#ACCFCG Blog: Follow the 2013 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship with ACC Staff Writer Steve Phillips
Saturday December 7, 2013
Follow the 2013 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship with ACC Staff Writer Steve Phillips.
13-0 and No. 14: The Seminoles are the first ACC team to reach the 13-win mark in a season in claiming their 14th ACC Championship.
ON THE BOARD (1:01 4th Quarter): Josh Snead ran for a five-yard touchdown with a minute left in the game to get the Blue Devils on the scoreboard.
FREE-MAN RUSHING (7:25 in 4th quarter): Devonta Freeman scores on a seven-yard run to increase the Florida State lead to 45-0. He has rushed 18 times for 91 yards.
WITHOUT BORDERS (Early 4th Quarter): Duke's Breon Borders makes his second interception of the game and fourth of the season for Duke, setting a school record for a freshman. He is the first player in #ACCFCG history to have two interceptions in a game.
MAKING A CHANGE (2:29 left in the third quarter): With Florida State leading 38-0, Brandon Connette replaces Anthony Boone at quarterback for Duke.
WINSTON’S LEGWORK (2:38 left in the third quarter): After throwing three touchdown passes, FSU’s Jameis Winston gets into the rushing act with a 17-yard scoring run, hurdling Duke cornerback Byron Fields at the goal line for a 38-0 FSU lead. Winston’s four touchdowns responsible-for tonight ties an ACC Championship Game record.
ANOTHER FSU DEFENSIVE STRIKE (4:03 left in third quarter): Seminole freshman Nate Andrews sacks Blue Devil QB Anthony Boone and forces a fumble, which Mario Edwards Jr. recovers at the FSU 39. The Seminoles lead 31-0 and are driving again.
TURNING UP THE HEAT (6:31 left in the third quarter): Jameis Winston finds Kelvin Benjamin with as scoring throw for the second time tonight, this time on a 54-yard strike up the middle. FSU leads 31-0. Winston now has 3,741 yards passing for the season, yet another FBS freshman record. Winston has now thrown for 251 yards and three scores tonight.
RECORD-SETTER (9:52 left in the third quarter): Seminoles capitalize on the Duke turnover for a 24-0 lead, as QB Jameis Winston finds WR Kenny Shaw with the 11-yard touchdown pass. With 37 touchdown passes in 2013, Winston has set both an ACC and an FBS freshman record for a single season.
RECORD SETTING TD (10:53 left in the third quarter): FSU freshman Nate Andrews applies the pressure and forces an errant pass by Duke QB Anthony Boone. Linebacker Telvin Smith makes the interception to set the Seminoles up at the Duke 26.
HALFTIME BREAK: The half ends with the Seminoles in front 17-0. Florida State has not trailed in the last 541 minutes and 49 seconds of game action, since it faced a 17-10 deficit in the second quarter at Boston College on Sept. 28.
PADDING THE LEAD (2nd quarter, 0:45): Lou Groza Award finalist Roberto Aguayo knocks home a 45-yard field goal to push Florida State in front by a 17-0 score. Aguayo now has 142 points, establishing an ACC and FSU single-season scoring record, breaking the mark previously held by the Seminoles’ Dustin Hopkins.
PICKED OFF (2:34 left in second quarter): FSU had designs on expanding its lead, but Duke freshman QB Breon Borders intercepts the Seminoles’ Jameis Winston and returns to midfield. Second turnover created by the Duke defense, and the Blue Devils will try to make a dent in FSU’s 14-0 edge before the break.
SEMINOLES STRIKE AGAIN (3:37, 2nd quarter): Karlos Williams’ 12-yard run caps an 11-play, 73-yard touchdown drive. Florida State now leads 14-0 as we move closer to the half.
JOYNER STEPS UP (8:38, 2nd quarter): FSU cornerback Lamarcus Joyner shows why he is a finalist for several national defensive awards as he picks off a pass by Duke QB Anthony Boone to end the Blue Devils’ scoring threat at the FSU 27-yard line. Still 7-0, Seminoles.
MAD DASH (10:01, 2nd quarter): Jamison Crowder’s 40-yard punt return sets Duke up at the Florida State 37-yard line. Crowder has returned two punts for scores this season. Tonight’s return was the second-longest in ACC Championship Game history. Seminoles still lead, 7-0.
TOUCHDOWN NOLES (12:36, 2nd quarter): Florida State QB Jameis Winston and WR Kelvin Benjamin continue their knack for making scoring connections, as Winston finds Benjamin in the left corner of the end zone for the game’s first touchdown, and Roberto Aguayo’s extra point makes it 7-0. The TD pass is Winston’s 36th of the season, tying the ACC single-season record set last year by Clemson’s Tajh Boyd. The 36 touchdown passes also ties the FBS freshman record first set by Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford.
STALEMATE (End of first quarter): The first quarter ends in a scoreless draw, the first time in nine ACC Championship games that neither team has managed to get on the scoreboard in the first 15 minutes. Duke becomes the first team since November of 2012 to hold FSU scoreless in the opening quarter. The Seminoles had scored in the opening period of 14 straight games prior to tonight. The second quarter begins with FSU at the Duke 39 (first-and-10).
DEVILS DENIED (5:07, 1st quarter): Duke gets sophomore PK Ross Martin within range for a 48-yard field goal attempt, but it sails wide right and we remain scoreless. Martin entered the game with the highest career field goal percentage in Duke history (31-of, 38, .816).
CATCHING ON (5:07, 1st quarter): Blue Devil All-ACC WR Jamison Crowder now has 1,150 receiving yards for the season, setting a Duke record and breaking the old mark set by Clarkston Hines in 1989. Crowder also has 90 reception for the season, another single-season record for a Blue Devil.
DEVIL OF A STOP (11 min 1st Q): Duke’s defensive back tandem of Ross Cockrell and Jeremy Cash have made big plays throughout the Blue Devils’ current eight-game winning streak, and they struck again just four minutes into the opening quarter. Florida State running back Devonta Freeman rushed 22 yards to the Duke 4, but Cockrell forced the fumble, and Cash made the recovery to stifle the threat. The Blue Devils have since picked up three first downs and are on the move at their own 48.
SHOWTIME (less than 2 minutes on pregame clock): Both teams have taken the field to cheers, fight songs and assorted pyrotechnics. Florida State wins the pregame toss and elects to defer. Duke will receive.
WEATHER REPORT (10:30 on pregame clock): 50 degrees as kickoff approaches, with winds of up to 17 mph. The winter storm forecast for some parts of North Carolina through Sunday night is not expected to be a factor during tonight’s game.
STRIKE UP THE BANDS (21:13 on the pregame clock): Florida State’s band just completed it pregame performance, and the Duke band is now taking the field … More and more of the fans holding tickets are making their way to their seats, with lower bowl about three-quarters filled and the upper deck not far behind … The press box is more crowded this year, sparked the by combined draw of the nation’s No. 1 team and an opponent less than a three- hour drive from Bank of America Stadium.
START THE COUNTDOWN (45:00 on the pregame clock): Both teams are on the field for pregame warmups at Bank of America Stadium with just under 45 minutes showing on the pregame clock. Florida State is the designated home team, but both teams are attired in dark jerseys – Duke in blue jerseys, white pants and blue helmets; Florida State in traditional garnet jerseys with gold helmets and pants.