Usually one might expect the team from the West Coast to sleepwalk through the first portion of a game played in the East, but Florida State came out a bit sloppy in the first quarter against Nevada.
The FSU defense struggled to get off the field in the first half, leading to only five offensive possessions, thanks to sloppy gap integrity against the run and Nevada's strategy of milking the clock with a very slow pace.
No matter. The Seminoles received the ball to start the third quarter and quickly scored on a drive consisting of two Devonta Freeman runs. The defense then came alive, forcing a quick three-and-out.
The next play, former safety Karlos Williams lined up for his first carry as a Florida State running back. Sixty-five yards later, the Noles were up 31-7 and the rout was on.
After a slow 2-5 start including an overthrown interception and a bad sack, Jameis Winston went 13-13 for 184 yards and two touchdowns (plus another on the ground), again displaying outstanding anticipation and a strong grasp of the offense.
All told, despite the slow start, it was an efficient performance for Florida State, as the Seminole offense scored on nine of its eleven possessions (seven TDs, two FGs), while the defense limited Nevada to a single touchdown off Winston's early interception.