BOSTON (AP) — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is undefeated through the Seminoles' first four games, with 12 touchdown passes and an efficiency unmatched in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher sees room to grow.
"He's only four games in," Fisher said after Winston threw for four touchdowns to lead Florida State to a 48-34 victory over Boston College. "We'll wait. He's got a good grasp of things. I like the way he's playing. And there's some things he's got to get better at. He'll be the first one to tell you. But he's still making great reads and great plays. He's developing very well."
Winston completed 17 of 27 passes for 330 yards on Saturday, rallying the Seminoles (4-0, 2-0 ACC) from a 14-point deficit in the first half with touchdown passes of 56 and 10 yards. With the score tied and time running out in the first half, he connected with receiver Kenny Shaw on a 55-yard heave to give Florida State the lead for good.
The closer-than-expected victory over a BC (2-2, 1-1) team that lost to Southern California by 28 points in its previous game left the Seminoles at No. 8 in The Associated Press Top 25 released on Sunday. And Fisher saw plenty of mistakes, starting with his young quarterback.
"He made a bunch of them," Fisher said. "I thought he got caught up with the momentum of the game and trying to keep making big plays. I think that's part of youth and part of growing."
It was Fisher's defense that had the problems early, spotting BC a 14-point lead in the first half before Winston threw a pair of TD passes to tie it. After the Eagles failed to run out the clock in the second quarter, Florida got the ball back at its own 40 with 50 seconds to play.
Winston was sacked for a 9-yard loss, Devonta Freeman ran for 14 yards and the time ticked away as the Seminoles hurried to get off one more play. Winston received the snap just before the clock hit 0:00, but the pocket quickly collapsed around him.