Heading into halftime, Florida State holds a slim, 3-0 lead after a scoreless second quarter.
Early in the second frame, FSU was pinned deep in its own territory after a sack to James Blackman. Punting from the back of its own end zone, Logan Tyler booted a 51-yard punt, which was followed by a great tackle from true freshman Hamsah Nasirildeen on returner Braxton Berrios six yards behind where he caught the ball. With the addition of a face mask penalty on Berrios, UM had the ball on its 21 yard line, a 73-yard change of possession. Miami went three-and-out for what was then the fourth time in five drives. UM never even made it to FSU territory in the first half.
Brian Burns also tipped a punt in the first half, giving him two on the young season.
With Florida State driving, looking for its first points since that early field goal, James Blackman threw his first career interception, ending any chances of FSU points. That was the third, and final drive that FSU had in the second quarter— the first two were three-and-outs.
With 1:04 left, Miami took over at its own 32 yard line, and went three-and-out until Brian Burns committed a costly roughing the passer penalty on third down. With a second life, UM did nothing, punting the ball to FSU who would kneel to head into the locker room.
At the break, Jacques Patrick had a game high 84 rushing yards on eight carries. James Blackman threw for 52 yards on 7-13 passing.