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GAINESVILLE, Fla. Luke Shaw Jersey . -- Kelvin Benjamin shook off one tackler and then three more, bullying his way into the end zone to finish off Florida States most impressive play on a day filled with them. Benjamin was clearly a mismatch -- just like the game. Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes to Benjamin, and No. 2 Florida State moved a step closer to playing for the national championship with a 37-7 victory against rival Florida on Saturday. "Tremendous," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. "KB has real advantages with his size, speed and athleticism. He can be a very, very special player, and hes starting to develop into that guy." The Seminoles improved to 12-0 for the first time since 1999 and likely will earn a spot in the Bowl Championship Series title game by beating Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game next Saturday. Florida, meanwhile, ended its worst season since 1979. The Gators (4-8) lost their final seven games and missed a bowl for the first time since 1990. Floridas bowl streak had been the second-longest in the country, behind Florida State. "We hit rock bottom this year," Florida guard Max Garcia said. "I feel like the only way we can go is up." The Seminoles were four-touchdown favourites in a lopsided matchup that lived up to advance billing. Although the outcome was never in doubt, the Gators made it interesting early with some stout defence. They hit Winston several times, even late once, and stuffed FSUs running game. But with its offence floundering once again -- Florida managed just three first downs in the first half -- the defence eventually wore down. And Winston & Co. took advantage. "His competitiveness is ridiculous," Fisher said of Winston. "Hes a competitor. Nothing fazes that guy. He thrives on that. ... The guys ability to learn and process information is what puts him over the top. He can think. He understands what hes doing at all times. And when he makes a mistake, he can come off and tell you exactly why he did it, what he did or didnt do right." Winston, the Heisman Trophy candidate being investigated for his role in an alleged rape, hooked up with Benjamin for touchdown passes of 45 and 29 yards in the second quarter. Winston found his 6-foot-5 target again in the third, a 56-yard connection that would have gone the distance had Benjamin not fallen down while making the catch. Devonta Freeman scored on the next play, weaving untouched from 11 yards out and putting the Seminoles ahead 27-0. Winston and Benjamin recorded the hat trick with a 4-yard score in the fourth. FSU outgained Florida 456-193, most of it through the air. Winston completed 19 of 31 passes for 327 yards. Benjamin caught nine passes for a career-high 212 yards, beating Loucheiz Purifoy early and often. Benjamins previous high was 103 yards receiving at Boston College earlier this year. "Just doing the little things to be a great receiver, basically," Benjamin said. About the only thing that went wrong for FSU was that testy exchange between Winston and coach Jimbo Fisher in the fourth quarter. Fisher was upset that Winston let the play clock wind down, forcing the team to call timeout. Winston screamed back at Fisher, who grabbed Winstons facemask on the sideline. The coach and player downplayed it afterward. Floridas defence held tough early, giving up just 33 yards and a field goal in the first quarter. Purifoy even intercepted Winstons fifth pass of the game, but the Gators failed to capitalize on the turnover. Austin Hardin missed a 49-yard field goal wide right. It was Floridas ninth missed field goal of the season. As the offence kept stalling, the defence started fading. "Everybody started looking at the scoreboard as a collective group and saying, Dang, the offence is just three-and-out, three-and-out, three-and-out," Florida defensive lineman Jon Bullard said. It certainly didnt help that Florida had to throw its offensive game plan out the window after four plays. Trey Burton hurt his left shoulder on his second carry of the game, a fitting finale for the injury-riddled Gators. Coach Will Muschamp said the plan was to line Burton up at quarterback for 35 plays. He ran twice for 47 yards, including a 50-yarder up the middle on his first carry. He injured his shoulder on his second run, Floridas fourth offensive play. He went to the locker room and later returned wearing street clothes. His left arm was in a sling and wrapped with ice. "Obviously you dont want to go out like that," Burton said. "I felt like I let my team down a little bit." Without him, Florida turned to freshman Skyler Mornhinweg. He struggled in his two previous games, throwing