Florida State’s 45-34 come-from-behind victory over Ole Miss was indeed a tale of two halves.
The first one was penalty-riddled, poorly executed, and the Seminoles just got housed. The second half was a different story. Protection along the offensive line, while still shaky, improved marginally. Quarterback Deondre Francois found his stride and the defense began forcing the Rebels offense to move backward while creating takeaways.
The flip was eerily similar to those achieved by Florida State’s 2014 team, which was known for getting off to slow starts before rallying late. And no one knows more about that than former Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston, the leader of the 2013 and ’14 teams.
During halftime of Monday’s game, with Florida State down 28-13, Winston, who was on the sidelines for the game, delivered a rant for the ages. Showtime, which is producing “A Season with Florida State” was there to capture the speech. Primarily, Winston rips into the O-line for failing to protect Francois and star running back Dalvin Cook.
Warning: Even with the cameras rolling, Winston’s speech contains some NSFW language. (Who knows how it would have gone if the cameras weren’t.)
Winston was known as a charismatic leader at FSU, something ESPN color commentator Kirk Herbstreit even noted during Monday night’s broadcast. Other than the coaching staff itself, there’s likely no one else these players are going to listen to more than Winston.
Coach Jimbo Fisher made excellent second-half adjustments, so he deserves a lot of credit for Florida State’s improvement in the final 30 minutes. After watching Winston’s speech, however, it’s safe to say he had a little something to do with it, too.
Source: CBS Sports / WATCH: Jameis Winston’s halftime rant got Florida State ready for Ole Miss rally