Clemson, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - It was the showcase game the Atlantic Coast
Conference had been yearning for.
It was completely one sided.
Star freshman Jameis Winston's Heisman hopes just skyrocketed.
Winston threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns in No. 5 Florida State's
51-14 rout of third-ranked Clemson in the ACC's first top-five showdown in
Winston was 22-of-34 passing and added a rushing score for the Seminoles (6-0,
4-0 ACC), who are 6-0 for the first time since 1999 when FSU last won it all.
"I'm very proud of him. The guy is a competitor. He steps up in the moment,
but we played well around him," FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said.
The 6-foot-4 Winston has 20 passing touchdowns this season to go with just
The Seminoles broke a five-game skid in Death Valley and handed the fourth-
year head coach Fisher his biggest win since taking over for Bobby Bowden,
who led the 1999 'Noles squad.
Rashad Greene caught eight passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns, Nick
O'Leary hauled in five receptions for 161 yards and Devonta Freeman ran for 84
yards and a touchdown in the triumph.
Cornerback and All-American candidate LaMarcus Joyner had an interception and
two forced fumbles.
Tajh Boyd completed 17-of-37 throws for 156 yards and a touchdown to go with
two interceptions for Clemson (6-1, 4-1).
The top-five tilt was the fourth in ACC football history and first for the
conference since 2005, when No. 5 Miami downed third-ranked Virginia Tech
It didn't take long for the hostile Death Valley faithful to become deathly
Telvin Smith stripped Clemson tight end Stanton Seckinger on the first
offensive play of the game following a 9-yard gain. Terrence Brooks
recovered the ball at the Clemson 34.
On the third play of Florida State's first touch, Winston lofted a perfectly
thrown ball to the 6-foot-5 Kelvin Benjamin, who climbed the ladder to make
the back-shoulder catch for the game's first score less than two minutes in.
Following a Tigers punt, Winston led the Seminoles on an elongated 16-play,
77-yard trek that took 7:39 off the clock. Roberto Aguayo capped the drive
with a 28-yard field goal.
It didn't take much longer for the FSU defense to make another play.
Joyner came unblocked on a blitz and strip-sacked Boyd on Clemson's ensuing
possession. Mario Edwards scooped up the ball and rumbled 37 yards for the
score and a shocking 17-0 Seminoles advantage with 3:07 left in the first.
"We fumbled in the beginning, had a busted play, fumbled again and before you
know it, it's 17-0. When you spot a team that good 17 points, it's a huge
uphill challenge," Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said.
Boyd flipped a 3-yard score to Sammy Watkins later in the frame to get the
Tigers on the board.
Winston was intercepted by Bashaud Breeland on FSU's next touch to give
Clemson the ball at the Seminoles' 42, but the Tigers did nothing with the
prime field position and punted.
Right as the stadium began to get loud gain, Greene did his best to hush them.
Greene hauled in a hitch route and eluded Darius Robinson before scampering 72
yards down the right sideline for the score and a 24-7 FSU lead midway through
Joyner's interception of Boyd on the Tigers' ensuing sequence led to Aguayo's
24-yard field goal as the first half expired to give the Seminoles a 27-7
margin heading into the break.
Winston hit Greene for a 17-yard score on FSU's first march of the third and
later ran in from four yards out midway through the period to make it 41-7.
Freeman had a 2-yard TD run early in the fourth and O'Leary's 94-yard
reception led to a Aguayo 20-yard field goal for a 51-7 spread.
Clemson backup quarterback Cole Stoudt rushed for a 2-yard score with 13
seconds left to conclude the scoring.
FSU hadn't beaten Clemson in Death Valley since 2001 ... The Seminoles were 8-
of-12 on third down, while the Tigers were 5-of-15 in those situations ... FSU
outgained Clemson, 565-326.
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