ACC Championship 2013: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Florida State Seminoles

Chris StephensCorrespondent IIDecember 7, 2013

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 30:  Kelvin Benjamin #1 of the Florida State Seminoles runs for yardage during the game against the Florida Gators on November 30, 2013 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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The Florida State Seminoles are the champions of the ACC after beating down the Duke Blue Devils.

Final: Florida State 45, Duke 7

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Florida State Seminoles Game Grades
Position Unit1st-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseC-A-
Rush OffenseC-A-
Pass DefenseAA
Rush DefenseA+A+
Special TeamsB-B+
vs. Duke Blue Devils

Final Analysis for Florida State Seminoles

Pass Offense: Jameis Winston finished 19-of-32 for 330 yards and three touchdowns, looking more comfortable in the second half as he hit on most of his throws. Kelvin Benjamin led all receivers with five receptions for 119 yards.

Rush Offense: The Seminoles rushed for 232 yards and three touchdowns. Devonta Freeman led the team with 91 yards, while Winston was second with 59 yards. Karlos Williams also had 55 yards.

Pass Defense: Anthony Boone completed 20 passes for 138 yards and two interceptions. Florida State's secondary didn't allow much of anything as Duke struggled all night on offense. Jamison Crowder finished with eight receptions for 66 yards.

Rush Defense: Duke finished with 99 yards on 31 carries as the Seminoles' defensive front controlled the line of scrimmage all game. The Blue Devils were never able to get anything going, leading to the blowout win.

Special Teams: Special teams wasn't an issue in this game and didn't have any bearing on the outcome of the game. Cason Beatty did average 41.8 yards per punt.

Coaching: The second half was a much better coaching job by Florida State coaches as the Seminoles scored on three-straight drives to put the game out of reach.

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07:  Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles looks to pass against the Duke Blue Devils during the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by
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First-Half Analysis for Florida State Seminoles

Pass Offense:  Jameis Winston completed 12 of 21 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown. He's missed on a lot of his throws, including an overthrow on an interception. Winston doesn't look like himself in this game and it's affecting the scoreboard.

Rush Offense:  The Seminoles have 96 yards on 20 rushes, as the Blue Devils are controlling the line of scrimmage. The ability of Duke's defensive line to get penetration has forced the Seminoles to throw the ball more than they'd like.

Pass Defense:  Anthony Boone only has 10 completions for 64 yards, and the Florida State defense isn't allowing much of anything through the air. No receiver for Duke has more than 20 yards receiving, either.

Rush Defense: Duke has 30 yards on the ground on 13 rushes. The defensive front has been lights out, ensuring that the Duke offense can't get anything going. If Florida State keeps this up, there will be no problem closing this one out.

Special Teams: Roberto Aguayo kicked a 45-yard field goal and Cason Beatty averaged 48 yards on his three punts. FSU did allow a 40-yard punt return to Duke.

Coaching:  Florida State coaches didn't do a good job of getting their team focused for this game. There's no reason Duke should even be in this game.