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Florida State Repeats as ACC Champions

Florida State Repeats as ACC Champions

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- For the third straight year, the Florida State Seminoles won the Atlantic Coast Conference crown, beating Georgia Tech 37-35 on Saturday. The fourth-ranked Seminoles (13-0) completed another perfect regular season, winning their 29th straight game.

It was not an easy romp for Florida State, who actually trailed multiple times in the contest. The Yellow Jackets (10-3) used their impressive running attack to slow the game down and take an early 7-0 lead after their defense forced a punt on the Seminoles opening drive. However, Florida State scored on their next seven possessions and 28-21 lead at halftime.

Number 11 Georgia Tech tied things up with another touchdown run from Synjyn Davis, his third of the game, but three straight field goals from Roberto Aguayo put the game out of reach. Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas rushed for 104 yards and threw for 177 more, but a costly fourth-quarter interception helped give Florida State the win.

Jameis Winston tossed three touchdowns, while throwing for 309 yards, hoping for a spot in the first ever College Football Playoff to have a chance to defend their national championship. 

"We can't control what other people think," Winston said.

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TCU Joins the Top 4 in New CFB Rankings

TCU Joins the Top 4 in New CFB Rankings

ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- TCU moved into the top four of the new College Football Playoff rankings that were announced Tuesday night.TCU, which routed Texas 48-10 on Thursday, was vaulted into the three spot while undefeated Florida State dropped to No. 4.Alabama and Oregon remained No. 1 and 2 respectively.Baylor, which beat TCU earlier in the season, came in sixth while Ohio State finished fifth.All of the top-six teams will play either Friday or Saturday before the final CFB rankings are revealed. Alabama and No. 16 Missouri play in the SEC championship game. Oregon and No. 7 Arizona square off in the Pac-12 championship Friday. TCU will take on Iowa State (2-9). Florida State gets No. 11 Georgia Tech in the ACC championship. Ohio State plays No. 13 Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship and Baylor hosts No. 9 Kansas State (9-2).

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Florida State Remains Undefeated With Win Over Florida

Florida State Remains Undefeated With Win Over Florida

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fl.) -- With a 24-19 victory over their in-state rival Florida Gators, the Florida State Seminoles remained the only undefeated team in college football.

Quarterback Jameis Winston struggled Saturday afternoon, throwing four interceptions while completing 12 of 24 passes. He did throw two touchdowns to tight end Nick O'Leary to lead the Seminoles to their 28th straight victory.

"He goes out there and something good happens, he lets it go," O'Leary said. "Something bad happens, he lets it go. Just does everything the same and moves on and keeps playing his best."

Florida State's defense carried the team, holding Florida to 282 total yards and interception Gators quarterback Treon Harris twice. One key interception came when Terrance Smith picked off an errant pass from Harris inside the Seminoles 10 yard line.  Smith found a convoy of blockers and raced 94 yards for a touchdown. The Gators were leading 9-0.

"Our defense was tremendous tonight," said Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher. "They just keep fighting and finding ways."

The Seminoles (12-0) head to the ACC title game to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-2) on December 6 in Charlotte.  

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Florida Prepares for Florida State

Florida Prepares for Florida State

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(GAINSVILLE, Fl.) -- Florida is looking to hand Florida State their first loss of the season on Saturday in one of the biggest rivalry games of the weekend.

Gators head coach Will Muschamp is set to step down at seasons end and knows the importance of this game.

"[They're a] really good football team. [I've] got tremendous respect for [Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher] and the job he's done and his staff," Muschamp said. "They've won a bunch in a row. Last time they lost was when the Gators were up there. They've done a outstanding job."

Florida State got all they could handle from Boston College last weekend and Fisher knows that the Gators are pumped up for this game.

"We're going into battle," Fisher said. "These games are going to be dogfights. People are going to try and be the one that knocks us out, knocks us off, got nothing to lose."

Florida is 2-1 on the road this year.  The Seminoles have won six games this year at home.

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(3) Florida State Thwarts Miami’s Upset Bid

(3) Florida State Thwarts Miami’s Upset Bid

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) -- For the third time in its last four games Florida State found itself down at halftime, and as it did every other time, FSU won.

Dalvin Cook ran for a 26-yard touchdown with 3:05 remaining in the game, giving FSU its first lead of the contest and the No. 3 Seminoles held on from there as they avoid the upset and beat rival Miami, 30-26 Saturday night.

