Saturday, January 20, 2018
Colleges

New position suits Karlos Williams well

TALLAHASSEE — Karlos Williams' bye week switch from safety to running back paid off immediately for the No. 10 Seminoles.

The 6-foot-1, 223-pound junior took his first offensive touch 65 yards for a touchdown during the third quarter of a 62-7 demolition of Nevada of Saturday.

"When I got out there, it was nothing but green grass," said Williams, whose score made it 31-7.

Williams had been a productive defensive player for FSU. He played in all 14 games last season and had 11 tackles and a game-sealing interception in the ACC title game. He also recorded two tackles in a season-opening win over Pitt.

But coach Jimbo Fisher moved Williams to offense last week because starter James Wilder was banged up and he could take advantage of Williams' blazing speed (10.5-second time in the 100 meters).

Williams finished with a game-high 110 yards on eight carries.

"I'm not trying to say that I was rubbing a crystal ball," Fisher said, "but that guy is a talented cat."

GROUND GAME: Williams' big game was part of one of FSU's best rushing performances in 18 years. The Seminoles finished with 398 yards — 2 shy of their first 400-yard game since 1995 — and six players rushed for touchdowns.

Devonta Freeman rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. It was the first time the 'Noles had two 100-yard rushers since EJ Manuel and Chris Thompson did it against Clemson on Sept. 22, 2012.

Freshman Ryan Green (St. Petersburg Catholic) had a career-high 78 yards on five carries and rushed for his first touchdown. Wilder, a former Plant High star, rushed for 45 yards and a touchdown.

WOUNDED WOLF PACK QBs: Nevada's first-string quarterback, Cody Fajardo, who ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns against UCLA in the opener, wasn't in uniform after spraining his right knee last week against UC Davis. His backup, Devin Combs, was dinged up in the first half and re-entered the game with a knee brace.

But Combs didn't play in the second half and was replaced by third-stringer Tyler Stewart, a redshirt freshman.

HALL OF FAME: FSU honored eight people this weekend by inducting them to its athletics Hall of Fame, including K Sebastian Janikowski, DE Jamal Reynolds and Sammie Smith, the Seminoles' No. 3 all-time rusher. Former Devil Ray OF Matt Diaz, soccer star Cindy Schofield, golfer Karen Stupples, softball coach JoAnne Graf and booster Douglas Mannheimer were the other inductees.

THIS AND THAT: K Roberto Aguayo had a 33-yard field goal and remains perfect this season (13 extra points, four field goals). … Nevada finished with 86 passing yards, the fewest by an FSU opponent since the blowout win over Savannah State on Sept 8, 2012. … The 'Noles didn't record a sack for the second time in 46 games. … Junior Tyler Hunter had his fourth career interception. … Christian Green (Tampa Catholic) had a 19-yard catch.

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