Maryland vs. Florida State Live Blog: Play-by-Play Analysis, Reaction
Who: No. 25 Maryland (4-0) vs. No. 8 Florida State (4-0, 2-0 ACC)
Where: Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Fla.
When: 12:00 p.m. (ET) on ESPN
Result: 0-63, FSU
Led by freshman phenom Jameis Winston, No. 8 Florida State (5-0, 3-0 ACC) pitched a shutout versus No. 25 Maryland (4-1) on Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium, 63-0.
The Seminoles amassed 614 total yards on offense en route to scoring a season-high 63 points – just 10 points above the team's season average (51.2).
Not coincidentally, the Seminoles' success versus the Terrapins was predicated on how efficiently Winston played.
Winston flashed his improvisation and elusiveness all the while throwing for a career-high five touchdowns and tallying 393 yards passing.
Prior to Saturday's game, Winston ranked second in the country in passing efficiency and led the ACC in completion percentage (73.6) and touchdowns (12).
And with a variety of weapons at his disposal, including tight end Nick O'Leary and Kevlin Benjamin, Winston exposed a relatively sound Maryland secondary.
Winston completed 11 throws of 15 yards or more all the while connecting with six different receivers.
O'Leary, having not scored multiple touchdowns since Week 1 versus Pittsburgh, had scoring plays of 8 and 12 yards. Benjamin caught two touchdowns of his own and Rashad Greene was the lone Seminole to eclipse 100 yards or more.
Together, FSU's passing game was too much for Maryland to handle.
Prior to Saturday's game, Maryland allowed just 10.3 points per game and pressured the quarterback better than any team in the country, tallying 17 sacks in four games.
But the Terrapins failed to rattle Winston in any way, allowing a season-high 431 yards passing.
And with a concussion to quarterback C.J. Brown in the second quarter, Maryland was unable to produce much on offense. The Terrapins totaled 237 yards and converted just 2-of-15 third downs.
Maryland faces West Virginia next Saturday.
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FSU pummels Maryland 63-0 and improves to 5-0 on the season.
Dear Maryland: Even we would have put up a better fight -- Signed, FAMU.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 5, 2013
FSU is having it every which way today. Jacob Coker walks it on a zone-read play, extending the Seminole's lead to 63. FSU has amassed 588 total yards, including 431 yards passing. Maryland, however, has failed to eclipse 250 total yards or more. Drive info: 1 play, 24 yards
Can Maryland please score... Maybe a field goal. FSU is totally dominating.— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) October 5, 2013
Seminoles run the read-option and Carlos Williams takes it in for the score. FSU extends its lead to 56-0. Drive info: 7 plays, 66 yards
Winston connects with Benjamin for 21 yards and the score following a Maryland fumble. Winston has thrown for five touchdowns today. FSU is up 49-0. Drive info: 1 play, 21 yards
Winston's numbers for today: 22-of-31, 372 yards, 4 TDs. FSU is over 40 points for 5th straight game for first time since 1999.— David Hale (@DavidHaleESPN) October 5, 2013
Winston looked lost in a sea of defenders but escapes a troop of would-be tacklers and connects with O'Leary again in the corner of the end zone. This is O'Leary's second multiple touchdown game of 2013. FSU up 42-0 over Maryland. Drive info: 10 plays, 83 yards
FSU is one touchdown away from doubling MD's points allowed this season. Yeesh. #FSU— Powell Latimer (@Powell_Warchant) October 5, 2013
Florida State dominating Maryland in what was billed to be the Seminole's toughest opponent to date. So far, FSU has totaled 405 yards. Defense has been equally stifling, surrendering just 184 total yards.
Jameis Winston with a great throw. Rolls left and, while on run, hits Kenny Shaw for 21 yard TD. Play is under review.— Brendan Sonnone (@osfsu) October 5, 2013
Winston rolls to his left and connects with Kenny Shaw on the corner of the end zone to extend FSU's lead to 35.
Winston has nine throws of 15 yards or more today. Winston is 18-of-26 for 297 yards and two scores.
Maryland is now 1-for-8 on third down. Rowe's throw sails over Diggs. FSU will get the ball back with 11:39 left in the third quarter.
According to ESPN reports, C.J. Brown will NOT return to the game today. Rowe will have to try and shave down a 28-0 deficit with less than two quarters left to play.
Touchdown, Florida State. Winston to Nick O'Leary. FSU up four touchdowns and putting plenty of distance between themselves and Maryland.— Corey Dowlar/ESPN (@cdowlar) October 5, 2013
Winston connects with O'Leary for an 8-yard touchdown. FSU up 28-0 with 12:18 remaining in the third quarter. Drive info: 7 plays, 94 yards
Winston picking up where he left off. The freshman completes his first two throws of the third quarter for a total of 70 yards. And on 3rd-and-15, Winston scrambles his way for a first down. FSU in scoring position again.
Winston to Kelvin Benjamin in the back of the end zone, easy score. #FSU 21, Maryland 0 with 28 seconds left in the half.— Brendan Sonnone (@osfsu) October 5, 2013
FSU dials up play-action on 1st-and-goal and Winston connects with Kelvin Benjamin for a 6-yard touchdown. Winston now has an ACC-leading 13 touchdowns on the year, and FSU leads Maryland 21-0 with seconds remaining in the first half. Drive info: 9 plays, 78 yards
Winston connects with Nick O'Leary on an out-route for 25 yards. Two plays later, Winston finds Kelvin Benjamin on a deep crossing route for 18 yards. FSU driving with just under two minutes to play before half.
Maryland offense does not look half bad with Rowe in at QB.— Brendan Sonnone (@osfsu) October 5, 2013
With Brown in the locker room, Caleb Rowe enters and completes 2-of-3 passing for 28 yards. A failed third down conversion forces Maryland to punt and FSU takes over with 3:48 remaining in the second quarter.
Wow. Almost a double disaster for Maryland offense. Jones just misses sack, Darby just misses pick. QB gets nailed. Is down.— TomahawkNation.com (@TomahawkNation) October 5, 2013
C.J. Brown takes a shot from FSU's Jacoby McDaniel and is on the ground. Update to follow.
DeVonta Freeman scores on a 5-yard run. Showing an ability to absorb contact and finish forward. FSU up on Maryland 14-0 with 6:15 left in the second quarter. Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yards
Winston splits MD's two deep safeties for a gain of 38 yards to Rashad Greene. On throws over 15-plus yards, Winston is completing 67 percent.
FSU's defense continues to contain MD on third downs. Terrapins are 0-for-5 on such downs. FSU takes over on offense.
Noteworthy: FSU's last three drives have resulted in zero points and zero net yards.
Austin Barron in for Bryan Stork. Now Lovelady in for Barron. Winston holds the ball for a long, long time and is sacked. Punt coming.— TomahawkNation.com (@TomahawkNation) October 5, 2013
Maryland's defense continues to generate pressure inside. MD comes away with its first sack of the day, raising its nation-leading total to 18. Terrapins take over with 12:28 to play in the second quarter.
Brad Craddock cannot convert a 51-yard field goal attempt. Florida State takes over with good field position.
Maryland continues to challenge FSU's perimeter but to no avail. Terrapins fail to convert on third down (0-4).
Excellent throw and catch to Deon Long and Maryland is in business at he FSU 35. End of the first quarter. #Noles up 7-0 playing well.— TomahawkNation.com (@TomahawkNation) October 5, 2013
Maryland strikes on the final play of the first quarter. C.J. Brown connects with Deon Long for 39 yards. Florida State leads Maryland 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
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