Florida State crushes Maryland 63-0

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State took control of the game on the first possession and never looked back, trouncing Maryland 63-0.

The Seminoles forced a punt on Maryland's first drive after allowing only 18 yards. The defense was disciplined and physical.

FSU's first drive started from its own 23, and the Seminoles promptly took the ball 77 yards on 10 plays for the 10-0 lead. Florida State never looked back, leading for the final 52 minutes and 46 seconds.

Florida State's defense continued to dominate throughout the first half, yielding only 121 yards on 28 plays (4.3/play). The Seminoles whipped Maryland's blockers and made life difficult for QB C.J. Brown, who was knocked out late in the second quarter by a vicious hit by Jacobbi McDaniel. McDaniel did not use the crown of his helmet or hit about the shoulders, but he did drive into Brown's chest plate, and perhaps could have been called for a late hit or roughing the passer.

Florida State's offense sputtered twice. The first time, it was moving it well, and could connect on two deep shots, barely missing both, which turned into one of the few third downs FSU did not convert on the day.

The other poor drive was caused by two mistimed snaps by center Bryan Stork, who was later removed from the game. Stork would not return, and FSU announced that he had a concussion. The concussion may have had something to do with the snaps being wild.

Florida State was tremendous on its final two drives of the half, going 80 yards on nine plays, and 78 yards on nine plays, both for touchdowns.

At the half, Maryland was down 21-0 and without its quarterback.

FSU started on fire in the second half, and kept burning, with three incredible touchdown drives.

Out of the half, the Seminoles went a quick seven plays and 94 yards for the touchdown, with Jameis Winston hitting Nick O'Leary for the score. The drive started with a beautiful throw from Winston to Rashad Greene, off his own goal line, for 48 yards.

FSU's defense then forced a three-&-out, and the Seminoles took over on their own 45.

The Noles needed just six plays to go 55 yards for the score, with Winston throwing another great touchdown pass.

FSU's defense held again, stopping Maryland after seven plays and 36 yards, and FSU took over on its own 17.

But the poor field position was again no problem, as FSU went 83 yards on 10 plays for the 42-0 lead. The capper was the ridiculous play made by Winston (seen at right in the .gif) to hit Nick O'Leary.

FSU's defense recoevered a fumble, and Winston stayed in for one more play, hitting Kelvin Benjamin for a 21-yard touchdown.

On the day, Jameis Winston was 23-32, for 393 yards, five touchdowns and 24 yards rushing on seven carries. He was sacked once, as the offensive line routinely gave him time to throw down the field.

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