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Lamarcus Joyner a one-man wrecking crew as FSU jumps out to 27-7 halftime lead over Clemson

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Clemson’s first play from scrimmage against Florida State was a nine-yard pass from Tajh Boyd to Stanton Seckinger.

Good start, right?

Not exactly. Seminole defensive back LaMarcus Joyner forced Seckinger to fumble and the Seminoles suddenly took over at the Tiger 34-yard line.

Three plays later, Jameis Winston found Kelvin Benjamin for a 22-yard touchdown pass and, just like that, the Seminoles led, 7-0, and Death Valley got quiet.

On Clemson’s third possession (down 10-0 following an FSU field goal), Joyner sacked Boyd, who fumbled the ball away to Mario Edwards, who took the ball in for a 37-yard scoop-and-score.

That made it 17-0 in favor of FSU.

Later in the half, with the Seminoles leading, 24-7, the Tigers looked in good shape at the FSU 25-yard line. A touchdown would probably put Clemson in good position to make a game of it.

But then — you guessed it — Joyner stepped up and intercepted a Boyd pass at the FSU seven-yard line. Threat over.

Meanwhile, Winston sliced and diced the Clemson secondary to the tune of 242 yards and two touchdowns on 14 of 21 passing. Boyd was less stellar, completing 11 of 24 for 99 yards with the score and the pick.

But make no mistake, this was Joyner’s first half. The 5-foot-8, 194-pounder single-handedly sunk Clemson with two forced fumbles, a sack and an interception. ¬†Assuming the ‘Noles hold on, one of the smallest players on the field might’ve handed the Seminoles the biggest win of the season thus far.

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11 Responses to “Lamarcus Joyner a one-man wrecking crew as FSU jumps out to 27-7 halftime lead over Clemson”
  1. realfootballfan says: Oct 19, 2013 10:37 PM

    I tried to warn people early this morning that this wouldn’t be close. Winston is special and when FSU has recruited like they have since Fisher has been there, Clemson really has no business even being on the same feild. FSU is about to go on a run like during the Bowden years with this young

  2. totallysirius says: Oct 19, 2013 10:38 PM

    Clemson’s D couldn’t stop a wheelchair and their offense can’t hold on to the ball.

    Can anyone explain why they are even ranked in the top 10?

  3. blacknole08 says: Oct 19, 2013 10:39 PM

    I LOVE what I’m seeing!! I’ve been telling co-workers, friends and relatives all week that we would shock the world. Everyone called me crazy,

    I don’t want to hear anything from the Florida schools down south! Winston is the real deal.

    GO NOLES!!!

  4. canetic says: Oct 19, 2013 11:15 PM

    A #5 team beating a #3 team is not really shocking to the world. Will FSU beat Miami? Sadly, yes. Probably twice this year. But you still aren’t winning a national championship.

  5. mrsmell says: Oct 19, 2013 11:17 PM

    Im just glad the Nation has finally seen Winston. He is that good. Hopefully he doesnt catch the LT disease after this season.

  6. teambringitstrong says: Oct 19, 2013 11:35 PM

    I just have one question for all the FSU haters and doubters. How does that taste?

  7. classyjacklambert says: Oct 20, 2013 12:06 AM

    Clemson played awful tonight. Can’t say it more plainly than that. Realfootballfan may be a moron but he was right about us sucking tonight. Good game FSU. You deserved this W.

  8. luxinterior78 says: Oct 20, 2013 12:49 AM

    Im hoping this is just a preview of NOV30th when FSU goes to Gainesvile. Thats my fave rivalry, of course Miami is a close 2nd. Easy directions from Tallahassee to either Gainesville or Miami: Just go east until you smell it, then go south until you step in it. Jameis Winston looked like a seasoned veteran out there, and Death Valley is a place coaches dont like to visit. Jumping out to an early 17-0 lead demoralized the crowd. We also set the scoring record for a visiting team. 51-14, pretty sure we beat the spread as well. Go Noles!

  9. v2the4 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:50 AM

    lol at luxinterior…good post on the smell it and step in it anaology…

    FSU should have no problem running the table in the ACC now…their problem will be something they have no control over…


    if the Ducks remain unbeaten, they will have beat UCLA and Stanford on the road, and also a high scoring Oregon St team, plus either UCLA or Arizona St in the Pac12 title game….

    but, you can always hope that Mizzouri or South Carolina can upset Alabama in the sec title game.

  10. realfootballfan says: Oct 20, 2013 11:07 AM


    Why am I a moron? Because I pointed out what all the “experts” and fans that aren’t homers should know? Florida State gets more elite players than Clemson when they’re both at optimum levels. That’s hardly disrespecting Clemson. It’s just the truth. And I didn’t just blindly slam Clemson and say they would play horribly, I said that when FSU recruits like Fisher has the past few years with routine top 5 classes, Clemson is simply outclassed, which they were tonight.

    It’s the same thing with Oregon. They put up video game numbers until they play a tough team like the best from the SEC, and Fisher has recruited his team in the image of his mentor, Saban. You and the “experts” ought to get a clue.

    Unbiased fans hoping for a great championship game better root for Alabama and FSU to win out. It would be interesting to finally see Alabama play a team that can match their horses on both sides of the ball (LSU was offense deficient) and to see what Saban could do to try to rattle Winston because he’s clearly one of those special, field tilting talents that don’t come along everyday in college football.

  11. classyjacklambert says: Oct 20, 2013 1:56 PM

    Yeah you’re right. I apologize. That was way off base.

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