The Florida State Seminoles and Notre Dame Fighting Irish squared off in one of college football’s most entertaining games last season, and it all came down to one pass interference call. It appeared that Notre Dame had won the game after stopping Jameis Winston and the Seminoles and scored a touchdown that would have given them the lead, but an offensive pass interference call changed everything.
Here is the play in case you were not able to see it last year.
Everett Golson was Notre Dame’s quarterback that was trying to construct a huge win that would have put them in college football playoff positioning, but he chose to transfer this past offseason. Where did he choose to transfer you ask? If you said Florida State, you would be correct.
According to College Spun, it was only right that the media ask Golson about the play now that he has changed sides, and that is exactly what the media did.
Tom D'Angelo with the question of the day to Golson: "Was it offensive pass interference?" Golson, after cracking up: "It's up for debate."
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) August 9, 2015
Obviously Golson was between a rock and a hard place. If he said what he felt at the time, then Florida State fans wouldn’t be all that happy. On the other hand, if he came out and said that he felt that it was the right call, he would have received even more heat than he has from the Notre Dame fan base.
There is no question that the play is up for debate, and so many people have shared so many differing opinions on the call. That being said, Golson is more excited about suiting up for the Seminoles and getting the last chapter of his college career underway. He is heading into his senior year, and the Florida State offense is going to give him plenty of ways to prove himself.
It is going to be interesting to see what kind of season Golson is able to have in 2015. Florida State needs him to step up in a big way to help replace Winston, and that is exactly what he is expected to do. After an up-and-down season with the Irish last year, he is in a brand new situation and a fresh start that should propel him forward to a big year.
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