The civility between Florida State and Miami seemed like sportsmanship at its finest as the rivals lined up for a pregame handshake at midfield of Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday in Tallahassee, Fla.
Two and a half quarters later, officials scrambled to break up skirmishes and Miami defensive end Anthony Chickillo lay flat on his back with Florida State tackle Bobby Hart on top. So much for the friendly part of the rivalry.
As for the competition, that lasted about a half, too.
No. 3 Florida State rolled to a 41-14 victory against No. 7 Miami in another matchup of undefeated Atlantic Coast Conference rivals that turned into a Seminoles blowout.
Jameis Winston threw for 325 yards but added two interceptions in the first half after throwing four in the first seven games. The Florida State defense picked up the slack and shut out the Hurricanes (7-1, 3-1) in the second half after it was 21-14 at the break.
"We didn't want this to be another walk in the park," Winston said. "That was a good sign we were able to come back and fight."
The Seminoles (8-0, 6-0) went on a 20-0 run after the skirmish broke out midway through the third quarter. The teams were called for offsetting personal fouls, and James Wilder Jr. scored on a 5-yard run on the next play. The rout was on from that point, not much different from Florida State's 51-14 win at Clemson last month.
"It's a team that is understanding how to compete in big games and is learning to do it different ways," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We were very excited early and had to keep our emotions in check. ... The defense was dominant. I'm just proud of the way our guys competed."
The Seminoles have defeated three Top 25 teams by a combined score of 155-28. Their national championship hopes are alive and well with rival Florida being the last real challenge in the regular season.
"We played the No. 7 team in the country and we won by 27," Fisher said. "That's a very good football team. We're just going to keep playing well and let people judge. This is a heck of a football team here."
Miami running back Duke Johnson is expected to miss the remainder of the season after suffering a broken right ankle. He got hurt on a fourth-and-2 play in Florida State territory late in the third quarter, when Miami was trying to cut into what was then a 35-14 deficit. He was hit short of the first down, going down after the initial contact -- and then had at least three other players awkwardly fall atop him, including one of Miami's own blockers.
Big Ten's best cruise
No. 4 Ohio State laid another beating on an overmatched conference foe, and No. 24 Michigan State took control of the Big Ten's other division with a rout of Michigan.
The Buckeyes, coming off a 49-point victory over Penn State, crushed Purdue 56-0 in West Lafayette, Ind. Ohio State has won 21 straight and has been far and away the Big Ten's most impressive team.
The Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0) appear to be cruising toward a Leaders Division title and their first Big Ten title game. They have a one-game lead over Wisconsin, a team they've already beaten, and have games left against Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.
Michigan State and the nation's No. 1 defense were even more impressive. The Spartans pummeled their rivals 29-6 in East Lansing, Mich., and have a game and a half lead in the Legends Division. Michigan State plays second-place Nebraska in two weeks.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer won his 22nd straight game, tying a personal best established at Florida. Ohio State scored the most points and produced the most lopsided scoring margin in the 56-game history of this series with Purdue. Both topped the marks set in Ohio State's 49-0 victory in 2010.
Michigan State (8-1, 5-0) has won five of the last six meetings with the Wolverines, and this was the Spartans' most lopsided win in the series since 1967. They held Michigan (6-2, 2-2) to minus-48 yards rushing, the worst output in the Ann Arbor program's history.
Clemson QB's mark
Tajh Boyd threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score and No. 9 Clemson broke open the game with three touchdowns in the last 4:18 of the first half in a 59-10 rout of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.
The Hampton, Va., native became the Atlantic Coast Conference's career leader in touchdown-making with a 33-yard pass to Sammy Watkins to start the scoring for the Tigers (8-1, 6-1 ACC). It broke a tie at 112 TDs with North Carolina State's Philip Rivers. Boyd later added TD throws of 10 yards to Roderick McDowell and 96 yards to Watkins.
Manziel on target
Johnny Manziel threw four touchdown passes and ran for two scores in less than three quarters to lead No. 12 Texas A&M to a 57-7 win over UTEP in College Station, Texas.
The Aggies trailed early before scoring 55 straight points to cruise past the overmatched Miners, losers of six straight.
"We started uncharacteristically slow for whatever reason," Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said. "But we kicked it into gear."
Manziel threw touchdown passes of 44, 15, 17 and 26 yards and had TD runs of 10 and 49 yards.
Huskers' wild finish
Jordan Westerkamp caught Ron Kellogg III's tipped desperation heave to the end zone with no time left, giving Nebraska a 27-24 victory over Northwestern in Lincoln, Neb.
The Cornhuskers looked as if they were finished after Northwestern took a three-point lead with 1:20 left. They started their final drive at their 17 with no timeouts.
Ameer Abdullah caught a short pass and stretched to convert a fourth-and-15. Then, with four seconds on the clock, Kellogg dropped back for a final play from the Northwestern 49. The strong-armed Kellogg let fly a ball that was deflected into Westerkamp's hands in the end zone.
Kellogg, a walk-on who wasn't put on scholarship until August, was backing up Tommy Armstrong Jr. in the absence of the injured starter Taylor Martinez. Coach Bo Pelini had said that if the Huskers ever needed to drive the field in the final 2 minutes, Kellogg would be the guy.
Grambling gets win
Johnathan Williams accounted for seven touchdowns to lead Grambling State to its first win of the season, 47-40 over Mississippi Valley State.
Princeton's Quinn Epperly set an NCAA record by opening with 29 straight completions and accounted for 401 total yards and six touchdowns in a 53-20 win over Cornell.
Assistant coach killed in shooting
A 39-year-old man was charged in the shooting death of a Missouri Southern State University coach. Joplin police said Jeffery L. Bruner of Joplin was charged with felony murder and armed criminal action in 37-year-old Derek Moore's death. Moore, who as in his first year as Missouri Southern's offensive line coach, died after he was shot Friday night as he left a Joplin movie theater.