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Jimbo Fisher calls Jameis Winston’s BCS championship performance his best of the season

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Statistically speaking, Monday night’s BCS Championship Game was not the finest of the year for Florida State Heisman Trophy quarterback Jameis Winston. Fortunately for the Seminoles, there is only one stat that matters; the final score. Winston struggled at times in the first half but at the end of the night head coach Jimbo Fisher was calling it the bets game of the year for his freshman quarterback.

“That’s the best football game he played all year and I’ll tell you why,” Fisher said in his post game press conference. “For three quarters, he was up and down, and he fought and he fought. It’s just like any great player, some nights you don’t have it. When you can go back… and you can take your team down the field and lead them to victory, that’s what a great player is to me.”

Winston completed 20 of 35 pass attempts for 237 yards and two touchdowns. The stat line lacks big numbers but it does not represent the importance of the numbers that are in the box score. Both of Winston’s touchdown passes came in the fourth quarter, the first bringing Florida State to within one point and the second proving to be the championship-clinching score in the final seconds of the season. Winston’s final two offensive drives of the season ended with those touchdowns, showing a clutch factor when his team needed it most.

It was a slow start for Winston and Florida State. The Noles were forced to punt on three of their first four possessions of the game. Winston struggled to find a rhythm and his swagger that had been common throughout the season. Celebrating his birthday in the biggest game of his life, Winston admitted to having some butterflies in the Rose Bowl and needing to calm down. Once he did, he hit that familiar high gear to lead Florida State back from a 21-3 deficit in the second quarter to a BCS championship.

The college football world could only imagine what Winston will have to offer for an encore in 2014.

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16 Responses to “Jimbo Fisher calls Jameis Winston’s BCS championship performance his best of the season”
  1. blacknole08 says: Jan 7, 2014 1:36 AM

    He is right. Winston overcame adversity by keeping his poise despite his horrible start. Play-calling and being down by 18 points contributed to his early struggles but once he settled down, he came through for us. I love this kid. Love our team. GO NOLES!

  2. bostonbias says: Jan 7, 2014 1:54 AM

    You love raptists?

  3. villain612 says: Jan 7, 2014 2:02 AM

    Not completely sure what Jameis Winston did with that girl in December of 2012, but he definitely raped the Auburn secondary on that last drive.

  4. phil954 says: Jan 7, 2014 6:25 AM

    Nice one Villian! I’m gonna use that from now on lol

  5. thefiesty1 says: Jan 7, 2014 8:30 AM

    Not so much the first half. Absolutely for half a game.

  6. canehouse says: Jan 7, 2014 8:40 AM

    But of course jimbo was caught up in the moment… Janice had a great game but not his best performance ever

  7. klownboy says: Jan 7, 2014 8:41 AM

    I wrote back in October that I thought the ACC was on the up and up, thanks largely to Florida State. Little did I know it would possess a national champion.


  8. tmac4454 says: Jan 7, 2014 8:43 AM

    My NOLES #1…Offense/Special Team/Defense all came up big in the 2nd half. Auburn outcoached Jimbo the first half and when my Noles settled down in the 2nd half they scratched back yard by yard. My game ball went to #8 Big Jernigan on that defensive line along with Mario Edwards. Big Boys play big in big games due to they kept Marshall at bay from getting big plays with his legs. I never doubted my NOLES against the Tigers.

  9. thraiderskin says: Jan 7, 2014 9:12 AM

    Go ACC? I’m pretty sure the rest of the ACC is garbage, seeing how the NC decimated every singly one of them. If they are so great, how did FSU walk right through them?

  10. teambringitstrong says: Jan 7, 2014 11:17 AM

    thraiderskin says: Jan 7, 2014 9:12 AM

    Go ACC? I’m pretty sure the rest of the ACC is garbage, seeing how the NC decimated every singly one of them. If they are so great, how did FSU walk right through them?
    Maybe it’s b/c FSU is that good. But I’m not a stupid, uninformed hater.

  11. canehouse says: Jan 7, 2014 12:12 PM

    he is right the ACC was pretty awful from 4th down to last.

  12. realfootballfan says: Jan 7, 2014 12:51 PM

    Definitely his best game because he had to make adjustments to what Auburn was doing to him in the game when alot wasn’t going right, and he overcame the adversity. I figured they would use the Miami gameplan of disguising their coverages to confuse him, and it worked until he got into the 4th quarter. Great players like him eventually figure it out in the chess game within the game.

  13. drummerhoff says: Jan 7, 2014 2:18 PM

    Fake punt sets up first FSU TD
    Interception sets up 2nd FSU TD
    Kickoff return for TD for 3rd TD.
    4th TD was an amazing drive that started with 1:19 remaining.

    This idea of FSU making adjustments is ridiculous. There was nothing technical about FSU’s comeback. They just made the most when ol’ mo came their way. I give FSU credit for that … But that’s it. They came into the game as the LARGEST favorite in the history of ALL BCS title games and they scrambled to win in the end. They saved face.

  14. realfootballfan says: Jan 7, 2014 4:13 PM


    That’s called having a complete team. If you want to play that game, Auburn’s second and third TDs were set up by a terrible punt and return to the 25 and then a fumble by Winston. After going up 21-3, FSU outscored them 31-10. If you don’t see that adjustments were made on defense by Pruitt to keep them in the game until the 4th quarter when they were gased and with Winston in his 4th quarter drives, I don’t know what to tell you. He made very different pinpoint throws with the game in the balance, and I think 9-10 on the final 2 drives including 6-7 on the last one speaks for itself. Let’s also not mention that Craig, the Auburn QB coach, knows our offensive personnel inside and out, including Winston because he was the one who recruited him and convinced him to go to FSU.

  15. realfootballfan says: Jan 7, 2014 4:20 PM

    Also, I love the narrative that a team who went through the SEC with 1 loss, when we’ve seen teams with 1 (or 2 even) destroy opponents who were favored over them (Ohio State anyone)? No one in our fan base not the smart ones anyway, thought this would be a cake walk. I have been saying since mid-season, watch out for Auburn because Gus Malzahn is a special coach. They get top 10 recruiting classes just like the rest of the blue chip programs. That’s on you if you don’t watch college football and don’t understand that this was going to be a real dogfight. How in the hell do you “save face” in a national championship game against an SEC champion? You sound stupid.

  16. wadaea says: Jan 8, 2014 1:41 PM

    Jimbo Fisher is a classy guy. Winston is not. I am sure if Fisher had to pick a kid with the most character and Winston would not even make the cut. Winston will be in trouble before the next season starts. He kicked him out of the last practice for being selfish and not a team player. Believe me…more to come

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