The No. 1 Florida State Seminoles (4-0) don’t need to be at their very best every week to remain undefeated.
Such was the case Saturday against the North Carolina State Wolfpack (4-1). Florida State lost the turnover battle and North Carolina State held the ball longer on offense, yet the Seminoles still won 56-41.
The in-game adjustments by the Florida State were the most impressive aspect of the victory.
During the first quarter, the Wolfpack overwhelmed the Seminoles’ offensive line. Quarterback Jameis Winston was under pressure throughout the initial frame, but the blocking schemes tightened up during the second quarter. The result was 14 points to bring Florida State within three points at halftime.
Winston also made up for his mistakes throughout the contest.
The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback threw a pair of interceptions. He made up for those mistakes by tossing four touchdowns. There were points in the contest when Winston was threading the ball to his receivers and playing at a very high level. Florida State’s quarterback finished with 365 passing yards.
Overall, the Seminoles coughed up four turnovers, but they answered each time the Wolfpack thought it could pull ahead for good.
Running back Karlos Williams took over late in the game. The 225-pound senior finished with 126 rushing yards and finally put the game out of hand with a touchdown run at the 2:07 mark in the fourth quarter.
Florida State did everything possible to hand the game to North Carolina State. The Seminoles, however, proved how talented they are by overcoming a 17-point deficit and rolling up 533 yards of total offense.
This contest will also be a teaching opportunity for Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, who will tell his squad they have to be better the rest of the season or they won’t make it through their conference schedule.
In the end, Florida State was simply too much for North Carolina State to handle.