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.
Coach Paul Johnson felt his Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets needed to play a flawless game to beat defending national champion Florida State.
Top-ranked Florida State was again far from perfect.
Dalvin Cook ran for two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score late in the fourth, and No. 2 Florida State continued its season of rallies by erasing a 16-point deficit and topping Miami 30-26 on Saturday night.
With more distractions swirling around him, Jameis Winston was nearly flawless, throwing for 317 yards and three touchdowns, Mario Pender scored twice, and top-ranked Florida State beat Syracuse 38-20 on Saturday.
Jameis Winston threw for 396 yards and two touchdowns in the defending national champion Florida State’s spring game, leading the Garnet team to a 31-14 victory over the Gold team Saturday.
Joseph Yearby and Dalvin Cook rushed for two touchdowns apiece as Miami Central defeated Gainesville 37-14 in the Florida Class 6A state championship game on Saturday.