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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) -- Playing with a chip on its shoulder, No. 8 Florida State's defense delivered whistle-to-whistle sustained blows to No. 25 Maryland in a 63-0 win at Doak Campbell Stadium that tied a college football record for most lopsided victory over a ranked team.
As the score would indicate, the previously untested Terrapins (4-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) couldn't do anything against an FSU (5-0, 3-0) defense that had to listen to a week's worth of negative fan and media chatter in the wake of its subpar performance at Boston College last weekend.
After allowing the Eagles to generate nearly 400 yards of offense in the come-from-behind win, the 'Noles held Maryland and its 18th-ranked offense to just 234 total yards -- including a paltry 33 on the ground.
"We had to play with that way, man," FSU redshirt senior defensive tackle Jacobbi McDaniel said. "As a defensive player you can't play soft no matter what. We came out with chip; we heard the doubters. Florida State football is based on defense and we know as a group we had to come out and prove ourselves and show the offense that we are there for those guys."
McDaniel, who knocked Maryland starter C.J. Brown out of the game for good with a vicious blast to the quarterback's chest in the second quarter, and the FSU defense held the Terps to just 2-of-15 on third-down conversions and just nine total first downs. Maryland managed just 4.1 yards per play in what was the final meeting between the two programs as conference foes before the Terrapins shuffle off to the Big Ten next year.
Speedy wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who came into the game averaging 100 yards receiving per contest, was held to just 24 yards, too.
"The defense I thought was the story of the day -- and the special teams," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. "I thought they really took the show. They dominated from start to finish against some great some skills guys. ... They have a great scheme and I thought our guys covered well, rushed well, we pressured the quarterback, we hit them with great leverage on the football and tackled well."