Florida State defeated Nevada Saturday 62-7. But it didn't start that easily.
In the first 25 minutes, Florida State played some very uninspired football. It was the opposite of the performance Florida State fans wanted to see in the home opener. The Seminoles trailed Nevada, a team without its best quarterback or running back, 7-3. FSU's defense was using poor technique and allowing a lot of yardage on the ground. And with those runs, the clock was ticking away.
Florida State's offense opened with a strong drive, but stalled in the red zone. On its second drive, quarterback Jameis Winston failed to check the team into a run, instead opting for a pass play against a defense clearly looking to play the pass, and then threw it poorly for an interception.
Then, with a minutes left in the second quarter, Florida State's defense woke up. It got a stop. And the offense drove the field for a touchdown. Then, another stop, and another score.
At the half, Florida State led 17-3.
Limping badly, Nevada's quarterback did not return, and so a red-shirt freshman third-string quarterback played the rest of the game.
Score, stop, score, stop, score, stop, score, stop, and then the second-string came on with six minutes left in the third quarter as Florida State had amassed a 45-7 lead.
Jameis Winston, after his start, began to take what Nevada's conservative defense gave him. He finished 15-18, for 215 yards, with two throwing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown, and an interception. He made some mistakes in judgment, and with a few throws, but as an encore performance from a red-shirt freshman phenom, Florida State will certainly take it.
Florida State's Karlos Williams, fresh off his switch to running back from safety, dazzled with a 65-yard run on his first career carry, a sweep.
Before the starters were pulled, Florida State was averaging 10 yards/rush and 12 yards/pass.
The defense, was disappointing overall, and its play is a reminder of the new scheme and personnel.