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Florida State slow out of the gate but in control of Duke

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Duke is certainly not playing as if they do not belong on the same field with the number one team in the country, but Florida State is leading the upset-minded Blue Devils 17-0 at the half of the ACC Championship Game.

Jameis Winston tied the ACC single season record for passing touchdowns in a season with his perfectly placed pass to Kelvin Benjamin early in the second quarter, his 36th touchdown pass of the season. The touchdown also saw Winston tie former Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford’s freshman record for passing touchdowns in a season. Running back Karlos Wiliams later rushed for a 12-yard touchdown to finish off a 73-yard drive for the 14-0 lead.

Duke has had some opportunities in this one, but the Blue Devils were unable to take advantage with some dropped passes. Duke recovered a Devonta Freeman fumble inside the Duke 10-yard line, pouncing on the turnover on their own three-yard line. Duke moved down field but missed on a wide open pass down the left sideline to keep the drive going and missed a long field goal attempt. Duke’s defense has done a decent job in bringing pressure on Winston, but how long can they continue to hang around? Duke’s offense has been pretty stale after a solid start to the game, and enters halftime with just 90 yards of offense on 35 plays. Florida State has racked up 268 yards on 42 plays.

More importantly, is Duke going to be able to score on Florida State?

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10 Responses to “Florida State slow out of the gate but in control of Duke”
  1. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 7, 2013 9:47 PM

    As someone who has watched exactly zero Duke football this year let me say their D can lay the wood. Winston had a shocked look to start the game, but FSU is the superior team. Win or lose, Duke’s defense is impressive.

  2. Deb says: Dec 7, 2013 9:48 PM

    Not a bad score for Duke at the half, though FSU will probably pull away in the third. Have watched more of the B1G Championship than this game, but surprised to hear the announcers say Winston has seemed out of sorts. Maybe the stress of the last few weeks has finally hit him now that it’s all over.

  3. jimmy53 says: Dec 7, 2013 9:56 PM

    I love how the talking heads are talking about FSU playing poorly.

    —they are on pace to gain 536 yards and cover a 30 point spread.

  4. js20011041 says: Dec 7, 2013 10:17 PM


    That’s just it. FSU, compared to how they’ve played this year, is playing poorly. That tells you just how dominant this team has been this year.

  5. realfootballfan says: Dec 7, 2013 10:23 PM

    Hope Jimbo is getting his stinky game out of the way because his offensive approach (going for the home run when Duke is clearly doing anything to stop that) has been horrible tonight. No adjustments to that, Jimbo? If he tries that against Malzahn or Meyer, FSU will get beat.

  6. realfootballfan says: Dec 7, 2013 10:25 PM


    Not really. It’s more of Jimbo’s stinky gameplan. Duke is clearly playing not to give up the big play, which would make you think to make adjustments to take what the defense is giving you, but Jimbo keeps dialing up home run hitters for wide outs on every play. This is the Jimbo that frustrates me.

  7. jacobk621 says: Dec 7, 2013 10:38 PM

    Duke should have Coach K on the sidelines working the refs like he always does !!

  8. realfootballfan says: Dec 7, 2013 10:44 PM

    Lost in the Jameis Winston craze, and he is very good, is that the heartbeat of this team is the defense. It’s as dominant as I have ever seen back to the Marvin Jones/Andre Wadsworth days.

  9. realfootballfan says: Dec 7, 2013 11:33 PM

    Pasadena, here we come. Yea.

  10. Deb says: Dec 7, 2013 11:40 PM

    @realfootballfan …

    Congrats! Looks like who you’re playing will go down to the wire.

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