Another chapter of the Florida State-Miami football rivalry is upon us.
And while the records aren’t as glamorous as plenty of past meetings between the Hurricanes (5-4, 3-2 ACC) and the host Seminoles (3-6, 2-4 ACC), there is still plenty at stake for both this season and the future of both programs.
Miami has won four in a row in the series and will put its three-game winning streak on the line at 3:30 p.m. today at Doak Campbell Stadium as well as their chances of winning the ACC’s Coastal division. The Hurricanes can still reach the conference title game if they win their final three games and both Pitt and Virginia each lose one of their remaining games.
FSU also needs to win its final three games in order to earn bowl eligibility. But a victory could deal a serious blow to their longtime rivals, who would be eliminated from conference championship contention with a defeat.
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Florida State looked dead to rights.
Miami had rattled off a 28-3 run to overcome an early deficit to lead 28-20 with time dwindling. The Seminoles’ four second-half drives had led to no points.
But, once again, FSU’s fight was clear. The Seminoles drove into Miami territory but had to settle for a field goal, electing to bet on their defense instead of going for it on fourth and three.
That was rewarded when the defense got a stop.
It was rewarded further when the Seminoles started their next drive, trailing 28-23 with a 60-yard completion down to the Miami 20.
Facing fourth and 14 with the game on the line, Jordan Travis hit Andrew Parchment for a 24-yard gain down to the one.
Two plays later, Travis scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak. The two-point conversion made it 31-28 with 26 seconds left. Miami’s attempted game-tying drive picked up one first down on 4th and 10 but Tyler Van Dyke was unable to snap the ball before time expired.
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Facing a deficit for the first time today, an inexcusable mistake doomed the ensuing FSU drive.
Kansas transfer receiver Andrew Parchment appeared to be wide open after his defender briefly tripped covering a go route. But, for an unknown reason, Parchment stopped running briefly and the pass, which was thrown well by Jordan Travis, bounced off his fingertips.
This doomed the drive, leading to a three-and-out which gave Miami a chance to pad its lead.
Another FSU mistake, this time from the defense, made that a reality. The Hurricanes marched into FSU territory but faced a second and 18 after Jermaine Johnson’s third sack of the game.
The very next play, Miami scored after a brutal missed tackle from Jarvis Brownlee, who went for the big hit instead of the wrap up, freed Jaylan Knighton for a 35-yard touchdown.
Since FSU took a 17-0 lead, Miami has rattled off a 28-3 run. It’s 28-20 Miami with 11:04 left.
FSU has let Miami all the way back into this game.
The Hurricanes, on a 21-3 run since going down 17-0, took their first lead of the game on the opening play of the fourth quarter, a play action pass from Tyler Van Dyke to Will Mallory.
The Seminoles had their chance to respond to Miami’s score. They crossed midfield and got inside the Miami 40 on the ensuing drive, but it stalled out.
FSU’s offensive play-calling has created opportunities, some of which have not been taken advantage of, but other choices, like a quarterback draw on third down and 11 can be questioned.
While FSU’s drive stalled out, the Hurricanes’ didn’t. They marched 97 yards on 11 plays, picking up a pair of fourth down conversions in doing so.
Now, FSU’s resolve will be tested. This is the seventh time this season FSU has been in a one-score game in the fourth quarter. Can it win its second one of those or will it fall to 1-6?
Miami needed a few breaks to go its way to cut the deficit to one score.
First, a fumbled exchange between Jordan Travis and Jashaun Corbin gave Miami the ball at the FSU 38-yard line.
After the Hurricanes’ ensuing drive reached third and goal from the FSU 10, an overthrown high pass for the intended receiver was tipped into the end zone where it was caught by Mike Harley.
The lucky play cut the deficit to one score at 20-14 midway through the third quarter. Since the Seminoles went up 17-0 early in the second quarter, Miami has responded with a 14-3 run.
Up 20-7 at the half with a chance to build its lead at the start of the third quarter, FSU couldn’t take advantage.
The Seminoles picked up one first down but then saw their drive stall out and they gave Miami the ball with a chance to cut it to one score.
Once more, though, FSU’s defense was up to the task. Defensive end Jermaine Johnson had a tackle for loss and a sack on consecutive plays to force a three-and-out. With two sacks today, he’s now up 9.5 this season. The ACC’s leading player entering Saturday had eight sacks.
The Hurricanes kickstarted what had been a terrible first half on offense with a trick play. On a reverse pass, Van Dyke found tight end Will Mallory open down the sideline for a 45-yard gain, which topped Miami’s passing yardage output (37 yards) to that point in the game. Three plays later, Van Dyke found Key’Shawn Smith in the back of the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown strike to cut FSU’s lead to 17-7.
The Seminoles have held Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke to only 37 yards passing, no touchdowns and two interceptions on 6 of 18 attempts. Despite getting pinned back at its own 1-yard line, the Seminoles were able to flip the field with a sustained drive that reached Miami’s 34.
Unfortunately for FSU, the drive ended with kicker Ryan Fitzgerald’s 52-yard attempt falling short. Fitzgerald, who had only attempted eight field goals this season, is 1 for 2 in the game.
Florida State’s defense accomplishing one of its goals early on and disrupting Miami’s offense with two interceptions and a fumble recovery. It’s the first time the Seminoles have forced three turnovers in a quarter this season. It’s also already a season-high for takeaways in a game.
Jammie Robinson delivered a hit on Mike Harley and somehow hung onto the ball for an interception.
Although that turnover did not lead to points, Jermaine Johnson swept around the edge and stripped Van Dyke of the ball allowing Derrick McLendon to recover and give FSU another chance at Miami’s 13-yard line.
This led to a 13-yard touchdown run on the next play by Jashaun Corbin, who swept around the corner and found the end zone to give FSU a 14-0 lead.
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Following a three-and-out on Miami’s opening drive in which FSU was able to put pressure on Hurricanes starter Tyler Van Dyke, the Seminoles answered with a 7-play, 78-yard drive capped by Jordan Travis’ 2-yard touchdown run. Florida State was aided on the drive by four Miami penalties which kept the drive going in the red zone.
It was only the third time this season that FSU scored on its opening drive and second time it scored a touch
The Seminoles defense continued to put pressure on Van Dyke and forced a bad throw down the middle into traffic which was picked off by true freshman Omarion Cooper. It was Cooper’s second career interception with both coming over the past three weeks.
Cooper also had a clutch takeaway in the second half at Clemson on Oct. 30th.
3:08 p.m. | FSU announces Jordan Travis as starting quarterback; linebacker Emmett Rice is in full pads, looking to make season debut
As anticipated, Florida State announced Travis as their starter against Miami on the team’s jumbotron pregame. Linebacker Emmett Rice circled this date on his calendar as the day he wanted to return to action to face his hometown team. The Miami Norland High alum is dressed out and took part in warmups. Rice has yet to play this season as he was working his way back from a leg injury.
As kickoff draws closer, the big questions are who will be back in the Seminoles starting lineup who has out last week when several team members dealt with the flu.
Quarterback Jordan Travis appears to be on track to start after being forced to sit out last week’s 28-14 loss to NC State. Travis was out for warmups with FSU’s quarterbacks pregame. Several other players who were limited or out last week such as guard Dillan Gibbons, defensive back Travis Jay and tight end Camren McDonald were among those seen participating in the team’s Legacy Walk a little over two hours prior to kickoff.
Without Travis and Gibbons last week, the Seminoles were shut out in the first half and ran for only 33 net yards on the ground overall.
Both Travis and Jay were seen in full pads warming up pregame.
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