Noles Defeat Cowboys in Opening Thriller

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It wasn't the prettiest way to start a season but a win is a win and FSU was a 37-31 winner over the Oklahoma State Cowboys to start the year 1-0 to keep the nation's longest winning streak at 17 games.

"The thing I was proud about in our game, which is very rare and hard to overcome at times, we lost momentum of the game," said FSU Head Coach Jimbo Fisher. "They had momentum in the football game and usually the team that wins momentum, wins the game, that's why I'm very proud. We never had momentum but we kept fighting, scratching and clawing and figuring out a way to win the game," said Fisher.

Reigning Heisman Trophy Winner Jameis Winston struggled in the first half throwing two interceptions but turned things around in the second half.

With FSU holding a three-point lead, Winston called his own number and jumped, juked and dove his way to the end zone for six points.

"We just needed a play, you know and everybody just got together, we were like, 'We have to score a touchdown,''' said Winston. "I don't know if it was third down, or second down but we needed a big play and everybody contributed on that play," Winston added.

Later in the 4th quarter, the Noles lead was down to three points once again, but Rashad Greene caught one of his 11 passes for a 50-yard touchdown strike.

"The game was on the line, the game was on the line, you go to your money guy," said Fisher.

"I was able to make a play but you know Jameis did his part with throwing me open pretty much and you know for me to spin out into a lane that was wide open, so I was able to just run my route, he threw me open and I just used my speed," said Greene.

As for the defense, it was an up and down night. Yes, they forced two turnovers and made key stops when they needed, but they also gave up 31 points and over 350 yards of offense.

"We had good moments and then we sometimes had a couple busts but that just comes from the first game, you know, it's hectic and this big, big time stadium and things like that," said FSU Linebacker Terrance Smith. "A lot of the younger guys, it's their first time playing in a game and a game of this magnitude so there were a couple busts but it's nothing that we can't fix," Smith added.

"We have to execute better, we have to focus on doing our job 100 percent of the time for our teammates beside us and trusting in the coaches calls and just executing and just execution for us. It wasn't effort, I felt like we gave great effort out there," said Jalen Ramsey.

Winston went 25-40, 370 yards, one passing and one rushing touchdown with two interceptions on the win. The Seminoles head back to Doak Campbell Stadium and host Citadel on September 6.

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