Tallahassee, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Running back Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. rushed for two touchdowns apiece as No. 3 Florida State dominated No.7 Miami (FL), 41-14, in a battle between top ACC teams Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Freeman carried the ball 23 times for 78 yards and caught six passes for 98 yards and a score while Wilder recorded 42 yards on nine carries to help the Seminoles remain unbeaten with an 8-0 mark (6-0 ACC).
The win marked the Seminoles’ first 8-0 start since going 12-0 and winning the BCS National Championship in 1999.
The victory underscored the Seminoles’ status as the ACC’s top team as they defeated 12 straight ACC opponents – the longest streak since Florida State won 24 straight from Sept. 19, 1998 to Sept. 1, 2001.
One of the biggest rivalries in college football, the Seminoles and the Hurricanes met for the first time nine years with both ranked in the top 10 and both undefeated.
Jameis Winston completed 21 of 29 passes for 325 and a touchdown but had two interceptions for the Seminoles, who have beaten two top-10 teams by a combined 92-28 score.
Stephen Morris completed 16 of 28 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns but he had two interceptions for the Hurricanes, who slipped to 7-1 (3-1 ACC) following their first loss of the season.
Allen Hurns caught all of Morris’ touchdown passes, finishing with 84 yards on five receptions while Duke Johnson ran for 97 yards on 23 carries for the Hurricanes, who recorded 275 total yards compared to the Seminoles’ 517.
Freeman broke the ice in the first with a five-yard touchdown run before Morris found Hurns with a 33-yard scoring pass to tie the game.
In the second, Wilder scored on a one-yard touchdown run while Freeman caught Winston’s 48-yard touchdown heave to give the Seminoles a 21-7 lead. Morris cut the deficit to seven at the break with a 14-yard scoring strike to Hurns.
The Seminoles padded their lead to 35-14 with a five-yard touchdown run from Wilder and a 12-yard scoring rush from Freeman. Roberto Aguayo capped scoring with two field goals from 25 and 28 yards.