Maryland vs. Florida State: Live Score and Highlights
Maryland 0, Florida State 63 – Final
No. 8 Florida State made a statement by crushing No. 25 Maryland 63-0.
Jameis Winston looked like, well Jameis Winston. The Seminoles star quarterback threw for a career high 393 yards and five touchdowns.
The defense rebounded from a subpar effort against BC last weekend by blanking the Terps.
FSU improves to 5-0 and will get a bye before its monster Oct. 19 showdown at No. 3 Clemson. Maryland drops to 4-1 and will host Virginia next weekend.
Here's the link to my postgame piece on FSU's win over Maryland. Enjoy the rest of your college football weekend and thanks for following along with the blog.
That about wraps it up for yours truly. I want to thank all of the Maryland and Florida State fans for tuning into the blog. Stay glued to B/R for more postgame coverage of the Seminoles big win over the Terps.
For Maryland, it's clear that Randy Edsall's club was not ready for prime time.
Losing quarterback C.J. Brown to injury late in the first half really handcuffed the Terps offense. Without the threat of Brown's legs, Maryland's offense became one-dimensional and made it easy for FSU to tee off.
There were a few positives.
Backup quarterback Caleb Rowe played decent in a relief effort type of situation. Also, the defense had a strong stretch after FSU's first scoring drive, but they eventually gave in to Winston's brilliance late in the first half.
Obviously, the biggest concern for the Terps moving forward is getting C.J. Brown back. If he's forced to miss any significant action, a once promising season that took a hit today could go downhill in a hurry.
*destroys any evidence suggesting Maryland could upset Florida State*— Kyle Kensing (@kensing45) October 5, 2013
Some final thoughts.
Florida State entered this game on upset alert from the so-called experts. Instead, they delivered an emphatic statement that they are for real.
The main reason for optimism in Tallahassee, redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, delivered possibly the finest performance of his young career.
Despite Winston's virtuoso performance, the biggest takeaway from this game for FSU has to be the play of Jeremy Pruitt's defense. One week after laying an egg, the 'Noles defense limited Maryland's high-powered offense to just 225 yards of total offense.
They looked physical, dominated in the trenches, and didn't give up any big plays.
Now, FSU gets a week off before its much-anticipated showdown against Clemson.
This was a strong performance that gives the Seminoles momentum and a ton of confidence heading into the biggest game of its season.
This one is in the books. Florida State wins 63-0.
Here are your final statistics, courtesy of NCAA.com.
The ESPN announcers are discussing Winston's Heisman chances. I do agree that a lot of his candidacy hinges on what happens in Death Valley in two weeks.
Guess that's the way its going for Maryland. They pick up a first down after advancing one of its own fumbles.
Some discussion as to why FSU is still throwing late in the fourth quarter. Maybe Jimbo wants to see Coker get some work? Although I do agree with the Terps staff considering the score. This is a little overkill.
Man Florida State is just pantsing Maryland. 63-0. I thought FSU would win but didn't see this coming at all. FSU looks impressive— Smart Football (@smartfootball) October 5, 2013
I think a lot of people are saying or thinking like this after this performance.
Whole team congratulating Coker. They know how close that QB battle was in spring.— TomahawkNation.com (@TomahawkNation) October 5, 2013
Nice gesture for Coker from his teammates.
Jacob Coker walks in from 24 yards out on a QB keeper. This is getting criminal. FSU up 63-0.
Maryland 0, Florida State 63 - 9:49 left in fourth quarter
Jameis Winston has at least 300 passing yards and 4 touchdowns in all 3 ACC games this season.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 5, 2013
Welcome to the ACC?
Florida State approaching the over/under. By themselves.— Corey Dowlar/ESPN (@cdowlar) October 5, 2013
FSU giving Maryland a B1G sendoff. Karlos Williams darts into the endzone from 18 yards out. FSU up 56-0.
Maryland 0, Florida State 56 - 11:28 left in fourth quarter
Jacob Coker, who almost beat Winston out for the job in fall camp, is in for Florida State. He's shown a strong arm and above average mobility in his time this season.
People questioning the Jameis Winston play by saying it's against Maryland are missing the point by, like, a mile.— Ben Kercheval (@BenKercheval) October 5, 2013
Apparently, a some critics are trying to discount Jameis Winston's performance, citing lack of competition. As most draft experts say when they cite pro day statistics, Winston's numbers are impressive against air. Just stop it!
Maryland had a chance to shock the world and go 5-0 for the first time since 2001.
Instead, we got this.
Stats through the third quarter, per NCAA.com.
Winston throws his 5th TD of the day.
Jameis takes his curtain call after FSU gets a turnover. He fires a 21-yard touchdown to Kelvin Benjamin and FSU is up 49-0.
Maryland 0, Florida State 49 - 14:56 left in fourth quarter
For those who prefer the video version of the Winston play, here you go.
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