When Florida State led Oklahoma State 10-0 midway through the first quarter and 17-0 midway through the second quarter this past Saturday night, it looked like things could get out of hand. Instead, Oklahoma State trailed just 17-10 at halftime, 20-17 in the third quarter and 27-24 in the fourth quarter before ultimately losing, 37-31.
Whether the Seminoles let the foot off the gas or whether the Cowboys simply woke up – or both – is a matter of perspective, and Florida State’s Rashad Greene shared his with Doug Gottlieb on Wednesday.
“I felt like we wasn’t consistent enough,” Greene said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “We let them back in on some plays and let them get (on a run). It was us. We were just too up and down.”
Greene was mostly up that night, finishing with 11 catches for 203 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown that essentially iced the game with less than four minutes to go.
“It was a great throw by Jameis,” Greene said of Winston. “His ball placement was on my back shoulder, (which allowed me) to spin out from the defender so I could have an opportunity to run away. So I like to give credit to Jameis.”
When an NFL receiver has daylight in front of him, he’ll usually look to the jumbotron to see if there’s a defender chasing him. Greene didn’t do that – even though Saturday’s game was played at AT&T Stadium.
“No, I didn’t look,” Greene said. “Once I (saw) daylight, I pretty much knew it was off to the races. I knew (no one) was catching me. Nobody’s catching me from behind.”
The Cowboys didn’t catch Greene from behind, but they almost caught Florida State overall. Things looked especially shaky for the Seminoles after Winston threw his second pick of the night, but the Heisman Trophy winner stayed the course, finishing with 370 yards and two touchdowns (one pass, one rush).
“He didn’t change,” Greene said. “He realized that you have to keep playing. You have to move on. Whether you made good plays or bad plays, you have to move on to the next play – and that’s what he did.”
That’s exactly what Winston did last season, rallying the Seminoles to the national championship.
“I don’t feel like it’s too much of a difference (between this year and last),” Greene said. “We all get ready in our own way. We lock in. We focus. Jameis is just one of our teammates. We don’t look at him as the Heisman Trophy winner or anything like that. He’s just a normal football player to us. He’s our brother. So we all get ready and lock in together as one team and just get ready like we always have.”
If anything has changed outside the locker room, Greene hasn’t noticed.
“People are always going to treat you well when you’re doing something great, when you have something great going on,” he said. “But honestly, for me personally, I’m not out as much so I don’t really encounter a lot of people when I’m on campus. It’s pretty much class and then back to the facilities, so I’m not really around much.”
The No. 1 Seminoles host Citadel this Saturday, have a bye and then host No. 23 Clemson (0-1) on Sept. 20.
Who knows? After Greene’s huge game in the season-opener, perhaps he could find himself in the Heisman discussion by season’s end. Not that he’s thinking too much about that or anything.
“To me, that stuff’s just not really important,” Greene said. “I just want my team to be successful and the individual stuff will pretty much take care of itself.”