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Late FG lifts No. 13 Florida State past Oklahoma in Cheez-It Bowl

Dec 29, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Gabriel Dillon (8) runs the ball in the first quarter against the Florida State Seminoles in the 2022 Cheez-It Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Travis threw for a career-high 418 yards and two touchdowns to lift No. 13 Florida State to a 35-32 victory over Oklahoma in the Cheez-It Bowl on Thursday in Orlando, Florida.

Travis hit Johnny Wilson for a 58-yard gain with less than three minutes remaining set up Ryan Fitzgerald’s 32-yard field goal with 55 seconds left to break a tie.

Florida State (10-3) finished with at least 10 wins for the first time since 2016. Oklahoma (6-7) wound up with a losing record for the first time since 1998.

Wilson had eight catches for 202 yards, and teammate Treshaun Ward gained 81 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.

Jovantae Barnes ran for 108 yards and a score on 27 attempts for the Sooners, while freshman Gavin Sawchuk produced 100 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

The Sooners jumped ahead early, scoring touchdowns on two of their first three drives.

First, Dillon Gabriel hit Jalil Farooq for a 22-yard touchdown to cap a 13-play, 75-yard drive.

But the Sooners — already down three starting offensive linemen — lost freshman starting tackle Jacob Sexton on the drive. He did not return.

Then on the first play of the second quarter, Gabriel finished off a drive with an 8-yard touchdown run to put the Sooners up 14-3.

Ontaria Wilson’s 16-yard touchdown reception was followed with a two-point conversion to pull Florida State within 14-11 midway through the second quarter.

The Sooners took a 17-11 lead into halftime after the Sooners drove 65 yards in the final two minutes before half and added a 41-yard Zach Schmit field goal in the closing seconds before half.

Florida State took its first lead since early in the first quarter on a 15-play, 94-yard drive in the third quarter, capped by Ward’s 1-yard touchdown run.

Oklahoma regained the lead early in the fourth on Sawchuk’s 15-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion put the Sooners up 25-18.

But the Seminoles quickly answered, as Ward broke off a 38-yard touchdown run to tie the game.

On the next drive, Jammie Robinson recovered Sawchuk’s fumble at the Florida State 32 to thwart the Sooners’ drive.

Travis hit Trey Benson for a 33-yard gain on the first play to kickstart a six-play touchdown drive capped by Travis’ 17-yard touchdown to Markeston Douglas.

Oklahoma wasn’t going away, though.

Gabriel scrambled for a 23-yard run, and then hit Farooq for a 28-yard gain to put the Sooners on the doorstep before Barnes’ 12-yard touchdown tied it at 32 with 3:37 remaining.

–Field Level Media

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