Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  By BOB FERRANTE  |  Last updated 9/14/13
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The sequel to the Jameis Winston Show started slow. After a 2-for-4 start, which already included more incompletions than he threw in the season-opening win at Pittsburgh, Winston overshot Kenny Shaw and was intercepted. Florida State fans were on the edge of their seats looking at each other and wondering what happened to Winston's magic. But then Winston completed his next 13 passes, connecting with Shaw and Rashad Greene on second-quarter touchdown passes as Florida State routed Nevada 62-7 on Saturday afternoon before 73,847 fans at Doak Campbell Stadium. Winston threw for 214 yards and added a 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. But the Seminoles' running game accounted for 377 yards, including touchdowns by James Wilder Jr., Devonta Freeman, Karlos Williams and Ryan Green. Here's a look at five things we learned from Florida State's win over Nevada on Saturday: 1.) Winston isn't a one-hit wonder. Fans probably knew this. But they could have -- and should have -- expected a drop off after Winston's 356-yard game up in Pittsburgh. And Winston looked shaky early. But he settled in and completed 13 straight passes after tossing an interception in the early minutes of the second quarter. Winston carved up the Nevada defense in the second and third quarters, finishing the game 15 of 18 for 214 yards, three touchdowns and the interception. And if you're counting, it's a stunning start: In two games, Winston is 40 of 45 (88.8 percent) for 570 yards, six passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and one interception. 2.) FSU's running game was impressive. The Seminoles piled up 377 rushing yards, and they pulled away from Nevada with four rushing touchdowns in the third quarter. The lead was just 17-7 at the half, but Freeman, Williams, Wilder Jr. and Winston had touchdown runs on consecutive drives to put the Seminoles ahead 45-7. Perhaps the icing on the cake came from Williams. On his first college rush, the junior safety-turned-tailback ran off tackle and quickly covered 65 yards, going untouched for a touchdown. 3.) The Seminoles will bend on defense, but they didn't break. Nevada's star quarterback, Cody Fajardo, did not play with a knee sprain. But the Wolf Pack were still able to move the ball early, going ahead 7-3 with 11:31 left in the first half on Devin Combs' pass to Brandon Wimberly. Nevada had 95 first-half rushing yards but was held to just 33 rushing yards in the second half. The Seminoles' run defense struggled at times in the first half with Nevada's pistol, but they regrouped and played well the rest of the way. 4.) Florida State needs to watch the penalties. The Seminoles had five penalties in the first half, many of them mental mistakes. There were two false starts, two offsides and a personal foul. You can get away with those things against Nevada, but not Clemson and Miami. Roberto Aguayo has been on target: After Winston, Aguayo will be the second most scrutinized freshman at Florida State. He made both of his field-goal attempts and all five extra-point attempts in the game against Pitt. And he followed it up by making a 23-yarder in the first quarter to put Florida State on the board. He added a 33-yarder in the third quarter. Along with 7 of 7 extra-point attempts. So far, a perfect start for Aguayo. 5. Florida State has impressive depth. The Seminoles' fifth-string running back (apparently) is a linebacker, Freddie Stevenson, who scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter. And Florida State had rushing touchdowns by six players after Ryan Green tacked on a fourth-quarter touchdown with 2:48 left. Eight players caught at least one pass. The defense allowed Nevada just 128 rushing yards -- the Wolf Pack had 438 in the first two games. And that was with the Seminoles playing backups most of the second half.
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