It was a slogfest Saturday between Miami and FSU, and in the end, it was the Hurricanes who managed to squeak out enough points for the victory as the clock ticked down.
Florida State’s defense pitched an impressive performance throughout the whole game, with the main issue being Florida State’s ability to convert those stops into points, a consistent problem for the Seminoles this season. FSU only made three red zone appearances in 13 drives, and though they did manage to earn scores on all three of those possessions, it wasn’t enough to push them over the edge for the win.
James Blackman looked like as much like a freshman as he has at any other point this season, throwing two easily avoidable interceptions to go along with 60 percent completion rate. He had 203 yards on the day to go along with two touchdown tosses in the fourth quarter to first tie the game, then take the lead briefly.
The rushing duo of Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick carried the Seminoles, with the two combining for 201 yards on the day. Akers had the first 100-yard rushing game of his career, averaging 6.1 yards per carry on the way to a total of 121. The freshman busted off a huge 45-yard in the fourth to set up that game-tying touchdown.
The fourth quarter is where things really took off, with Florida State putting up both of its touchdowns in the final 15 minutes. Both scores came via Blackman, first off a toss to Ryan Izzo and the other a 20-yard throw to Auden Tate (who else?) to take the lead.
The Seminoles outscored Miami 17-14 in the fourth, after Miami broke a 3-3 stalemate with a touchdown with six minutes left in the third quarter, but it was Malik Rosier’s toss to Darrell Langham that proved to be the deciding factor.
With the loss, Florida State falls to 1-3 on the season and 1-2 in the ACC for the second year in a row.