After sitting behind Notre Dame transfer Everett Golson for the first six games of the season, quarterback Sean Maguire finally got his chance to start against Syracuse and Clemson. Maguire performed well against Syracuse, but struggled against Clemson's Top-3 defense.
Florida State elected to go back to Everett Golson for the NC State game. To say that Golson struggled is putting it nicely. Golson had three turnovers in the first 20 minutes of the game, including one inside the Florida State 15 yard line. With 7:32 left in the second quarter, down 17-7, Jimbo Fisher turned the offense over to Sean Maguire.
"...We thought that Everett could give us a little better situation, but unfortunately he had a couple tough plays," Fisher said. "You can't turn the ball over like that, but he didn't mean too."
Maguire came in and gave the Seminoles the spark they needed. He led them to two scoring drives before the half, and three more, including two passing touchdowns, in the second half. He finished the game 18-28 for 231 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.
Maguire said it was tough to handle when coach Fisher told him that he wasn't going to be the starter this week.
"It was tough," Maguire said. "I had a talk with coach Fisher. It was tough especially after the two weeks, the emotion from last week. At the same time you got to be ready."
Despite not starting Maguire, coach Fisher didn't believe that he had lost the job.
"He really didn't lose the job," Fisher said. "It was just a skillset going into a game. He did a great job of earning the job today."