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|Sept 14||vs Nevada||TBA|
|Sept 21||vs Bethune-Cookman||
|Sept 28||AT Boston College||TBA|
|Oct 5||vs Maryland||
|Oct 19||AT Clemson||TBA|
|Oct 26||vs North Carolina State||
|Nov 2||vs Miami||TBA|
|Nov 9||AT Wake Forest||
|Nov 16||vs Syracuse||TBA|
|Nov 23||vs Idaho||
|Nov 30||AT Florida||TBA|
(via Atlantic Coast Conference Communications) - Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston has been named the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Football Player of the Year in a vote by the Atlantic Coast Conference Sports Media Association (ACSMA). Winston becomes the first underclassman in the ACC’s 61-year history to receive the award.
Winston, a native of Bessemer, Ala., was the choice of 47 of the 65 ACSMA members casting ballots. Boston College running back Andre Williams placed second with 13 votes. Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald was named on four ballots, while Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, the 2012 ACC Player of the Year, received one vote.
The Panthers’ Donald was voted the 2013 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, while Winston picked up the ACC Offensive Player of the Year award in addition to his overall honor.
Winston becomes the sixth Seminole to be named the ACC Player of the Year and the first since Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke in 2000. Winston has fueled a high-scoring offense that helped Florida State post a 12-0 regular-season record and the top spot in the BCS standings heading into Saturday night’s ACC Championship game against Duke at Charlotte, N.C.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Winston ranks first nationally in passing efficiency (192.6) while leading the ACC in passing yardage (3,490) and touchdown passes (35). Under Winston’s direction, the Seminoles rank second nationally in scoring (53.7 points per game) and seventh in total offense (526.1 yards per game).
Winston’s 3,490 passing yards are an ACC rookie record, and his 35 touchdown passes are one shy of the conference single-season mark. He threw for 1,162 yards and nine touchdowns in three wins over ranked opponents, and was named the ACC Rookie of the Week seven times and the ACC Offensive Back of the Week on three occasions.
In addition to earning the 2013 ACC Rookie of the Year award and first-team All-ACC honors from ACSMA, Winston has been named a finalist for the Maxwell Award, the Manning Award and the Davey O’Brien Award. He earned six National Player of the Week awards over the course of the season.
Pitt’s Donald also earned national attention with his defensive play throughout the Panthers’ inaugural ACC season and has been named a finalist for the Outland Trophy, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Rotary Lombardi Award.
A hometown product of Pittsburgh, Pa., the 6-foot, 285-pound Donald leads the nation with 26.5 tackles for lost yardage (2.2 per game). The senior has forced four fumbles while registering 10 quarterback sacks. Donald has 54 total tackles in addition to 16 quarterback hurries, two pass break-ups and a blocked extra point that proved the difference in Pitt’s one-point ACC win over Syracuse on Nov. 23. His tackles behind the line of scrimmage have resulted in total losses of 130 yards.
Donald earned first-team All-ACC honors from ACSMA earlier this week, received five National Defensive Player of the Week awards, and was twice named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week. With 28.5 career sacks, he is tied for second among active NCAA FBS players.
Florida State’s Winston received 44 votes for ACC Offensive Player of the Year, while Boston College’s Williams received 19 and Clemson’s Boyd the remaining two. Donald led the ACC Defensive Player of the Year balloting with 44 votes. Wake Forest lineman Nikita Whitlock followed with 10, and Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner placed third with eight votes. Boston College linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis received two votes, and Florida State safety Terrence Brooks one.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andre Hollins scored 21 points and Austin Hollins added 16 to lift Minnesota to a 71-61 victory over Florida State on Tuesday night.
The Golden Gophers (7-2) grabbed 13 offensive rebounds against the bigger Seminoles to help them bounce back from a disappointing showing at the Maui Invitational. The Gophers only turned the ball over six times and hit seven 3-pointers to overcome 34 percent shooting.
Okaro White had 16 points and eight rebounds and Ian Miller added 16 points and seven assists off the bench for the Seminoles (5-3). Florida State shot 46.5 percent, but turned the ball over 17 times and missed 10 free throws in a foul-filled game.
There were 67 foul shots taken and 52 fouls called.
No other Gophers scored in double figures, but they made 28 of 38 free throws, bouncing back after losing to Syracuse and Arkansas and struggling with Chaminade in Maui.
By Dory LeBlanc
Down just 3-0 after the first quarter in Saturday's annual rivalry game, it looked as if the 4-7 Gators could upset the No. 2 team in the country. Then Jameis Winston began to do what has made him the front-runner in this year's Heisman Trophy race and led the Seminoles to an undefeated 12-0 season by beating Florida 37-7.
Florida's biggest and only opportunity to take the lead came in that opening quarter as Louchiez Puriofy intercepted Winston and Trey Burton took the ball 50 yards downfield from the Wildcat formation. The Gators kicking woes continued, however, and Austin Hardin missed his eighth field goal of the season (4-for-12) after attempting a 49 yarder.
Florida State, on the other hand, nailed their 49-yard attempt as Roberto Aguayo moved to 16-of-17 in his freshman campaign.
Both of the Seminoles' touchdowns in the first half came on a Winston-to-Kelvin Benjamin connection; first on a 45-yard pass which the sophomore receiver made Brian Poole, Jabari Gorman, and Jaylen Watkins each miss their tackles as he fought his way into the endzone to take a 10-0 Noles lead with 4:24 until the half. On the second, the redshirt freshman nailed a wide-open Benjamin with a 29-yard pass, picking up Winston's 33rd passing TD of the season, tying Chris Weinke's record.
Up 17-0 to start the third, Florida State got the ball first, but were forced to go three-and-out. On the ensuing Gators drive, Sklyer Mornhinweg was sacked from behind and fumbled to give FSU the ball with great field position. Aguayo hit a 40-yarder to extend the Seminoles' lead to 20-0 with 11:02 to play in the quarter.
Five minutes later, the rout was on as Winston-Benjamin hooked up again on a 56-yard pass play, making it easy for Devonta Freeman to run it in from 11 yards out to make it a 27-0 romp.
Even when the Florida offense sustained a drive late in the third, converting a fourth down in Seminoles' territory, a false start penalty backed the Gators up five yards, making the game a continuous uphill battle for the orange and blue.
The Gators did manage to avoid the shutout as Mornhinweg found FB hunter Joyer for a five-yard TD pass to get them on the board, but Florida State answered on their next possession, when Winston completed a 4-yard pass to Benjamin to put the game away at 34-7.
Aguayo tacked on three more points with just over three minutes to play to give the Seminoles the eventual final score 37-7.
Winston finished the game 19-of-31 for 327 yards, three touchdowns and a pick, while Benjamin recorded his best performace to date with nine receptions for 212 yards and three scores.
For the Gators, Mornhinweg set a career-high in completions (20-of-25) and threw for 115 yards with one TD and no interceptions, but will turn the starting QB job back over to Jeff Driskel next season - as long as Driskel can play.
Next up: The Gators will miss their first bowl game in 23 years and look to regroup from their only losing season since 1979.
The Seminoles will prepare for the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, December 7th.