CLEMSON, S.C. — Jameis Winston and Florida State didn't take long to hush Death Valley, making a statement that that could be heard from Alabama to Oregon.
The Seminoles' remarkable redshirt freshman threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns and No. 5 Florida State crushed No. 3 Clemson 51-14 Saturday night. When the first BCS standings of the season come out Sunday, Florida State should be right there with the top-ranked Crimson Tide and second-ranked Ducks, fighting for the top spots.
"Do we deserve to be in the top two? We deserve to be No. 1," Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith said.
The Atlantic Coast Conference's game of the year, billed as maybe the league's biggest game ever, quickly became a Seminoles' seminar on how to take apart a top-five opponent on its hostile home turf in front of 83,428.
Playing in one of the loudest stadiums in the country, Winston was unfazed, going 22 for 34 for Florida State (6-0, 4-0). His first throw was a 22-yard touchdown to Kelvin Benjamin, and he scrambled for a 4-yard touchdown that made it 41-7 with 4:04 left in the third quarter.
No. 1 Alabama 52, Arkansas 0
At Tuscaloosa, Ala., AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes and Kenyan Drake rushed for 104 yards and two scores to lead Alabama.
No. 4 Ohio State 34, Iowa 24
At Columbus, Ohio, Carlos Hyde ran for 149 yards, including 106 yards and two touchdowns in the second half, to lead Ohio State to a victory over Iowa.
Mississippi 27, No. 6 LSU 24
At Oxford, Miss., Andrew Ritter made a 41-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining to lead Mississippi past LSU.
Bo Wallace completed 30 of 39 passes for 346 yards and Jaylen Walton rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns for the Rebels, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
No. 24 Auburn 45,No. 7 Texas A&M 41
At College Station, Texas, Nick Marshall accounted for four scores and Auburn battered Johnny Manziel in a win over Texas A&M.
Tre Mason's 5-yard score with less than two minutes to play was first ruled down at the 1, but it was reviewed and ruled a touchdown.
A&M (5-2, 2-2 SEC) had a last chance, but Manziel was sacked by Dee Ford on fourth down to secure the win.