Winston, No. 2 FSU roll past Idaho 80-14
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)
Idaho coach Paul Petrino has had a trying season. The Vandals have been overwhelmed by nearly every opponent during his first year leading the program.
Things bottomed out Saturday as No. 2 Florida State set a school record for the most points scored in the 80-14 win against Idaho.
''You know, what do you say when you get beat 80-14?'' Petrino said. ''I wouldn't say anyone on that team didn't play well.''
The Vandals (1-10) were never competitive and that began at both lines of scrimmage. Idaho gave up 645 yards of total offense, including 336 on the ground. The Vandals also threw four interceptions and were sacked seven times. They had no answer for nose guard Timmy Jernigan and couldn't create running lanes or protect the quarterback. Jernigan had a team-high 6 tackles, including 4 1/2 for loss and a career-high 2 1/2 sacks.
''There some guys I was proud of,'' Petrino said. ''Dezmon Epps competed his tail off. He played as hard as he could. He competed hard all game. He made some plays.
''Something like that, you have to look for the positives. You have to build on the positives. There were some guys who played really hard and competed to the end and that's what we have to build on.''
Taylor Davis threw for 220 yards and a touchdown, but three interceptions turned into 14 points for Florida State. Epps caught seven passes for 126 yards while Najee Lovett and Richard Montgomery both caught touchdown passes.
Idaho managed just 59 rushing yards on 35 attempts.
Roman Runner had a team-high 13 tackles, including 3 1/2 for loss and a sack for the Vandals.
''We've just got a real good vibe about us,'' Jernigan said. ''We just look to dominate week in and week out.''
Heisman Trophy candidate James Winston threw for 225 yards and four touchdowns for the Seminoles. The ongoing sexual assault investigation of the quarterback continues to cast a shadow over the program while the team focuses on football. State attorney Willie Meggs told The Associated Press on Saturday it is unlikely that a final decision will be made before Thanksgiving on whether to charge the quarterback.
Patricia Carroll, the lawyer of the accuser, claims Winston raped the victim on Dec. 7, 2012. Winston's lawyer Tim Jansen said the sex between the two was consensual.
''The football field is a sanctuary to me,'' Winston said. ''And it's like that for all of our teammates. When all of us are on the field everything is just zoned out. We focus.''
Florida State (11-0), second in the BCS standings, is two wins away from a likely berth in the BCS championship game with the regular-season finale at Florida next week. This is the first 11-0 start for the program since the 1999 national championship season and the first time going undefeated at home since 2000.
Winston, played just one series in the second half.
''It's not right for the game,'' Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said when asked about getting Winston better stats with more playing time. ''People know he played well. ... He played exceptionally well and he's on a great team.
''To me, stats aren't the key for awards. It's how well you play, how you dominate your opponent and what you do. That's my opinion. People who look at numbers don't really know the player.''
Fisher, who criticized his team's focus early, admitted he was being picky, ''but that's the elite standard we want to be held to.''
Devonta Freeman opened up the scoring with a 60-yard run on their seventh offensive snap of the game. That was the beginning of the punishing day for a run game that posted 336 yards rushing. He had 129 yards on 11 carries as the entire backfield got loose. Freeman is now the 14th player in school history to rush for 2,000.
James Wilder Jr. carried an entire possession on his back in the second quarter. He capped a five-play, 85-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown with 5:54 left in the second quarter. Wilder carried the ball on four of those five plays and accounted for every yard. Karlos Williams added 114 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.
Kenny Shaw recorded his first 100-yard game of the season in the last home game of his career. He finished with 107 yards and two touchdowns on five receptions. Kelvin Benjamin hauled in two touchdowns on his three receptions and now has a touchdown in six of his last seven games.
''I don't think our high school basketball team scored 80 points,'' Shaw said.