By The Book

Florida State players didn't have to look very far for motivation last week. Many national media outlets, including ESPN, didn't believe the Seminoles could handle sixth-ranked Virginia at home. Well, FSU manhandled the Cavaliers 36-3, out-playing the visitors at every turn.

The Florida State Seminoles were angry.

Many media members, including ESN's Trev Alberts, had questioned the Seminoles leading up to Saturday's FSU-Virginia showdown at Doak Campbell Stadium.

For starters, Alberts, a former standout at Nebraska, wasn't convinced sophomore quarterback Wyatt Sexton could handle the Cavaliers' vaunted defense.

He also didn't belive FSU could slow a Virginia offense that entered averaging 38.5 points and 275 rushing yards per game.

Well, FSU manhandled the visitors 36-3, limiting the Cavaliers to 281 total yards, 20 net yards rushing on 29 carries. The Seminoles didn't allow a touchdown for the first time this season and finished with five sacks.

Offensively, Sexton completed 20 of 26 passes for 275 yards and 1 touchdown, connecting with 10 different receivers. Tailback Lorenzo Booker gained a career-high 123 yards on 15 carries, combining for 196 yards with fellow tailback Leon Washington.

FSU finished with 470 yards and averaged a whopping 7.1 yards per play.

"It reminded me of the ol' FSU man," Washington said.

"We came out, didn't turn the ball over. Everything we did worked. We ran the ball pretty well. We threw the ball extremely well. That's the thing, if we can keep our defense off the field -- you can see what they can do when they are rested. They held their (Cavs) running backs to no yards and that was tremendous for those guys. We are like the ol FSU teams tonight.

"The media gave us a lot of motivation. He (Alberts) had his opinion. It's one of those things. I know how it works. They want to make the game big. I know how it works. Make the game big so everybody will watch the game. But Virginia knew they were in for a game because we were fired up."

And, once again, the Seminoles rallied behind Sexton. The redshirt sophomore quarterback continues to impress coaches and teammates alike. His calm demeanor has developed into a story itself, especially for visiting media such as Sports Illustrated on Saturday night.

"It's not so much that he's not a very good practice player," Booker explained.

"I think what irritates the coaches and sometimes the players is his attitude is so laid back. You can't rattle him. But at the sametime, what irritates them, that's also the thing they love about him -- because we come out and play games like this. He's out there like we are just playing street ball. That's why he goes 20 of 26 with zero interceptions.

"That's why he spreads the ball out to (10) different players because he feels like he has been there a million times -- and really it's only his fourth time.

"I don't know where he gets it from because his dad is the most highly-strung guy I've ever seen in my life. How many coaches do you know will chase you down the sideline and tear his hamstring in the process? Last year I was running a touchdown pass and he was chasing me down the sideline. It was black and blue. I don't know where he gets it (calmness) -- he has to get it from mom."


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