The closest Maryland came to scoring came with the Seminoles ahead 7-0 in the second quarter. The Terps moved to Florida State's 33 before kicker Brad Craddock hit the left upright on a 51-yard field-goal attempt.
Winston, who completed his first five passes, had thrown for 202 yards, and given the Seminoles a 21-0 lead, by halftime on a warm, sunny day in front of an announced 74,909. The crowd included a contingent of red-clad Maryland fans in one of the corner end-zone sections.
Winston entered the game having completed 73.6 percent of his passes this season. The Terps, whose 17 sacks ranked second in the Football Bowl Subdivision after Saturday's game, hoped to counter with pressure.
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But Winston proved adept at handling the rush. His highlight-reel play came with Florida State leading 35-0. Winston ducked a high tackle attempt, moved to his right and found tight end Nick O'Leary on a 12-yard touchdown pass. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said it was a broken play and that Winston “should have done something else.”
Winston said Fisher wore a smirk on the sideline after the touchdown.
“When he has that smirk, he’s about to tell me that I did something wrong,” Winston said. “But he’s also about to tell me, ‘Great play, but don’t let it happen again.’”
Florida State (5-0, 3-0 ACC) has a bye week before traveling to Clemson (5-0, 3-0) in a game for first place in the Atlantic Division. Maryland next hosts Virginia (2-3, 0-1), the team it has played more than any other in its history.
Rowe said the Terps will need short memories to push past one of their worst days ever.
“Going through summer with these guys, going through all the workouts we had to go to, I know their heart,” Rowe said. “It's a tough loss, but it's something we can overcome. We've had experience overcoming things from last year.”