With the Heisman-hopeful Jameis Winston at quarterback, Florida State is putting up huge numbers.Florida State is 12-0 for the first time since it won the BCS National Championship in 1999. The Seminoles have won all 12 games by at least 14 points and their average margin of victory (+42.7) is on pace to be the highest since Army set the record in 1944 (+52.1).
The Seminoles have been led by redshirt freshmen Jameis Winston. With Winston under center, they have scored more than 35 points in all 12 games, the longest active streak in the nation and tied for the third-longest streak in FBS history. They currently rank second in the nation in points per game (53.7) behind Baylor.
Winston has already set the ACC-freshmen records for both passing yards and passing touchdowns and is currently ranked first in the latest ESPN Heisman Watch.
Here are 10 stats to know regarding Winston’s season, heading into the ACC Championship against Duke:
1-- Winston has 35 passing touchdowns this season, the most in the ACC and third most in the FBS. He throws a touchdown every 9.1 attempts, best in the nation.
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2-- Winston leads the FBS with a 91.9 opponent-adjusted QBR. The leader in opponent-adjusted QBR in three of the last six seasons went on to win the Heisman, including Johnny Manziel last season. Winston had an opponent-adjusted QBR of 90 or higher in eight games. In the last 10 seasons, only Russell Wilson (9) in 2011, Andrew Luck (9) in 2010 and Sam Bradford (9) in 2008 have had more such games in a season.
3-- Winston averages 11.0 yards per attempt, second best in the FBS behind Baylor’s Bryce Petty. He has 62 completions that gained 20 yards or more, fourth most in the nation. He had eight of those completions against Florida last Saturday, the most allowed by the Gators since 2007 when they gave up eight to Florida Atlantic Owls.
4-- Winston has completed 68.8 percent of his passes this season, ninth best in the nation. He is the only player since 2000 to complete at least 90 percent of his passes in two games in the same season (min. 15 attempts). Winston did it against Pittsburgh (25-27) and Syracuse (19-21).
5-- On third down, Winston leads all FBS quarterbacks with at least 60 attempts in completion percentage (71.0), yards per attempt (11.5) and Total QBR (99.3).
6-- Winston converts a first down on an FBS-high 61 percent of his passing plays (pass attempts + sacks) on third down. No player in the last 10 seasons has finished a season with a higher third-down conversion percentage on passing plays. The highest during that time period was 54.4 percent by Louisville's Stefan LeFors in 2004.
7-- Winston is 6’4”, 228 pounds and is very difficult to bring down. On plays in which he is pressured (knockdown or hurried), Winston completes an AQ-high 65.9 percent of his passes and is averaging 12.2 yards per attempt. The AQ average for a quarterback when pressured is 35 percent and 4.8 yards per attempt.
8-- When opponents send five or more pass rushers, Winston leads all AQ players in completion percentage (70.3), touchdowns (19) and yards per attempt (12.4).
9-- Winston completes an AQ-high 58.6 percent of his passes thrown 15 yards or longer this season. On such passes, he has 17 touchdowns, second most among AQ quarterbacks behind Baylor’s Bryce Petty (20).
10--Florida State averages 8.2 yards per play with Winston under center, the highest for any AQ quarterback who has taken at least 100 snaps. The Seminoles have scored a touchdown on 57 percent of the drives that Winston quarterbacked. The FBS average is 27 percent.