No. 1 Florida State 23, No. 22 Clemson 17

September, 21, 2014
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With Jameis Winston suspended for the entire game, Florida State needed overtime to get past Clemson, 23-17.
video Mario Edwards Jr., Florida State’s best defensive player, didn’t play a down in the second half after suffering a concussion. His backup, Chris Casher, a headache most of his career in Tallahassee, was asked to replace him.

He did so admirably, coming up with the biggest play of the game in overtime. On a fourth-and-inches that Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney had little choice but to go for, it was Casher who awaited Clemson running back Adam Choice. It was destined for a head-on, man-against-man collision, and Casher gave no ground. He held Choice until Reggie Northrup cleaned it up to force the turnover on downs.

Two plays later, Florida State running back Karlos Williams waltzed into the end zone to keep the No. 1-ranked Seminoles undefeated.

Casher was asked to do what few players in the country can do in replacing Edwards, who has a rare mix of size, power and speed. Casher made play after play throughout the second half as the Tigers wanted to test the backup. Casher answered the bell every single time.

It is a career-defining moment for Casher, who was injured early in his career and has been engulfed in controversy since. During the summer, FSU had placed Casher on probation for one year for two violations of the university's student code of conduct stemming from the sexual assault investigation into quarterback Jameis Winston. And in 2012, police briefly detained Casher and Winston after a person reported two men were carrying a gun on campus, which turned out to be a pellet gun. He was also part of a BB gun incident that damaged an apartment complex’s property.

Whether Edwards returns in time next week, Casher might have done enough to earn a starting job back with his clutch performance. He lost his spot to sophomore DeMarcus Walker, but Casher gave Seminoles coaches something to consider with his performance.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- With Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston watching from the sideline, No. 1 Florida State come back to beat No. 22 Clemson 23-17 in overtime on Karlos Williams' 12-yard touchdown run Saturday night.

Winston was suspended for the game against No. 22 Clemson after making "offensive and vulgar" comments earlier this week on campus.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney declined to attempt a 33-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime and Adam Choice was stuffed for no gain on fourth-and-1. Two plays later, Karlos Williams bounced outside and went untouched into the end zone.

Sean Maguire made the first start of his career with Winston sidelined. He was regularly pressured by a loaded Clemson defensive line and completed 21 of 39 passes for 305 yards with two interceptions and a 74-yard touchdown to Rashad Greene to tie it at 17 with 6:04 left in the fourth.


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C.J. Davidson run for 4 yds to the FlaSt 14 C.J. Davidson fumbled, forced by Eddie Goldman, recovered by FlaSt Nate Andrews
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Sean Maguire pass intercepted Jadar Johnson return for 24 yds to the FlaSt 26

Wild 72 Hours For Sean Maguire

September, 21, 2014
Sep 21
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In 72 hours, Sean Maguire went from backup quarterback to season-saving hero for Florida State .
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Jimbo Fisher is proud of his team for knowing how to win, even when the Seminoles don't play their best.
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Deshaun Watson sacked by Eddie Goldman for a loss of 4 yards to the FlaSt 29
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Karlos Williams run for 12 yds for a TD
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Karlos Williams run for 13 yds to the Clem 12 for a 1ST down
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Deshaun Watson pass incomplete to Wayne Gallman
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Deshaun Watson pass complete to Charone Peake for 17 yds to the Clem 29 for a 1ST down
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Sean Maguire pass complete to Rashad Greene for 74 yds for a TD

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