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Florida State 41, Maryland 14

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Florida State rolled to the ACC Atlantic Division title with a 41-14 rout of undermanned Maryland on Saturday at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

The 10th-ranked Seminoles (10-1, 7-1 in the ACC) clinched the Atlantic championship for the second time in the last three years, and the third time since the league went to divisional play in 2005.

Quarterback E.J. Manuel led the way, completing 17-of-23 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter.

The Terrapins (4-7, 2-5), who won only two games last season but began 4-2 this year, had their quest for bowl eligibility end with the defeat, their fifth in a row.

Maryland, with 10 players out for the year because of injuries, finishes the regular season next Saturday at North Carolina.

Florida State went 61 yards in 11 plays on the game's opening possession, Devonta Freeman slamming over from five yards for the touchdown.

Freeman had 148 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, part of Florida State's 237 yards on the ground.

Maryland freshman Levern Jacobs fumbled the ball away on the ensuing kickoff and Manuel immediately found Nick O'Leary for a 10-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead only 12 seconds after Freeman's score.

Manuel hit Rashad Greene for a 30-yard touchdown just before halftime to make it 27-0.

The Terrapins could muster only 170 total yards and had only 27 in the first half as Florida State's top-ranked defense took control. The Terps hurt their own cause with two turnovers that led directly to Seminole scores.

Former scout team linebacker Shawn Petty made his third consecutive start at quarterback for the Terrapins, who have lost four other quarterbacks to season-ending injuries this season.

Petty completed 8-of-19 passes for 136 yards and both Terrapin touchdowns. He made a big play, scrambling to buy time and then finding Kevin Dorsey for a 33-yard touchdown early in the third quarter to cut Florida State's lead to 27-7.

NOTES: Florida State kicker Dustin Hopkins became the all-time leading field goal scorer in FBS history when he hit a 26-yarder early in the second quarter. He passed Kyle Brotzman of Boise State, who had 439 points from 2007-10. Hopkins' total of 448 career points is fourth all-time among all scorers. ... The Terps, with their well-documented quarterback problems, were also without leading rusher Wes Brown, out for the season because of a shoulder injury. ... Maryland senior linebacker Kenneth Tate had three sacks, the first Terrapin to record that many in a game since 2002. ... The Seminoles close out the regular season hosting arch rival Florida next Saturday.
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