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Jameis Winston May Have Lost The Rose Bowl, But His Memes Won The Internet

Oregon linebacker Tony Washington, right, knocks the ball out of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston hands and scores a
Oregon linebacker Tony Washington, right, knocks the ball out of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston hands and scores a touchdown during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Win, lose or grocery shopping, Jameis can't help but be famous.

The talented, troublesome Florida State star was front and center in his team's College Football Playoff meltdown at the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. The former Heisman Trophy-winning signal caller contributed an interception and a fumble to his team's turnover-filled defeat. The moment that may come to symbolize Florida State's 59-20 implosion against Oregon will likely be Winston's bizarre fumble deep into the third quarter. Scrambling away from pressure, Winston appeared to be setting himself to throw when he slipped and lost his grip on the ball.

It took Oregon's Tony Washington just a matter of seconds to scoop up the loose ball and rumble 58 yards for a touchdown that stretched his team's lead to 45-20. It didn't take the Internet much longer to start pushing out the Jameis Winston memes, Vines and photoshopped images.

Whether it was the addition of a professional wrestler or a banana peel to the scene, there was no shortage of crazier attempts at keeping the Seminoles schadenfreude going deeper into 2015:

The Seminoles' second-half struggles against Oregon, notably Winston's dramatic fumble, were such a focal point on social media that even a fast food chain got in on the jokes.

While so many were laughing at memes featuring him, Winston was apparently laughing himself.

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