Sept. 14, 2013
Redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston completed his final 13 passes of today’s game, finishing 15-18 with 214 yards and two touchdowns. Winston completed his first 11 passes of his career (all in the first half) against Pitt.
Longest Scoring Drive of 2013
Florida State’s seven-play, 92-yard scoring drive with 3:21 left in the 2nd quarter is the longest scoring drive for the Seminoles on the season. The drive ended with a 24-yard TD pass from Jameis Winston to Kenny Shaw.
Scoring Late in the 1st Half
Rashad Greene’s 24-yard TD with 0:38 left in the second quarter was not only his second TD of the season, it was also his second TD to help close out a half. Greene scored a 23-yard TD with 0:38 left in the second quarter of the game at Pitt.
Greene Climbs Career TD List
Freeman Goes Over 100 Yards Against Nevada
Devonta Freeman earned his longest career rush of 60 yards which set up his six-yard touchdown run to put the Seminoles up 24-7 early in the third quarter. His 66 yards on the scoring drive gave him 109 for the game – his fifth career 100-yard rushing game and first since a career-high 148 yard rushing performance at Maryland Nov. 17, 2012.
Williams Scores On His First Career Touch
Karlos Williams scored a touchdown on a 65-yard run with 12:47 left in the third quarter to put Florida State up 31-7. The rush was the first career offensive touch for Williams who was added to the offensive side of the ball during the bye week between Florida State’s victory over Pitt and today’s game against Nevada. Williams will still see playing time on defense according to head coach Jimbo Fisher.
Williams Over 100 Rushing Yards
Buoyed by his first career touch of 64 yards for a touchdown, Karlos Williams rushed for 110 yards on eight carries (13.8 yards per carry) in his first career game as a running back.
Freeman and Williams Over 100 Rushing Yards
Devonta Freeman (109 yards on nine carries) and Karlos Williams (110 on eight carries) are the first two Seminoles to rush for 100 yards in the same games since Chris Thompson (103 on 15 carries) and EJ Manuel (102 yards on 12 carries) both went over 100 yards against Clemson on September 22, 2012.
Wilder Jr. Finds the Endzone
James Wilder’s 1-yard touchdown rush in the third quarter was his first of the 2013 season and the 13thof his career.
Big Play Distribution
The Seminoles recorded 11 plays of 20 yards or more which were credited to seven different Seminoles players (Karlos Williams, 65-yard rush (TD) and 24-yard rush; Devonta Freeman, 60-yard rush; Ryan Green, 34-yard rush and 20-yard rush; Kelvin Benjamin, 29-yard reception; James Wilder Jr., 24-yard rush, Rashad Greene, 24-yard reception (TD); Kenny Shaw 24-reception (TD) and two 22-yard receptions).
Jameis Winston rushed for a 10-yard touchdown in the third quarter to make the score 45-7. It was the redshirt freshman’s second rushing touchdown and the eighth touchdown he has been responsible for (six passing and two rushing) in the first two games of his Seminole career. Through his first two career games, Winston is 40 of 45 (.889) for 473 yards and six passing touchdowns.
Longest Field Goal For Aguayo
Kicker Roberto Aguayo was good on a 33-yard field goal at the 0:58 mark of the third quarter to put the Seminoles up 48-7. It was fourth field goal and the longest field goal of his two game career. He has made each of the first 17 kicks of his career (13 PAT’s and four field goals).
Florida State scored 45 points (six touchdowns and one field goal) in a span of 17:23 – the final 3:21 of the second quarter and the first 14:02 of the third quarter.
Spreading the Wealth
All eight touchdowns by Florida State were scored by different players. Six rushing touchdowns were scored by Devonta Freeman, Ryan Green, Freddie Stevenson, James Wilder Jr., Karlos Williams and Jameis Winston; while two receiving touchdowns were scored by Rashad Greene and Kenny Shaw.
Jones a Tackling Machine in First Quarter
With Nevada holding the time of possession edge by over four minutes in the first quarter, senior linebacker Christian Jones produced five first-quarter tackles for the Seminoles to lead the way on defense. He would end up finishing with five tackles.
Ramsey Comes Up Big
After recording his first career interception of the season in Week 1 against Pitt, freshman Jalen Ramsey made another big play in the first half against Nevada on 4th-and-7. The Smyrna, Tenn., native snuffed out a fake field goal by Nevada on the FSU 13 and made a tackle on Chase Tenpenny for just a two-yard gain and a turnover on downs.
McDaniel Gets One in the Backfield
Redshirt senior nose guard Jacobbi McDaniel missed all of the 2012 season as he redshirted the year. With 12:44 remaining in the first half, McDaniel brought down Nevada’s Chris Soloman for a two-yard loss to mark his first tackle-for-loss since assisting on one at Duke on Oct. 15, 2011. McDaniel finished with 1 TFL for two yards.
Edwards Jr. Gets First TFL
In his first career start at defensive end, sophomore Mario Edwards Jr. began the second half by reading a pitch play and tackling Brandon Wimberly for a four-year loss at the Nevada 25 yard-line. It was Edwards Jr.’s first TFL this season.
INT Looms Large
Junior safety Tyler Hunter’s interception in the third quarter kept a few streaks going for Florida State. The Seminoles have now recorded at least one interception in four straight games, and have forced a turnover in seven consecutive games. For Hunter, he now has four career interceptions. Since the start of the 2012 season, no other Seminole has more INT’s than Hunter.
In the third quarter against Nevada, the Seminole defense did not allow a first down on three of Nevada’s four drives. Florida State forced three 3-and-outs in the quarter, with the other Wolfpack drive ending with a 27-yard interception return by Tyler Hunter.
Florida State’s defense held the run-first Wolfpack squad to 86 yards through the air. It is the defense’s first sub-100 yard passing performance since holding Wake Forest to 83 yards passing last season on Sept. 15, 2012. It is the lowest amount recorded against the Seminoles since Savannah State had just nine yards passing on Sept. 8, 2012. Since Jimbo Fisher took over as head coach in 2010, the Seminoles have held six opponents to below 100 yards through the air in 43 games played.
Joyner, Jones Continue Games Played Streak
Since arriving as true freshmen in 2010, senior cornerback Lamarcus Joyner and senior linebacker Christian Jones have played in all 43 games as Seminoles. Joyner finished today’s game with six tackles, while Jones added five tackles.
Opponent End Zone Opportunities Limited
For the fourth consecutive game, the Seminoles limited the opposition to just one offensive touchdown. In the final two games of 2012, Georgia Tech and Northern Illinois each reached the end zone once. In 2013, Pitt and Nevada have scored one offensive touchdown apiece.
Sacks Typically Aplenty
Despite a good defensive day, the Florida State defense did not record a sack for just the second time in the last 46 games. Since a 29-26 win over Maryland on Nov. 21, 2009, the Florida State defense has now recorded at least one sack in 44 of the last 46 games played. In addition to today’s game, the only other game in that time span that no Seminole recorded a sack was against Duke last season on Oct. 27, 2012.