Facing a 14-0 third quarter deficit against Notre Dame, the Florida State Seminoles knew that the time to claim innocence for its team’s considerable youth had passed.
Jimbo Fisher’s offense hit a growth spurt in the second half, scoring on its next four possessions to claim an 18-14 win over the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl.
True freshman wide receiver Rashad Greene made a series of acrobatic catches, including a 15-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter that gave FSU its first lead, en route to winning game MVP honors.
In erasing a second half double-digit deficit, the Seminoles claimed their fourth consecutive bowl victory, showed tremendous heart and grit, and more importantly laid the foundation for what should be another chance to have a special season in 2012.
Here are the grades for Florida State’s win over Notre Dame.