Florida State ran away with this one in the second half as most people believed they would. It wasn't a perfect effort by Florida State but it was certainly enough to beat Bethune-Cookman and improve Florida State's record to 3-0 on the young season.
After a first half that saw him miss more passes than he completed, Jameis Winston went 3-for-3 in the second half to finish the day 10/19 for 148 yards and a couple of touchdowns. It wasn't a spectacular day for the redshirt freshman but he also didn't get the kind of help he's used to either. At least three of his passes were dropped, one seemingly by each of his top three receivers, and Florida State's offense never looked in sync like it did in each of the past two games.
That's not to say Florida State still didn't put up some impressive numbers though. Devonta Freeman is well on pace to beat 1,000 yards at Florida State for the first time since Warrick Dunn in 1996. Freeman ran for 112 on Saturday - the second straight week he's eclipsed 100 - and is now on pace to rush for 1,183 yards this season.
So far this year Freeman has run for 273 yards on 28 carries, that's 9.75 yards per carry and he hasn't had a negative carry all year - meaning he's not had a single hand-off that lost yardage. That's impressive.
The Seminoles finished with 492 yards of total offense, including 266 on the ground.
Defensively this was a solid effort from Florida State, they had some issues getting off the field early on due to some shaky tackling but by the time that the 2nd quarter rolled around they had started to get things under control.
Terrance Smith was an absolute monster today. While his responsibilities weren't exactly the same as what Christian Jones is typically asked to do, that doesn't make what he did any less impressive. Smith lead the way with 12 tackles and a sack and set the tone with five alone (and one for loss) on the very first series of the game.
Florida State absolutely wasn't giving up anything in the air to Bethune, forcing the Wildcats to try and move the ball on the ground and harasssing their receivers and quarterbacks all game. BCU finished the game with just 242 total yards, including just 60 through the air.
All in all it was a good evening for Florida State. S Tyler Hunter left early with a "neck contusion" and RG Tre Jackson continues to favor his ankle but for the most part the Seminoles remained healthy and got some younger players some reps.
Passing: Jameis Winston (10/19, 148, 2 TD)
Rushing: Devonta Freeman (10-112, TD)
Receiving: Kenny Shaw (4-89)
I'm about to head down to the post game interviews to talk to players and wrap up, keep checking back for updates and reaction...
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