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Florida State shellacks Syracuse

Devonta Freeman, James Wilder Jr. AP

No. 2 Florida State continued its march to the ACC title and possible berth in the BCS national championship game, defeating Syracuse, 59-3, in Tallahassee on Saturday.

With the win, the Seminoles improved to 10-0 overall and 8-0 in the ACC. It’s the first 10-0 start for FSU since 1999. The Orange dropped to 5-5 and 3-3.

The Seminoles were so flawless and dominant, they needed their quarterback, Heisman front runner Jameis Winston, for just the first half. The redshirt freshman completed 19 of 21 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions, as FSU jumped out to a 38-0 lead at the break. Winston then took a seat and watched as backup Sean Maguire directed the show in the second half.

He didn’t have to do too much. FSU out-gained Syracuse 523-247 (much of Syracuse’s yardage came with the game well in hand) and averaged over 11 yards per play. The Orange managed just 2.8 yards per rush, while starting quarterback Terrell Hunt was held to 75 yards on 10 of 18 passing.

The lone bright spot for Syracuse was a 32-yard field goal by Ryan Norton midway through the fourth quarter that allowed the Orange to avoid getting shutout for the second time in four games.

With games remaining against Idaho, Florida and possibly Duke in the ACC title game, it doesn’t look like too much is standing in the way of FSU’s first appearance in the BCS title game since 2000.

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10 Responses to “Florida State shellacks Syracuse”
  1. realfootballfan says: Nov 16, 2013 7:04 PM

    That’s putting it kindly. Florida, who hates Urban Meyer now and has a bad coach who happens to be one of Jimbo Fisher’s best friends, is your only hope now Ohio State.

  2. totallysirius says: Nov 16, 2013 7:12 PM

    The only ranked teams FSU has beaten is Clemson who shouldn’t even be in the top 15 and Miami who got blown out by Duke and shouldn’t even be ranked.

    Talk to me about strength of schedule.

  3. classyjacklambert says: Nov 16, 2013 7:15 PM

    Why shouldn’t Clemson be in the top 15? The only team that has come within a touchdown of them (besides FSU obviously) is Georgia, whom Clemson beat at full strength at the beginning of the season. Honestly Clemson would probably beat a lot of teams in the top 10, but equally obvious is the fact that you’re an idiot.

  4. realfootballfan says: Nov 16, 2013 7:21 PM

    You mean that Clemson team that has rolled everyone else on their schedule, including beating Georgia who leads Auburn as of right now while I’m typing this? Just asking because the other teams with undefeated records don’t even have that on their resume with Ohio State in the Sorry Big 10 and Baylor beating a sorry Oklahoma team as their claim to fame. But keep trying.

  5. grudenthediva says: Nov 16, 2013 7:28 PM

    “The only ranked teams FSU has beaten is Clemson who shouldn’t even be in the top 15 and Miami who got blown out by Duke and shouldn’t even be ranked.”

    Maryland was ranked and Duke will be ranked, should they play in the ACC title game.

    But hey, you keep grasping at straws there, sonny.

  6. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 16, 2013 8:13 PM

    Just glad we got out of there without injury, that’s all I cared, other than watching the defense continue its ascension to the top of the nation, along with the offense already being there.

  7. sclobernocker47 says: Nov 16, 2013 10:55 PM

    Say what you want about SoS. FSU is the best team in the country. can’t wait till they embarrass Bama in the title game.

  8. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 16, 2013 11:02 PM

    Yeah, seriously. SOS means nothing.

    The eye test shows that FSU is superior in size, SPEED — especially — athleticism and depth to everyone in the nation. Including Alabama, who should have lost tonight, if Miss. State… (MISSISSIPPI STATE!!!) weren’t so completely incompetent.

  9. pinchegringo12 says: Nov 17, 2013 2:09 AM

    Many short passes for Winston and yards after catch do not a heisman winner make…looks good on paper though, lets hope voters are smarter than that though.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 17, 2013 2:13 AM

    pinchegringo12 says: Nov 17, 2013 2:09 AM

    Many short passes for Winston and yards after catch do not a heisman winner make…looks good on paper though, lets hope voters are smarter than that though.
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    Find someplace else to post. You obviously do not watch Florida State games.

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