Houston Upsets Florida State 38-21 in the Peach Bowl

By EFN Staff
Published: 01/01/2016

Houston 38, Florida State 24

No. 18 Houston jumped out to a 21-3 halftime lead over a No. 9 Florida State team playing without its star quarterback and then held off the Seminoles’ second-half rally to win the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Cougars’ upset improved them to 11-12-1 in bowl games and handed the Seminoles their second postseason loss in six games under head coach Jimbo Fisher.

Player of the game

  • Cougars quarterback Greg Ward Jr. finished his record-setting season on a high note with 238 passing yards and a touchdown. The dual-threat junior rushed for 67 yards and a pair of touchdowns, which gave him a school record 21 this season.

Key stats

  • Houston improved to 13-2-2 in the all-time series, though the teams had not played since 1978.
  • Ward rushed for multiple touchdowns in his second straight game and seventh time this season.
  • With Everett Golson ending his career early due to personal reasons, Seminoles quarterback Sean Maguire passed for a career-high 392 yards but also threw a career-worst four interceptions.
  • Houston recorded six sacks which marked its seventh game this season with at least three sacks.
  • Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook carried the ball 18 times for a season-low 33 yards and a touchdown and lost a fumble for the first time this season.
  • Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph caught seven passes for a career-high 201 yards and a touchdown.
  • Houston forced five turnovers and finished the season with a school-record 35 takeaways.
  • The Cougars converted 13-of-25 third down attempts while the Seminoles finished 6-for-15.

Key play                                                                                                            

  • After Florida State had cut Houston’s lead to 24-17, Ward found wide receiver Chance Allen for his second touchdown of the game to give the Cougars a two-score lead at 31-17 with 6:08 left in the game.