for 229 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception. Mornhinweg finished 20-of-25 passing for 115 yards. Floridas worst season in 34 years did nothing to affect Muschamps status for 2014. Athletic director Jeremy Foley held an impromptu news conference before the game and reiterated "total confidence" in Muschamp, but said "weve got to fix some things" on the offensive side of the ball. "We havent made an excuse all year and were not going to make them now," Foley said. "We know what this program is all about. I have total confidence in coach Muschamp and have made that clear. Weve got to fix some things." David Beckham Jersey . -- LeBron James warned the Orlando Magic to stop double-teaming him and ignoring James Jones. Cheap Manchester United Jersey .A. Happ. The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to improve the starting rotation ahead of next season and pitchers like Happ have a chance to show they belong as the disastrous 2013 campaign draws to a close.CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Carlos Hyde ran for 246 yards and four touchdowns and Braxton Miller had another 184 yards rushing and two scores Saturday to push No. 3 Ohio State past Illinois 60-35. But even with Hydes offensive explosion, the Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) needed a third-quarter defensive stop and safety to recover the momentum. After trailing 28-0 in the second quarter, Illinois (3-7, 0-6) closed to 35-21 in the third on two Nathan Scheelhaase touchdown passes. Illinois had the momentum when the Buckeyes Ryan Shazier sacked backup quarterback Reilly OToole in the end zone. Illinois recovered his fumble but the safety gave the Buckeyes a 37-21 edge and the ball. Minutes later, a Hyde touchdown put them up 44-21. Hyde tacked on two late, long touchdowns runs of 55 and 51 yards. Miller threw for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Scheelhaase led the Illini with 288 yards passing and two touchdowns. The Buckeyes defence kept Scheelhaase under pressure all day, sacking him five times and hitting him more than that. It was one of those hits that kept Ohio State in control when Illinois was getting back into the game. After Illinois closed to within two scores at 35-21, Scheelhaase had his helmet ripped off at his own goal line. Under the rules, he had to leave the game for a play, bringing OToole on. The Buckeyes teed off on the backup quarterback, with Shazier hitting him from behind and knocking the ball loose. Tight end Matt LaCosse recovered the ball for Illinois to limit the damage to the safety. The momentum swung swiftly back to the Buckeyes. On the following drive, Ohio State moved quickly to the Illini 8-yard line. Miller rolled left and threw an incomplete pass before taking a big hit from linebacker Jonathan Broown. Joel Castro Pereira Jersey. The quarterback stayed on the turf for a time before briefly leaving the game. Backup Kenny Guiton came on, handing off two plays later to Hyde for the 1-yard touchdown that put the game firmly back in the Buckeyes grip at 44-21. Millers minute or so on the turf was a long one for the nervous Buckeyes, but he returned during the next series and finished the game. Fast doesnt adequately describe how quick the Buckeyes came out Saturday. Thirty-six seconds into the game, Miller ran up the middle of the Illinois defence for a 69-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead. He slowed at about the Illinois 5-yard line, jogging the last couple of steps. Over the next 15 minutes, it looked like it might be just that easy for a Buckeyes team in search of big wins that might convince voters that they belong in the national title picture. Hyde put the Buckeyes up 14-0 with just under five minutes left in the opening quarter on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Miller. Less than two minutes later, corner Bradley Roby added another touchdown, pulling down a tipped Scheelhaase pass and returning it 63 yards. In those first 15 minutes, the Illini offence consisted of 88 yards and a pair of Scheelhaase interceptions. But the Illini just wouldnt go away. Down 28-0, VAngelo Bentley returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown with 7:29 left in the half to get the Illini on the board. Then, down 35-7, Scheelhaase engineered two scoring drives that got Illinois back in the game. The first ended with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Steve Hull with 2:25 left in the half to make the score 35-14. The second, early in the third quarter, ended with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Evan Wilson. The extra point pulled Illinois to within 35-21.


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