FSU quarterback Jameis Winston continues to move up in record books

 
 
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher celebrates a touchdown with quarterback Jameis Winston (5) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Tallahassee, Fla.
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher celebrates a touchdown with quarterback Jameis Winston (5) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Tallahassee, Fla.
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Miami Herald Writer

With his 6-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin early in the second quarter, Jameis Winston moved into third place on Florida State’s single-season touchdown list. With 28 passing touchdowns (and counting), only two players in the program’s history — Danny Kanell and Chris Weinke — have ever thrown for more TDs in a season than Winston has this year.

Earlier, Winston tied Charlie Ward when he connected with Rashad Greene (Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas) on a 6-yard pass in the middle of the end zone. Ward — who was in attendance celebrating the 20th anniversary of Florida State’s 1993 national championship team — threw 27 TDs that year on his way to the Heisman Trophy.

• Twenty minutes before the opening kickoff, FSU paid tribute to its first national championship squad. The 1993 Seminoles went 12-1 and beat Nebraska in the Orange Bowl to capture Bobby Bowden’s first national title. Bowden was on hand Saturday along with his former players — including Ward, Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn and others — to celebrate the 20th anniversary of that accomplishment.

• Florida State hung 28 points on Syracuse in the first quarter. It marked the 11th time this season that FSU scored at least 21 points in a quarter. The Seminoles have now outscored opponents 138-35 in the opening quarter of games this season.

•  James Wilder Jr.’s two touchdown runs moved him up to 10th place all-time in Florida State history — tied with Jermaine Thomas — with 19 career touchdowns. Meanwhile, Devonta Freeman (Miami Central) moved up to fifth all-time with his 26th career rushing TD.

• When Levonte “Kermit” Whitfield ran for a 74-yard touchdown early in the first quarter, it marked the seventh time this season that a true freshman scored a touchdown. Last season, not one true freshman scored for the Seminoles.

•  Nick O’Leary caught a touchdown in the third quarter from Sean Maguire and became Florida State’s career leader for receiving touchdowns by a tight end. The junior has seven this season and 11 for his career. It was the first career touchdown pass for Maguire.

• Redshirt freshman kicker Robert Aguayo was already a Groza Award semifinalist. On Saturday, he became an Atlantic Coast Conference record-holder, too. When Aguayo made the extra point to make it 52-0 midway through the third quarter, it broke the ACC record for most extra points in a season with 68. The previous record was set in 11 games by former FSU kicker Scott Bentley in 1995 — Aguayo got it in 10. He is now a perfect 69 for 69 on PATs and 14 for 15 on field goals.

• FSU is 10-0 for the first time since its 1999 national championship season. It’s the sixth 10-0 start in school history and marks FSU’s 21st 10-win season.

• The Seminoles went undefeated in regular-season ACC play for the first time since 2000.

• FSU is 41-10 under coach Jimbo Fisher.

• FSU has had more than 500 yards of offense in seven of 10 games this season.

• The Seminoles have forced a turnover in 15 consecutive games.

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