The Florida State Seminoles improved their record to 3-0 on the season with a 54-6 rout of Bethune-Cookman on a wet Saturday evening in Tallahassee, inside Doak Campbell Stadium. It was the second consecutive week that the FSU defense held their opponent to single-digits on offense, and they also made their presence felt early.
Right out of the gate, LB Telvin Smith let it be known that the Seminoles’ defense came to play. With about eight minutes to go in the first quarter, the hard-hitting linebacker picked off a Quentin Williams pass and returned it 68-yards for the first FSU score of the day.
From there, the rest of the scoring was provided by Jameis and the rest of this talented offensive unit. Winston, overall, was stellar again. The redshirt freshman finished 10-of-19 for 148 yards and two touchdowns in limited play.
Once again, though, it was the running game that had the heads turning.
Devonta Freeman locked in yet another 100-yard rushing day, this week finishing with 10 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown. The show-stealer from last week, the recently converted Karlos Williams, also had himself a nice evening. Karlos notched himself 83 yards on nine carries with two touchdowns. For the second week in a row, the switch from safety to running back looks more and more plausible, as well as effective.
Receiving wise, Kenny Shaw led the way for the ‘Noles this week with four catches for 89 yards. As far as Jameis’ two scoring tosses, those were hauled in by Rashad Greene and Kelvin Benjamin. Greene recorded a score from 19-yards out early in the third quarter, while Benjamin grabbed his, an 11-yarder, earlier on in the game in the second quarter.
Overall, it was another dominant performance for this team as they now move to 3-0 on the season, and get prepared to jump back into ACC play next week against Boston College. We’ll have full coverage of that matchup throughout the week, as well as some more takeaways from tonight’s contest as the week progresses.