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Blog: Florida State wins ACC title, 45-7 over Duke

Posted December 7, 2013

Florida State's Jameis Winston threw for three and ran for one touchdown, carrying the Seminoles to a 45-7 win over Duke and an ACC Championship Title.

1:01 fourth quarter; Florida State 45, Duke 0: Duke's Josh Snead takes it in for a 5-yard touchdown run. The Blue Devils avoid the shut-out with the touchdown.

7:25 fourth quarter; Florida State 45, Duke 0: Duke's Dwayne Norman is ejected following a targeting penalty. On the next play, Florida State's Devonta Freeman rushes for 7 yards and the touchdown.

2:38 third quarter; Florida State 38, Duke 0: Jameis Winston keeps it for a 17-yard touchdown run. The Seminoles extend their lead to 38-0 late in the third quarter.

6:31 third quarter; Florida State 31, Duke 0: Winston throws another touchdown pass, this time a 54-yard catch and run to Kelvin Smith, for a 31-0 lead.

9:52 third quarter; Florida State 24, Duke 0: Jameis Winston to Kenny Shaw for an 11-yard touchdown. Winston grabs the single season ACC touchdown pass record at 37. FSU leads 24-0.

0:25 second quarter; Florida State 17, Duke 0: Faced with 4th and 10 from the 27, Florida State opts for the field goal. The 45-yard attempt is good and the Seminoles take a 17-0 lead with 0:25 to go in the first half.

3:37 second quarter: Florida State 14, Duke 0: Florida State increases their lead on a 12-yard touchdown run by Karlos Williams. The drive came following a third down interception at the 22, thrown by Anthony Boone and picked by Lamarcus Joyner.

12:36 second quarter; Florida State 7, Duke 0: Jameis Winston connects with Kelvin Benjamin for a 14-yard touchdown pass in the left corner of the end zone. The Seminoles are the first on the board for the 7-0 lead.

End of first quarter; Duke 0, Florida State 0: Florida State hasn't had a scoreless first quarter since they played Florida last year on Nov. 24, 2012, that was also the last game FSU lost.

5:07 first quarter; Duke 0, Florida State 0: Duke's Ross Cockrell forced a fumble and Jeremy Cash recovered it to give Duke the ball on their own three. And almost inevitably stop a Florida State score. The Duke offense follows it up by steadily moving down the field. On the 30, Duke can't convert on third down and goes for the 48-yard field goal. The Ross Martin field goal is no good and the score remains 0-0.

12:44 first quarter; Duke 0, Florida State 0: Both teams go three-and-out on their opening drives. Florida State tried to go deep twice and due to a good pass break-up and a big drop, were unsuccessful.

8:13 p.m. - Florida State wins the coin toss and defers. Duke elects to receive to start the game.

8:05 p.m. - Stadium is about full now. Still predominantly garnet out there. Official kickoff 8:15 p.m.

7:50 p.m. - Bands are on the field, area cheerleaders have performed. It's about that time. 

7:30 p.m. - Duke players have been on the field warming up and they are now all stretching. The Florida State team wrapped up stretches minutes before. The stadium is pretty empty still but the fans that are here are wearing garnet and gold. 

5:45 p.m. - The Duke football team took the field in their warm-ups. One last walk through before things get real. They didn't stay out long as they headed back to the locker room to get dressed. 


Pregame: Unlikely foes will collide in the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte this weekend, as the top-ranked Florida State Seminoles take on the 20th-ranked Duke Blue Devils at Bank of America Stadium.

Jimbo Fisher's Seminoles completed a dominant regular season with a 37-7 blasting of the Florida Gators last weekend to finish up at 12-0. Florida State's spot in the ACC title game was secured several weeks ago with an Atlantic Division crown, but the team was able to ascend the Top 25 and move into the number one overall slot in the BCS rankings thanks to Alabama's stunning loss at Auburn last weekend.

