Florida State Tops Virginia, 34-20

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Compared with recent games, Florida State kept the drama to a minimum against Virginia on Saturday night.

The second-ranked Seminoles overcame three turnovers and an early deficit, riding a 21-point second quarter to a 34-20 win over Virginia here at Doak Campbell Stadium.

FSU extended its school-record winning streak to 25 and visits rival Miami next week.

This game offered a slight breather for FSU, which needed every last second to beat Notre Dame on Oct. 18 and then had to rally from three touchdowns down in a win at Louisville last week.

A homecoming crowd of 82,325 watched as FSU (9-0, 6-0 ACC) rolled to 376 yards of total offense against a UVA defense that came into the contest allowing just 397 yards per game.

Virginia (4-6, 2-4 ACC) dropped its fourth consecutive game after a 4-2 start and is effectively eliminated from the ACC Coastal Division race.

Rashad Greene set a new career high with 13 catches for 136 yards and a touchdown, and Karlos Williams added two touchdown runs.

FSU parlayed three Virginia turnovers into three TDs, two of which came after the Seminoles took over deep inside Cavaliers territory.

Quarterback Jameis Winston continued his recent trend of slow starts followed by stronger second halves. After two first-quarter interceptions that led to two UVA touchdowns and a 14-13 deficit, Winston bounced back to finish 22 of 35 for 261 yards and a score.

FSU’s defense, meanwhile, tied a season-high with four sacks of UVA quarterback Greyson Lambert and held the Cavaliers’ rushing attack to only 37 yards,

Junior defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. turned in perhaps his best game of the season, posting career bests for tackles (9) and tackles for loss (4).

In his first game back from a muscle strain, junior linebacker Terrance Smith had five tackles and an interception. And defensive tackles Eddie Goldman and Derrick Mitchell both recovered fumbles.

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