Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Little Good Luck for QB Maguire; Florida State QB Benefits from Clemson's Mistakes

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Little Good Luck for QB Maguire; Florida State QB Benefits from Clemson's Mistakes

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Byline: Don Coble

TALLAHASSEE | While Sean Maguire might prove to be a one-hit wonder at Florida State, it's impossible to overlook the determination and improbable fortune he brought to the Seminoles' 23-17 overtime victory Saturday night over Clemson.

The redshirt sophomore got the starting assignment at Doak Campbell Stadium after reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was suspended for yelling a vulgar phrase that was offensive to women and lying to the school president and athletic director about the details.

Despite being sacked five times and being hurried on 12 other throws, Maguire worked past two second-half interceptions to throw a game-tying 74-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Greene midway in the fourth quarter.

He completed 21 of 39 passes for 305 yards.

But that's not why No. 1 Florida State (3-0) won.

Clemson (1-2) had a long trip home, wondering about all the missed opportunities. Kicker Ammon Lakip missed field goal tries of 23 and 40 yards. The Tigers had the ball six inches short of the goal line in the third quarter and they had a bad center snap that lost 23 yards.

The game-tying touchdown pass to Greene was aided by Clemson defensive back Machensie Alexander tripping over his own feet and leaving Greene wide open.

Clemson freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson also threw at the feet of a wide-open Mike Williams in the end zone, and the Tigers fumbled away an easy chance to win in regulation at the Florida State 15 with 96 seconds to play.

And in overtime, the 22nd-ranked team couldn't convert on a fourth-and-inches.

Karlos Williams then won it for Florida State with runs of 13 and 12 yards.

"We did a lot of great things and were in position to win the game - many times," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "We just didn't do it. It's something we've got to grow up from.

"Everybody in Clemson nation's hurting big time."

On the other side of the field, Florida State was celebrating Maguire.

"He knew he had to step up and fill Jameis' shoes," Greene said after catching nine passes for 135 yards and a TD. "We knew we were going to need him. …

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