Clemson, SC, United States (4E Sports) – Quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns in leading No. 5 Florida State Seminoles over the No. 3 Clemson Tigers, 51-14, Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
Winston went 22 for 34, while Rashad Greene caught eight passes for 146 yards and two scores for the Seminoles (6-0, 4-0).
The complexion of the game was established early as linebacker Telvin Smith stripped Stanton Seckinger and Terrence Brooks recovered for the Seminoles at the Tigers’ 34.
Two plays later, Winston’s perfectly thrown ball from 22 yards to the 6-foot-5 Kelvin Benjamin resulted in a touchdown less than two minutes into the game.
Lamarcus Joyner forced another Tigers turnover, coming free on a backside blitz and knocking the ball free from Tajh Boyd. Mario Edwards scooped and scored to make it 17-0 with 3:07 left in the first quarter.
Boyd hit Sammy Watkins with a 3-yard touchdown pass to trim the lead to 10 late in the first quarter.
Winston made a quick pass to Greene, who slipped a tackle and made a 72 yard sprint for a touchdown that made it 24-7 midway through the second.
Joyner’s interception of Boyd in Seminoles territory led to another field goal to make it 27-7 at halftime.
The Seminoles didn’t let up in the third as Winston again found Greene from 17 yards to push the lead 34-7.
Winston later scrambled for a 4-yard touchdown that made it 41-7 with 4:04 left in the third quarter.
A Devonta Freeman touchdown and a 20-yard Roberto Aquayo field goal made it 51-7, before a Cole Stoudt two-yard touchdown made it 51-14.
“They took advantage of our mistakes,” Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said of the Seminoles. “They might be the best team in the country.”
The Seminoles are expected to be fighting for the tops spots with the top-ranked Crimson Tide and second-ranked Ducks when the first BCS standings are released Sunday.