Sunday, August 31, 2014

That Was A Close One For #1 Florida State, Survive Over Against Oklahoma State 37-31

The opening game in college football is always a crap shoot.  No pre-season, no scrimmages against another team.  You start in the heat of battle.

Florida State was invincible last year on their way to a BCS national championship but 2014 is another story.

An inspired Oklahoma State team gave the Seminoles all they could handle but FSU prevailed 37-31.

Florida State is still a work in progress and that's not necessarily a bad thing when you can overcome adversity.

"We understand how to win games, and we're doing a good job" Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. ." I'm proud of them for doing that."

"Oklahoma State was outstanding out there." Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston said. "You know, they played hard. They never gave up. They never gave up."

“This team won’t back down from anybody,”  Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy said.

And the Pokes didn't back down on the Seminoles.

Oklahoma State's J.W. Walsh was outstanding throwing for 203 yards and a touchdown and leading the Cowboys is rushing with 51 yards.

Most importantly Oklahoma State didn't fold in the spotlight on national TV after spotting Florida State with 17 unanswered points early in the game.

“We feel good about where we’re at,” Walsh said. “We’re upset about the loss, but going into film tomorrow, there’s going to be a lot of good things to build on.”

"I thought they (Oklahoma State)  did a heck of a job." Fisher said. " I told you Mike has a got a good football team, and he's a heck of a football coach."

Jameis Winston finished the game completing 25 of 40 passes for 370 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.  They weren't the gaudy numbers Winston put up in his season opener last year at Pittsburgh but his 28 yard touchdown run late in the third quarter will be stored in the memory banks.

It was also the longest run in Winston's career.

With the college football playoff a reality this is the first example of survive and advance in college football.  

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