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Published:   |   Updated: November 24, 2013 at 01:37 AM

TALLAHASSEE — Well, might as well break the single-game scoring record, too.

In a year when Florida State is shattering school and conference marks seemingly every week, the Seminoles finished the 2013 home schedule with even more as they crushed Idaho 80-14 on Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Not only did FSU break the ACC record for most points in a single season (currently at 607), but the 80 points on Saturday also marked the most Florida State has scored in a game, breaking the record of 77 set by the 1995 team.

“I don’t think our high school basketball team reached 80 points,” said senior receiver Kenny Shaw, who had five catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

After the game, head coach Jimbo Fisher was asked if he had ever been on a team that scored 80 points before.

“Yes,” he said. “When I was in college (at Salem College in West Virginia) against Samford. My first game was against them, 82-9.”

When told that his head coach had quarterbacked a team that scored 82 points, FSU freshman quarterback Jameis Winston smiled.

“Well, I mean, I guess we’ve got to step our game up,” he said.

Winston finished 14 of 25 for 225 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He has 32 touchdown passes on the year, one shy of Chris Weinke’s school record set in 2000.

Winston is still in the midst of an investigation in which he is accused of sexual battery, but that outside turmoil certainly hasn’t seemed to affect him very much — if at all — his past two games.

“The football field is a sanctuary to me,” Winston said. “And it’s like that for all my teammates. I can feel it. Because when we all go on that field, everything is just zoned out. Clear the mechanism. And focus.”

Apparently their focus on Saturday, like it has been every week this season, was to obliterate the opponent.

And this particular opponent was an Idaho team (1-10) that had no shot of staying on the field with FSU, the first team to score 40-plus points in its first 11 games of the season.

“I feel like we’re playing at a high level,” said junior defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, who had 4 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. “We’ve just got to keep playing at this level.”

Very few teams in college football history have played at the level the 2013 Seminoles have through 11 games.

Florida State, which has outscored its 11 opponents 607-125, was favored by 57 on Saturday — and covered easily.

The junior running back trio of Devonta Freeman (11 carries for 129 yards), Karlos Williams (10 for 114) and James Wilder Jr. (four for 85) combined for 328 yards and four touchdowns on just 25 attempts.

Shaw and sophomore receiver Kelvin Benjamin each had two touchdown catches.

Linebackers Telvin Smith and E.J. Levenberry both had interception returns for scores as the Florida State defense had four interceptions overall.

“We could tackle better as a defense,” Jernigan said. “There were a lot of missed tackles out there. So we’ve really got to make that up this week. As we go up against better football teams, they’re going to turn those into seven points. We’ve really got to tighten up.”

Fisher didn’t disagree. Even though his team put 80 on the board and won by 66, he wasn’t completely pleased with his team’s performance — which shows just how much of a mismatch Saturday really was.

“Solid performance,” Fisher said. “I thought we were a little off in the first half. I thought we were more athletic, but I don’t think we tackled well in the first half. I thought on offense we had some lapses, mental things, that we haven’t had in a while.

“But we overcame them (and) made plays.”

A lot of plays. Which led to a lot of points and yet another blowout win.

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