FSU notebook

Florida State Seminoles take a different approach in victory

 

Miami Herald Writer

Coming into Saturday’s game against Nevada the No. 9 Florida State Seminoles expected a fast-paced, hurry-up style of offense from the Wolf Pack. But an injury kept Nevada starting quarterback Cody Farjado out of the game. With backup Devin Combs under center, the Wolf Pack took a different approach.

Nevada held on to the ball for 17:47 seconds in the first half, averaging 4.1 yards per carry and kept Jameis Winston and the Florida State offense on the sidelines. FSU had 28 offensive snaps in the first half, including 12 in the first quarter.

Williams Delivers

Karlos Williams made his transition to running back less than two weeks ago after the Seminoles returned from their season opener at Pittsburgh.

He didn’t wait long to make an impact, taking his first career carry 68 yards for a touchdown on Florida State’s second possession of the second half. He finished with 110 yards on 8 carries.

Some Efficiency

Despite some hiccups early on, Florida State’s offense was humming along at full speed by the beginning of the second half.

Florida State had the ball for 38 seconds over the duration of their first two possessions and scored 14 points.

By the time the Seminoles scored their second touchdown of the third quarter they had run as many offensive plays as they had points — 31. The Seminoles finished with 62 points on 63 plays.

On a roll

After finishing 15 of 18 for 214 yards and two touchdowns, Winston is now 40 of 45 in his career and has thrown one more touchdown (six) than incompletions (five).

Winston has thrown for 570 yards, six touchdowns and an interception. He has also run for two touchdowns this season.

Another start

True freshman corner Jalen Ramsey made his second career start Saturday against Nevada.

Ramsey is the first true freshman to start at a game at corner for Florida State since Deion Sanders started four games in 1985.

Ramsey is also the first true freshman to start a season opener for Florida State — as he did Sept. 2 at Pittsburgh — since Bobby Butler in 1977.

Honoring past

Before the game Florida State took a chance to honor its 2013 Hall of Fame class.

Among those honored were former football players Sebastian Janikowski (K), Jamal Reynolds (DE) and former Miami Dolphin running Sammie Smith.

The class also featured former Florida Marlin Matt Diaz, softball coach Dr. JoAnne Graf, former soccer standout Cindy Schofield and golfer Karen Stupples.

This and that

• Team captains: Florida State was represented at midfield by seniors Kenny Shaw (WR), Christian Jones (LB) and Terrence Brooks (S) for the pregame coin toss.

• Attendance: 73,847 tickets were distributed for Saturday’s home opener.

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