Stunning is an appropriate word to describe Duke's magical season. David Cutcliffe's Blue Devils closed out the year with eight straight wins and captured the Coastal Division title with a thrilling 27-25 victory at North Carolina in the regular-season finale. Overall, Duke finished at 10-2, setting a school record for wins in a season. Cutcliffe was named the ACC Coach of the Year as a result.

It's awfully humbling," Cutcliffe said. "I've said it time and time again, we've got a terrific group of coaches in this league. But this is not an individual award -- this is a program honor because of the young men who prepared each and every week to the best of their abilities, and then played the games on Saturdays with tremendous effort. And certainly a great deal of credit goes to our staff, which has come to work each and every day with the desire to help make our program the best it can possibly be."

While a BCS bowl bid is up for grabs in this game, the outcome could mean far more to the Seminoles with a victory, as they will go on to play for a national title. Duke is fighting an obvious uphill battle, as the Blue Devils have never beaten the Seminoles in 18 previous encounters.

The key to the Blue Devils' attack this season is an unprecedented balance that has certainly not been the norm in Durham in the recent past. Duke comes into this title game averaging 33.7 ppg, with a great mix of the run (179.9 ypg) and the pass (242.4 ypg).

Duke is a flawless 9-0 with Anthony Boone as the starter under center this season. However, that doesn't mean that Cutcliffe is set on one player leading Duke's offense. On the contrary, the Blue Devils have excelled this season thanks to a two-headed monster at quarterback, with both Boone and Brandon Connette making plays.

Boone has completed an efficient 66.2 percent of his passes this season, for 1,695 yards, with 10 TD passes. Connette comes in at 61.8 percent accuracy, for 1,210 yards and 13 TD strikes, while adding another dimension with his legs, which have accounted for another 13 scores on the ground.

Regardless of who is throwing the ball for Duke, the likely target is junior wideout Jamison Crowder, who leads the Blue Devils by a wide margin in most statistics, with 88 catches, for 1,131 yards and seven TDs. He was named to the All-ACC First-Team. The team lacks a workhorse in the backfield, but the combination of Jela Duncan (5.1 ypc, three TDs), Josh Snead (6.4 ypc), Juwan Thompson (5.0 ypc) and Connette has gotten the job done and kept foes from keying solely on the pass.

The offense is a notch or two above the defense in terms of productivity this season, although Duke has shown flashes of strong play on that side of the football in 2013. The team is allowing a decent 23.0 ppg and just under 400 yards of offense per outing (395.2).

The Blue Devils have been extremely active on defense and boast three players that have eclipsed the century mark in tackles in linebackers David Helton (114 stops) and Kelby Brown (101 tackles, 8.5 TFL, two INTs) and safety Jeremy Cash (109 tackles, four INTs). Cash and Brown were both All-ACC First-Team honorees. Senior end Kenny Anunike (64 tackles), is a force up front, leading the team in both TFL (13.5) and sacks (6).

FSU comes in as one of the nation's most productive offenses, averaging 53.7 ppg (second nationally) on 526.1 ypg (seventh nationally).

The Seminoles have raised the bar offensively this season thanks to the play of Heisman front-runner Jameis Winston. The redshirt freshman has played like a seasoned veteran under center, having completed 68.8 percent of his passes, for 3,490 yards, with 35 TD passes against eight interceptions. he was recently named the ACC Rookie of the Year, as well as an All-ACC First-Team selection.

Fisher has enjoyed watching Winston develop this season.

"His competitiveness is ridiculous," Fisher said of Winston. "He's a competitor. Nothing fazes that guy. He thrives on that...The guy's ability to learn and process information is what puts him over the top. He can think. He understands what he's doing at all times. And when he makes a mistake, he can come off and tell you exactly why he did it, what he did or didn't do right."

It has definitely been a huge bonus to have one of the nation's premier offensive lines in front of him and perhaps the nation's top receiving corps to throw to. Wideouts Rashad Greene (61 catches, 914 yards, 9 TDs), Kenny Shaw (48 catches, 855 yards, 5 TDs) and Kelvin Benjamin (45 catches, 838 yards, 12 TDs) all have the ability to take over games, as evidenced by Benjamin's three-TD performance against Florida last week.

