Clemson Chopped Into Oblivion By FSU
The biggest game in Atlantic Coast Conference history turned out to be among the most lop-sided losses Death Valley has ever witnessed …
Led by new Heisman Trophy frontrunner Jameis Winston, fifth-ranked Florida State eviscerated No. 3 Clemson 51-14 on Saturday night – dealing head coach Dabo Swinney’s squad one of the most humiliating defeats in school history.
Looking every bit at home – and every bit like the poised senior leader Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was supposed to be – Winston completed 22 of 34 passes for 444 yards and three touchdowns for the Seminoles (6-0, 4-0 ACC). The freshman sensation also ran for another score – earning rave reviews for his poise and leadership as well as his athletic prowess.
“We ain’t leaving without a victory,” Winston said before the game.
His team left with a rout – outgaining Clemson 565-326 and setting a record for the most points ever scored by a visiting team in Death Valley (where the ‘Noles hadn’t won since 2001). The epic egg-laying by the Tigers (6-1, 4-1) was also the worst-ever home loss by a top three team in history.
A Heisman frontrunner entering the game, Boyd limped through one of the worst performances of his career against the ‘Noles. He completed just 17 of 37 passes for 156 yards with one touchdown and a pair of interceptions. The senior signal caller also lost a fumble which was returned 37 yards for a touchdown by FSU defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr.
A crowd of 83,428 packed Memorial Stadium at kickoff, but by the time the final seconds ran off the clock the stands were empty – with the notable exception of Tomahawk-chopping FSU fans clad garnet and gold.
Their arms are going to be sore tomorrow …
The thrashing – which evoked memories of Clemson’s painful 2012 Orange Bowl loss to West Virginia – gives Florida State the inside track on the ACC Atlantic division and keeps head coach Jimbo Fisher’s team at the forefront of the national championship conversation.
Clemson? Not so much …