After a challenging first half that saw Nevada break tendency and attack the Seminole defense with a ball-control, power run style of offense, the Seminoles absolutely steamrolled the Wolf Pack in the second half of this one.
FSU reeled off 192 yards and 21 points in the first five minutes of the third quarter and erased any doubt about the outcome before Nevada had even gotten situated.
Devonta Freeman burst out for 60 yards on the very first play of the half, then punched it in on the next play. After a three-and-out, Karlos Williams made his offensive debut by taking a ball 65 yards for a touchdown, then the Seminoles slowed it down and took a whole 1:17 to drive 61 more yards for the third score of the half. In total, FSU scored four touchdowns across six minutes spanning from the final 60 seconds of the second quarter to the beginning of the third quarter.
12 minutes into the third quarter FSU was comfortably in control - up 45-7 - and Jameis Winston was on the sideline. Winston finished his day 15/18 for 214 yards and a couple of touchdowns and a pick. He also added a score on the ground. For his career Winston is 40/45 for 570 yards and six touchdowns with a pick. In all, he's scored eight times.
All in all, the Seminole third quarter saw FSU score 31 straight points and gain 284 yards while holding Nevada to just 55.
Devonta Freeman also had a great day running the ball for Florida State, providing consistent production, averaging 12.1 yards per carry on nine atempts for 109 total yards and a TD. I wrote earlier in the season that I think if FSU has a 1,000 yard back that I think it will be Freeman. However, Williams, really could challenge my logic on that after running like a wrecking ball all afternoon - even behind FSU's patchwork back-up offensive line - and looks like a player who could really challenge for carries as he grows more comfortable with the offense. Williams went over 100 yards too on Saturday afternoon.
Defensively the Seminoles shored things up quite a bit in the second, limiting the Nevada offense and giving the ball back to the Seminole offense with regularity. The Seminoles held Nevada to just 214 yards, including just 82 the rest of the way.
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