Jameis Winston Fumbles on Crucial 4th-Down Play, Oregon Ducks Return It for TD

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJanuary 2, 2015

via Vine

Facing a crucial 4th-and-5 in the third quarter of the 2015 Rose Bowl—a game that doubled as the national semifinal—Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston made a mistake that likely ended any chance his team had at a comeback.

Down 39-20 with just under three minutes to go in the quarter, Winston kept the play alive by scrambling around in the backfield, but as he tried to throw the ball, he lost control of it. Ducks linebacker Tony Washington scooped up the fumble and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown.

As you may notice, Winston was not the only one who had a rough time on the play. The referee took quite the spill as the Ducks went for the loose ball.

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher had a simple message for Winston after the costly mistake:

Of course, in a battle of the past two Heisman Trophy winners, the 2012 winner of the award, Johnny Manziel—who was an Oregon commit at one point—needed to weigh in on what was happening:

Johnny Manziel @JManziel2


Oregon's extra-point attempt was blocked, but the Ducks still held a comfortable 45-20 lead with 1:36 remaining in the third quarter.



The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.