Tallahassee - With a lack of running backs available, you knew Florida State was going to showcase the arms of its quarterbacks. Jameis Winston passed the ball 56 times, completing 27, while throwing for 396 yards and two touchdowns.
"I'm fighting boredom right now actually," said Winston, who flew in to Tallahassee from Atlanta, GA after playing with the baseball team on Friday night and will be flying back out to Atlanta for Sunday's baseball game. "But it's good to be bored because when you are bored you want to do more...and, by me being bored, that makes me say, 'hey, I'm bored. So, hey, find the little things - check that ball down, don't think big all the time.'"
Sean Maguire was 15-of-28, throwing for 203 yards and a touchdown.
Maguire had the first scoring drive of the game, connecting with Rashad Gholston on a 27-yard pass to give the gold team a 7-0 lead.
Freddie Stevenson responded for the Garnet team in the second quarter. The fullback, playing running back in the spring game due to the lack of depth, had a six yard run to tie it at 7. Stevenson rushed for 85 yards. Karlos Williams, Ryan Green, Mario Pender and Dalvin Cook were all sidelined.
Roberto Aguayo missed his first field goal attempt, but the Groza Award winner hits on the second try from 37 yards out to give the Garnet team a 10-7 lead.
Winston throws his first touchdown late in the first half. The Heisman Winner hits Rashad Greene for a six-yard touchdown to give the Garnet team a 17-7 lead. Greene finished with a game-high 11 catches and 127 yards.
Then right before the half, Ro'Derrick Hoskins picks off Maguire and returns it for a 63-yard touchdown. Garnet team had a 24-7 lead heading into the locker room.
Jesus 'Bobo' Wilson also had himself a game at wideout. He caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Winston in the fourth quarter. Wilson finished with four catches for 101 yards.
John Franklin III will be pushing Maguire for that number two spot at QB. He had 103 yards passing including the final touchdown of the game to Jarred Haggins.
"The goal was to play fast and be competitive," sophomore linebacker Matthew Thomas said. "So, that's our goal in practice. Everyday in practice, come out and be competitive. So it's just like practice but different atmosphere and we just wanted to play."