Originally scheduled for September 16 but postponed due to Hurricane Irma, Miami and Florida State are gearing up for their annual instate showdown Saturday afternoon.
Hurricanes junior quarterback, Malik Rosier, took over from the 25-yard line. The junior found a rhythm in the second half and finished 19 of 44 for 254 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The Wolverines had the ball with a chance to drive for a go-ahead TD, but a heave from the Spartans 37 as time expired hit the turf near the goal line. His winning TD run came only five plays after an apparent interception was reversed on a replay review. Auden Tate continues to play through a separated shoulder, which limits his mobility while George Campbell played against Miami despite aggravating his core muscle injury suffered last season in practice this week. "... We didn't make all the plays".
Then Miami came up with the kind of drive it had been searching for since Fisher began turning FSU back into a national power.
Langham caught the exclamation point, but much of the heavy lifting was done by senior receiver Braxton Berrios.
"When we got them down and it was zero on the clock I think everyone didn't believe it for a second", said Berrios, who had eight receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns.
Not good for the Canes: both Walton and Donaldson get help to limp off the field favoring one leg.
Sophomore cornerback Carlos Becker III, a Kissimmee Osceola alum, broke into FSU's defensive rotation against the Hurricanes after missing the first three games of the season due to a high ankle sprain.
Miami needed only six plays to drive 75 yards and quickly answer. "They made one more play. I'm frustrated. We all get frustrated when we don't have success, but we line up and go again".
Akers rushed for 121 yards on 20 carries, while Patrick tallied 91 on 11 carries. It's the first time Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has lost to Miami. He said that he tries not to focus on the past, but did have some flashbacks to his time at FSU on the drive into the stadium. "It was a long time coming for our players, coaches administration, but certainly a long time coming for our fans".
He now has a touchdown catch in each of his first four games this season.
Richt led Georgia to a 145-51 record over 15 seasons and was just yards away from beating Alabama in the 2012 SEC Championship Game to move on to the BCS National Championship Game against a beatable Notre Dame squad. Early in the season, it was easy to imagine these two teams meeting in the ACC title game; that's all but out of the question for Florida State now, while Miami faces a doable schedule until a November 4 meeting with Virginia Tech that could decide the Coastal Division. Florida State has faced a far more rigorous slate, but the team is struggling with freshman quarterback James Blackman at the helm after Deondre Francois went down in the opener, resulting in the team's inability to put points on the board as they are averaging just 18 points per game, far less than the 35.1 they averaged a year ago.
It's the first time since November 14, 2010, that Miami is ranked and Florida (3-2) and FSU (1-3, 1-2) are not, according to the AP. The game was originally scheduled for October 12 but was moved back two days when the Miami-Florida State game had to be moved due to Hurricane Irma.