Charlotte, NC -
Jameis Winston didn't play his best game. But he did enough. The Florida State redshirt freshman threw for three touchdown passes, while running for another score, as Florida State took down Duke, 45-7 Saturday night, in the ACC Championship Game.
Winston started off poorly, connecting on just one of his first six pass attempts. But he didn't take too long to heat up.
Early in the second quarter, Winston led a 9-play, 64-yard touchdown drive, capped by Winston's 14-yard hookup with Kelvin Benjamin in the left corner of the end zone. Winston finished the drive 4-4, including the TD.
Florida State took a 17-0 lead into the halftime break, thanks to a Karlos Williams touchdown run, and a 45-yard field goal from Roberto Aguayo.
Winston turned it on in the third quarter, throwing a touchdown pass to Kenny Shaw, early in the quarter, a 54-yard touchdown to Benjamin midway through the quarter, and running for a 17-yard TD late in the frame.
Winston was not without his flaws -- two interceptions, both on underthrows, were nabbed by Duke's Breon Borders.
But his effort -- and that of the Florida State defense -- was more than enough for the 'Noles to cruise past Duke.
FSU added a fourth quarter touchdown, as Devonta Freeman ran for a 7-yard score, to post the final score of 45-0.
Florida State now has one more game on their schedule. The BCS National Championship game, on January 6th.