games.
"I don't think our high school basketball team scored 80 points," Shaw said.
The Vandals (1-10) were never competitive and that began at the line of scrimmage. They had no answer for nose guard Timmy Jernigan and couldn't create running lanes or protect the quarterback. Jernigan had a team-high 6 tackles, including 4 1/2 for loss and a career-high 2½ sacks.
"You know, what do you say when you get beat 80-14?" Idaho coach Paul Petrino said. "I wouldn't say anyone on that team didn't play well."
Taylor Davis threw for 220 yards and a touchdown, but three interceptions turned into 14 points for Florida State. Linebacker Telvin Smith returned one of the interceptions 79 yards for a score in the second quarter. The Seminoles have now scored a non-offensive touchdown in three consecutive games.
Idaho managed just 59 rushing yards and threw four interceptions. Dezmon Epps finished with 126 yards on seven receptions.
"We've just got a real good vibe about us," Jernigan said. "We just look to dominate week in and week out."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Florida State scored TDs on a 60-yard run, a 32-yard pass and a 79-yard interception return -- all in the first quarter.
Gameball goes to... Take your pick, but Kenny Shaw caught five passes totaling 107 yards -- and two went for touchdowns.
Stat of the game... 80. The Seminoles' 80 points set a school record; it was the third straight game they've scored more than 55 points.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||4-16||12-16|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||1-1|
|TD||09:58||Devonta Freeman 60 Yd Run (Roberto Aguayo Kick)||0||7|
|TD||05:18||Kelvin Benjamin 32 Yd Pass From Jameis Winston (Roberto Aguayo Kick)||0||14|
|TD||03:05||Telvin Smith 79 Yd Interception Return (Roberto Aguayo Kick)||0||21|
|TD||12:48||Kenny Shaw 46 Yd Pass From Jameis Winston (Roberto Aguayo Kick)||0||28|
|TD||05:54||James Wilder Jr. 1 Yd Run (Roberto Aguayo Kick)||0||35|
|TD||00:41||Richard Montgomery 15 Yd Pass From Taylor Davis (Austin Rehkow Kick)||7||35|
|TD||00:04||Kenny Shaw 20 Yd Pass From Jameis Winston (Roberto Aguayo Kick)||7||42|
|TD||13:11||Kelvin Benjamin 21 Yd Pass From Jameis Winston (Roberto Aguayo Kick)||7||49|
|TD||11:34||Karlos Williams 4 Yd Run (Roberto Aguayo Kick)||7||56|
|FG||03:07||Roberto Aguayo 42 Yd||7||59|
|TD||14:25||Karlos Williams 25 Yd Run (Roberto Aguayo Kick)||7||66|
|TD||07:18||Ryan Green 2 Yd Pass From Sean Maguire (Roberto Aguayo Kick)||7||73|
|TD||04:19||E.J. Levenberry 78 Yd Interception Return (Roberto Aguayo Kick)||7||80|
|TD||00:42||Najee Lovett 14 Yd Pass From Joshua McCain (Austin Rehkow Kick)||14||80|
This is first time in school history Florida State has scored 55+ points in 3 straight games.
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