3: Florida State, 2014
On October 19, 2014, the Fighting Irish traveled to Tallahassee to take on the Florida State Seminoles. It was a huge matchup, number 2 vs number 5. College Gameday was there, and it was a primetime ABC game. Notre Dame had four different one touchdown leads, as late as 4 minutes left in the third quarter. But Florida State never quit fighting, and eventually took the lead with 7:39 to go in the game, 31-27.
The last drive of the game was mostly a great one: Everett Golson lead the Irish down the field in just under 3 minutes, getting to a first and goal with 26 seconds remaining. After three unsuccessful attempts to punch the ball into the end zone, it was 4th and goal. From the two yard line, Golson found an open Corey Robinson in the end zone, and with just 13 seconds left, the Irish scored what appeared to be the game winning touchdown.
But it wasn’t.
A pass interference penalty was called on a receiver for a pick play. The touchdown was erased, a win ripped away. On the second fourth down attempt, Golson threw an interception. The Irish lost, 31-27. What makes the loss worse, is that the win was in their hands. This game could also be to blame for their tailspin, as the Irish lost 4 of their final 5 regular season games.