What a debut for Florida State Seminoles‘ freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, who absolutely demolished the Pittsburgh Panthers’ pass defense.
Winston completed 25-27 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns, and led the Seminoles to a 41-13 lead late in the fourth quarter before being pulled. Junior tight end Nick O’Leary was responsible for catching three of those touchdown passes. Leading receiver Rashad Greene, who had eight catches for 126 yards, caught the other one.
It was the final 10 minutes in the first half that really did in the Panthers. Florida State had a crushing seven-minute drive that gave the team a 21-10 lead, then Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage threw his second interception of the night that led to a quick touchdown thanks to a couple of deep passes by Winston.
Savage finished his night completed 15-24 passes for 201 yards and a single touchdown.
In total, Florida State had over 500 yards of offense, and were clearly efficient going 6-10 on third down and had an incredible rate of over 12 yards per pass. The only problem were penalties, having eight and being penalized a total of 74 yards.
Perhaps Winston has turned himself into a Heisman contender in his first college start.