An illustrious streak came to an end. A quarterback suffered his first collegiate defeat. And with that Oregon is headed to the national championship game.
The Ducks beat Florida State in a rout, 59-20. It was a record-setting day on a number of fronts.
Oregon broke the previous mark for points in a Rose Bowl, which was shared by 1902 Michigan, 1948 Michigan and 2004 USC Trojans (49). It also broke the record for yardage in a Rose Bowl set by the 2007 USC team against Illinois (633).
Florida State had its 29-game winning streak and six-game bowl winning streak snapped. The 29-gamer was tied for the fourth-longest streak among Power 5 teams in the last 50 years. Quarterback Jameis Winston lost for the first time in his career.
The Seminoles tied their school record for points allowed in a game, matching the 59 they allowed to Auburn in 1985. The 39-point loss is the largest by a defending national champ in a bowl game.
This was the fourth matchup of a team with a 20-game win streak against a Heisman Trophy winner. It’s the first time that the Heisman winner ended up winning that game.
Oregon got its first win in 21 tries against a team ranked first or second by the AP.
The Ducks had their 41st 50-point game in the past 10 seasons.
No other school has more than 30 in that span (Boise State, Oklahoma).
The turning point
The game turned in the third quarter when Florida State turned the ball over four times. The first three of those miscues led to Ducks scores within the quarter, the last led to a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Oregon's 27 points in the third quarter tied a Rose Bowl record for points in any quarter (also done by Illinois vs. Stanford in the 1951 season and Miami vs. Nebraska in the 2001 season).
Florida State allowed 120 points off turnovers this season (27 coming in this game). Only Connecticut Huskies and Georgia State have allowed more (127).
Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota excelled, throwing for 338 yards.
Most Receiving Yards
Rose Bowl History
He got helped big-time by Darren Carrington, who had seven receptions for 165 yards and two touchdowns.
Carrington entered the day averaging 60 yards receiving per game and with only two touchdown receptions all season.
His yardage total ranks fifth in the history of the Rose Bowl.
Did you know?
As bad as it got for Florida State, the Seminoles were nowhere near the record for most turnovers in a Rose Bowl. The still-standing mark is 12, set when Notre Dame had four fumbles and eight interceptions against Stanford in 1925.
Florida State does finish the season with the second-most turnovers by an FBS team (32). Only 2-10 New Mexico State had more (34).