Florida State ends Miami's undefeated Hurricane season 41-14

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Miami took its best shot at Florida State. And it wasn't enough. Even when it felt like Miami had outplayed the Seminoles in the first half, the Hurricanes still trailed. 21-14 at the half.

Some great throws from quarterback Stephen Morris to receiver Allen Hurns, and two interceptions of errant passes from Jameis Winston conspired to keep the score close for 30 minutes.

But the third quarter was decisively in favor of the Seminoles. They opened the half with a stop of Miami, followed with a long, methodical touchdown drive. The Seminoles then intercepted Stephen Morris on the very next play.

What happened next was very bad for the Hurricanes, as Florida State drove the field on nine plays, covering 79 yards, and a touchdown, giving Florida State the decisive 35-14 lead.

Miami's next drive would cover 55 yards, but Florida State would stop the Hurricanes on the Florida State 26. On the fourth down stop, Miami would lose superstar running back Duke Johnson to a lower leg injury. Johnson finished the night with 97 yards on 23 carries.

At the end of 60 minutes, Florida State had outgained Miami 517 to 275, and won 41-14.

The play of the game came on the fourth Florida State drive. Miami's defense became impatient and brought a blitz. Jimbo Fisher anticipated a blitz out of a timeout, and called a screen to the short side of the field to Devonta Freeman. Freeman caught the screen and raced 48 yards for the score. It was one of the few times that the ultra conservative Miami defense would bring pressure. And Florida State made the Hurricanes pay dearly. The timing of the screen could not have been any better.

Also, Miami player Anthony Chickillo was caught by ESPN's cameras attempting to gouge the eye of Florida State offensive tackle Bobby Hart. Chickillo was not ejected, but the film could potentially result in further punishment from the league.

More than 30 four and five-star recruits saw the victory for the Seminoles. It was the biggest recruiting weekend of the year for Florida State.

The crowd was announced as a new record for Doak Campbell Stadium at 84,490 in attendance. That figure, in spite of Miami returning 4,000 of its 10,000 ticket allotment.

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