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Seminoles defense buckles down for shutout

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State's defense heard plenty of criticism after allowing 34 points and almost 400 yards in last week's win over Boston College.

"We knew that was coming, because who wouldn't doubt us, based on how we performed the previous week?" NG Jacobbi McDaniel said. "As a team, as a defense, we knew we had to come out and dominate."

The Seminoles' defense did that, allowing only nine first downs and 234 total yards to Maryland. FSU held Stefon Diggs — one of the country's top athletes — to only 29 yards.

Maryland's only scoring chance came late in the first quarter, but Brad Craddock's 51-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright.

The Seminoles also came up with their first fumble recovery of the season, after Terrence Brooks dislodged the ball from Nigel King — and right to teammate Ronald Darby, a Maryland native.

MORE WINSTON: Jameis Winston's five touchdown passes were the most by a Seminole since Christian Ponder threw five against Georgia Tech in 2009.

His 393-yard performance was his third 300-yard outing in five collegiate games. Only 12 players in school history have thrown for at least 300 yards more times.

STORK OUT: FSU C Bryan Stork left the game in the first quarter with a concussion, after firing two bad snaps in a three-play period.

He was replaced by junior Austin Barron and, for one play, junior Sterling Lovelady.

Stork has started every game this season and has 32 starts in his collegiate career.

JUST FOR KICKS: Redshirt freshman K Robert Aguayo remained perfect this season. He booted all nine extra points. Aguayo has made all 42 kicks this fall, extending his school record for most consecutive kicks to start a career.

HALFTIME MOMENTUM: Winston hit a leaping Kelvin Benjamin for a 5-yard touchdown pass with 28 seconds left in the second quarter. The Seminoles have scored in the final 1:13 of the first half in every game this season.

FSU followed that by driving 94 yards to start the third quarter, ending the drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Winston to TE Nick O'Leary, extending another streak. The 'Noles have scored on their first drive of the second half in each of their first five games.

LOOKING AHEAD: While FSU coach Jimbo Fisher tried to emphasize his team's upcoming bye week before a top-10 showdown Oct. 19 at Clemson, some Seminoles admitted they're already looking ahead to the Tigers.

"Right now," McDaniel said. "Because that's the next game on the schedule."

ODDS AND ENDS: Former Alonso High standout DT Demonte McAllister (concussion) also did not play. … Ex-Tampa Catholic star Christian Green had two catches for 39 yards. … St. Petersburg Catholic alumnus Ryan Green had 16 rushing yards on four carries.

Seminoles defense buckles down for shutout 10/05/13 [Last modified: Saturday, October 5, 2013 9:54pm]

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