Florida State's Road to the College Football Playoff
December 30, 2014
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Florida State 37, Oklahoma State 31 (Aug. 30)
In the first of what would be a season full of tight victories, the Seminoles capitalized on a fourth-quarter fumble by Cowboys quarterback J.W. Walsh to pull away for the win. Rashad Greene shines with 203 yards receiving.
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Florida State 37, Citadel 12 (Sept. 6)
The Seminoles raced to a 34-0 margin by the end of the third quarter in a comfortable nonconference victory. Quarterback Jameis Winston efficiently dissected the Bulldogs, completing 22-of-27 passes for 256 yards with two touchdowns.
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Florida State 23, Clemson 17 OT (Sept. 20)
While Winston watched from the sideline as a suspension for yelling an obscene phrase on campus, the Seminoles survived to overtime by forcing a C.J. Davidson fumble at the 14-yard line with under two minutes remaining. Florida State's defense came up clutch again in overtime, stuffing Clemson on fourth-and-one before Karlos Williams sealed the win with a 12-yard touchdown run.
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Florida State 56, NC State 41 (Sept. 27)
After spotting the Wolfpack a 17-point lead in the first quarter and a 38-28 advantage in the third quarter, Winston and the Seminoles offense rallied for four touchdowns in the final 20:06 to come back and pull away. Karlos Williams picked up 126 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
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Florida State 43, Wake Forest 3 (Oct. 4)
The Seminoles defense posted its first truly dominant performance, holding the Demon Deacons to 126 yards of offense and forcing three turnovers. Linebacker Reggie Northrup outscored Wake Forest by returning a fumble 31 yards for a touchdown.
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Florida State 38, Syracuse 20 (Oct. 11)
Winston contributed one of his best outings of the season, completing 30-of-36 passes for 317 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. The nearly flawless performance helped the Seminoles jump out to a 31-6 lead by midway through the third quarter.
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Florida State 31, Notre Dame 27 (Oct. 18)
The Seminoles' undefeated streak seemed to be over, but an offensive pass interference penalty negated the Fighting Irish's game-winning touchdown pass. After trailing 17-10 at halftime, Winston kicked into high gear in the second half, completing 15-of-16 passes for 181 yards with a touchdown.
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Florida State 42, Louisville 31 (Oct. 30)
The Seminoles embarrassed the Cardinals' highly touted defense with 35 second-half points to erase a 24-7 deficit. Winston rebounded from a horrid three-interception start to pass for 401 yards and three touchdowns while redshirt freshman Dalvin Cook added 110 rushing yards on nine carries with two scores, including the go-ahead touchdowns with 3:46 left. Florida State's defense also chipped in, holding Louisville for 1-of-11 on third downs.
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Florida State 34, Virginia 20 (Nov. 8)
After falling behind at the end of the first quarter, the Seminoles used three second-quarter touchdowns to jump out to a comfortable lead they never relinquished. Greene hauled in 13 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown to lead the offense.
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Florida State 30, Miami 26 (Nov. 15)
Needing a late touchdown to pull the upset, the Hurricanes drove to the Florida State 43, but Jalen Ramsey intercepted Brad Kaaya's deep heave to lock up another win. The Seminoles overcame a 16-0 deficit thanks to Cook, who jumpstarted the offense with a 44-yard touchdown run and finished with 92 yards on seven carries with two scores.
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Florida State 20, Boston College 17 (Nov. 22)
The Eagles wasted their chance to grab a late lead when Alex Howell's 42-yard field goal drifted wide right. Winston methodically drove the Seminoles 66 yards to set up a game-winning 26-yard boot from Roberto Aguayo.
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Florida State 24, Florida 19 (Nov. 29)
Despite four interceptions from Winston, the Seminoles hung on to beat their rivals. Florida kicker Austin Hardin missed two go-ahead field goals in the second half, and quarterback Treon Harris failed to lead the Gators to a game-winning touchdown on their final drive.
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Florida State 37, Georgia Tech 35 (Dec. 6)
Winston rebounded from his dismal outing against Florida to throw for 309 yards and three touchdowns, and the Seminoles claimed the ACC title. Georgia Tech's triple-option attack churned up 331 yards on the ground but couldn't keep pace with an in-sync Florida State offense.
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