The Pittsburgh Panthers hung on tough with the Florida State Seminoles for the majority of the first half on Monday night. Then the final 2:13 happened with the 11th-ranked team in the nation pulling away.
Pittsburgh ignited their crowd early after taking their opening drive to the endzone and took a 7-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game. Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston and his team looked largely pedestrian throughout the first quarter.
It took an interception by Jalen Ramsey off of Panthers quarterback Tom Savage midway through the period to set Florida State up at the Pittsburgh 24-yard line. Winston would throw a 24-yard pass to the endzone on the second play to tie the game up.
The second quarter is when things really started to pick up for the Seminoles. They continued the march down the field on their third drive of the game, finishing with a second TD pass to Nick O’Leary to take a 14-7 lead.
A field goal by Chris Blewitt (yes, it’s pronounced the way you think it is) cut the lead to 14-10 after the Panthers’ next drive. FSU then dominated the clock with a 7 minute drive that ended on a touchdown with 2:13 to go in the first half.
Savage would throw his second interception of the night, and Florida State responded quickly by getting a 15-yard penalty and two long darts by Winston for his third passing touchdown of the night to take a 28-10 lead at the half.
Winston was incredible, completing 17-18 passes and has 240 of the Seminoles’ 298 total yards.