- David M. Hale, College football
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Florida State toppled Nevada 62-7, but spread the wealth on both sides of the ball. All eight touchdowns were scored by a different player, and no member of the defense had more than six tackles. Still, we managed to piece together some of the game's top performers for the Seminoles …
QB Jameis Winston: All the excitement leading up to Winston's home debut really did get to him. He said he came out too amped up, and it showed. He took a risk downfield early in the second quarter, throwing his first career INT in the process. Afterward, Jimbo Fisher calmed him down and told him to learn from the mistake. Winston listened, completing his final 13 passes and leading six straight touchdown drives. He's now recorded eight touchdowns (six passing) and thrown just five incomplete passes this season.
RB Karlos Williams: So what if the safety-turned-tailback had just eight practices to work at his new position. His first carry of his career still went for a 65-yard touchdown, he still managed to carry 10 Nevada defenders on a first-down run, and he still finished the game with 110 yards on just eight carries. Not a bad start for Williams, who helped anchor a rushing attack that racked up 377 yards and saw six different players score touchdowns.
Linemen Bobby Hart and Ruben Carter: A year ago, if the right side of Florida State's line featured Carter and Hart as starters, it would've been time to panic. This year, the duo held up quite well. FSU allowed just one sack -- to left end Lenny Jones -- and ran the football down Nevada's throat. Carter and Hart helped lead the charge. Hart has shown he's progressed nicely in FSU's first two games after spending all of 2012 in line coach Rick Trickett's doghouse, and Carter filled in for Tre' Jackson, who missed the game with an ankle injury, and looked like an old pro.
Hat tips to: Devonta Freeman racked up 109 yards on nine carries and scored; Kenny Shaw had 147 all-purpose yards and caught Winston's first touchdown reception; Tyler Hunter recorded FSU's lone takeaway; Jacobbi McDaniel recorded his first tackle for loss in nearly two years; Jalen Ramsey got his second straight start and helped snuff out a crucial fake field-goal try by Nevada.
Florida State toppled Nevada 62-7, but spread the wealth on both sides of the ball. All eight touchdowns were scored by a different player, and no member of the defense had more than six tackles.