Florida State and Virginia combined for 41 points in the first half in Tallahassee – 34 off of turnovers, and seven without the benefit of a giveaway. The ‘Noles have received the brunt of the charity, and as such lead 28-13 at the break.
Florida State opened the scoring on a two-yard Karlos Williams run that came after a fumble by Virginia’s Kevin Parks. The Cavaliers then ripped off 13 unanswered points after interceptions by Jameis Winston on consecutive drives. Both picks came near midfield, leaving Virginia short fields to capitalize on to grab an ever so brief lead.
Virginia forced a Florida State punt early in the second quarter, taking possession at its own seven with a chance to add to its lead. But Greyson Lambert was intercepted by Terrance Smith on the first play of the possession, and the Seminoles never looked back. Williams scored one play later. And then on Virginia’s next offensive snap, a Lambert lateral was recovered by Florida State’s Eddie Goldman, and Winston hit Rashad Greene on a 22-yard catch-and-run to push the lead to 21-13.
Winston rushed in from four yards out to push the score to 28-13, thanks to a 3-2 edge in turnovers.
Winston has completed 11-of-19 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown and two picks and rushed three times for 27 yards and an additional score.
Virginia will receive the ball to open the second half.