One week after Michigan State beat Michigan on a miracle fumbled punt snap return, Georgia Tech joined the Spartans in winning on a crazy special teams play, as the Yellow Jackets ruined Florida State's undefeated season on a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown as time expired to win 22-16.
Georgia Tech, who entered Saturday on a five-game losing streak, kicked a field goal with 54 seconds left to tie the game. The ninth-ranked Seminoles responded by driving to the edge of All-America kicker Roberto Aguayo's field-goal range. Aguayo attempted a 56-yard field goal with six seconds left, but Georgia Tech blocked it, and what followed was another improbable turn of events for one of the most dramatic finishes you'll ever see.
Defensive back Lance Austin picked it up around the Yellow Jackets' 22-yard line, looped around to the other sideline, took off with teammates around him, picked up a few blocks and sidestepped Aguayo to find the end zone, for a 78-yard return to win the game with no time left on the clock.
"You can't believe what just happened! WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE!" ESPN's Mark Jones shouted, speaking for everybody watching, as Georgia Tech fans immediately began rushing the field.
The Yellow Jackets had entered the season with high expectations after last season's Orange Bowl win, but after a couple blowout wins, they lost to Notre Dame, Duke, North Carolina, Clemson and Pitt, falling apart with a 2-5 start that made postseason hopes appear slim. There's still a long way to go, but now Georgia Tech owns a win over an undefeated, top-10 team that had playoff hopes.
Florida State's hopes aren't totally dead, but it will now need to beat Clemson and Florida and get some help -- all of which is an unlikely proposition. This was just the second loss since 2012 for Florida State, who went undefeated in 2013 and lost only the Rose Bowl last season.
Making things more painful on Saturday is the fact that the Seminoles failed to score in the second half. They clung to a 16-10 lead at halftime, and Georgia Tech got two field goals by Harrison Butker to erase the deficit -- including one in the final minute, after Justin Thomas converted a fourth-and-five on a 36-yard pass to Brad Stewart to keep hope alive with three minutes left.
Georgia Tech outgained Florida State 328 to 280, with Seminoles QB Everett Golson completing 20 of 30 passes for 210 yards and his first pick of the year. Heisman candidate tailback Dalvin Cook, who's been battling hamstring issues, did not look 100 percent and was held to 82 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
A 22-yard pass to Cook with 20 seconds left put Florida State in position to go for the win in regulation, but instead it set the Noles up for heartbreak, and it set Georgia Tech up for yet another stunning special teams miracle, ruining a conference rival's undefeated season in the process.