TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Idaho coach Paul Petrino has had a trying season. The Vandals have been overwhelmed by nearly every opponent during his first year leading the program.
Things bottomed out Saturday, as No. 2 Florida State set a school single-game scoring record in an 80-14 win against the Vandals.
You know, what do you say when you get beat 80-14? Petrino said. I wouldnt say anyone on that team didnt play well.
The Vandals (1-10) were never competitive, and that began at both lines of scrimmage. Idaho gave up 645 yards of total offense, including 336 on the ground. The Vandals also threw four interceptions and were sacked seven times. They had no answer for nose guard Timmy Jernigan and couldnt create running lanes or protect the quarterback. Jernigan had a team-high six tackles, including 4 for loss and a career-high 2 sacks.
There are some guys I was proud of, Petrino said. Dezmon Epps competed his tail off. He played as hard as he could. He competed hard all game. He made some plays.
Something like that, you have to look for the positives. You have to build on the positives. There were some guys who played really hard and competed to the end, and thats what we have to build on.
Taylor Davis threw for 220 yards and a touchdown, but three interceptions turned into 14 points for Florida State. Epps caught seven passes for 126 yards, while Najee Lovett and Richard Montgomery both caught touchdown passes.
Idaho managed just 59 rushing yards on 35 attempts.
Roman Runner had a team-high 13 tackles, including 3 for loss and a sack for the Vandals.
Weve just got a real good vibe about us, Jernigan said. We just look to dominate week in and week out.
Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston threw for 225 yards and four touchdowns for the Seminoles. The ongoing sexual assault investigation of the quarterback continues to cast a shadow over the program while the team focuses on football. State attorney Willie Meggs said Saturday it is unlikely a final decision will be made before Thanksgiving on whether to charge the quarterback. Patricia Carroll, the lawyer of the accuser, claims Winston raped the victim on Dec. 7, 2012. Winstons lawyer, Tim Jansen, said the sex between the two was consensual.
The football field is a sanctuary to me, Winston said. And its like that for all of our teammates. When all of us are on the field everything is just zoned out. We focus.
Florida State (11-0), second in the BCS Standings, is two wins away from a likely berth in the BCS championship with the regular-season finale at Florida next week. This is the first 11-0 start for the program since the 1999 national championship season.