Jameis Winston the Seminoles quarterback who was suspended for last weeks scare against Clemson -- as backup Sean Maguire led Florida State to an overtime victory. Jameis will probably have a little rust getting back under center for this week, but the Seminoles have many weapons that the Wolfpack will need to account for.
On paper the Seminoles look like the favorite but what NC State has working for them is history. Florida state has not fared well in Carter-Finley Stadium -- in its past eight visits to Raleigh, North Carolina, the Seminoles exited with five losses.
In FSU’s past three losses in Raleigh, it has blown a double-digit halftime lead. The Seminoles' offense registered just 177 yards in the 2002 loss, and their seven points in a 1998 loss were the fewest they have scored in more than a decade.
In each of those losses, the Seminoles were ranked; NC State was not. So, ya know, historically, the table has been set once again. Despite a 4-0 start, NC State is unranked in 2014.
Florida State Seminoles VS. North Carolina State Wolfpack
Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: 3:30 PM, EST
Location: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, North Carolina
The Clemson Tiger should still be kicking themselves -- it’s three days after they botched the game that would have changed their season, in a 23 – 17 overtime loss to the Florida State Seminoles.
The Seminoles basically served up the game on a platter and the Tigers refused to eat. With the boob of the franchise Jameis Winston on the bench in street clothes after trying to do a psych job on the Tigers and Jimbo Fisher, by dressing in full gear and trying to participate in pre-game warm-ups – again another distraction by the no longer in back to back Heisman contention Winston.
The Tigers started an ineffective Cole Stoudt at quarterback who missed a sure TD pass opportunity when he threw the ball at the receiver’s feet. Clemson missed the field goal. Coach Dabo Swinney replaced Stoudt after the first quarter for freshman Deshaun Watson which looked like a brilliant decision as the younger moved the Tigers up and down the field. But In the third quarter, Clemson had first-and-goal on the 1. A bad snap sailed over Watson’s head on second down. Clemson ended up missing another field goal.
With two minutes on the clock backup quarterback Sean Maguire threw what seemed to be a self-inflicted spear wound that would seal the Seminoles fate with an interception to Clemson safety Jadar Johnson deep inside Florida State territory. A fumble by Clemson and a questionable overtime decision by Tigers coach Dabo Swinney helped the Seminoles avert the upset.
This was a great college football game but the Tigers have to be sick after losing that way. Clemson will need to run the table the rest of the way for this to be considered a solid season. One thing for sure is Deshaun Watson is for real and he’s ready to be the starter.
Saturday’s two a-day schedule, head coach Jimbo Fisher was pleased with several areas of his football team. With many key pieces returning on offense from last year’s national championship team, the defense held its ground in goal line and short-yardage situations on Saturday morning as contributions were made from both veterans and underclassmen in stopping FSU’s offense. While the defensive line has been a rotating door thus far of players trying to help fill the void of All-American nose guard Timmy Jernigan, Fisher has praised his group of newcomers recently such as freshman defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi. However, the fifth-year head coach has also been quick to remind media members that progress is being made by some of the more seasoned defensive linemen too, especially after today’s first session.