by Alan Spector
Playing without their Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, the No.1 Florida State Seminoles had to work overtime for a 23-17 victory over Clemson on Saturday night in Tallahassee.
The game was the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
With his suspension for using vulgar language on campus extended from a half-game to the full game, Jameis Winston could only be a cheerleader on the sidelines for his backup, Sean Maguire.
Maguire, making his first career start, recovered from a shaky beginning to bring the Seminoles from behind late in regulation.
22nd-ranked Clemson had taken a 17-10 lead on a two-yard touchdown run by freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson early in the fourth quarter.
Then, with 6:04 left in the game, Maguire countered with a 74-yard scoring strike to Rashad Greene.
However, Maguire nearly gave the game away when he threw a late interception that gave the Tigers the ball deep in FSU territory.
He was bailed out when the Seminoles defense recovered a fumble with 1:36 to go and Florida State ran out the clock to force overtime.
Clemson got the ball first in the extra period and was stopped on a fourth-and-one run.
The Seminoles took possession and scored the game-winning touchdown in two plays, 13-yard and 12-yard runs by Karlos Williams.
FSU is now 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in the ACC. Clemson falls to 1-2 and 0-1.
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