"They love each other and it gets down to that," Florida State head coach Jeff Fisher said. "They play for each other. They don't panic. This is a heck of a Miami football team. Give them credit ... but our kids just execute when they have to."

Miami (6-4, 3-3 ACC) came to play. It scored twice in the first quarter and got a field goal early in the second quarter to put them up 16-0 before Florida State did anything. The Seminoles would end up scoring on a 44-yard run by Cook but the Hurricanes answered right back when true freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya threw a 61-yard touchdown to Clive Walford. Roberto Aguayo would hit the first of his three field goals before the end of the quarter to go into halftime with Miami up by 13.

The second half was a different story.

This time it was Florida State (10-0, 7-0 ACC) that played the aggressor outscoring the Hurricanes 20-3 in route to its 26th-straight victory.

Miami was still alive with 39 seconds to play. It had the ball on the Florida State 43 but Kaaya's pass was intercepted by Jalen Ramsey to seal the Seminoles fifth-straight win over the Hurricanes.

Florida State will try to keep its undefeated record intact next Saturday when it hosts Boston College (6-4, 3-3 ACC).

 

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TCU Moves to No. 4 in College Football Playoff Rankings

TCU Moves to No. 4 in College Football Playoff Rankings

American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The TCU Horned Frogs moved to No. 4 in the latest Colllege Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday.

While the Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-0) still are sitting at No. 1, TCU (8-1) is followed by Florida State (9-0) and Oregon (9-1) with the Crimson Tide ranking No. 5 in the playoffs.

"For the third consecutive week, the committee looked at the overall body of work, their strength of schedule, and looked at the number of top 25 wins," committee chairman Jeff Long said.

"TCU has two top 25 wins and Baylor has one. And TCU's loss is a top-10 loss. When you put all those factors together, we still think at this time TCU has a better resume and was voted that way ahead of Baylor," he continued.

"I think that our rankings will send the message," Long added. "We as a committee are not charged with sending messages to coaches and ADs about scheduling, but I think it's likely that they will see the factors that we take into account and will take a message from that. But we're not trying to send a message about that. We've said from the beginning, strength of schedule, total body of work, complete resume, all of those are factored into this decision to get to the best four teams and rank our 25."

Mississippi State will travel to Alabama (8-1) on Saturday.

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Still Perfect: (2) FSU Erases 17 Point 3rd Quarter Deficit vs. Louisville

Still Perfect: (2) FSU Erases 17 Point 3rd Quarter Deficit vs. Louisville

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- No. 2 Florida State rallied from a 17 point third quarter deficit to beat No. 25 Louisville 42-31 Thursday night.

Florida State (8-0, 5-0 ACC) has now won 24 straight.

It looked early like there was no stopping the Cardinals, especially running back Michael Dyer. Dyer had two second quarter touchdown runs, the second giving Louisville a 14-0 lead. Will Gardner then threw an 11 yard touchdown to Gerald Christian to put the Birds up by 21.

But the second half was a different story. After a Louisville field goal made it 24-7, Florida State scored 21 unanswered points, 12 coming off the arm of Jameis Winston, to take the lead. The Cardinals regained the lead on Dyer's third touchdown dash of the day, but Seminoles freshman running back Dalvin Cook's 38-yard touchdown run with 3:46 remaining put FSU up for good.

"We've been there before," Winston said. "Being down is nothing when you've got heart and you persevere. Personally, we play better when we're down, honestly."

Dyer finishes the day with 134 yards rushing and those three touchdowns for Louisville (6-3, 4-3 ACC).

Winston completes 25-of-48 passes for 401 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in the loss.

Next up for the second-ranked 'Noles: a visit from Virginia next Saturday.

