Florida State got the lopsided victory it expected. Idaho will get the paycheck it signed up for.
The second-ranked Seminoles bludgeoned the Vandals 80-14 on Saturday afternoon at Doak Campbell Stadium, moving their record to 11-0. UI (1-10) allowed the second-most points in school history, just behind the 84 points it gave up to Washington State in 1975.
The Vandals, who will collect a $950,000 payout from FSU, actually showed some spunk in the first half. They scored the first TD against the Seminoles since Nov. 2, and had two other promising drives snuffed out by FSU interceptions. Receiver Dezmon Epps brought in seven catches for 126 yards and had a snazzy 68-yard reception in the first quarter during which he broke four tackles.
Meanwhile, the UI defense sacked Jameis Winston three times in the first half and defensive back Roman Runner, who spent most of the year at receiver, had 3.5 tackles for sack, including a sack, and 13 tackles overall.
The early positives, however, were outweighed by huge mistakes. Taylor Davis tossed three interceptions, one that resulted in a pick-six. And backup Josh McCain also had an INT returned for a touchdown late in the game to give the Seminoles 80 points, the most in their history.
“There were some guys that really held their own and played hard enough,” coach Paul Petrino said. “As a team, we didn’t get it done.”
FSU outgained Idaho 645-345. The talent gap between the two programs was especially noticeable on the ground -- the Seminoles had 336 rushing yards to Idaho's 59. Winston threw four TD passes in just over a half of action.
Idaho's 286 passing yards were the most FSU has allowed this season.
Idaho wraps up the season next week at New Mexico State.