Jameis Winston's statistic leap of the page by themselves: second in the country in passing efficiency, second in the country in yards per attempt, a ridiculously efficient 17-2 touchdown to interception ratio.
But one reason he's been able to pile up those numbers is because he and the Florida State offense have been hard to get off the field.
Teams have been able to pin FSU in long third down situations at times this year - with almost no success. Florida State has converted 51 percent of its third downs, but when facing third and long, the numbers go through the roof.
Winston even gets slightly better when facing third and 6 or longer. His completion percentage for the season is 73 percent, but he's converted 11 of 14 attempts on third and long, for 78 percent.
Saturday's game against Maryland was no exception. Winston was 3-for-3 converting on third and long: a third and 9 pass to Nick O'Leary, a third and 6 completion to Kenny Shaw, and a monster 38-yard pass to Rashad Greene on third and 10. Winston said the offense is better on third downs simply because of the pressure.
"Every time it's third and long were like, 'OK guys we've got to go out there and convert,'" Winston said. "When we put ourselves in hard situations, that's when our team responds."
The deeper the hole, the better Winston gets. Facing third and 10 or longer, Winston is a perfect 7-for-7 passing with a 19.9 yards per attempt average.
Winston compared those situations to the two-minute drills that FSU has been so effective at running before halftime. He said FSU's offense uses pressure situations to spark itself. He mentioned the Maryland game when FSU's offense was stuffed for multiple drives early in the game before finally finding its groove.
"When we get our drives going we never just have on good drives and then slack off," Winston said. "When we start scoring it's drive after drive. No field goals, just scoring."
Receivers said they spend time in practice working on third-down situations and that they actually get excited for third down situations - they know a pass is coming.
"It all comes back to practice," Shaw said. "We see situations like that we like it because as a receiver we know we're going to get the pass and we know the defense can't cover all of our weapons."
Shaw's has plenty of reason to be confident - FSU's wide receivers have also been solid on third down. They've only got two drops as a unit on third down and only once has an FSU receiver been tackled short of the first down so far. The receivers say they take pride in coming up with big first-downs.
And those conversions are a contributing factor in FSU's offensive firework displays. When Winston gets into a throwing groove, FSU runs off consecutive scoring drives at will - at least six in a row in every game so far.
Those scoring drives and long third-down conversions can take their toll on a defense, and both Shaw and Winston said they've enjoyed watching defenses deflate against repeated big plays
"That's one thing about our offense: we love just killing the momentum of a defense," Winston said. "We want to make them quit. If we can make a defense quit we know we've done our job."
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