Florida State Takes Down Notre Dame for 23rd Straight Win

PHOTO: Florida State's Eddie Goldman wraps up Notre Dame's Everette Golston for a sack early in the first quarter.
Credit: Seminoles.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - For a few brief moments, the winning streak appeared to be over.

With just seconds remaining in No. 2 Florida State’s matchup with Notre Dame Saturday night, Irish quarterback Everett Golson completed a fourth-and-goal pass to Corey Robinson for what would’ve been a game-winning touchdown.

But a flag on the play for offensive pass interference gave the Seminoles new life. On fourth-and-goal from the 18, the Seminoles’ defense held with freshman Jacob Pugh creded with an interception in the back of the end zone, allowing FSU to escape with a thrilling 31-27 victory over No. 5 Notre Dame in front of a sold out Doak Campbell Stadium crowd.

Florida State’s pass rush reached Golson on the deciding play and forced a high, wobbly throw into the end zone.

“Pure joy. Jubilation,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said amidst the on-field celebration. “It’s what you practice for. It’s what you live for.”

The win extends the Seminoles’ school-record winning streak to 23 and likely vaults them into pole position for a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

FSU quarterback Jameis Winston finished 23 of 31 for 273 yards and two touchdowns and senior running back Karlos Williams added two second-half scores for the Seminoles.

Florida State (7-0) took its first lead with 7:39 left in fourth quarter on Williams’ 1-yard touchdown run.

But it wasn’t until the late defensive stand – after the Irish converted on fourth-and-18 - that the Seminoles could finally exhale.

“We were ready,” said senior receiver Rashad Greene. “We had to overcome some adversity… but we’re never out of it until the game is over.”