Florida State’s 2016 season-opening, come-from-behind win had a 2014 feel to it.
The higher-ranked Seminoles started slow, fell behind by double digits, and then in a matter of moments flipped momentum to erase the deficit and win comfortably. The No. 3 Seminoles beat Ole Miss 45-34 on Monday.
It turns out that not only was the face of that 2014 season and the spark for a number of that Florida State team’s wins on the sideline Monday, but he gave familiar a halftime speech to some new faces.
In a preview for Showtime’s “A Season With Florida State Football,” which premieres tonight, current Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is shown giving a halftime speech to the Seminoles, who were trailing 28-13 at the break.
“We some dogs. We ain’t no puppies,” Winston, hat low and leaning against a whiteboard, screams at the offense in the clip.
“Y’all receivers cannot be stopped the whole game. We got the best running back in the whole damn league,” he continued. “And then we got a quarterback that’s gonna toss that thing. O-line, wake up!”
Did Winston’s words spark the comeback win? Probably not, but it sure doesn’t hurt to have a quarterback who completed an improbable undefeated regular season in 2014 — that included nine come-from-behind wins — offer a few words. In the 2013 national championship game, Winston and Florida State trailed 21-3 in the first half.
From this point forward, Winston will be a little busier on game weekends, so Florida State won’t be able to count on him to try and rally the team from a deficit.