Jameis Winston did his part even though Florida State had to fight the entire way to stay unbeaten at North Carolina State. Winston threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns to help FSU rally from 17 down. Jameis did account for three turnovers so it wasn't a Heisman performance, nevertheless the Seminoles offense click on all cyliners with their leader under the helm.
The Seminole defense could not figure out Jacoby Brissett the North Carolina State quarterback as he was impressive in the first half leading the Wolfpack into the lockeroom with a 24-21 lead.
"When's the last time the offense and defense actually clicked on the same note?" Winston said. "I don't know. We've got so much potential. We've got so much to look for. I'm telling you, that's the most exciting part."
Winston directed four straight second-half touchdown drives to finally put the reigning national champions in control.
Rashad Greene hauled in 11 passes for 125 yards and the go-ahead score for the Seminoles, while Karlos Williams ran for three scores -- the last with 2:07 left to seal it.
On a night when both teams topped 500 total yards, Winston and the Seminoles won on the same field where they suffered their last league loss two years ago.
"We can take a punch and stand up and compete," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "Now I'd rather start blocking and dodging some and playing, but there's something to that now. I'm going to tell you what: that takes time. That's a culture. That's the way you think, the way you believe in each other and there's a lot of inner trust in that locker room."
It was a frustrating finish for NC State considering its promising start. Brissett connected with freshman Bo Hines for a 54-yard touchdown pass just 18 seconds into the game.
Brissett later came up with a jaw-dropping play, ducking under the grasp of a Seminoles defender in the pocket then staying on his feet to break away from another near the sideline to throw an 8-yard scoring pass to Johnathan Alston for a 24-7 lead with 2:06 left in the opening period.
It marked the first time in program history that FSU had given up 24 points in the opening quarter, though the Seminoles closed to within 24-21 by halftime.
The Seminoles have a lot of work to do before I would consider them the favorite for another championship, but who has more talent?