Florida State pounded past Bethune-Cookman on Saturday night 54-6, staying perfect despite an up and down passing performance.
In the first half alone, Florida State had 146 rushing yards and averaged 7.3 yards per carry. Devonta Freeman led FSU 112 yards on the ground on just 10 carries. Karlos Williams added two second-half rushing scores. It was the second straight 100-yard game for Freeman.
"I don't really care about stats," Freeman said. " I don't care who gets a hundred as long as we're putting points on the board."
The ground attack covered up any slack from an up-and-down passing game. Florida State's wide receivers went without a drop in the first two games, but dropped five passes in the first half Saturday. Jameis Winston's nine first-half incompletions more than doubled his season total so far. He finished 10-19 with 148 yards and two touchdowns.
Winston did have a highlight-reel moment as he found Kelvin Benjamin with 12:11 left in the second quarter for an 11-yard score. Winston threw the pass under pressure and as he was falling down.
The Florida State defense started off the scoring with Telvin Smith's 68-yard interception return in the first quarter, and added a safety a few minutes later. The defense also got impressive performances from first-time starters Terrance Smith and Demonte McAllister, filling in for suspended starters Christian Jones and Eddie Goldman.
"I knew this was my first opportunity as I wanted to make the most of it," Smith said. "I wanted to show people what I can do."
Smith had eight tackles and a sack in the first half alone and finished with a team-high 12. Bethune-Cookman held the ball for 18:13 in the first half and ran 37 plays, but had only 115 first-half yards. Bethune-Cookman didn't get on the board until 8:21 left in the third quarter.