It has been all Florida State so far today, they are leading Syracuse 38-0.
If there were any concerns about the way that the Seminoles would come out and play in this one -- whether or not they were going to be able to block the distractions and focus -- those concerns were answered right off the bat.
Florida State drove the ball down the field on their opening possession and scored a touchdown, forced a three and out, hit on a 74-yard touchdown run and just a little over four minutes into the game the Orange we already trailing by two scores. FSU hasn't looked back yet, either.
It's been all about winning at the point of attack for Florida State so far though, the Seminoles have controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and have dictated the tempo all afternoon.
Defensively Florida State has held Syracuse to just 68 total yards. The Orange came into game averaging 200+ rushing yards per game, they are currently at five for the day. Tim Jernigan has played on the other side of the line of scrimmage for most of the first half.
On offense Jameis Winston hasn't had to worry about pressure much at all today. FSU's redshirt freshman QB has been hurried a few times today and has taken a few sacks, but he has also had ample time to pick apart the Orange secondary on most of his dropbacks. He's been sharp too, going 19/21 for 277 yards and two touchdowns.
Winston has now thrown for 28 touchdown passes, the third most of any player in a single season in FSU history -- behind only Chris Weinke and Danny Kanell. Winston passed Charlie Ward -- who is in attendance today celebrating the 20th anniversary of the '93 National Championship team -- to move up to third on the list.
Overall the Seminoles won the yardage battle in the first half 374-68. FSU is averaging 11.7 yards -- more than a first down -- per play. Syracuse is averaging just 2.3 yards per snap.
Fans got a chance to see Kermit Whitfield's speed early in this one. The true freshman scored on a 74-yard run play in which he took the ball cut back across the field and outran the entire Orange defense. Jameis Winston made an impressive block 40 yards downfield but it may not have even been necessary given how much separation Whitfield was already opening on the defender.
By the point Whitfield crossed the goal-line with 10:41 left in the first quarter and Syracuse already down 13 points, there was little doubt how this one was going to go.
The Orange didn't force a third down until midway through the second quarter when they were already down 35-0. They didn't force a punt until the 29-minute mark in the first half. FSU hasn't been challenged in this one at all.
Fans are going to get a good look at Sean Maguire in the second half, this one is over.
Passing: Jameis Winston (19/21, 277, 2TD)
Receiving: Kenny Shaw (6-99)
Rushing: Kermit Whitfield (1-74, TD)
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