The civility between Florida State and Miami seemed like sportsmanship at its finest as the two rivals lined up for a pregame handshake at midfield of Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday.
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 last 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.
The Seminoles (8-0, 6-0) went on a 20-0 run after the skirmish broke out midway through the third quarter. The two 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 second half we came out and were very physical and were able to run the football and take control. 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.
Devonta Freeman ran for 81 yards and two touchdowns for FSU against his hometown team while Miami running back Duke Johnson posted 97 yards on 23 carries, before leaving with a right leg injury.
Miami coach Al Golden declined to give details of the injury, but a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Johnson had a broken ankle and would miss the rest of the season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement was still to come.
Florida State safety Terrence Brooks left the game in the second half with a concussion and did not return.
Wilder Jr. had 42 yards rushing and two touchdowns in his first game back after being held out last week with a concussion.
Winston threw one touchdown and Miami's Stephen Morris threw for 192 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Florida State outgained Miami 517-275.
"Just like baseball, sometimes you go out there and strike out," said Winston, who also stars for the Seminoles baseball team. "Then you've got to come back and bounce back and my team really helped me through it.
"I told the guys, `No more turnovers and we're going to go out there and win this game.'"
Miami could meet Florida State again if the two reach to the ACC title game.
"Let's just learn from it," Morris said. "We have to leave this game in Tallahassee."