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October 5, 2013
The game couldn't have been any more dominant and couldn't have come at a better time for Florida State. After a shaky performance at Boston College, questions swirled around the Seminoles, especially facing its first ranked opponent of the season in a Maryland team that came in undefeated and off a bye week.
The answer was thunderous. Florida State's win was the most lopsided defeat of a ranked opponent in school history.
FSU's offense got started in a hurry. For the first time this season, Jameis Winston led a scoring drive on FSU's opening possession. Winston started the game 5-for-5 and led a 10-play, 77-yard touchdown drive to kick off the scoring.
"We give the quarterbacks all the glory and all the blame," head coach Jimbo Fisher said." That's today' s game and it stands out to you. Proud of him and what they did."
What Winston did was bury Maryland under a hail of points. His performance Saturday was the best of his already record-setting freshman campaign. His five passing touchdowns were a career high as were his 393 passing yards. He threw three first-half touchdowns to three separate wide receivers, including finding tight end Nick O'Leary for his first touchdown since the season opener. Rashad Greene finished with more than 100 yards receiving.
With Winston powering the train, the FSU offense racked up eight consecutive scoring drives. It was the fifth straight game that FSU (5-0) a run of at least six straight scoring drives. Winston credited the Florida State defense with continually giving him the ball.
"The defense was clicking," Winston said. "They kept giving us the ball and when you keep giving our offense the ball something's going to happen."
Slow starts had plagued FSU's season so far, but the Seminoles wasted no time in slamming the door on the Terrapins. For starters, FSU's defense banished demons from the first four games with a suffocating run defense. Maryland netted zero yards on its first three drives of the game and didn't have a drive longer than five plays in the first half. For the game, the Terrapins had only 33 rushing yards and just 234 yards of offense total.
"As good as our offense played, our defense played better," Fisher said. "I think they played with urgency. They took blockers well and our eye discipline was excellent."
Things did not improve for Maryland when starting quarterback C.J. Brown left the game in the second quarter after a vicious hit from Jacobbi McDaniel and Christian Jones. Brown left the game and Randy Edsall said Brown suffered a concussion. Brown's replacement, Caleb Rowe, was also unable to lead Maryland (4-1) on any sustained drives. Maryland made it into Florida State's half of the field only once in the game.
"I feel like we've always shown that we were a good defense, but maybe the score didn't show it or yards in a certain area didn't show it," Telvin Smith said. "This game we put it all together. ... When you contain the quarterback, and you stop the run there's not much a team can do."
With the win, FSU improves to 5-0 this season and adds its first victory against a ranked opponent this year.
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