Florida State dismantled Miami on Saturday night in a game that wasn't as close as it looked.
"If I hadn't turned the ball over they wouldn't have scored," said redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston after the game.
Early on it looked like luck would favor the Hurricanes. Winston -- for the first time in his career -- looked human on Saturday night tossing two first half picks that Miami converted into 14 points. The Hurricanes headed into the locker-room with an upset in mind and a chance to tie the game on the opening possession of the second half.
But Winston promised his teammates there would be no more turnovers after that first half and was a man of his word -- going 12/14 for 164 yards and no picks the rest of the way.
And whereas Stephen Morris had done his best Winston impression early on -- connecting on two extremely impressive touchdown passes to Allen Hurns -- he reverted to his old self in the second half and gave two turnovers back.
And whereas FSU managed to weather the turnovers, Miami simply couldn't.
If you take off the garnet and gold or green and orange tinted glasses for a second it's hard to argue that Miami wasn't completely out-classed on Saturday night.
The Hurricanes didn't force a punt until the start of the 4th quarter when they were down by 21 points. FSU outgained them 517-275, the Seminoles held the ball 38:33 -- nearly two-thirds of the game -- and as the game wore on FSU began to dominate the trenches.
“We had to prove a point," said DT Tim Jernigan. "Boston College came out and did a great job against us. They came out and ran it down our throats. We have been working hard to show that’s not the team -- that’s not the defense we are -- we can stop the run.”
Miami had just 83 rushing yards on Saturday night, Stephen Morris was sacked twice and after pressure started to affect him and he was hit a couple times -- once fairly viciously by Mario Edwards Jr. -- he threw the two interceptions.
This wasn't even the best FSU has looked, their killer instinct didn't seem to arrive in earnest until a couple minutes into the third quarter.
Florida State was already driving and the offense had yet to be stopped by the Hurricanes defense -- having only been stopped by errant Winston throws until then -- but a scrum started by Miami DL Anthony Chickillo really seemed to give FSU an edge.
After players were seperated and off-setting personal calls had been announced, Jameis Winston told his teammates back in the huddle, "the party just started, guys."
It was 21-14 at the time. Less than five minutes later it was 35-14 and Miami was all but done.
By the end of the night Duke Johnson was on the sideline, his season ended by an ankle injury, while his close friend Devonta Freeman had tormented the Canes' defense for 176 yards and three touchdowns.
FSU won handily 41-14.
"We still have some things we still have to continue to grow on but I’m very proud of [how] they handled a very emotional game at home," said Jimbo Fisher. "Sometimes thoee [big home games] are harder to handle than going on the road because on the road it’s you against the world. Here, the emotion is good but it can push you too much."
"Now [we have to] put this one behind us."
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