No. 13 Florida State came into Thursday’s Cheez-It Bowl matchup as the obvious favorite (10 points at kick, according to DraftKings) with all the momentum, looking to cap off its best season since 2016 by reaching the same win total as that year.
Oklahoma, who stumbled to a 6-6 record just a few years removed from being a consistent College Football Playoff contender, didn’t get the memo, putting up a fight against the Seminoles in a game that went down to the wire.
The Sooners — who have foiled Florida State coronation attempts in a variety of ways over the past few decades — took a double-digit lead early on the Seminoles and maintained it until the third quarter, at which point the matchup turned into a back-and-forth slugfest of explosive plays and defensive stands.
What a throw from Jordan Travis to Ontaria Wilson for an #FSU touchdown pic.twitter.com/xiFZo0v8tJ— Tomahawk Nation (@TomahawkNation) December 29, 2022
Wyatt Rector, 2-point conversion legend #FSU pic.twitter.com/n58ofwGIIo— Tomahawk Nation (@TomahawkNation) December 29, 2022
Florida State finally took control of the game with a 38-yard touchdown rush from Treshaun Ward, giving the Seminoles a 32-25 lead and wiggle room when the Sooners eventually scored once more to tie things up.
Treshaun Ward to the end zone for the second time tonight — this time, a 38-yarder to tie things up for #FSU pic.twitter.com/WkIC4TCJvE— Tomahawk Nation (@TomahawkNation) December 30, 2022
With the clock ticking down, Travis found Johnny Wilson for a huge pass down field, a 58-yarder that led to Ryan Fitzgerald’s tie-breaking 32-yard field goal.
Johnny Wilson.— Tomahawk Nation (@TomahawkNation) December 30, 2022
Grown man catch.#FSU pic.twitter.com/Y6VhBDJaqj
Oklahoma had one more shot at the win, but penalties for illegal procedure and holding threw a hitch in potential comeback plans.
FSU vs. Oklahoma final stats
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