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Winston leads No. 1 FSU over No. 20 Duke 45-7

Posted at 11:43 PM, Dec 07, 2013
and last updated 2015-03-04 17:31:34-05

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.