TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State’s past two starting quarterbacks have been selected in the first round of the NFL Draft: Christian Ponder was taken 12th overall by the Minnesota Vikings in 2011 and EJ Manuel was taken 16th by the Buffalo Bills last spring.
That’s a trend that is not likely to change whenever redshirt freshman Jameis Winston decides to turn pro, either.
Manuel’s successor took just a little more than six games to match his career high for touchdown passes in a season. It took Manuel 14 games last season to throw 23 touchdown passes. Winston was at 23 by the end of the first quarter Saturday, and that’s where he stayed.
Winston finished the day with 292 yards and three touchdown passes.
Florida State’s starting defense never came back onto the field after the team headed into the locker room at halftime with a 42-0 lead. The starting unit on defense held North Carolina State to just 85 yards in the first half.
“Our young guys are held to the same standard and [asked to] play at the same level and we’ve got to get better,” coach Jimbo Fisher said after the game.
“We’ve got to get them as many reps as we can because you don’t know when an injury is going to occur or you develop fatigue.”
Former Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Rashad Greene continues to put up big numbers this season. On Saturday, he caught eight passes for 137 yards and a touchdown.
Greene now has a reception in 22 consecutive games — eight shy of the FSU record set last season by Rodney Smith — and with his 21st career touchdown reception moved up to eighth all time (tied with Anquan Boldin) at Florida State.
Greene has 39 catches for 690 yards and eight touchdowns this season.
Tight end Nick O’Leary’s 14-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter marked his 10th career touchdown reception. He is now tied with two others for the Florida State record for touchdowns in a career by a tight end.
Redshirt freshman kicker Roberto Aguayo is still perfect on his field-goal attempts and extra points this year. Aguayo has made 58 consecutive kicks after kicking seven extra points Saturday. He broke the previous record of 54 in a row — set by Dustin Hopkins — in the first quarter.
FSU scored five touchdowns on its first five possessions — all in the first quarter. The 35 points tied the record for the most points in a single quarter in Seminoles history.
This and That
• The Seminoles are 7-0 to start a season for the first time since 1999 — the year they won their last national championship.
• Florida State has scored 40 or more points in every game this season.
• Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin bruised his hand when he slammed it against a helmet attempting to make a catch during the first drive of the third quarter. X-rays were negative, and he is likely to day-to-day.
• Senior wide receiver Kenny Shaw reeled in his 100th career catch on a 15-yard play in the first quarter.
• FSU has held opponents to 20 or fewer points in 28 of their past 35 games.