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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) -- No. 10/9 Florida State's lopsided 62-7 victory over Nevada Saturday was more than just the team's second tally in the win column this season.
The Seminoles' (2-0) triumphant 2013 home opener also provided answers to some key offensive questions moving forward.
With a record-breaking debut in his rearview, Jameis Winston, a redshirt freshman quarterback that has taken college football by storm, had yet to show what he could do when things weren't going right. Against Pitt in the 'Noles' season opener, Winston had just two incompletions and, other than briefly playing from behind at the very beginning of the game, was never put in position to show his mental makeup in the face of adversity.
Against the Wolf Pack (1-2), he got that chance.
After throwing his first career interception and more incompletions in the first quarter at Doak Campbell Stadium than he did in all four against the Panthers, Winston found his team trailing 7-3 in the second quarter in front of an unhappy crowd. As he came to the sideline, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher had a simple message for his young pupil.
"Go higher," Winston said. "Adversity is here; how are you going to respond?"
A final stat-line of 15-of-18 for 214 yards and three total touchdowns as the 'Noles scored 59 unanswered points means that Winston responded by completing all 13 of his final passes for 184 yards following Fisher's brief words of advice.
"Adversity, you can't live on that," Winston said. "You've got to keep going."
And keep going he did. Aided by his playmaking wide receivers, a stable of capable tailbacks and the blocking up front, Winston connected on a pair of 24-yard touchdown passes to Kenny Shaw and Rashad Greene in the second quarter that put the Seminoles ahead for good.