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Photo Gallery: FSU beats Oklahoma in 2022 Cheez-It Bowl

A journey through Florida State’s win over the Sooners, in photos

Peyton Baker/Tomahawk Nation

No. 13 Florida State (10-3, 5-3 ACC) capped off its best year in a half-dozen years on Thursday, taking down the Oklahoma Sooners (6-7, 3-6 Big 12) to secure a win in the 2022 Cheez-It Bowl.

The Seminoles held off a scrappy Sooners squad that failed to catch the memo that they were 10 point underdogs, with the game coming down to the final seconds and FSU defensive stand following a Ryan Fitzgerald game-winning kick.

Tomahawk Nation photographers Charles Mays and Peyton Baker were on the scene for the game, capturing the biggest moments of Mike Norvell’s first bowl win at Florida State through their lenses.

Here’s a gallery from the night, with snaps of big plays, huge emotions and Prince Cheddward galore:

Some game notes, via FSU Sports Info:

» No. 13 Florida State improved to 4-0 in the Cheez-It Bowl after beating Oklahoma, 35-32, Thursday night at Camping World Stadium. Formerly the Blockbuster & Champs Sports Bowl, FSU’s four wins are the most in the bowl’s history.

» FSU is now 30-17-2 all-time in bowl games, including a 7-4 mark against current members of the Big 12. The Noles are 24-15 against current Big 12 teams.

» FSU finished the 2022 season 10-3, the 25th 10-win season in program history and first since 2016.

» FSU ended the year on a six-game winning streak, tied for the 5th-longest active streak nationally and FSU’s longest since winning the first six games of 2015.

» For the first time in school history, FSU won games on four different days of the week in a season (Sunday vs. LSU; Friday at Louisville; Thursday vs. Oklahoma). FSU is 15-12 all-time on Thursday.

» The Cheez-It Bowl was FSU’s first win over Oklahoma since a 36-19 win in the Gator Bowl on January 2, 1965.

» Quarterback Jordan Travis was the MVP after setting a career high with 418 passing yards, the third 400-yard passing game in Cheez-It Bowl history; the 18th-most passing yards in FSU history; and the 2nd-most passing yards for FSU in a bowl game, behind only Peter Tom Willis’s 422 vs. Nebraska in the 1990 Fiesta Bowl.

» Travis was 27-for-38 with two touchdown passes. Travis’s 3,214 passing yards rank 7th on FSU’s single-season list; his 226 completions rank 14th; and his 24 touchdowns are tied for 10th.

» After announcing he would return to FSU for the 2023 season, Travis ranks 11th in program history with 5,888 career passing yards; 12th with 426 completions; and 9th with 45 passing touchdowns.

» Travis also ran for 50 yards against the Sooners and ranks 20th in FSU history with 1,734 career rush yards. His 70 total career touchdowns (45 passing, 24 rushing, 1 receiving) are 4th in school history and just 11 behind No. 1 Chris Weinke.

» Travis has completed at least 60 percent of his passes in 13 of his past 17 games. » Travis became the 11th Seminole with a 3,000-yard passing season on a 13-yard completion to Johnny Wilson on 3rd-and-8.

» Travis’s 468 yards of total offense are the 9th-highest in a game at FSU; his 3,631 yards of offense are 5th in a single season, and his 7,622 career yards at FSU are 6th in school history.

» Wide receiver Johnny Wilson set a Cheez-It Bowl record, FSU bowl record and career high with 202 receiving yards. Wilson’s 202 yards are the most in a bowl game this season and the 13th-most in FSU history, while his eight catches were also a career high. Wilson finished 2022 with three 100-yard receiving games. » Running back Treshaun Ward led FSU with 81 rushing yards, including his sixth and seventh rushing scores of the season. Ward’s second touchdown went 38 yards to tie the game in the fourth quarter, the longest touchdown of his career. Ward’s two touchdowns tied his career high.

» Wide receiver Ontaria Wilson caught five passes for 74 yards, including a 16 yard touchdown. Wilson ended his FSU career with 108 catches, 1,521 receiving yards and 12 receiving touchdowns. Wilson’s touchdown was his second in a bowl game after a threeyard run in the 2019 Sun Bowl vs. Arizona State.

» FSU’s six sacks were a season high and tied for the 2nd-most in a bowl game in program history. The last time FSU had at least six sacks was in 2019 against Syracuse, when the Noles had seven. Jared Verse led FSU with 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss and ends the year with a team-best 9.0 sacks and 17.0 tackles for loss. Verse and Dennis Briggs Jr. combined for a sack on the Oklahoma’s final play of the game.

» Verse is the only player in the ACC with four games with at least 2.5 TFLs this season.

» Defensive back Jammie Robinson had a game-high 13 tackles, including 1.0 sack, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery. It was his 13th career double-digit tackle game and he finished with 99 tackles this season. His fumble recovery was the first of his career and FSU’s fifth consecutive game with a takeaway

» Leonard Warner and Omarion Cooper both forced the first fumble of their careers.

» Florida State scored on 19 of 26 first drives of a half this season, including a field goal and touchdown against Oklahoma. FSU scored 16 touchdowns on those 19 scoring drives for a total of 119 points. The Seminoles lead the ACC and are 3rd in the country with a 61.5 percent touchdown rate on opening drives of a half.

» Florida State had nine plays of at least 20 yards, including five completions from Travis to Johnny Wilson. The Noles ended the season with 97 plays of at least 20 yards, the 2nd-most in the country and one behind the national leader.

» Running back Trey Benson finished his season with 990 rushing yards, 14th-most in FSU single-season history. His 1,326 all-purpose yards are 18th in single-season history.

» Kicker Ryan Fitzgerald scored nine points, including the game-winning 32-yard field goal with 55 seconds remaining. He is 19th in school history with 184 career points.

» FSU finished the year with 2,783 rushing yards, the 5th most in team history and most since 2013. FSU’s 469 total points are 7th in program history; the 6,295 yards of total offense are 5th; and 5.47 yards per rush is 7th in a season. FSU’s 484.2 yards of offense per game rank 6th in team history.

» Milestones: Ontaria Wilson passes 1,500 career receiving yards; Johnny Wilson passed 1,100 career receiving yards; Renardo Green and Jarques McClellion both reached 100 career tackles.

» Miscellaneous: Treshaun Ward’s first touchdown of the night came from the wildcat formation and capped a 15-play drive, FSU’s longest of the season...freshman tight end Brian Courtney caught a two-point conversion, FSU’s second successful two-point try of the season...FSU trailed 14-3 in the second quarter before rallying for the victory. It was FSU’s seventh victory in a bowl game when trailing by at least 10 points and first since the 2014 BCS National Championship, when FSU trailed 21-3 before rallying for a 34-31 win over Auburn...FSU was 5-for-5 in the Red Zone.