Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/14/13
It’s hard to believe at one point in the first quarter, the Nevada Wolfpack had a 7-3 lead over the Florida State Seminoles. It was hard to believe Nevada was beating a team that looked a little sluggish coming out of the gate of its home opener. Jameis Winston looked human, although still very good in its 62--7 win over Nevada.Winston threw for two scores and ran for another in the game in Tallahassee. Devonta Freeman had 109 yards on the ground and a score and with his first carry of his career, Karlos Williams took off for 61 yards and touchdown. It was a total team effort.The Wolfpack started the game without its starting quarterback Cody Fajardo and lost their backup to injury in the contest. Playing the third-stringer did not help the cause.Here is the good, the bad and the ugly from Saturday.The GoodThe Seminoles continued to impress.It was like watching the Seminoles of the mid to late 1990s. The offense found its rhythm and put the foot on the throttle and never took it off - once the offense and decision making settled down.With over 600 yards in total offense and two running backs over the 100-yard mark, I have not seen a more complete game by the Noles since the Charlie Ward days.Yes, I am old.Winston had another near perfect game again and Jacob Coker looked like a keeper.It’s hard to think they would do better than they have so far, but Bethune Cookman next week does not make me think things will change.This was an awesome effort.The BadHow can you not see this as a bad experience. Fajardo was injured and even when the Wolfpack jumped out to a 7-3 lead, you knew at some point the Noles would get it together.It was 17-7 at the half and before you could blink, and catch your breath FSU had put up 31 points in the third quarter.Nevada tried mightily to remain in the game, but fell at the feet of the mighty Noles.Tyler Stewart and Devin Combs looked like high school players as the Noles applied pressure all day. Let’s be honest, 86 passing yards is a joke. The fact Nevada had a 100-yard rusher, Chris Solomon for 108 yards, is good, but negated by the fact all other facets of the game were poor.The UglyThe fact the fourth and fifth string running backs scored touchdowns for the Seminoles tells you all you need to know.LeMarcus Joyner and the secondary contained the receivers on the outside and the front line of the defense was downright nasty.When you talk about FSU and what could have been last year as opposed to this year, there is more speed and more ability on defense. It’s hard to say that when the Noles had 11 players from last year’s team on NFL rosters from the draft.I think you forget about Bethune Cookman and look toward Boston College, who could be better on defense than this team thinks.But in all reality, based on the schedule that is left, there are only two games that matter - Clemson and Miami. Florida is a negotiation.
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