ARLINGTON, Texas — Breaking down No. 1 Florida State's season-opening 37-31 win against Oklahoma State:
THE BIG PICTURE: Florida State escaped. There's no other way to say it. The top-ranked Seminoles, who return the bulk of the squad that won the BCS national championship, were expected to roll over an Oklahoma State team that's young and very inexperienced. But deep into the fourth quarter, the Cowboys were in position to pull off a stunning upset. Florida State's hopes of reaching the College Football Playoff remain intact.
But If not for a huge defensive play — P.J. Williams forcing a fumble from quarterback J.W. Walsh at midfield — the postgame narrative from Week 1 might be about whether the Seminoles could rebound in the eyes of the selection committee.
BOX SCORE: Florida State 37, Oklahoma State 31
WHAT WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT: Jameis Winston was inconsistent. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner made big plays — his 28-yard touchdown run on a called draw play was spectacular, and he made some spectacular throws en route to 370 yards — but he was inconsistent, throwing two interceptions.
Perhaps more ominous: The Seminoles struggled to run, managing only 106 yards. The offense sputtered for much of the night against Oklahoma State's defense, only faintly resembling the points machine from 2013.
THE DECIDING PLAY: Trailing by six with five minutes left, Oklahoma State had the ball at midfield. Quarterback J.W. Walsh, who had scored moments earlier on a 24-yard draw, took off around left end with apparent room to run. But Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams hit him low. Walsh flipped high into the air. And as he came down, the ball dropped free to the turf. Williams recovered, ending the Cowboys' last chance. Two plays later, Jameis Winston hit Rashad Greene for a 50-yard TD pass to seal victory.
BREAKOUT PLAYER: The hype about Oklahoma State running back Tyreek Hill, a junior-college transfer from Garden City (Kan.) Community College, preceded his football playing days at the school. During the offseason, he earned All-America honors as a sprinter for the Cowboys' track team. Turns out, he's football fast, too. He outraced the Seminoles several times en route to 278 all-purpose yards (51 rushing, 66 receiving, 140 kickoff return, 32 punt return). He's a huge weapon.
TOP PLAY: Leading only 20-17 late in the third quarter, Winston took off on a called draw play. Twenty-eight yards – and two nice blocks, a sweet hurdle, a stutter-step and a dive later — Winston was in the end zone with an important touchdown. The call was reviewed — did Winston fumble? Was his knee down? — but stood, giving the Seminoles a 10-point lead.
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