TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Drew Weatherford bounced back from after struggling in his first collegiate start to throw for 342 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as No. 11 Florida State beat Division I-AA The Citadel 62-10.

Trailing 10-3 with just over a minute left in the half, Florida State scored 45 straight points, including five third-quarter touchdowns, to take control of the game.

Weatherford completed 26 of 37 passes, a vast improvement from Monday’s 7-of-24 showing for just 67 yards in a 10-7 win over Miami on Monday.

His backup, Xavier Lee, was yanked after a first-half interception, but passed for 143 yards and a touchdown in mop-up action.

Lee also ran 24 yards for another score as the Seminoles (2-0) stayed on the ground for most of the fourth quarter, finishing with 629 total yards.

Tailbacks Leon Washington, Lorenzo Booker and freshman Antone Smith each ran for scores in the third quarter and Weatherford finished off his night’s work with a 40-yard touchdown pass to 6-foot-6 freshman Greg Carr, who moments later grabbed a 10-yard scoring pass from Lee.

The outmanned Citadel (1-1) was dominated by Florida State’s defense, managing just 91 yards total offense and five first downs.

Meanwhile, Florida State’s two freshmen quarterbacks connected with 11 different receivers.

Chris Davis caught nine passes for 125 yards, De’Cody Fagg had seven receptions for 113 yards and Carr had 104 yards on three catches.

But a couple of mistakes by Weatherford and an interception thrown by Lee kept The Citadel in the game during the first half.

After Lee was intercepted, the Bulldogs tied the game 3-3 five minutes into the second quarter on Blake Vandiver’s career-high 45 yard field goal. Vince Hill then picked up a fumble by Weatherford and went 70 to give the Bulldogs a short-lived 10-3 late in the first half.

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