Florida State, Jameis Winston rally past Louisville

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For the second time this season, Florida State rallied from a 24-7 deficit for a victory.

This time, the No. 2 Seminoles (8-0, 5-0 ACC) came back for a 42-31 win over No. 25 Louisville (6-3, 4-3) with the help of a huge second half. FSU extended its FBS-best winning streak to 24 games. Jameis Winston sealed another ACC win with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Stevenson with 2:11 remaining.

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The Seminoles were down 24-7 at  North Carolina State on Sept. 27 before coming away with a 56-41 victory.

How did Florida State stay unbeaten? A closer look:

Winston's wild night: Winston didn’t have a Heisman-worthy game, especially in the first half when he completed just 10 of 22 passes for 123 yards and threw two interceptions. He threw a career-high third interception early in the third quarter, but also came up with a strip on that play to preserve the possession. Winston finished 25-of-48 for 401 yards and three TDs while playing through an ankle injury. Nothing with Winston comes without drama, and Thursday was no exception.

Freshmen step up: The Seminoles hit big plays repeatedly with three true freshmen. Travis Rudolph scored on a 68-yard touchdown reception, and Dalvin Cook added a 40-yard touchdown run. Ermon Lane gave Florida State its first lead with a 47-yard TD catch with 12:48 left in the fourth quarter. Cook scored the game-winning TD on a 38-yard touchdown with 3:48 remaining.

Third-down defense: Louisville finished 1-for-11 on third down in the game and couldn’t run out the clock with a 31-28 lead in the fourth quarter.

All the breaks: Florida State had a goal-line stand in the first quarter, tackle Cameron Erving recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the second, and the Seminoles recovered that Winston-forced fumble after the INT in the third. Louisville's Gerod Holliman, who had two interceptions, also dropped a potential pick six in the third. Louisville missed its opportunity to pull the upset.

What's next: Florida State’s final four games are negotiable, with the lone road test coming Nov. 15 against Miami. Home games against Virginia, Boston College and Florida also are left. The Seminoles haven’t really impressed the College Football Playoff committee with the close calls, but the defending champions remain unbeaten. For now, that’s enough.