TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 1 Florida State practiced on Monday at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility, staying inside because of inclement weather throughout the duration of practice.
The Seminoles escaped always tough Carter-Finley Stadium with a come-from-behind 56-41 victory over NC State on Saturday. The Seminoles fought out of a 24-7 hole in the first quarter and literally ran away with the game as senior running back Karlos Williams ran for 60 yards and two touchdowns in the final frame.
Williams finished with 126 yards rushing for his first 100-yard game of the season behind a standout game by the offensive line as FSU tallied a season 531 yards of total offense.
“Karlos is getting better and better,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “He ran the clock out at the end. That was another thing we did on offense too, we took that last drive and never gave them the ball back. We took the game away. That was extremely critical. He had a couple big runs and had three touchdowns on the night.”
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston (four touchdown passes), sophomore Jesus Wilson (109 yards, two scores) and senior wide receiver Rashad Greene (11 catches, 125 yards, 1 touchdown) also stood out for the offense.
On defense, the Seminoles struggled at times to stop NC State quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who finished with 359 yards passing.
FSU missed several tackles on Saturday and the team worked extensively on tackling drills at practiced on Monday.
“Tackling to me is a lot of ‘want to’ being able to step on guys toes and hit them in the mouth and get into position to do that,” Fisher said. “Sometimes I thought we jumped too low on tackles didn’t hit on the rise, we’re physical enough and other times we got ourselves out of position. No excuse, we have to tackle better and we will tackle better and we’ll have a lot of space and drills and work on those things.”
Fisher said redshirt junior safety Tyler Hunter and freshman defensive end Lorenzo Featherston played well for the defense, however.
Hunter had a career-best 10 tackles, while Featherston made five tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss, including a game-breaking sack for a 17-yard loss where Brissett fumbled and fellow freshman defensive end Jacob Pugh recovered.
Greene, Jackson Capture ACC Player of the Week Nominations
Senior wide receiver Rashad Greene captured ACC Receiver of the Week honors for the third time in the young 2014 season on Monday, while senior right guard Tre’ Jackson collected ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors.
Greene and Jackson led FSU to a come-from-behind 56-41 victory at NC State on Saturday.
The Seminoles erased a 24-7 first quarter lead as Greene totaled 11 receptions for 125 yards and the go-ahead touchdown. His four-yard score in the third quarter gave FSU its first lead of the game, 42-38.
Greene is the ACC’s leader in receptions (35), receiving yards (543) and yards per game (135.8). The Albany, Ga., native has 206 career receptions is just seven catches away from becoming Florida State’s all-time leader in receptions. Ron Sellers had 212 catches from 1966-68.
This is the fifth ACC Receiver of the Week award of Greene’s career.
Jackson garnered ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors for the first time in his career after having the highest grade by a Seminole this season in the win over the Wolfpack.
Jackson anchored an offensive line that paved the way for the FSU offense to tally a season high 531 yards of total offense. Jackson also opened holes for Karlos Williams, who rushed for a career-best 126 yards to become the first 100-yard rusher for the Seminoles this season.