Immediate Thoughts: Seminoles Stomp Gators in Swamp
Immediate thoughts from FSU’s 37-7 victory over Florida at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday
IT WAS OVER WHEN: Jameis Winston and Kelvin Benjamin hooked up for a 29-yard touchdown pass with 25 seconds remaining in the first half to give the Seminoles a 17-0 lead. Despite being plagued by drops, Benjamin still had a career day with nine catches for 212 yards and three touchdowns. His first touchdown of the game was an amazing exhibition of individual talent as he broke five tackles en route to scoring from 45 yards out.
WINSTON MARCHES ON: Winston got off to a slow start and threw an interception to Louchiez Purifoy in the first quarter. But he warmed up midway through the second quarter and finished 19-of-31 for 327 yards and three touchdowns to break the school’s single-season touchdown record. He was at his best on third down and his 26-yard completion to Kenny Shaw on 3rd-and-26 in the second quarter changed the momentum of the game for good.
BURTON BOWS OUT: Florida put its offensive hopes on the shoulders of all-purpose athlete Trey Burton and hoped to use him out of the Wildcat for much of the game. The move worked early as Burton broke a 50-yard run in the first quarter but they would be his final play of the game (and his college career) as he suffered an apparent shoulder injury.
OFFENSIVE SUPREMACY: FSU outgained Florida 456-193 after the Gators held an 81-33 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Skyler Mornhinweg was efficient for Florida but didn’t try to throw much down field. The redshirt freshman quarterback finished 20-of-25 for 115 yards and a touchdown. He also lost two fumbles.
REALLY SPECIAL TEAMS: Robert Aguayo got FSU on the board with a 49-yard field goal in the first quarter. He finished 3-for-3 on FGs and has only missed one kick this season. The Gators actually had the first scoring opportunity but Austin Hardin’s 49-yard field goal went wide.
WILL’S LAST STAND?: Even though Florida head coach Will Muschamp has the support of athletic director Jeremy Foley, it’s going to be interesting to see what the final fallout will be from this 4-8 season that included an embarrassing loss to FCS opponent Georgia Southern. If Muschamp stays he will certainly have to make staff changes and it likely means dismissing offensive coordinator Brent Pease.