World, meet Jameis Winston. Jameis Winston, meet the world.
Yes, as many expected, millions across the country were introduced to Florida State’s Jameis Winston and his superior talents on Saturday evening, as the Seminoles made a huge statement to everyone around the country by walking into Death Valley and manhandling the Clemson Tigers, 51-14.
Winston finished the game 23-of-34 for 444 yards and three touchdowns. He commanded the offense to near perfection and had his way with the entire Clemson defensive unit. On this night, not only did Winston lead the way for his team to make a legitimate run at their first national title since 1999, he also staked his claim to being considered the front runner for the Heisman.
But, as is always the case, his success was not without help from those around him.
People also learned about dynamic receiver, Rashad Greene, who caught eight passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Each of those touchdowns, one for 72 yards and the other for 17, were catch and run plays in which he made the Tigers defenders look absolutely silly.
Also, tight end Nick O’Leary was over 100 yards receiving as he hauled in five passes for 161 yards.
Clemson, on the other hand, got a rude awakening.
The stifling Florida State defense was just that tonight, and the high-powered Clemson offense was all but shut down on the night. Preseason Heisman favorite Tajh Boyd particularly had a rough night, facing pressure from all sides, while throwing two interceptions in the process. Boyd finished the night with just 156 yards, and the Tiger offense with 326 total.
But this night was about the statement made by the Florida State Seminoles. After years of near mediocrity, it appears that all is right in the world again in Tallahassee as this Seminoles team was just dominant in every facet of the game over Clemson.