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September 02, 2013

Rapid Reaction: FSU 41 Pitt 13

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There is much rejoicing right now in Tallahassee. Jameis Winston's debut was something right out of a storybook. He completed 17 of 18 in the first half for 240 yards and continued right on pace in the second half too, easily delivering a 41-13 win for the Seminoles in Pittsburgh.

By the end of the night nobody - not Charlie Ward, not Chris Weinke, not Gary freaking Huff - had ever had the kind of debut that Jaboo, Jameis Winston had on Monday.

The Seminoles punted their first drive despite flipping field position, then they proceeded to score on their next seven consecutive possesions. Winston exploded in primtime, going 25 of 27 for 356 yards and four touchdown passes. He also scored on the ground and ran for 25 yards. It was a videogame sort of night for the redshirt freshman. 

Put it this way, Winston waited until the 43rd minute of the game to miss on his first legitimate pass of the game. His first miss was on a bang-bang sideline toss to Kenny Shaw- it may have been complete.

Either way, it's hard to nitpick Winston's performance tonight. He was stellar. Jimbo Fisher is about to receive a massive headache in regards to the kind of hype his new signal caller is about to get. 

WR Rashad Greene wasted no time topping his 2012-best, he hauled in eight passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. 115 of those yards came in the first half. Kelvin Benjamin also had a good day with five catches and 73 yards. Nobody had a better receiving day than Nick O'Leary though. The junior tight end made headlines for a motorcycle accident this summer that saw him skid 150 feet across the Tallahassee pavement, on Monday night he had three touchdown receptions- matching his 2012 total.

The run game was solid, gaining just under 150 yards without spending too many carries on either James Wilder Jr. or Devonta Wilder. 

The Florida State defense had its hiccups, allowing a TD on the first drive and surrendering 297 total yards, but all in all the unit show flashes of brilliance. There will be more turnovers this year, Terrence Brooks and Jalen Ramsey both intercepted passes and there were several other drops. 

Next up for the Seminoles is a week off, followed by their home opener against Nevada. FSU should be able to win out until their sixth game when the travel to South Carolina to take on Clemson in what will likely be the game of the week. 

Statistical Leaders:

Passing: Jameis Winston - 25/27 356 - 4 TD
Rushing: James Wilder - 10 - 58-yards
Receiving: Rashad Greene - 8 - 126 - TD

 

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Halftime: FSU 28 Pittsburgh 10

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It's been the Jameis Winston show so far in Pittsburgh. Florida State's redshirt freshman quarterback has made his debut count, going 17-for-18 so far for 240 yards and three touchdowns.

The Panthers wasted little time deflating the hype surround Florida State's vaunted new defense, going 80 yards in 90 plays and scoring a touchdown on their opening drive. Telvin Smith - who has played an excellent game so far - was solid on the opening two plays but Pitt QB Tom Savage found WR Devin Street on third down and the Panthers were on their way to a score.

Jimbo Fisher wasted no time breaking in Winston, lining up five wide receivers on the first play and allowing Winston to connect with Kelvin Benjamin on the very first play of the game. The Seminoles' first drive stalled but FSU quickly got their feet under them.

True freshman Jalen Ramsey rewarded FSU's coaching staff by intercepting Savage on the Panthers second drive and Winston found Nick O'Leary several plays later for the first Seminoles' touchdown of the year. 

From there it has been all FSU, with Winston missing on just one pass (a close sideline throw to Kenny Shaw) and leading the Seminole offense up and down the field all first half. Terrence Brooks also has a pick for FSU's defense which has allowed just three point since the opening drive.

First Half Leaders:

Passing: Jameis Winston - 17/18 240 yards, 3 TD
Rushing: Tyler Boyd - 2 rushes, 38 yards
Receiving: Rashad Greene - 7-115- 1 TD 

 

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Pregame: FSU at Pitt

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Kickoff is just over two hours away, no. 11 Florida State is preparing to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field in the season opener and the entire country will be watching tonight. There are more than a few storylines heading into tonight's game. From the debut of QB Jameis Winston to the new Seminole defense to how FSU looks overall, all eyes are on the Seminoles as of 8 PM.

Don't be surprised if the Seminoles ease into things on both sides of the ball tonight. With Winston taking his first snaps, James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman will likely be called upon to carry the offense early on. 

Defensively, don't expect to see all the bells and whistles in week one. New DC Jeremy Pruitt brings a very nuanced defensive system and FSU is still getting comfortable with it. FSU is likely to focus on shutting down the run early and forcing Pitt to throw. 

It should be a great game, check back at halftime for an update and some instant analysis.

Update: A couple quick pregame notes, two freshmen will be starting. Jalen Ramsey will start at CB and Demarcus Walker will start at DE. 

Game Capsule: 

Previewing the Pitt Panthers: Click Here
5 Things to Watch For: Click Here
FSU Week One Injury Report: Click Here
FSU Week One Depth Chart: Click Here
A Little More on FSU's First Depth Chart: Click Here
A Little More on Jameis Winston: Click Here 

TV: ESPN
Announcers: Rece Davis, David Pollack, Jesse Palmer and Samantha Ponder (sideline) 

Player to Watch: Devonta Freeman

Jimbo Fisher said Freeman has had one of the best camps of any Seminole, with a new quarterback and a potentially hostile crowd, look for FSU to try to go to Freeman (and James Wilder) early and often. Don't be surprised if Freeman ends the evening well over 100 yards.

Bold Prediction: FSU 28 Pittsburgh 14

 

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Gameday: Florida State University at Pittsburgh

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It's finally here. Florida State kicks off their season tonight at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh in front of a national TV audience. The Seminoles should have an edge tonight, but that's not to say this is going to be an easy ride for them. Pittsburgh will come into tonight's showdown with plenty to prove, looking to make a mark on the ACC in its debut by taking down the conference's reigning champion.

From the debut of Jameis Winston, to the debut of Jeremy Pruitt's new defense, there are plenty of storylines to follow tonight.

Hopefully you've been following the Miami Herald's coverage of the Florida State Seminoles since the team started its camp back at the beginning of August (heck, hopefully you've been reading for a couple years before that too), but if you haven't, take a chance to get caught up on all things FSU in the build-up to tonight's game.

I'll be back tonight to live-blog the game, in the meantime, enjoy some of the articles you may have missed:

FSU at Pittsburgh:

Game Preview (From Print): Click Here
Depth Concerns Could Loom Large (From Print): Click Here

Previewing the Pitt Panthers: Click Here
5 Things to Watch For: Click Here
FSU Week One Injury Report: Click Here
FSU Week One Depth Chart: Click Here
A Little More on FSU's First Depth Chart: Click Here
A Little More on Jameis Winston: Click Here 

Season Preview:

Season Overview (From Print): Click Here
Grading the Seminoles (From Print): Click Here
Breaking Down FSU's Schedule (From Print): Click Here 

Offensive Preview: Click Here
Defensive Preview: Click Here
13 Bold Predictions for 2013: Click Here

Counting Down the Top 25 Seminole of All-Time: Click Here

 

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