Charlotte, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score as No. 1 Florida State bagged the ACC title with a 45-7 demolition of No. 20 Duke Saturday at Bank of America Stadium.
Winston completed 19 of 32 passes for 330 yards and two interceptions. He also ran for 59 yards on 10 carries as the Seminoles (13-0, 8-0 ACC) fortified their bid for a spot in the BCS national championship.
Kelvin Benjamin caught five passes for 119 yards and two scores while Kenny Shaw had four receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown for the Seminoles, who bagged their 14th ACC trophy and second under coach Jimbo Fisher.
Devonta Freeman rushed 17 times for 91 yards and a touchdown while Karlos Williams had eight carries for 55 yards and a score as the Seminoles gained 239 ground yards compared to the Blue Devils’ 99.
Overall, the Seminoles recorded 569 yards while the Blue Devils had 239. Florida State also had 30 first downs while Duke had 16.
Anthony Boone completed 20 of 40 passes for 140 yards with two interceptions while Josh Snead rushed for a touchdown as the Blue Devils dropped to 10-3.
The two teams battled to a scoreless first quarter before Winston put the Seminoles on the board with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Benjamin.
Williams made it a two-touchdown game with a 12-yard scoring run before Roberto Aguayo gave the Seminoles a 17-0 lead at the break with a 45-yard field goal.
In the third, Winston threw touchdown passes to Shaw and Benjamin and added a rushing score for a 38-0 advantage.
Freeman capped the Seminoles’ scoring with a seven-yard touchdown run before the Blue Devils avoided a shutout with a scoring run from Snead.
Hours before the game, Fisher has agreed to a new five-year, $21 million deal with the Seminoles.
Fisher’s current deal pays him $2.75 million. The new deal would put him among the highest paid coaches in the country.
Fisher is 43-10 since replacing Bobby Bowden as the Seminoles’ head coach four years ago. He previously served as the team’s offensive coordinator.