The clock was drained to its last second before Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston finally called for the snap.
He knew how important it was for the Seminoles to get a score before the end of the half — even if the end zone was 55 yards away.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher preached it so much that Winston could practically hear his voice with every tick of the clock.
They had done it in each of their past two games, but this time it felt like more of a necessity with score tied, 17-17, against Boston College.
Despite immense pressure from the Eagles defense, Winston heaved a strike to Kenny Shaw for a momentum-changing touchdown in Florida State’s 48-34 win at Alumni Stadium. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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