FSU mauls Duke, locks up BCS title game slot

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Winston got the Seminoles on the board early in the second quarter when he found Benjamin for a 14-yard touchdown pass in the left corner of the end zone. Karlos Williams bowled over two defenders on a 12-yard touchdown inside run to make it 14-0 after Lamarcus Joyner intercepted Duke quarterback Anthony Boone’s pass.

Florida State outgained Duke 268-94 in the first half.

“I don’t know if we were demoralized, but it’s no fun,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. “A big strong quarterback who moves around well means you have to be disciplined. … The more they are on the field the more they make plays.”

The onslaught continued in the second half with Winston hooking up on a 54-yard touchdown reception with Benjamin, who showed he’s not only big but can move too after blowing by defenders. He finished with 119 yards receiving.

Freeman ran for 91 yards and a touchdown and Williams had 59 yards on the ground.

Winston, a redshirt freshman and the game’s MVP, was far from perfect.

He threw two interceptions and also made a bad decision on a shovel pass as he falling to the ground. The ball hit linebacker Kelby Brown in the hands, but he couldn’t corral the ill-advised pass.

There was a heated moment midway through the fourth quarter when Winston took exception to what he felt was a late hit on the Blue Devils after he released a pass.

Duke’s only points came with 1:01 left when Josh Snead scored on a 5-yard run.

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