(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — The No. 1 Florida State Seminoles (13-0) stormed past the Duke Blue Devils (10-3) 45-7 on Saturday to remain undefeated in 2013 and are headed to the VIZIO BCS National Championship.
Two days after prosecutors decided not to press charges against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston in a sexual assault case, the Heisman Trophy candidate threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score.
“This whole week has been very high emotion,” Winston said. “We wanted to win this championship so bad. We were looking forward to having an undefeated season.”
The Seminoles are expected to play No. 3 Auburn on Jan. 6 after they wrapped up the SEC title with a win over Missouri on Saturday.
“The football field is our sanctuary,” Winston said. “Every time I stepped on the field, every time we stepped on that field, everything that happened outside of our family, it was just zoned out.”
The Blue Devils surprised many this season and head coach David Cutcliffe was proud of his team.
“It’s no fun, but we competed with them. We were on the field a little too much. You know going in that a big, strong quarterback that moves around well will extend plays, so you have to maintain your discipline in coverage — and we did for the most part. But their defense does a good job of getting the other offense off the field, and unfortunately that worked well for them tonight,” Cutcliffe said.
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Jill Martin, CNN
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