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TURNING POINTS

Dec. 29, 2014
Dec. 29, 2014

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Dec. 29, 2014

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PREVIEW
NFL
HOCKEY
  • BU center Jack Eichel has the speed, skills and temperament to become a top draft pick and change an NHL franchise for years to come. But first the 18-year-old would like to finish his freshman year of college

SOCCER
  • F√∫tbol fever reached an alltime high in the U.S. during the World Cup this summer. So, where to from here? The answer will depend a lot on three newbies

SPORTS SCIENCE
The Lives They Led
PRO FOOTBALL
POINT AFTER
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TURNING POINTS

A GAME OR A SEASON CAN SOMETIMES SWING ON A SINGLE PLAY. HERE ARE THREE KEY MOMENTS IN FLORIDA STATE'S RUN TO THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

1. THE BIG STRIP

This is an article from the Dec. 29, 2014 issue Original Layout

With Jameis Winston suspended for an off-field outburst, Clemson was well-positioned to upset its ACC Atlantic Division rival on Sept. 20 in Tallahassee. With less than two minutes remaining and the score tied at 17, the Tigers pushed into the red zone. Then Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman clawed the ball out of the grasp of tailback C.J. Davidson and the 'Noles recovered the fumble. Given late life, Florida State won 23--17 in overtime.

2. THE IRISH PICK

It was the most scrutinized play of the season: At home, Florida State led Notre Dame 31--27 in the waning seconds on Oct. 18, with the Fighting Irish facing fourth-and-goal from the two. QB Everett Golson hit receiver Corey Robinson for the winning score—only it wasn't. Notre Dame was flagged for a questionable pass interference, and Golson's next attempt was intercepted. Florida State went on to win its next six games; Notre Dame finished 1--4.

3. LONG GAIN, NO PAIN

Florida State survived at Louisville on Oct. 30, thanks to a missed opportunity early. Cardinals QB Will Gardner connected with DeVante Parker for a 71-yard gain on the first play from scrimmage. It should have been a touchdown, but safety Tyler Hunter improbably caught Parker at the four-yard line. On the next three plays the Cards advanced to the one then came up short on fourth down. FSU outscored Louisville 35--10 in the second half to win 42--31.

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