Undefeated Florida State Dominates NC State

If you missed the first half, you missed Jameis Winston. He played on series in the third.

If you missed the first half, you missed Jameis Winston. He played on series in the third.

One week after absolutely dismantling former No. 3 ranked Clemson in Death Valley, Florida Sate played pretty much the same game against NC State on Saturday afternoon, winning 49-17 at home.

As lopsided as the final score was, it fails to paint an accurate picture of just how dominant the Seminoles were over the Wolfpack.

The game was essentially over in the first quarter after FSU jumped out to a 35-point lead with two over two minutes still on the clock. They extended their lead by seven in the second and went into the half up 42-0.

Freshman sensation Famous Jameis [Winston] was exceptional yet again. He went 16-of-26 for 292 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. All the while averaging 11.2 yards per completion.

Winston did so much early that his day was over after the Noles first possession of the second half.

Florida State averaged 6.6 yards per carry on the ground, with five different players combining for 224 yards. Junior running backs Devon Freeman and Karlos Williams carried the bulk of the load, between them rushing 25 times for 178 yards and three touchdowns.

It goes without saying their receivers had a fine day as well.

The only bright spot for NC State was the play of sophomore running back Shadrach Thornton, who had by far the most productive game of his career. He averaged 7.5 yards on 23 carries, amassing 173 yards and two touchdowns. Shadrach added another 32 yards receiving.

Florida State fans have reason to cheer right now.

Florida State fans have reason to cheer right now.

The victory was sweet revenge for still undefeated Florida State, who were upset by NC State in Raleigh last season. And sweeter still is that the No. 2 ranked Noles are on course to play for a national championship.

Even if they get leapfrogged by Oregon in the final weeks of the season, which could very well happen, FSU fans can take solace in the fact that this team will begin the 2014 season as prohibitive favorites for next year’s BCS Championship.

It’s hard to imagine anyone stopping this Florida State team. Not now, and not for the foreseeable future.

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