Dec 7, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) scores a touchdown as Duke Blue Devils cornerback Bryon Fields (14) and linebacker David Helton (47) and defensive end Kenny Anunike (84) and safety Dwayne Norman (40) defend in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, and No. 1 Florida State stormed into the BCS national championship game with a 45-7 victory over 20th-ranked Duke on Saturday night in the ACC championship game.
The Heisman Trophy favorite was 19 of 32 for 330 yards and set FBS freshman records for TD passes and yards passing in a season two days after prosecutors decided not to press charges against him in a sexual assault case.
Winston threw two touchdown passes to 6-foot-5, 234-pound receiver Kelvin Benjamin and ran for a 17-yard score to overcome two interceptions.
Florida State's defense was dominant, holding Duke to 239 yards and forcing three turnovers to help the Seminoles win their second straight ACC title.
It was Florida State's 12th win by at least 27 points. The Seminoles (13-0) entered as 29-point favorites after outscoring its opponents by an average of 43 points.
In the SEC Championship Game, #3 Auburn defeated #5 Missouri 59-42.
In the Big Ten Championship Game, #10 Michigan State defeated #2 Ohio State 34-24.
So, with the Buckeyes loss, Auburn will likely move up to the #2 spot in the BCS Standings which will be unveiled Sunday at 8:30 p.m. That means that it will likely be Florida State vs. Auburn in the Vizio BCS National Championship Game on Monday, January 6th at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.