PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- With all the hype surrounding Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston heading into Monday night's season-opener, it seemed like an impossibility that he could live up to it.
Instead, the redshirt freshman went out and had one of the greatest games in the history of Florida State football in a 41-13 win over Pitt.
Winston was 17 of 18 in the first half for 240 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for another score as the Seminoles scored TDs on their last four drives of the half to take a commanding 28-10 lead into the locker room.
He finished the night 25 of 27 for 356 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. It was the highest completion percentage in FSU history with a minimum of 15 attempts.
All of this against a Pitt team that returned eight starters off a defense that finished in the Top 20 nationally.
"No nerves, more anxious," Winston said when asked if he was nervous entering the game.
"It's Monday night football in a pro stadium. I was so pumped for that. .. It just shows what kind of team we have."
The new-look Florida State defense under first-year coordinator Jeremy Pruitt had its moments, too, with two first-half interceptions leading to two FSU scores as well.
But it was Winston who stole the show in his debut in the garnet and gold.
"(Coach) Jimbo (Fisher) tells me to throw to the open guy, and that's what I did," Winston said. "A tight end with three touchdowns? Come on man."
He opened up his Florida State career with 11 straight completions, including two touchdown passes to junior tight end Nick O'Leary.