If Jameis Winston heads to the NFL as everybody expects, the Florida State quarterback will remember the Rose Bowl as the site of his greatest achievement and his most disappointing day.
Marcus Mariota and Oregon turned an avalanche of Florida State mistakes into a mountain of points and the Ducks rolled past the defending national champions 59-20 Thursday to turn the first College Football Playoff semifinal into a Rose Bowl rout.
The Florida State defensive backfield has dubbed itself the “The No Fly Zone” after finishing 2013 as the No. 1 pass defense in the country and setting a school record with 26 interceptions.
The Florida Gators are first yet again this season.
Jameis Winston was in North Texas on Monday to accept the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top college quarterback. The Florida State star also managed a side trip to nearby Arlington to visit the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium.
The shutout of South Florida from major football championship games continued Monday when the College Football Playoff shunned Miami for Tampa to host the 2017 National Championship Game.