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Florida State football: Review the preview v. Miami; Noles News

Mike Ehrmann

Alert: Syracuse at Florida State will be a 3:30 kickoff on the ABC/ESPN family of networks.

Every week we take a look back at the preview and judge how Florida State did relative to our expectations.

The game was officially over when Miami turned the ball over on downs in the fourth quarter. At that point, FSU was up by 24 points, and Miami had only one remaining possession (and a hypothetical onside kick).


More than 6.75 yards a play before garbage time (338 yards on 50 plays, 405 yards on 60 plays, 473 yards on 70 plays)

7.2 yards/play is by far the most allowed by the Miami defense. FSU gained 484 yards on 67 non-garbage time snaps. Excellent.

No more than 1 turnover

Nope. Goal missed by one, but still not where the Seminoles need to be.

60% or greater TDs in the red zone

4 of 5! That is fantastic.


Less than 4.75 yards/play allowed before garbage time (238 yards on 50 plays, 285 yards on 60 plays, 333 yards on 70 plays)

4.6 earns a check. Just 241 yards on 53 plays before garbage time. Only Florida (a healthy Florida) held the Hurricanes to less.

Force 2 turnovers

Check. This is something that must be done against a QB like Morris. FSU picked him off twice.

Less than 50-percent touchdowns allowed in the red zone

Fail here, but because FSU was so good at stopping Miami, it's not that big of a deal.


A lot of people on Twitter, including AP Reporter Tim Reynolds, who was not at the game, tried to insinuate, well, here you go.

To which strength coach Vic Viloria responded.

I was at the game. Viloria is a constant ball of hype and was not celebrating a player's injury. He was celebrating getting the fourth down stop. It wasn't even immediately apparent that there was an injury, due to the nature of the pile.

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