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N.C. State vs. FSU in the sports pages

TALLAHASSEE.COM - What letdown? FSU trounces N.C. State; No. 3 Seminoles explode to huge lead, roll past Wolfpack, 49-17

by Corey Clark

"They were coming off their biggest win in more than a decade and knew they had a Top 10 showdown with rival Miami next weekend...So it would have been natural, maybe even expected, for the No. 3 Florida State football team to have a letdown on Saturday against unranked North Carolina State...Yeah, not quite."

USA Today - No. 3 FSU steamrolls N.C. State behind another Winston outburst (same text as above)

Tampa Tribune - FSU hammer N.C. State, turns focus to Miami (same text as above)

ESPN - Winston Shines In FSU Rout

by Kareem Copeland (picked up by AP)

"Famous Jameis did it again, putting on a show reminiscent of some of the Florida State greats who were on hand Saturday to honor Bobby Bowden...Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes and the second-ranked Seminoles scored 35 points in the first quarter on the way to a 49-17 victory against North Carolina State in Bowden's return to Doak Campbell Stadium."

Sporting News - No. 3 Florida State rolls over NC State 49-17 (same text as above)

Sports Illustrated - No. 3 Florida State rolls over NC State 49-17 (same text as above)

CBS Sports - No. 3 FSU rolls over NC State (same text as above)

NY Times - No. 3 Florida State rolls over NC State 49-17 (same text as above)

Yahoo Sports - No. 3 Florida State rolls over NC State 49-17 (same text as above)

Raleigh TV (WRAL) - No. 3 Florida State rolls over NC State 49-17 (same text as above)

Fox Sports - FSU rips NC State, sets stage for clash with Hurricanes

(from Sportsnetwork.com)

"Jameis Winston totaled 292 yards and three touchdowns on 16-of-26 efficiency, as No. 3 Florida State showed no signs of slowing down after a 49-17 demolition of North Carolina State at Doak Campbell Stadium...Devonta Freeman crossed into the end zone twice, part of a 92-yard, 12-carry performance for the Seminoles (7-0, 5-0 ACC), who rolled to victory thanks to a 35-point first quarter and will clash with 7-0 Miami-Florida at home in prime time one week from now."

FOX Sports FLORIDA - FSU shows focus in dominating victory against NC State

By Bob Ferrante

"Timmy Jernigan grabbed a pen and walked up to the dry-erase board in Florida State's locker room. He wrote four numbers and sat down...No motivational speeches. No talk of how to play with focus or intensity or to leave it all on the field. Nothing needed to be said.

Just four numbers and a dash: 17-16."

Orlando Sentinel - Jameis Winston leads FSU to 49-17 win over NC State

By Brendan Sonnone

"A year ago against NC State, Florida State players lethargically stood along the sideline...Jameis Winston, sitting out for the season while redshirting, could only watch as the Seminoles squandered a 16-point lead to NC State. He screamed and yelled at teammates to pick up their energy, but his efforts couldn't stop help the Seminoles avert a loss that crushed any shot at a national championship game appearance.

This year, Winston was on the field and could make sure the Seminoles didn't suffer a letdown after a big win."

Jacksonville Times-Union - Seminoles Romp Past Wolfpack

By Garry Smits

"The fastest start against an ACC opponent in school history was enough for third-ranked Florida State to ensure a second battle of unbeatens in the league for the second time in three weeks...The third-ranked Seminoles scored on their first five possessions, three on touchdown passes by freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, and went on to beat North Carolina State 49-17 at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday and remain unbeaten..."

Miami Herald - Florida State makes quick work of N.C. State, awaits UM; FSU flexes its muscles with a knockout of N.C. State and now awaits a heavyweight battle against UM on Saturday night.

By Patrick Nohe

"How long does it take the Florida State offense to go from zero to 60?

About five plays.

On an afternoon when Florida State honored former coach Bobby Bowden, the Seminoles did their best impression of the teams he coached during the school’s heyday — even paying homage with a fake punt — and beat North Carolina State 49-17."

Raleigh News-Observer - Early swarm leads No. 3 Florida State past NC State 49-17

by Joe Giglio

"There was no letdown or looking ahead for Florida State and there was no looking back for N.C. State...The Wolfpack derailed Florida State’s national title hopes a year ago in Raleigh. The third-ranked Seminoles squashed any notion of another surprise loss early and often Saturday in a 49-17 home win over N.C. State...The Noles scored the first five times they touched the ball and led 42-0 at the half. It was more of a statement about this year’s FSU team rather than retribution for last year’s 17-16 loss in Raleigh."

Warchant.com - Noles crush Wolfpack in Bowden's return

by Powell Latimer

"If there were any questions about a trap game for Florida State on Saturday, the Seminoles slammed the door early - and then kept slamming it over and over again. Florida State hung more points in the first quarter than NC State had allowed in a game all season, and finished with a commanding 49-17 win. The win was an important exorcism of demons from 2012 for FSU, after a painful 17-16 loss in Raleigh last year derailed FSU's national title hopes..."

FSU News - Briefcap: FSU gets sweet, sweet revenge against NC State

"No. 2 Florida State looked exactly the part on Saturday, dominating NC State in a 49-17 victory. The Seminoles scored 35 points in the first quarter alone, and then added another score in the second quarter before throwing in the second-stringers for the remainder of the game...Jameis Winston finished the day 17 of 26 for 312 yards, with three touchdowns and an interception. Devonta Freeman added two rushing scores, along with Karlos Williams Sr. and Kermit Whitfield adding in a rushing touchdowns of their own."

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