Around college football: Freshman quarterback has big debut for Florida State

Tuesday September 3, 2013 7:03 AM
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Keith Srakocic | Associated Press
Florida State running back James Wilder is tripped up by Pittsburgh’s Anthony Gonzalez.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston passed for 356 yards and four touchdowns in a spectacular debut and 11th-ranked Florida State dominated host Pittsburgh 41-13 last night.

Winston was nearly flawless, completing 25 of 27 passes and running for 25 yards and a score as the Seminoles gave the Panthers a rude welcome to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Rashad Greene caught eight passes for 126 yards and a score and Nick O’Leary caught three touchdown passes for Florida State.

Tom Savage passed for 201 yards and a touchdown for Pitt but also threw two interceptions.

At least six ejected for targeting in first week

The NCAA’s new penalties for targeting resulted in at least six player ejections, including one that was overturned by video replay, during the first weekend of the season.

NCAA coordinator of officials Rogers Redding said official totals on the number of targeting penalties would not be available until today, but he said the early returns seem to indicate that there was not an increase in the number of penalties called for targeting compared with last season.

He said in 2012 there was one penalty for intentionally targeting another player’s head with a hit for every eight games. There were at least six called during 74 Football Bowl Subdivision games before last night’s Florida State-Pittsburgh game.

Redding said he has reviewed some of the targeting calls and came away pleased.

“The videos I have seen of those, they were good calls,” he said.

Players from Texas A&M, Oregon, California, Tulane, Indiana State and Colorado State were flagged and ejected from games.

Colorado State linebacker C.J. James was penalized for a hit to Colorado quarterback Connor Wood on the final play of the first half, but a video review to determine if James’ hit was intentional overturned the ejection. Under the rule, the 15-yard penalty stood.

“The system worked the way it was supposed to in this case,” Colorado State coach Jim McElwain said after the game.

Injuries

Michigan running back Drake Johnson, a backup, will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn knee ligament suffered in Saturday’s 59-9 win over Central Michigan.

The redshirt freshman was listed as the No. 2 tailback.

• Northwestern cornerback Daniel Jones will have knee surgery and miss the rest of the season.

• Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell has a concussion and is doubtful for Saturday’s game against Alcorn State.

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