The title defense and 2014 season started for the Florida State Seminoles last night against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Advocare Cowboys Classic in Dallas. Unlike the many blowouts in 2013, the Seminoles were tested often against a young Cowboy team. Florida State scored first with a field goal on their first drive. The 10-0 first quarter lead occurred on an Nate Andrews interception with OSU backed up to their own goal line. It was 17-10 at half, with the Noles running game having not hit its stride. Mario Pender was brought in to replace Karlos Williams, and scored on his first play.
FSU opened the second half with a field goal, but the Cowboys scored to make it 20-17 FSU. This was much closer of a game than Seminoles fans had anticipated. PJ Williams recovered a fumble at the FSU 44 which led to a drive that ended in a 28 yard Jameis Winston touchdown run. OSU opened the fourth quarter with a touchdown. FSU had a chance to regain momentum leading 27-24 at the 7 minute mark when Karlos Williams rushed for the end zone, but he stepped out at the OSU 25. That drive ended in a field goal, with the Seminoles up 30-24. The Seminoles’ next drive,Winston hit Rashad Greene for a 50 yard touchdown. That was key as Winston had two interceptions on the night and seemed out of sync with the other wide receivers. The Cowboys scored one more time to make it 37-31, but FSU could not score again despite a third defensive holding call on OSU. That was a close victory for a team seldom tested last season. Florida State opens their home schedule on September 6th against the Citadel.