TALLAHASSEE — If No. 8 Florida State was taking FCS opponent Bethune-Cookman lightly on Saturday night, it certainly didn’t show.
The Seminoles controlled the game from start to finish, scoring first on a Telvin Smith 68-yard interception return on the first drive of the game and then pouring it on from there in a 54-6 win at Doak Campbell Stadium.
“I’m very proud of our team,” FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “I thought we went in and did the things we had to do to win the game. Still a lot of room for improvement, in my opinion. I think we have to clean some things up.
“... We’ve got a lot of room to grow, but we did the things we had to do.”
Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston finished 10 of 19 for 148 yards and two touchdowns — including a spectacular 11-yard scoring strike to Kelvin Benjamin after the QB spun past one BCU defender in the pocket and then shook off another rusher before making the throw.
It seems as if every game Winston has at least one highlight-reel play. That was the one on Saturday night. Even though afterward both the head coach and the quarterback said he made a mistake.
“It was supposed to be a hot (route),” Winston said. “But obviously God blessed me with the talent. I shook him off and then Kelvin was just right there. ... Kelvin made a great play.
“But that will be a negative in the film room.”
It was a positive on the field, however, as he found Benjamin in the end zone for the first time this season.
“He can extend plays,” Benjamin said. “I just kept running across the field and when I saw them miss that tackle he looked at me right dead in the eyes and threw it.”
Junior running back Devonta Freeman had his second straight 100-yard rushing performance (10 carries for 112 yards and a score) and converted safety Karlos Williams continued his lightning-quick transformation with nine carries for 83 yards and two scores, all in the second half.
The Florida State offense rolled up 492 total yards against the overmatched Wildcats (3-1) and didn’t punt until early in the fourth quarter. The Seminoles finished with 266 yards rushing on just 36 attempts (7.4 yards per carry).
“Everybody just does their job,” junior offensive tackle Cameron Erving said. “That’s what we harp on. That’s what we tell each other. Just do your job. ... It’s great to know we’re having success an offense right now, but it’s only three games. We’ve still got nine promised.”