"Tremendous," Fisher said of Benjamin. "KB has real advantages with his size, speed and athleticism. He can be a very, very special player, and he's starting to develop into that guy."

At over 200 yards rushing per game, the ground attack is every bit as lethal as the passing attack for FSU. The Seminoles have a three-pronged rushing attack, with Devonta Freeman (852 yards, 5.9 ypc, 12 TDs), Karlos Williams (650 yards, 8.2 ypc, 10 TDs) and James Wilder Jr. (517 yards, 7.1 ypc, 8 TDs) all making plays as they rotate in and out of the backfield.

To say that Florida State has excelled on defense would be an understatement. FSU currently leads the nation in scoring defense (11.0), pass defense (153.0), interceptions (23), rushing touchdowns allowed (four) and defensive touchdowns (eight), ranks second in pass defense efficiency (93.53), third in third-down conversion defense (.295) and fourth in total defense (271.0).

There are playmakers throughout the FSU defense, although it is linebacker Telvin Smith (team-high 67 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 1 sack, 2 INTs and 2 fumble recoveries) and cornerback Lamarcus Joyner (60 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 5,0 sacks, 1 INT and three forced fumbles) who have played at an All-American level this season. Joyner was an All-ACC First-Team selection.

The Blue Devils are huge underdogs in this contest, and although they have defied the odds all season long, getting past the Seminoles here isn't likely. Florida State has a trip to Pasadena in its future and will punch its ticket to the BCS Championship with a big win here.

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  • rvm Dec 8, 12:04 a.m.

    I think FSU could have been called for that same penalty several times. They hit and they hit... View More

    — Posted by lanecc

    agreed, this is a loss you can't pin on one particular trait, FSU just outplayed duke plain and simple. Duke has had a great season and it will continue in their perspective bowl. go duke rah va mil

  • rvm Dec 8, 12:01 a.m.

    man these guys are going at it, just a game... duke was totally outplayed, congrats to the noles. Hoping they make the acc proud come championship game. go duke rah va mil

  • lanecc Dec 7, 11:59 p.m.

    I think FSU could have been called for that same penalty several times. They hit and they hit hard. They lower their head to avoid helmet to helmet. I could say that appeared the same with the Duke player. He hit the guy in the gut, just like FSU did on a number of plays. Doesn't matter. FSU is a better team by far. We lost. Move on.

  • PricelessGemUNC Dec 7, 11:56 p.m.

    So glad we decided not to give our basketball tickets away this evening and watch an old friend... View More

    — Posted by PricelessGemUNC

    you suck about as much as ole Cumcliffe does at handshakes after the game!

    — Posted by PricelessGemUNC

    I HEAR YOU SUCK A MEAN KOCK!!YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!

    — Posted by uncsuckiemarkie1

    Yep, If I did I learned from your mom and wife. It was nice that they gave some good lessons!

  • PricelessGemUNC Dec 7, 11:54 p.m.

    awwww....cutcliff is complaining about losing a player for a dirty hit...he should feel lucky... View More

    — Posted by HEELSrocknU

    So true! I gues he is not Classcliffe!

  • HEELSrocknU Dec 7, 11:53 p.m.

    awwww....cutcliff is complaining about losing a player for a dirty hit...he should feel lucky they had several not called last weekend...reality has just smacked him in the face, dook is not a great football team, period, that's why they were 29 point underdogs and still didn't cover

  • jrt0856 Dec 7, 11:53 p.m.

    Watching the news conf with cutcliffe, wow mr personality, not!

  • Stilllearnin Dec 7, 11:52 p.m.

    The Kocksuckers from Duke go down in defeat! Haha! So long to Duke and Cumcliffe on that dream... View More

    — Posted by PricelessGemUNC

    What a pathetic person you must be, if that is your mindset you need a lot of help!

    — Posted by Stilllearnin

    Hey Kocksucker mind your business!

