No. 8 Florida State smashes Maryland 63-0
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jameis Winston reaffirmed his Heisman Trophy candidacy with the best performance of his short career Saturday. The Florida State redshirt freshman put up career-highs with 393 yards passing and five touchdowns during a 63-0 victory over No. 25 Maryland.
The 63 points were the second-most scored by No. 8 Florida State during coach Jimbo Fisher’s tenure. Saturday was the most lopsided win against a Top 25 program in school history. The Seminoles beat No. 15 South Carolina 59-0 in 1988.
The lopsided score also tied the point-differential for the worst loss by a Top 25 team all-time. No. 11 Texas lost 66-3 to UCLA in 1997.
Winston’s weekly highlight came late in the third quarter when the pocket collapsed and Maryland linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil jumped on his back. The quarterback ducked and slid out of the sack, rolled right and threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Nick O’Leary.
Winston became the first FSU quarterback to throw five touchdowns since Christian Ponder in 2009. He’s now thrown for 1,441 yards, 17 touchdowns with two interceptions and a 73.3 completion percentage this season.
“It felt like a little league football game out there,” Winston said. “It was 12 o’clock, the sun was out. I don’t think I saw a cloud in the sky. It was a beautiful day.”
At No. 1 Alabama 45, Georgia State 3
AJ McCarron completed 15 of 16 passes for 166 yards and four touchdowns in the first half and Alabama rolled.
The Crimson Tide (5-0) jumped ahead 38-0 by halftime against the Panthers (0-5), a first-year Football Bowl Subdivision team.
No. 3 Clemson 49, at Syracuse 14
Tajh Boyd kept his Heisman Trophy aspirations intact, throwing for 455 yards and five touchdowns in three quarters of work, and Clemson (5-0, 3-0) spoiled the Orange’s Atlantic Coast Conference debut.
No. 6 Georgia 34, at Tennessee 31 (OT)
Aaron Murray and Marshall Morgan came to the rescue and saved the sixth-ranked Bulldogs’ championship aspirations.
Morgan kicked a 42-yard field goal in overtime after Murray threw a tying touchdown pass with 5 seconds remaining in regulation as Georgia overcame a flurry of injuries.
Georgia running back Keith Marshall injured his right knee in the first quarter and was carted into the locker room. He was on crutches after the game, but there was no update on his prognosis.
No. 7 Louisville 30, at Temple 7
Teddy Bridgewater threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns to keep Louisville (5-0) undefeated.
Bridgewater made it look easy against the overwhelmed Owls (0-5, 0-2 American Athletic Conference). He threw for 228 yards in the first half to help the Cardinals roll to a 24-0 lead.
No. 10 Louisiana St. 59, at Mississippi State 26
Zach Mettenberger threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, Odell Beckham Jr. had 179 yards receiving and two touchdowns for the Tigers.
LSU’s Jeremy Hill had 157 yards rushing and two touchdowns. The Tigers (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) have won 14 straight over Mississippi State (2-3, 0-2) dating to 1999.
At No. 13 S. Carolina 35, Kentucky 28
Connor Shaw passed for a touchdown and ran for another as South Carolina (4-1, 2-1 SEC), playing without injured defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (bruised ribs), held off a Kentucky comeback.
The Wildcats (1-4, 0-2) rallied from 21-0 to pull to 27-21 on Jalen Whitlow’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Timmons with 11:50 left.
At No. 17 Baylor 73, West Virginia 42
Bryce Petty threw for 347 yards with two touchdowns and had one of Baylor’s eight rushing TDs.
The Bears (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) had 864 total yards. They had 468 yards rushing and 396 passing.