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By Bob Thomas, Associate Sports Information Director
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Karlos Williams’ 12-yard touchdown run in overtime prompted a wild Doak Campbell Stadium celebration at the end of a long week, as No. 1 Florida State side-stepped a potentially damaging defeat with a 23-17 victory over No. 22 Clemson Saturday night.
Williams’ game-winner came two plays after the Seminole defense stuffed Clemson tailback Adam Choice on fourth-and-one. The senior tailback broke off a 13-yard run on the first play, then bounced outside and untouched around the left end for the game-winner on the next snap.
No one was more happy and relieved than Seminole quarterback Sean Maguire. In a span of four days his role expanded from back-up to spot-starter – and eventually the closer - in the wake of Jameis Winston’s suspension, which was extended from one half to a full game on the eve of the contest.
Maguire took his opportunity a step further, when his 74-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Greene with 6:04 remaining – and Roberto Aguayo’s point-after – forged a 17-17 deadlock, ultimately leading to the fifth overtime game in school history.
Florida State’s defense stood strong behind Maguire, whose second interception of the second half, by Clemson safety Jadar Johnson, gave the Tigers the ball at the Seminole 26 with 2:14 to play. Two plays later, defensive tackle Eddie Goldman stripped tailback C.J. Davidson of the ball, which Nate Andrews recovered at the 14. The Noles killed the clock, opting to take their chances in just the fifth overtime game in school history.
The Seminoles played inspired defense in the second half, limiting the Tigers to 149 yards after they rolled up 249 before the break. FSU also benefited from a pair of missed field goals, a touchdown negated by a replay over-ruling and an errant shotgun snap that killed a drive to the Seminoles’ 1-yard line.