(AP) Winston, defense lead No. 3 FSU past Wake, 59-3
By JOEDY McCREARY
AP Sports Writer
Jameis Winston threw two touchdown passes, and No. 3 Florida State tied a school record with six interceptions in a 59-3 rout of Wake Forest on Saturday that clinched an ACC championship game berth.
Nate Andrews took an interception 56 yards for a touchdown and Jalen Ramsey returned a fumble 23 yards for a score on consecutive plays.
The Seminoles (9-0, 7-0) claimed the inside track to a BCS title game berth with No. 2 Oregon’s loss Thursday. They kept firm grasp of it by forcing seven turnovers and breaking the stadium record of 56 points they set in 1994.
Florida State outgained Wake Forest (4-6, 2-5) 296-166 and turned those turnovers into five TDs and a field goal.
Winston was 17 of 28 for 159 yards in two-plus quarters with an 18-yard TD to Kelvin Benjamin and a 2-yarder to Chad Abram that made it 42-0 at halftime.
James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman had early scoring runs 50 seconds apart. The Seminoles, 35-point favorites, scored their first three touchdowns in a 5:05 span of the first quarter.
Chad Hedlund’s 23-yard field goal with 9:07 left helped the Demon Deacons avoid being shut out for the second straight week and for the third time in four meetings with Florida State.
Kermit Whitfield returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for the TD that gave the Seminoles the BB&T Field scoring record.
Wake Forest’s first two quarterbacks, Tanner Price and Tyler Cameron, combined for six completions and 66 yards passing.
Price threw three interceptions on four attempts before he was pulled. The first two were returned into the red zone and Andrews took the third back for a score.
In matching the team record of six interceptions set against Louisville in 1991, Florida State proved a point _ there was no Hurricane hangover for these Seminoles after routing rival Miami 41-14 last week.
Now the challenge the rest of the way might be to avoid boredom: Boston College is the only team to either hang within 14 points of the Seminoles or score more than 17 points against them.
None of their final four opponents entered this week with a winning record.
They’re headed to the ACC title game for the third time in four years and had little trouble claiming the voter-impressing blowout that kept them in the thick of the national championship race.
After they went 80 yards in 13 plays on their first drive _ capped by Wilder’s 5-yard touchdown run that made it 7-0 _ the Seminoles ran only four offensive plays while stretching their lead to 35-0.
The Demon Deacons helped them out by giving them short fields with turnovers on four consecutive possessions.
That included a remarkable effort by Seminoles defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., who somehow pulled in the second interception of Price while being bear-hugged by Wake Forest offensive tackle Josh T. Harris.
Winston found Benjamin over the middle for a touchdown two plays later, and the defensive scores came quickly after that. Andrews took Price’s airmailed throw for a pick-six, and on the Demon Deacons’ next snap, Josh Harris fumbled and Ramsey added his scoop-and-score.
Wake Forest, which didn’t advance deeper than the Syracuse 42 in a 13-0 defeat last week and lost go-to receiver Michael Campanaro to a broken collarbone, didn’t get past the Florida State 44 until the fourth quarter.
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