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Scoreboard Roundup 10/29/14

Scoreboard Roundup 10/29/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- College Football - Top 25: (2) Florida State 42 (8-0) - (25) Louisville 31 (6-3)

NFL: New Orleans Saints 28 (4-4) - Carolina Panthers 10 (3-5-1)

NBA: Washington Wizards 105 (1-1) - Orlando Magic 98 (0-2)

New York Knicks 95 (1-1) - Cleveland Cavaliers 90 (0-1)

Minnesota Timberwolves 97 (1-1) - Detroit Pistons 91 (0-2)

Dallas Mavericks 120 (1-1) - Utah Jazz 102 (0-2)

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (7-3-1) - Philadelphia Flyers 3 (4-4-2)

Boston Bruins 3 (6-6-0) - Buffalo Sabres 2 (2-8-1) - Overtime

New Jersey Devils 2 (5-3-2) - Winnipeg Jets 1 (4-5-1) - Shootout

Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (6-2-1) - Los Angeles Kings 0 (6-2-2)

St. Louis Blues 2 (5-3-1) - Anaheim Ducks 0 (8-3-0)

Minnesota Wild 4 (6-3-0) - San Jose Sharks 3 (6-4-2) - Shootout

Florida Panthers 2 (3-2-3) - Arizona Coyotes 1 (3-5-1)

Chicago Blackhawks 5 (6-3-1) - Ottawa Sentators 4 (5-2-2) -Shootout

Colorado Avalanche 5 (3-4-4, 10pts) - New York Islanders 0 (6-4-0, 12pts)

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(2) Florida State Survives (5) Notre Dame

(2) Florida State Survives (5) Notre Dame

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- Notre Dame's Everett Golson's potential game-winning touchdown was intercepted in the end zone as Florida State held on for a 31-27 win in a battle of top-five teams. For the second-ranked Seminoles (7-0), it was their 23rd straight win while the fifth-rated Irish are knocked from the ranks of the unbeatens.

Notre Dame (6-1) jumped on the board early, scoring when Golson found Corey Robinson for a touchdown in the first quarter. The Seminoles responded with a touchdown pass from Jameis Winston at the end of the quarter, starting an exciting contest on the right foot.

Both squads traded scores in the second, with the Irish taking a 17-10 lead into halftime. However, Winston came out of the locker room and immediately led Florida State down the field for the tying score when he found Rashad Greene for a 10-yard strike. After Notre Dame regained the lead on another pass from Golson, Karlos Williams answered with a game-tying touchdown run, making it a 24-24 game after three quarters.

Kyle Brindza would put Notre Dame back on top with his second field goal of the night, but the Irish defense could not hold a potent Seminoles offense. It would be Williams once again, scoring from 1-yard out, that gave Florida State their first lead of the night at 31-30 with under eight minutes to play.

After an Irish drive got stymied, the defense helped Notre Dame get one more chance at an upset. That seemed to have happened when Golson found Robinson for a third touchdown catch with less than 20 seconds remaining. However, an offensive pass interference penalty took the points off the board and forced the Irish in a 4th and goal situation. 

With time winding down, Golson scrambled to keep the play alive, but his pass to the end zone was picked off by Jacob Pugh. The Seminoles took a knee on the next play and celebrated their victory.

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Winston Under Investigation for Autograph Signings

Winston Under Investigation for Autograph Signings

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Florida State University compliance department is investigating how an authentication site received more than 340 items reportedly signed by quarterback Jameis Winston. 

Head coach Jimbo Fisher apporached Winston after the team's 38-20 win at Syracuse and asked if the quarterback was paid for his signatures. Winston reportedly denied that he received any money and his head coach expressed no concern in a postgame press conference.

Of the items that have been authenticated, many include the Florida State logo. According to reports, 75 mini helmets, over 50 jerseys and more than 76 Florida State logo footballs are among the pieces of memorabilia listed for sale.

The website, James Spence Authentication, also received over 500 items signed by University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley. The school suspended Gurley indefinitely as it conducts its own investigation.

Winston is already facing a disciplinary hearing from the university regarding his alleged 2012 sexual assault case. The second-ranked Seminoles host fifth-ranked Notre Dame this weekend in a battle of unbeaten teams.

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Top-Ranked Seminoles Survive in OT

Top-Ranked Seminoles Survive in OT

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- Without suspended quarterback Jameis Winston, the top-ranked Florida State Seminoles got some late-game heroics from backup Sean Maguire. The sophomore, making his first career start, led a game-tying drive in the fourth quarter before helping the Seminoles beat No. 22 Clemson, 23-17, in overtime.

Karlos Williams rushed into the endzone from 12 yards out to cap off the comeback, but it was Maguire's 74-yard strike to Rashad Greene that tied the game at 17-17 with six minutes left in regulation.

