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.