Florida State 63 Maryland 0: Game notes

Jeff Gammons

Notes from FSU...

Most Lop-sided Top 25 Win in School History

No. 8 Florida State's 63-0 victory over No. 25 Maryland marks FSU's most lop-sided Top 25 win in school history. The previous high in point differential against a Top 25 team was a 59-0 victory over then-No. 15 South Carolina on Nov. 5, 1988, on the road in Columbia, S.C. FSU is now 91-87-4 vs. AP Top 25 teams.

First Top 25 Shutout in 16 Years

Florida State's 63-0 win over No. 25 Maryland was the Seminoles' first shutout win over a Top 25 team since winning 38-0 over Georgia Tech on Oct. 18, 1997, in Tallahassee. It was also FSU's first shutout of the year.

The Big 63

Florida State's 63 points scored against ACC opponent Maryland are the most points scored by the Seminoles in a conference game since winning 63-14 over Duke on Oct. 14, 2000. In that same season, FSU also defeated ACC school North Carolina, 63-14, on Sept. 16.

‘Noles Recover First Fumble

On the last play of the third quarter, senior safety Terrence Brooks forced a fumble off a 26-yard reception by Nigel King. The fumble recovery by sophomore Ronald Darby was the first fumble recovery of the season for the ‘Noles.

FSU Continues to Force Turnovers

Ronald Darby's fumble recovery to finish the third quarter marked the 10th consecutive game the Seminoles have forced a turnover. The last time FSU did not force a turnover came against Duke on Oct. 27, 2012.

Pass Rejection

Florida State's defense came to play in a variety of ways today. Six different players combined to record a season-high six pass breakups in the win. The previous season high was five pass breakups against Pitt and Nevada.

Forcing The Punt

The Florida State defense's 11 punts forced against Maryland mark a season high for the Seminoles. The previous season-best mark put together by the defenders was nine against Nevada.

Stopping The Rush

The Seminoles held Maryland to just 33 yards rushing after holding the Terrapins to just 34 yards on the ground a season ago. FSU's 33 rushing yards allowed are its lowest surrendered since holding Miami to 29 rushing yards on Oct. 20, 2012.

Fifth time over 40 points

With FSU's 63-0 victory over Maryland, the Seminoles have scored 40 or more points in the first five games of the season. It marks just the third time in school history an FSU team has achieved that feat. The 1999 National Championship team eclipsed 40 points in each of its first five games, but the record is held by the prolific 1995 Seminole squad. That club scored more than 40 points in each of their first seven games.

Winston stuffs some stats

Quarterback Jameis Winston put on a show in his fifth career start, completing 23 of 32 pass attempts for 393 yards and five touchdowns. Winston set new career highs for attempts, yards and touchdowns:

  • He is the first quarterback to throw five TD passes in a game since Christian Ponder did it against Georgia Tech in 2009;
  • Winston now has 17 touchdown passes on the season (with just two interceptions), which ties Danny Kanell for 17th on the single-season list (1994);
  • He also finished with 417 yards of total offense, thanks to 24 more on the ground

I'll take Winston for 300

With 393 passing yards, Jameis Winston eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark for the third time in his career, which ties Casey Weldon for the 13th-most by a quarterback in Florida State history. Winston needed just five games to record his third 300-yard mark...There have been only 96 300-yard passing games in FSU history. Chris Weinke holds the school record with 14. EJ Manuel was the last to eclipse the 300-yard standard three times in a season (2012), on his way to five for his career.

Stringing together scoring drives

For the fifth time in as many games this season, Florida State's offense has strung together lengthy streaks of consecutive offensive possessions ending in scores. The Seminoles scored on eight consecutive drives in the victory, a streak which began midway through the second quarter and ended in the fourth. FSU has scored on at least six consecutive drives in each game, with a season-high nine against Nevada and also seven against Pitt.

Big plays keep coming for the ‘Noles

With nine plays of 20 or more yards today, the Seminoles kept their torrid streak of big plays alive. Florida State has now amassed 44 plays of 20 or more yards on the season and is averaging 8.8 such plays a game.

Rashad Greene over 100

Junior wide receiver Rashad Greene eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the fourth time in his career, collecting four receptions for 108 yards. He went over the 100-yard mark on his 48-yard catch to start the second half. It was his second 100-yard game of the season (126 vs. Pitt). Greene also had a reception in his 20th consecutive game, but saw his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass snapped at five games.

Fast second half starts continue

For the fifth time in as many games the Seminoles opened the second half by driving for a score on their first possession. Jameis Winston's 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Nick O'Leary gave the Seminoles a 28-0 lead with 12:18 remaining in the third quarter...Coupled with FSU's fast finishes to the first half, the ‘Noles have been able to seize control of games. In a span of 3:10 off the clock between the end of the second quarter and early in the third, the ‘Noles outscored Maryland 14-0 and doubled their lead.

O'Leary continues to climb tight end chart

Junior Nick O'Leary continued his ascent among all-time tight ends at Florida State with four receptions for 55 yards and two touchdowns against Maryland. O'Leary now has 44 receptions for 548 yards and nine touchdowns in his career. He is third all-time in TD receptions, trailing only all-time co-leaders Melvin Pearsall and Lonnie Johnson (10). O'Leary moved to seventh for receiving yards and ninth in receptions among Seminole tight ends all-time.

Aguayo extends record perfect start

Redshirt freshman kicker Roberto Aguayo extended his record streak of consecutive made kicks to begin a season to 42 with a 9 of 9 performance on PAT's. Aguayo's streak includes both field goals and PAT's. He came into the game sharing the ACC lead in scoring with an 11.8 ppg average, but took sole possession of the lead without meeting that average. He was tied with Maryland kicker Brad Craddock, who missed a field goal attempt in his team's shutout loss.

Odds & Ends

  • Quarterback Jacob Coker ran 24 yards for his first career rushing touchdown with 9:49 remaining in the game;
  • Coker is the 12th different Seminole to score an offensive touchdown this season; 14 different Seminoles have scored touchdowns this season;
  • Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin matched his career-high with two TD receptions. He also had two against Savannah State last season:
  • The Seminoles' scoring onslaught included two 1-play drives, including Coker's 24-yard rush and a Winston-to-Benjamin pass;
  • Senior receiver Kenny Shaw collected his third TD reception of the season and the 11th of his career. Shaw finished with five receptions for 96 yards;
  • Senior tight end Shayne Broxsie collected his first career reception on a pass from Coker, covering 7 yards. It was also the first career offensive touch for the converted defensive end;
  • Running back Karlos Williams extended his team rushing touchdown lead to six with a pair of scores;
  • Williams also hauled in his first career reception - a 15-yard pass from Coker - in the fourth quarter.
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