The Florida State Seminoles were looking to establish the ground game this afternoon against the Nevada Wolfpack. After a staggering 377-yard performance, it’s safe to say they did just that in a dominating 62-7 victory.
Both Devonta Freeman and Karlos Williams ran for over 100 yards each, and helped to set the tone for a bruising performance on the ground. Freeman ran for 109 yards on just nine carries, and helped get a usually stagnant Noles offense going with a 60-yard burst early in the second half. He capped the drive a play later with a six-yard plunge, extending the FSU lead to 24-7.
On the next series, Williams (who recently converted to running back) took a toss 65 yards for a touchdown on his first collegiate carry. The play featured Williams most alluring quality, his incredible top end speed. For a player his size, his speed is truly elite. After catching the pitch, Williams ran through a huge hole, accelerating down the right sideline, and outrunning any defensive players who might have had an angle.
It was quite an impressive debut for Williams on Saturday. All told, he led the Noles in rushing with 110 yards on only eight carries. He might not get a ton of carries because he’s behind Freeman and James Wilder Jr., but Williams showed his natural ball carrying abilities with limited touches today.
Wilder Jr., who is nursing a mild shoulder injury, still had 45 yards on six carries, while freshman Ryan Green had 78 yards on five carries. On the day, the Noles ran for six touchdowns as they piled up yardage against an undersized Nevada front.
If they can run the ball effectively moving forward, their offense becomes that much more dynamic. As teams draw up schemes to slow down quarterback Jameis Winston, the Noles could see fewer defenders in the box, and more huge runs like they had Saturday.