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Florida State vs. Clemson 2013 final score: Seminoles notch biggest, best win of the season

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FSU's 51-14 victory just changed the entire national championship landscape. Here's all you need to know.

Streeter Lecka

Hello, Florida State, and welcome to the national championship discussion.

The No. 5 Seminoles waltzed into No. 3 Clemson with smiles on their faces and demolished the Tigers en route to a stunning 51-14 victory. The 'Noles struck early and often with big plays throughout the game, starting with a fumble recovery on the first play of the game and a 22-yard touchdown pass three snaps later.

Clemson QB Tajh Boyd was harassed into one of his worst performances of his career, going 17-37 for 155 yards, a touchdown and two picks. Boyd was also sacked four times, including on this Mario Edwards Jr. scoop-and-score that pushed the score to 17-0 FSU.


Thing just never got better for Clemson from there as Florida State kept piling up big plays and points, even logging a 94-yard pass play to Nick O'Leary (which, oddly enough, wasn't a touchdown) in the closing minutes of the game.

When the dust settled, FSU's 51 points set a Death Valley record for most points scored by a visiting team, and that's even with the Seminoles coasting late.

All in all, without a doubt: this is the biggest, best win in college football this year.

Box Score Hero: Jameis Winston has officially arrived on the sport's biggest stage. FSU's freshman signal-caller lit up the Clemson defense for 444 (!) yards on 22-34 passing, and he notched four total touchdowns in the process with just one turnover. It's still only October, but Winston is a very short list of Heisman contenders right now.

Rankings Ramifications: Make no mistake: Florida State will be receiving significant No. 1 attention. Not only is this the biggest win of thee season, but it was dominant in a way that no win over a Top 5 team has been in years. It would be awfully hard to make a case for keeping FSU out of the BCS Championship Game if the teams were picked today, especially with Oregon lacking a similar marquee win and struggling hard with Washington State tonight.

As for Clemson, the shine is coming off the season-opening win over Georgia and if it weren't for the spate of losses in the lower half of the Top 10, Clemson would be ranked in the double digits. Look for a No. 8 spot or so.

But Did They Cover? Florida State was a three-point favorite. The 'Noles did okay.

For More On This Game: For more on FSU football, visit Florida State community Tomahawk Nation, and for more Tigers football, visit Clemson community Shakin' The Southland.

Next Week's Schedule: Florida State has a home battle with North Carolina State next week, and Clemson travels to Maryland for a showdown with the Terrapins.

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