QB Jameis Winston didn’t have the best game of his career, but he led the Seminoles down the field when the team needed it most.
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The #2 Florida State Seminoles defeated the #5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 31-27 in a game that game down to the final drive of the game.
After giving up the first touchdown to fall 7-0 in the first quarter, the Seminoles fought viciously to prevent the Fighting Irish from maintaining their lead, tying the game 3 times until the middle of the 4th quarter. Then, with 8:36 left in the game, Seminoles RB Karlos Williams scored on a one-yard rush to give the Seminoles a 31-27 lead – their first of the game.
Notre Dame QB Everett Golson, who had as many completions as FSU QB Jameis Winston had total passes thrown, tried to lead his team down the field for a late TD, even managing to convert on an incredible 4th-and-17 play to extend the drive. With 0:26 left to go, Everett Golson found C.J. Prosise for a TD, but a rare offensive pass interference penalty in the endzone nullified the play and pushed the Irish back 15 yards. On the following play Golson was intercepted in the endzone, effectively ending the game and sealing the win for the Seminoles.
QB Jameis Winston played efficient football for most of the game after failing to convert on the first 3 third-down conversion attempts. He finished with 273 passing yards and two TDs through the air. Florida State struggled in the running game, finishing with only 50 rushing yards and a 1.9 yards/carry average.
Despite outgaining the Seminoles in nearly every offensive category, the team’s inability to take down Winston in the backfield and force turnovers ultimately doomed them and ended their undefeated run. QB Everett Golson was sacked 3 times and had nearly as many incompletions as Jameis Winston had completions.
With the win the Seminoles continue their undefeated streak of 23 straight games without a loss and are 7-0 on the season. They could also retake their #1 ranking from Mississippi State, who had a bye this week.
The Fighting Irish dropped to 6-1 and will in all likelihood find themselves on the outside of the playoff picture looking in come December.