TALLAHASSEE -- 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.