Oregon Routs Florida State in Rose Bowl Blowout
The anticipated matchup between the last two Heisman winners turned into a laugher as No. 2 Oregon (13-1) throttled Florida State, 59-20, to advance to the college football playoff championship game.
The two teams played the first half fairly evenly, with the Ducks taking an 18-13 lead into the locker room. But the No. 3 Seminoles (13-1) turned the ball over on five of its first six possessions in the second half while Oregon scored touchdowns on five straight drives and got a fumble return for a score to blow the game open.
The battle of the Heisman winners went to Marcus Mariota, who threw for 338 yards and two scores while also adding 62 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Jameis Winston, meanwhile, threw for 348 yards and a touchdown but threw an interception and fumbled three times (lost one).
The big story of the game was Florida State’s turnovers and mistakes. The Seminoles’ five turnovers led to 34 Oregon points. Florida State also missed a field goal at the end of the first half and turned the ball over on downs at the Oregon one-yard line when Winston’s knee touched down as he tried to dive for the end zone on an option keeper.
Oregon has now won four consecutive bowl games and, more importantly, will move on to play the Alabama/Ohio State Sugar Bowl winner in the college playoff championship game on January 12. For Florida State, the loss snaps their ACC-record winning streak at 29 games. The 39-point defeat is the Seminoles’ worst loss ever in a bowl game and the biggest loss in a game since 1983. It is Jameis Winston’s first and only loss as a starter in college.