After a week of continued controversy surrounding one of the nation’s top Heisman Trophy contenders, 3:30 p.m. eastern it was just football for Jameis Winston and Florida State. The Seminoles lead Idaho 42-7 at the half.
Big plays highlighted the first quarter as Florida State opened up a 21-0 lead. Devonta Freeman rushed 60 yards for the first score of the game. Four and a half minutes later Winston completed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin for a 14-0 lead and just minutes later Taylor Davis picked off a Telvin Smith pass and returned it 79 yards for a touchdown.
Winston has put all of the off-field issues behind him, completing 13 of 23 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns. He likely will not see a lot of playing time in the second half, because Florida State has this game already locked up. Freeman has already rushed for over 100 yards and James Wilder could join him in the second half before getting a rest. The Seminoles have already racked up over 300 yards of offense and will have little to prove in the second half. With Alabama picking up a shut out victory, Florida State and the Crimson Tide look to be continuing their path to a BCS title bout in Pasadena.