TALLAHASSEE – In a worthy sequel to the 1993 “Game of the Century” between No. 5 Notre Dame and No.2 Florida State, this one would be decided by a controversial call.
Trailing 31-27 and bidding to pull off another memorable upset, Notre Dame’s C.J. Prosise would be called for offensive pass interference with a pick for slow-blocking Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey, nullifying Everett Golson’s two-yard touchdown pass to Corey Robinson with 13 seconds left giving—what would have been—the Irish a 33-31 lead.
In a game in which Notre Dame would dominate defensively, Florida State rallied back time-and time again before finally taking the lead on a Karlos Williams one-yard touchdown run with 7:31 remaining in the 4th quarter.
Before the controversial offensive pass interference on Prosise, Golson would find Robinson in a Heisman moment-worthy thrown on a 4th-and-18 to keep Notre Dame’s upset hopes alive.
In his best game back from suspension for academics, Golson would finish 31-of-52 for 313 yards passing, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Robinson would finish with eight catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns—but his proable third one is the one that stings the Irish faithful the most.
Coming into the game, reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Jameis Winston was at the center of a investigation for profiting off of autographed memorabilia, and early in the game, it appeared that the outside distractions—as well as the Notre Dame pass rush—bothered him for much of the night in looking shaky and indecisive.
Winston would right himself when it counted the most and finish 23-of-31 for 273 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
With the win, the defending champions keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive, and with the loss, Notre Dame’s title hopes may have been dashed.
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