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2011 Champs Sports Bowl Final Score: Florida State Comes Back To Down Notre Dame, 18-14

Early in the second half, there was a time Florida State had more return yardage that yards produced by its offense. The Notre Dame defense had held the Seminoles scoreless through the first half in 30 minutes of football that were better suited for napping than viewership. But in the second half, both teams came to life, and Florida State began to pile up the points.

Notre Dame opened up a 14-0 lead on an impressive juggling touchdown catch by Michael Floyd. At the time, it felt like Florida State was all but dead, unable to mount any kind of serious offensive charge and trailing by 14. But Notre Dame would go silent as the Seminoles put up 18 unanswered points -- 15 of which came in the fourth quarter -- to down the Fighting Irish in the Champs Sports Bowl, 18-14.

Dustin Hopkins got the Seminoles on the board with a 42-yard field goal, EJ Manuel found Bert Reed on the first play of the fourth quarter, cutting Notre Dame's lead to five, 14-9. Jimbo Fisher had some weird two-point conversion thing going on, thus the odd score. Just over a minute and a half later, Manuel hit Rashad Greene for 15 yards and a touchdown -- on an impressive catch, no less -- to give the Seminoles the led, 15-14. And again, the two-point conversion was no good.

Florida State tacked on a field goal, Tommy Rees added an armpunt for Notre Dame and the Seminoles comeback was complete.

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