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ACC roundup: No. 8 Florida State demolishes No. 25 Maryland

Florida State’s Terrance Brooks (right) and Maryland’s Adam Greene went flying after going for a loose ball.
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Florida State’s Terrance Brooks (right) and Maryland’s Adam Greene went flying after going for a loose ball.

Jameis Winston reaffirmed his Heisman Trophy candidacy with the best performance of his short career Saturday. The Florida State redshirt freshman put up career-highs with 393 yards passing and five touchdowns during a 63-0 victory over No. 25 Maryland in Tallahassee, Fla.

The 63 points were the second-most scored by No. 8 Florida State (5-0, 3-0 ACC) during coach Jimbo Fisher’s tenure and it was the most lopsided win against a Top 25 program in school history. The lopsided score also tied the point-differential for the worst loss by a Top 25 team all-time.

Winston became the first FSU quarterback to throw five touchdowns since Christian Ponder in 2009.


‘‘It felt like a little league football game out there,’’ Winston said. ‘‘It was 12 o’clock, the sun was out. I don’t think I saw a cloud in the sky. It was a beautiful day.’’

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The Terrapins (4-1, 0-1) were held to 121 first-half yards and Florida State gave up a season-low 11 yards rushing on 10 attempts in the first half.

Maryland lost quarterback C.J. Brown to a concussion when he was decked by Dan Hicks and Jaccobi McDaniel in the second quarter.

Miami 45, Georgia Tech 30 — Stephen Morris threw for three touchdowns, Duke Johnson rushed for 184 yards, and the No. 14 Hurricanes remained unbeaten after shaking off a problematic opening quarter to beat the visiting Yellow Jackets (3-2, 2-2).

Phillip Dorsett, Clive Walford, and Allen Hurns caught TD passes for Miami (5-0, 1-0), which scored 21 points in the final 7:15. Dallas Crawford ran for two scores in the fourth, and Ladarius Gunter added a 30-yard interception return for another TD with 1:08 left.


Clemson 49, Syracuse 14 — Tajh Boyd kept his Heisman Trophy aspirations intact, throwing for 455 yards and five touchdowns in three quarters of work, and the No. 3 Tigers blew out the host Orange in their ACC debut.

Clemson (5-0, 3-0 ACC) made sure they wouldn’t slip up against the Orange (2-3, 0-1) and their raucous Homecoming crowd of 48,961 by taking a 21-0 first-quarter lead.

Virginia Tech 27, North Carolina 17 — Logan Thomas matched his career high with three TD passes, all before halftime, and the host Hokies (5-1, 2-0) won their fifth in a row.

Kyle Fuller made the biggest play of the game, intercepting a fourth-down pass to end a threat by the Tar Heels, and controlling dual threat quarterback Marquise Williams until the final minutes. The loss was the third straight for UNC (1-4, 0-2).

Ball St. 48, Virginia 27 — Keith Wenning threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, Jahwan Edwards added three scoring runs, and the visiting Cardinals (5-1) shredded the Cavaliers (2-3).


Wake Forest 28, NC State 13 — Tanner Price threw for 268 yards and three TDs and ran for 82 yards and another score to lift the host Demon Deacons (3-3, 1-2) past the Wolf Pack (3-2, 0-2).