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