Seminoles pass rusher Jared Verse had no issues proclaiming Florida State is “back” following its 24-23 win over LSU on Sunday night.

Verse, who just played his second career game with FSU, is an Albany transfer who made a tremendous impact on Sunday night.

He recorded 2 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss, all in the second half. He also blocked a 30-yard field goal attempt before the break — a play that proved to be decisive in Florida State’s victory.

Talking with reporters after the game, Verse didn’t pull any punches.

“We’ve been saying it all week, this was our chance to prove that we’re not just some little one-and-done team, that we can’t just beat lower level teams,” Verse said. “Honestly, the simplest way to say it is that Florida State is ‘back.’

“That’s the simplest way to say it.”

Time will tell if that proclamation holds up. But Florida State certainly has an opportunity to go on an undefeated run to start this season. The Noles aren’t likely to be underdogs against until at least October when they face NC State and Clemson in back-to-back games.

It’s a stunning turnaround for a team that went 0-4 in September last season. Florida State has not won 8+ games in a season since 2016. It hasn’t reached a bowl game since 2019.

And now, after tonight’s win, Florida State seems to be back on a path where either of those goals — and perhaps more — are achievable in 2022.

Verse and FSU will take next week off before facing Louisville in Week 3.