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Florida State Seminoles taking advantage of final possessions in first half of games


Miami Herald Writer

Florida State has taken advantage of its final drive of the first half in a big way this season. The Seminoles are now 5 for 5 — all touchdowns — on their final possession of the first half.

On Saturday against Maryland, Jameis Winston engineered a nine play, 78-yard drive in the final minutes of the second quarter to put FSU up 21-0 heading into the tunnel. The redshirt freshman was 5 of 6 for 79 yards and a touchdown on the drive.

For the season, Winston is 14 of 15 for 272 yards and four touchdowns on the final drive of the first half.

Brown Injured

Midway through the second quarter, Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown was knocked from the game with a concussion. The injury came on a play where Brown attempted — unsuccessfully — to elude FSU linebacker Christian Jones before getting leveled by defensive tackle Jacobbi McDaniel just as he let go of the ball.

“I hope he’s all right right now,” McDaniel said after the game. “I guess Christian just had him and he still had the ball. He let the ball go and by the time he let it go, I was right there.”

Said Maryland coach Randy Edsall: “I’d rather make no comment on that at this point in time. I know what I was told by our coaches, but I have not seen it myself on film and probably won’t have any comment after that because all of these things are in the hands of the [Atlantic Coast Conference]. I’m sure we will have them take a look and it would just go from there.”

Still Perfect

Florida State’s redshirt freshman kicker is off to an impressive start. Roberto Aguayo has made his first 42 consecutive kicks. On Saturday, he was 9 for 9 on extra points and increased his point total for the season to 56.

Last year, FSU’s Dustin Hopkins set a new NCAA record for career points by a kicker. At his current pace, Aguayo would top that

Enjoying It

Asked whether he planned to enjoy Florida State’s win — and his career day — or move immediately on to No.3 Clemson (FSU’s next opponent), Winston said he would soak this win up for a bit.

“I’m going to enjoy this day right here because it felt like a little league football game out there,” he said. “Twelve o’clock, the sun was out, I don’t think I saw a cloud in the sky. It was a beautiful day, so I’m going to enjoy this day. I’m really looking forward to playing Clemson . They have a great team and we’re going to Death Valley. It’s a great atmosphere. It should be fun.”

This and That

• Center Bryan Stork left the game in the first quarter with a concussion and did not return. The redshirt senior — typically sure-handed — made two bad snaps and appeared disoriented heading off the field on a fourth-down play. He was replaced by junior Austin Barron (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas).

• Saturday’s win marked FSU’s first shutout over a ranked team since beating Georgia Tech 38-0 in 1997.

• With Ronald Darby’s third-quarter fumble recovery, the Seminoles have now forced a turnover in 10 consecutive games.

• FSU’s 63 points were the most in a conference win since the Seminoles beat Duke 63-14 in 2000.

• Saturday’s captains were seniors Terrence Brooks (safety), linebacker Telvin Smith and Stork.

• Announced attendance was 74,909.

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