That touchdown was the high point in an up-and-down game for the sophomore signal caller. Maguire threw a pair of interceptions prior to the score, but did rack up 305 total passing yards. Neither team led by more than a touchdown, but the Tigers (1-2) did score 10 unanswered points in the first half to lead 10-3. 

Florida State did get the ball back late in the fourth, but opted to play for overtime. The Seminoles defense stood tall, stopping Adam Choice on fourth down to give FSU possession. Two plays later, Williams would score to end the game.

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Jameis Winston’s Suspension Increased

Jameis Winston’s Suspension Increased

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Citing new findings in their investigation to his sexual and profane outburst at a student union meeting, Florida State announced late Friday they were suspending quarterback Jameis Winston for the full game against No. 22 Clemson on Saturday. Winston had originally been suspended for only the first half.

"Based upon the results of our continuing investigation of Tuesday's incident involving Jameis Winston, we have decided to not play him for the entire game against Clemson on Saturday night," interim Florida State president Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox said in a joint statement.

Winston, the reigning Heisman trophy winner, was seen shouting an obscene sexual phrase on campus earlier in the week. The top ranked Seminoles will start sophomore Sean Maguire against the Tigers. Maguire has completed 12 of 26 career passes while at Florida State.

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(1) Florida State Survives Scare From Oklahoma State

(1) Florida State Survives Scare From Oklahoma State

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The defending national champions got their first scare of the year in their season opener, holding off Oklahoma State 37-31 on Saturday. The Florida State Seminoles (1-0) had led 17-0 in the second half but the Cowboys (0-1) closed the gap to 27-24 late and had a chance to take the lead.

"We all preached it, but I do think they felt the pressure of being No. 1. I do," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. "Now I think we can relax and go play football."

Sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 370 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for one as well. The reigning Heisman trophy winner also threw a pair of interceptions that helped keep Oklahoma State hanging around. 

The Cowboys J.W. Walsh scampered 24 yards for a touchdown, making it a three-point game, before ultimately leading a drive back into Seminoles territory. However, Walsh fumbled when he was flipped into the air by Florida State's P.J. Williams. Winston then connected with Rashad Green for a 50-yard scoring pass, sealing the deal.

 

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Roy Williams Gets 300th Win at UNC

Roy Williams Gets 300th Win at UNCJoe Robbins/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- Roy Williams had to rally his troops as North Carolina came back from down 15 to defeat Florida State 81-75 on Monday night. It was the 300th win at UNC for Williams. The Tarheels (18-7, 8-4 ACC) fell...

Jameis Winston Wants to Play Two More Years at Florida State

Jameis Winston Wants to Play Two More Years at Florida StateGrant Halverson/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) --  NFL teams eying Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston for the 2015 draft may have to wait another year. Head coach Jimbo Fisher claimed earlier this year that the Heisman Trophy winner might p...

Winston Named Baseball All-American

Winston Named Baseball All-AmericanThinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Less than a month after winning a national championship for the Florida State football team, Jameis Winston has already earned an award on the baseball diamond. The reigning Heisman trophy winner was named a preseason All-Americ...

Georgia Hires Jeremy Pruitt as Defensive Coordinator

Georgia Hires Jeremy Pruitt as Defensive CoordinatorStreeter Lecka/Getty Images(ATHENS, Ga.) -- Florida State's Jeremy Pruitt was hired by Georgia to be its new defensive coordinator, the school announced Tuesday. Pruitt served as FSU's defensive coordinator last season, helping the Seminoles win a BCS ...

Florida State’s Benjamin to Enter NFL Draft

Florida State’s Benjamin to Enter NFL DraftBanana Stock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin announed Friday that he will enter the 2014 draft. Benjamin caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Jameis Winston with 13 seconds remaining in the Vizio Natio...

Florida State Erases 18-Point Deficit to Top Auburn in BCS Title Game

Florida State Erases 18-Point Deficit to Top Auburn in BCS Title GameChris Graythen/Getty Images(PASADENA, CA) -- Jameis Winston threw a two-yard go-ahead touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left in the game to lift Florida State to a 34-31 victory over Auburn in the BCS National Championship game Mon...

Florida State, Auburn to Play for BCS Title

Florida State, Auburn to Play for BCS TitleChris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the final year of the BCS, Florida State and Auburn will play for the National Championship on Jan. 6 in Pasadena, Calif., at Rose Bowl Stadium.  The top-ranked Seminoles capped off a 13-0 season with a ...
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