8:00 PM ET, November 2, 2013
Doak Campbell Stadium, TALLAHASSEE, FL
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The civility between Florida State and Miami seemed like sportsmanship at its finest as the two rivals lined up for a pregame handshake at midfield of Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday.
Two and a half quarters later, officials scrambled to break up skirmishes and Miami defensive end Anthony Chickillo lay flat on his back with Florida State tackle Bobby Hart on top. So much for the friendly part of the rivalry.
As for the competition, that last about a half, too.
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No. 3 Florida State rolled to a 41-14 victory against No. 7 Miami in another matchup of undefeated Atlantic Coast Conference rivals that turned into a Seminoles' blowout.
Jameis Winston threw for 325 yards, but added two interceptions in the first half after throwing four in the first seven games. The Florida State defense picked up the slack and shut out the Hurricanes (7-1, 3-1) in the second half after it was 21-14 at the break.
The Seminoles (8-0, 6-0) went on a 20-0 run after the skirmish broke out midway through the third quarter. The two teams were called for offsetting personal fouls and James Wilder Jr. scored on a 5-yard run on the next play. The rout was on from that point, not much different from Florida State's 51-14 win at Clemson last month.
"It's a team that is understanding how to compete in big games and is learning to do it different ways," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We were very excited early and had to keep our emotions in check.
"The second half we came out and were very physical and were able to run the football and take control. The defense was dominant. I'm just proud of the way our guys competed.
The Seminoles have defeated three Top 25 teams by a combined score of 155-28. Their national championship hopes are alive and well with rival Florida being the last real challenge in the regular season.
Miami coach Al Golden declined to give details of the injury, but a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Johnson had a broken ankle and would miss the rest of the season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement was still to come.
Florida State safety Terrence Brooks left the game in the second half with a concussion and did not return.
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Wilder Jr. had 42 yards rushing and two touchdowns in his first game back after being held out last week with a concussion.
Winston threw one touchdown and Miami's Stephen Morris threw for 192 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Florida State outgained Miami 517-275.
"Just like baseball, sometimes you go out there and strike out," said Winston, who also stars for the Seminoles baseball team. "Then you've got to come back and bounce back and my team really helped me through it.
"I told the guys, 'No more turnovers and we're going to go out there and win this game.'"
The Seminoles opened the game with a 13-play, 72 yard drive that ended with Freeman's 5-yard touchdown run.
The Miami offense responded with an impressive drive of its own that included 28 yards from Johnson on his first three carries. Golden didn't open with a slow, ball-control plan as many expected to keep the Florida State offense on the sideline. Miami went hurry-up with a heavy dose of Johnson to move to the FSU 27-yard line, but Matt Goudis missed a 44-yard field goal wide left.
The Miami defense forced two huge turnovers in the first half that kept Florida State from running away. Safety Deon Bush picked off a Winston overthrow intended for Greene. The Hurricanes scored five plays later on a 33-yard pass from Morris to Allen Hurns to tie the game at 7-7.
"We played the No. 7 team in the country and we won by 27," Fisher said. "That's a very good football team. "We're just going to keep playing well and let people judge. This is a heck of a football team here."
The Seminoles got their groove back on the ensuing possession and put together another drive capped by a Wilder Jr. 1-yard touchdown run to go up 14-7.
The game was on the verge of being a first-half blowout after Freeman took a screen pass 48 yards for a touchdown. Miami overloaded the right side of the Florida State line and came with a heavy blitz, but Fisher caught them with the perfect call -- the screen to the left where there were more blockers than defenders.
The Seminoles went up 21-7 with 5:08 left in the second quarter and the Hurricanes promptly went three-and-out. Winston took the field ready to bury Miami under a 21-point lead, but Rayshawn Jenkins picked him off and gave the offense the ball near midfield. Morris found Hurns again with a 14-yard touchdown pass eight plays later to send the game into halftime with the Hurricanes up 21-14.
"Give them credit. They made all the plays. We did not," Miami coach Al Golden said. "It's a high powered offense. They executed better than we did."
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Devonta Freeman scored on a 12-yard touchdown run with 3:41 in the third quarter to break the game open and give Florida State a 35-14 lead.
Gameball goes to... Freeman ran for 78 yards and two touchdowns and caught six passes for 98 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown on a screen pass.
Stat of the game... 64. Florida State has outscored two top-10 teams by 64 points, beating Clemson and Miami by a combined score of 92-28.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||4-12||11-15|
|4th Down Conversions||1-3||0-0|
|TD||09:16||Devonta Freeman 5 Yd Run (Roberto Aguayo Kick) |
|TD||02:43||Allen Hurns 33 Yd Pass From Stephen Morris (Matt Goudis Kick) |
|TD||10:42||James Wilder Jr. 1 Yd Run (Roberto Aguayo Kick) |
|TD||05:08||Devonta Freeman 48 Yd Pass From Jameis Winston (Roberto Aguayo Kick) |
|TD||00:22||Allen Hurns 14 Yd Pass From Stephen Morris (Matt Goudis Kick) |
|TD||08:33||James Wilder Jr. 5 Yd Run (Roberto Aguayo Kick) |
|TD||03:41||Devonta Freeman 12 Yd Run (Roberto Aguayo Kick) |
|FG||06:52||Roberto Aguayo 25 Yd |
|FG||01:03||Roberto Aguayo 28 Yd |
Miami (FL) RB Duke Johnson will miss the rest of the season with a broken ankle. * He's T-10th in the FBS in 10-yard runs * He's one of 10 FBS players with three 150-yard rushing games * He's 15th in the FBS in rushing yards * He's responsible for 58% of Miami's rushing yards, the 8th-highest percentage among players from BCS Aq-schools (16th in all of the FBS).
Jameis Winston threw two interceptions on passes thrown 15 yards or longer in the first half Saturday. In the second half, Winston completed all three of his passes thrown 15 yards or longer as Florida State scored touchdowns on its first two drives. Entering Saturday, Winston was completing 63.2% of such passes, best among BCS AQ quarterbacks (min. 30 att).[+]
Jameis Winston on Throws of 15+ Yards - Saturday vs Miami (FL)
With Devonta Freeman's rush TD to open the scoring tonight... Florida State has scored a TD on its opening drive in each of its last 4 games; The Noles had no TDs on the opening drive of their 1st 4 games this season (2 FG, 2 punts)
Jameis Winston had 2 INTs in the 1st half tonight against Miami... He had 2 INTs in the 1st half of Florida State's 1st 7 games this season COMBINED.
Jameis Winston completed 9-of-11 passes for 147 yards against five or more pass rushers Saturday. In two games against top-10 teams this season (Clemson and Miami), Winston is 19-of-25 for 416 yards against the blitz. Entering Saturday, Winston ranked in the top three among BCS AQ quarterbacks in completion percentage, yards per attempt and touchdowns when passing against the blitz (min. 30 attempts).[+]
Winston Passing Against the Blitz - vs Top-10 Teams This Season
8-0 starts nothing new for Florida State.[+]
Florida State 8-0 Starts - School History
When it comes to catching TD passes, Florida State's Nick O'Leary (Jack Nicklaus' grandson) has been one of the most prolific tight ends in the nation this season... O'Leary is tied with a pair of other players for the most touchdown receptions by a tight end in the FBS this season with six.[+]
While Florida State and Miami head into their matchup undefeated, the Seminoles have been much more impressive the last 3 weeks.[+]
7 Miami and 3 Florida State - Last 3 Games
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