Florida State fans were just given quite the first-half scare by Boston College. The Eagles were in control throughout the first quarter, stopping the Seminole offense and running all over the Florida State defense.
BC had run up 124 rushing yards and held the ball for nearly 18 minutes. That's exactly what they set out to do against FSU too.
But then Jameis Winston showed up and turned things in Florida State's favor.
Boston College wasted no time getting after Jameis Winston - forcing a three-and-out and pressuring the young QB all three plays during FSU's first drive - then took advantage of excellent field position to punch it in early.
But unlike the past three games things didn't immediately turn around. Florida State legitimately struggled to stop Boston College's rushing attack early in this one. Andre Williams had 99 yards in the first half, BC was able to use some of FSU's defensive tendencies (inability to set the edge, over-pursuit) to their advantage and on the first two drives thoroughly out-schemed the Seminoles.
FSU was down 17-3 before they really got their legs under them.
Then things got going and FSU quickly evened the score. A long pass to Rashad Greene and a short toss to Chad Abram evened things up 17-17 and more or less wiped the slate clean heading into the second half. Then on the final play of the first half Winston made arguably the best play of his young career, buying time and finding Kenny Shaw for the TD as the clock expired.
FSU needs to make some adjustments defensively, but they were able to make stops on their final few drives and give the ball back to the offense.
And after a rough first quarter Jameis Winston has recovered to go 9/13 of 217 yards and three touchdowns, he lead the Seminoles back with aplomb and FSU will enter the second half with all of the momentum.
Passing: Jameis Winston (9/13, 217 yards, 3 TD
Rushing: Andre Williams (21-99)
Receiving: Rashad Greene (3-80, TD)
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