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Halftime: FSU 17 Florida 0

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There's still a half to go, but after getting off to a bit of a slow start it looks as if the Florida State Seminoles are in control here in Gainesville.

Florida State got off to the kind of defensive start it was looking for when it forced Florida to punt after a three-and-out on the Gator's opening possession.

The Florida State offense took longer though. 

After picking up a first down on FSU's opening series, Jameis Winston underthrew a pass to Rashad Greene and Loucheiz Purifoy picked it off on the deflection. 

Florida would get all the way to the FSU 32 on the ensuing drive -- thanks largely in part to a big run out of the Wildcat formation -- before missing a 49-yard field goal. The Seminoles took over after that and made it inside the UF 30 before a sack knocked them back and forced a 49-yard field goal from Roberto Aguayo.

Despite the score, Florida has had the upper hand early on when it comes to play in the trenches. The Gator defensive line has had little problem getting penetration against a veteran Florida State unit. The Gators were also aided by starting left tackle Cam Erving getting banged up in the first quarter.

That forced C Bryan Stork to slide to right tackle briefly. Austin Barron came in at center and Bobby Hart moved from RT to LT. Erving has been in and out throughout the first half.

Even when Erving has been in though the play didn't improve that dramatically. UF has been able to pressure Jameis Winston regularly and the Florida State run game has been absolutely non-existent at points.

The Seminoles were able to get things started offensively midway through the 2nd quarter though.

After UF downed the ball at the Florida State 4, FSU went 96 yards on 12 plays -- twice converting on down-and-20 -- to score the game's first touchdown and take control of momentum.

It wasn't the prettiest drive FSU has manufactured this season, but it worked. Even in spite of drops, a sack and a holding penalty, the Seminoles were able to march down the field and score on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Jameis Winston to Kelvin Benjamin. 

The Seminoles were able to continue their success on their next possession too, marching 74 yards in six plays and ending the half with another Winston-to-Benjamin TD connection.

Jameis Winston -- with his second TD pass -- is now in sole possession of FSU's single season touchdown passing mark. He has thrown 34 this year. The previous record was 33 set by Chris Weinke in 2000.

At halftime it's 17-0 FSU. The Seminoles have a long way to go and they need to establish the run, but Jameis Winston and the passing game have come alive for Florida State.

Statistical Leaders:

Passing: Jameis Winston (13/20, 208, 2TD)
Rushing: Trey Burton (2-47)
Receiving: Kelvin Benjamin (5-108, 2TD)

 

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