In the age of advanced statistics in sports, nearly every aspect of a football game can be measured by immense data gathered throughout a season.
In terms of Oklahoma State on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium, those types of stats illuminated just how well the Cowboys stuck with Florida State, despite losing 37-31.
According to ESPN, the returning national champions led in the second half of every regular season game last year by at least more than three points. Against the Cowboys in the opener, the Seminoles were only up by three points on 18 of the 38 plays ran in the third and fourth quarter.
More telling stats?
FSU only allowed more than 20 points twice in 2013. The Cowboys eclipsed that mark early in the fourth quarter.
The Seminoles also went 71-for-73 on scoring chances in the red zone in 2013.
WALSH DISCUSSES EARLY INTERCEPTION
OSU quarterback J.W. Walsh threw an interception on his first pass attempt Saturday night. It was returned nine yards for a touchdown by FSU defensive back Nate Andrews.
What was going through Walsh’s head after it happened?
“Nothing. Next play,” he said. “The guy made a good play. I could have made a little bit better throw. No matter what, it’s next play and move on.”
And the short memory seemed to pay off. Walsh eclipsed the 200-yard passing mark and threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver David Glidden.
“We talked about the play, we talked about (Walsh’s) decision,” offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said. “We talked about what the next series was going to consist of … you’ve got to give Florida State their credit. They made a lot of plays today.”
FSU’ WILLIAMS PLAYS DESPITE DEATH IN HIS FAMILY
FSU starting running back Karlos Williams played with a heavy heart Saturday, as it was reported there was a death in his family the same day.
Williams finished the night with 23 carries for 75 yards.
“Man, that was – that was just amazing to me,” Winston said. “I think it was my first time playing with a player that lost a family member on the day of his game. That was his first game actually. Like, he is the running back of Florida State. It just showed tremendous character of him.”