Now, he has another chance for victory at Doak Campbell Stadium — only this time, he'll be playing for the home team.
Florida State said Tuesday that Golson had signed a grant-in-aid, ending his search for a new school less than two weeks after he announced he was leaving the Fighting Irish.
Golson graduated from Notre Dame on Sunday and will be immediately eligible to play under NCAA graduate transfer rules that many college sports leaders are looking to change.
He also immediately becomes the most accomplished quarterback on Florida State's roster, with Winston gone to the NFL as the first pick in the draft.
He picked Florida State after also visiting Florida and Georgia last week.
Sean Maguire, a junior who led Florida State to a win in his only start as Winston's backup last season, finished spring practice as the team's No. 1 quarterback and Fisher said last week nothing would be guaranteed to Golson if he decided to join the Seminoles.
"After meeting with Everett, I came away very impressed," Fisher said in a statement. "He's an extremely intelligent and personable young man."
Golson helped Notre Dame reach the BCS championship game as a redshirt freshman and first-year starter in 2012. He missed the 2013 season because of an academic violation, but returned to Notre Dame last year and threw for 3,445 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also committed 22 turnovers — two more than Winston.