(AP) No. 10 FSU puts on show, drubs Nevada 62-7
By MARK LONG
AP Sports Writer
Jameis Winston accounted for three touchdowns, Florida State’s four tailbacks all scored and the No. 10 Seminoles routed Nevada 62-7 Saturday.
Florida State (2-0) looked just as good in its home opener as it did to start the season 12 days ago.
The Seminoles thumped Pitt 41-13 on the road, a game in which Winston grabbed headlines with a nearly flawless performance.
He shared the spotlight Saturday with his running backs.
Devonta Freeman ran nine times for 109 yards and a touchdown. James Wilder Jr. added 45 yards and a score.
Karlos Williams may have been the most impressive of the bunch. The former safety, who moved to offense after the opener, ran eight times for 110 yards and a score. His 65-yard scamper made it 31-7 early in the third quarter.
Winston, who threw two TD passes in the first half, scored on a 10-yard run in the third. That was his final play of the day.
Winston watched the final 20 minutes from the sideline.
He had a front-row seat for fourth-string tailback Ryan Green, who ended up rushing five times for 78 yards and a score.
The Seminoles were a little out of rhythm early and even trailed 7-3 in the second quarter.
Nevada (1-2) turned Winston’s first career interception into a touchdown _ backup Devin Combs found Brandon Wimberly in the corner of the end zone _ but the Seminoles responded in a big way.
They scored the next 59 points, including four touchdowns on their first four possessions in the third. None of the drives lasted more than two minutes, and the first two took a combined 33 seconds off the clock.
Freeman went 60 yards on the first play of the second half _ Wilder dominated a defender for the key block _ and then scored from 8 yards. Williams got on the field next, taking his first offensive touch and outrunning defenders for a 65-yard score.
The Seminoles were just getting started, too.
Wilder found the end zone on the next drive, and then Winston capped the offensive barrage with a nifty, naked bootleg. He faked out all 11 defenders and maybe even a few cameramen before coasting across the goal line.
He did even more damage with his arm.
Winston completed 15 of 18 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns. He dropped a perfectly thrown ball into Kenny Shaw’s hands for a 24-yard score in the second quarter. His 24-yarder to Rashad Greene was even prettier, another impeccable pass into a tight spot.
After his lone mistake, Winston completed his final 13 passes for 184 yards and two scores.
Not bad for a freshman.
Sure, Nevada and Pitt are a long ways from Clemson and Miami, but Winston’s poise and presence _ on the road and at home _ are good signs for a team with high hopes this season.
The Wolf Pack gave up 617 yards, 30 fewer than they did at UCLA in the season opener.
Nevada’s bigger problem was on offense, where quarterback Cody Fajardo didn’t even play because of a sprained knee. Combs got the start and completed 6 of 9 passes for 37 yards. He was limping late in the first half and then was replaced to start the third.
Tyler Stewart played the second half, completing 7 of 15 passes for 49 yards.