    — Posted by PricelessGemUNC

    Wow, sure makes me shake! What a little man (if that is what you are)brave from a distance.

  • PricelessGemUNC Dec 7, 11:46 p.m.

    So glad we decided not to give our basketball tickets away this evening and watch an old friend Wes Miller coach against the Heels. We got home in time to see all the good parts of this one! Go Noles! Congrats and good luck in the National Championship!

  • PricelessGemUNC Dec 7, 11:43 p.m.

    Time to pull for Michigan State so we will have a good National Championship between a SEC school and an ACC school.

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Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
Final
NCSU 60
BSU 54
 
Final
PIT 2
CAR 4
 
Final
CHA 101
GSW 106
 
2nd
UF 48
UNC 62
 
2nd
TULSA 14
ECU 14
 
Final
BOS 102
CHI 109
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CHA 101
GSW 106
 
4th
TOR 79
DAL 84
 
Final
DET 88
MIL 104
 
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ATL 100
NOP 91
 
3rd
HOU 70
LAC 83
 
3rd
OKC 78
NYK 48
 
4th
IND 72
ORL 64
 
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SAN 61
SAC 51
 
2nd
DEN 50
PHO 32
 
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WMICH 21
NILL 31
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SMU 9
HOU 35
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IOWA 34
NEB 37
Final
SFLA 0
UCF 16
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MARS 66
WKENT 67
Final
KSU 27
AKR 24
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BGU 24
BST 41
Final
UMASS 21
BUF 41
Final
EMICH 16
TOL 52
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MIZZ 21
ARK 14
Final
SALABAMA 40
NAVY 42
Final
ARZ 42
ARST 35
Final
AFA 27
COLST 24
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UCLA 10
STAN 31
2nd
VT 10
UVA 13
 
2nd
TULSA 14
ECU 14
 
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
Final
KU 82
TENN 67
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TEXAM 87
NO 65
 
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NCAT 57
RAD 65
 
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GEOR 58
BUT 64
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BRO 81
PVU 71
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RIU 66
SCU 44
Final
NARZ 70
SOUTH 63
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DART 68
MAST 67
Final
WRST 59
FIU 61
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XAV 73
UTEP 77
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OSU 73
JMU 56
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TXSOU 71
LAM 59
 
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TAMCC 75
MVSU 66
 
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AKAN 51
MIZST 55
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BUCK 80
PSU 88
 
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PROV 72
YALE 66
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UGA 62
MINN 66
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WISC 69
OKLA 56
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Terriers 70
NORST 72
 
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PEAY 62
STEPH 83
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FSU 58
CSOU 47
 
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VALPO 66
DRAK 46
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CIN 69
MTST 51
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SDU 75
PRIN 65
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WASU 76
RICE 74
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CSFU 64
USCU 79
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GT 61
RIDE 54
 
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TXPA 79
ALAST 91
 
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NCSU 60
BSU 54
 
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TCU 57
BRAD 49
 
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WAKE 65
DELST 72
 
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HART 83
EMERSON 50
 
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STJ 66
GONZ 73
 
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CLEM 62
HIGH 59
 
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HC 48
 
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MD 61
MON 56
 
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SAV 71
 
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MIAMI 87
SALA 75
 
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RUTG 68
VANDY 65
 
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PETE 66
TENST 58
 
2nd
MARS 55
CLST 63
 
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JST 52
HOF 80
 
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INDST 49
MEM 56
 
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UF 48
UNC 62
 
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LATU 64
SAMF 43
 
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TULA 69
SELA 61
 
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NEB 70
TENNM 62
 
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MISS 43
CREI 47
 
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MURST 44
 
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WAS 5
NYI 2
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PIT 2
CAR 4
 
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NJD 4
DET 4
 
Final
BUF 2
MON 1
 
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VAN 5
 
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BOS 2
WIN 1
 
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FLA 3
OTT 2
 
2nd Intermission
STL 1
EDM 2
 
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DAL 0
MIN 2