ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jameis Winston said No. 1 Florida State did a little celebrating in the locker room after leaving the field seemingly less than thrilled with a closer-than-expected win over Oklahoma State.
Sure, the defending national champions didn't look much like repeat material in the same stadium where the next title will be decided under the new playoff format. It was still a 37-31 win over a team that might be rebuilding but isn't exactly a slouch.
"There is no reason to get upset because I feel like we needed a great game," Winston, the Heisman Trophy winner, said after throwing for 370 yards and running 28 yards for a score Saturday night. "And Oklahoma State was outstanding out there. They never gave up."
The Seminoles (1-0), who tied a school record with their 17th consecutive victory, had the nation's top passing defense last year and looked the part early in building a 17-0 lead in the $1.2 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Oklahoma State's J.W. Walsh outplayed Winston in the second half, rushing for two touchdowns and throwing for another to keep the Cowboys close. But Florida State twice came up with fourth-quarter stops when the Cowboys could have taken the lead with a touchdown.
The first was a 14-yard sack of Walsh on an intentional grounding call that led to a punt and a short field that helped Florida State get a field goal for a 30-24 lead. The second was cornerback P.J. Williams forcing and recovering a fumble on a hit that sent Walsh cart-wheeling to the turf.
Moments later, Winston threw his only touchdown pass, a 50-yarder to Rashad Greene. He had two interceptions.
"I don't think we let down," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. "I think we were just worrying. I keep telling them, you don't worry about results. You worry about the process of playing well, executing well, doing the little things."
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