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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In a showdown of unbeaten ACC powers Saturday, Jameis Winston and eighth-ranked Florida State easily passed their first real test of the year, trampling No. 25 Maryland 63-0.

Behind another dazzling game from the fabulous freshman Winston, a blossoming Heisman candidate who was 23-of-32 passing for 393 yards and five touchdowns, Florida State moved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the ACC. The Seminoles are tied with No. 3 Clemson, which will host them in one of the biggest games of the season in two weeks following an FSU bye.

The Seminoles scored touchdowns on eight straight possessions Saturday as they beat Maryland for the seventh straight time and improved to 22-2 in the all-time series.

FSU tight end Nick O'Leary and wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin each caught two of Winston's TD passes, Rashad Greene led the Seminoles in receiving with four catches for 108 yards and Devonta Freeman was the Seminoles' top rusher with 17 carries for 63 yards. Running back Karlos Williams also scored twice.

Maryland (4-1, 0-1), which was playing its first game as a Top 25 team since 2010, fell to 0-12 all-time on the road against FSU.

Maryland had to play the majority of the game without star quarterback C.J. Brown, who was leveled by FSU defensive tackle Jacobbi McDaniel with 5:33 left before halftime and stayed down for several minutes before getting up and walking to the locker room.

Brown, a senior, was replaced by sophomore Caleb Rowe, who completed 9 of 17 passes for 112 yards and was unable to get the Terps' top offensive weapon, sophomore receiver Stefon Diggs, involved. Diggs, who came in averaging an ACC-best 22 yards per catch, gained just 24 yards on two catches against FSU.

The Terps also rushed for a season-low 43 yards.

Williams opened the scoring in the first quarter when he crashed into the end zone from a yard out, then FSU made it 14-0 with 6:15 left in the second quarter after a 5-yard TD run by Freeman.

Behind 14-0 with just 88 yards of offense, things got worse for Maryland once Brown -- the ACC's top offensive player, accounting for 331.5 yards a game -- went down.

Florida State ended the half with its third long touchdown drive -- a nine-play, 78-yard march that ended with a 5-yard pass from Winston to Benjamin.

Four of FSU's six second-half scores came by way of Winston's golden arm, including strikes of 8 and 12 yards to O'Leary and a pair of 21-yarders to Kenny Shaw and Benjamin.

The surprising Terrapins, who were picked to finish second-to-last in the ACC's Atlantic Division, saw their average of 39.8 points per game take a big hit Saturday thanks to Florida State's defense.

The Seminoles sorely needed a dominating defensive performance after a frustrating win last weekend in which they gave up 34 points at Boston College.

Telvin Smith led Florida State's defense with five tackles, Chris Casher added a sack and Ronald Darby recovered a fumble.

Maryland's first-half goose egg was an anomaly after the Terps had outscored their first four opponents 114-23 in the first two quarters, including 70-10 in second quarter.

Maryland's sixth-ranked FBS defense, which came into the game tied for the NCAA lead in sacks (17), was able to add to that total Saturday when the Terps brought down Winston once. But the Terps gave up a staggering 612 yards to the Seminoles, who gashed the ACC's top-rated scoring defense, a unit that had been allowing opponents an average of 10.8 points a game.

NOTES: Williams scored his second TD with 11:28 left with a 17-yard run, followed by a 24-yard rushing TD from FSU backup QB Jacob Coker. ... Maryland will look to rebound next week when it hosts Virginia, while FSU has a bye week before its Oct. 19 showdown with Clemson. ... FSU extended its ACC winning streak to nine games -- the longest streak since the Seminoles won 24 straight from Sept. 19, 1998, to Sept. 1, 2001. FSU has outscored its conference opponents 374-132 during that stretch. ... Maryland's last win against a Top 25 opponent was vs. N.C. State in 2010. ... FSU starting center Brian Stork, one of the Seminoles' senior leaders, left the game in the first half and did not return after being diagnosed with a concussion. ... Maryland's last win in the series came in 2006, when it beat FSU 27-24. ... Florida State suspended redshirt freshman LB Ukeme Eligwe for Saturday's game due to a violation of team rules. Eligwe had played in all four games and was seventh on the team in tackles (14).

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