TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Jameis Winston threw for 225 yards and four touchdowns as No. 2 Florida State broke a school record for points in a game in an 80-14 victory against Idaho Saturday.
Florida State (11-0) topped the 77 points the Seminoles scored in 1995 against North Carolina State in 1995 to remain unbeaten.READ MORE: Parkland Shooter Nikolas Cruz Pleads Guilty To All Counts In School Massacre
The Seminoles continue to focus on football while the ongoing sexual assault investigation of Winston casts a shadow over the program. State attorney Willie Meggs said Saturday it is unlikely that a final decision will be made before Thanksgiving on whether to charge the quarterback.
The lawyer of the accuser, Patricia Carroll, claims Winston raped the victim on Dec. 7, 2012. Winston’s lawyer Tim Jansen said the sex between the two was consensual.
Florida State is now two wins from a likely berth in the BCS championship game.
The Seminoles finish the regular season at Florida (4-7), which lost 26-20 to Georgia Southern on Saturday and will be heavy underdogs against the Seminoles. Florida State should go into the Atlantic Coast Conference championship without a loss and be favored again. A trip to Pasadena for the title game is nearly within its grasp.
Winston, a Heisman Trophy front-runner, played just one series in the second half.
The Seminoles have dominated throughout the season, but 66 points was the largest margin of victory since a 69-3 win against Murray State in the 2012 season opener.READ MORE: Florida Manatee Deaths Rise As Pollutants Kill Seagrass
Devonta Freeman opened up the scoring with a 60-yard run on their seventh offensive snap of the game. That was the beginning of the punishing day for a run game that posted 336 yards rushing. He had 129 yards on 11 carries as the entire backfield got loose.
James Wilder Jr. carried an entire possession on his back in the second quarter. He capped a five-play, 85-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown with 5:54 left in the second quarter. Wilder carried the ball on four of those five plays and accounted for every yard. Karlos Williams added 114 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.
Kenny Shaw recorded his first 100-yard game of the season in the last home game of his career. He finished with 107 yards and two touchdowns on five receptions. Kelvin Benjamin hauled in two touchdowns on his three receptions and now has a touchdown in six of his last seven games.
The Vandals (1-10) were never competitive and that began at the line of scrimmage. They had no answer for nose guard Timmy Jernigan and couldn’t create running lanes or protect the quarterback. Jernigan had a team-high 6 tackles, including 4 1/2 for loss and a season-high 2 1/2 sacks.
Taylor Davis threw for 220 yards and a touchdown, but three interceptions turned into 14 points forFlorida State. Linebacker Telvin Smith returned one of the interceptions 79 yards for a score in the second quarter. The Seminoles have now scored a non-offensive touchdown in three consecutive games.
Idaho managed just 59 rushing yards and threw four interceptions. Dezmon Epps finished with 126 yards on seven receptions.MORE NEWS: Look Up South Florida! Orionid Meteor Shower On Display This Month
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