ORLANDO — Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois admitted to feeling some uneasiness and uncertainty in his collegiate debut Monday night against Ole Miss. "Some things I was seeing," Francois said, "but I wasn't sure."The redshirt freshman certainly figured them out over the final 33 minutes as he led the biggest comeback win in FSU history, 45-34 over a top-20 Rebels team. Francois' opener began the way you might expect from a first-time college starter playing in front of a hometown crowd. His first three drop-backs featured an 8-yard gain, an incompletion and a sack. He missed on his first six passes in the red zone as the Seminoles settled for field goals and fell behind 28-6 late in the first half. "There was a couple times that he got a little shook on the sidelines," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "The thing about it (was), he bounced back." And by bouncing back, Francois showed why the 'Noles were worthy of rising to No. 3 in Tuesday's polls, and why he was deserving of comparisons to former FSU star and current Bucs starter Jameis Winston.After starting 11-of-20 passing (with two sacks), Francois completed 22 of his final 32. Of his 419 passing yards, 276 came as he dragged FSU back with nine consecutive scoring drives. "He's a different guy, man," running back Dalvin Cook said. That showed during the game's most pivotal drive. With FSU trailing by 22 in the closing three minutes of the first half, Francois looked poised. FSU failed on five of its first six third downs but picked up two in a row. Francois didn't force throws downfield; excluding a throwaway, only two of his eight passes on the drive traveled more than 9 yards. "The thing I was so proud about — even though we got behind … he kept playing the plays and just taking what they gave him," Fisher said.And when Ole Miss gave him an opening, he took it, firing a 16-yard touchdown pass to Travis Rudolph at the end of the half that changed momentum and, perhaps, the trajectory of FSU's season.The 'Noles hoped Francois could deliver performances like Monday's when they recruited him as one of the top quarterbacks in the country, but Fisher said you never know how a player performs until the lights come on for real. Francois seemed to answer every question. FSU's run game never took off, so he got the dynamic Cook involved in the passing game with career highs in catches (seven) and receiving yards (101). After throwing two interceptions (and losing a fumble) in his last trip to Camping World Stadium for the spring game, Francois didn't turn the ball over. He ripped off a pair of 31-yard runs — the longest by an FSU quarterback since EJ Manuel in the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl. Francois' 419 passing yards were the 15th-most in school history and the most ever in an FSU opener. Francois' gem earned him ACC offensive back of the week honors Tuesday and sparked parallels to Winston, who spoke with Francois before the game and delivered a fiery speech at halftime."I take some of Jameis' leadership attributes, how he rallied up guys," Francois said. "In the national championship, he was a redshirt freshman, and they were down just as much as we were down — and that was a bigger stage than this."Yet the results were similar. And if Francois keeps performing as he did Monday, bigger stages seem destined to follow. Contact Matt Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @MBakerTBTimes.