After 10 unanswered points, the Hurricanes took its first lead of the game and hold a 10-3 advantage heading into the final quarter.
On its first drive of the second half, Miami rumbled 62 yards down the field and tacked on a 31-yard field goal to tie the game at three. On that drive, the Hurricanes gained more yards than it had the entire first half.
On the ensuing Florida State drive, James Blackman threw an awful interception, trying to throw the pass to a double-covered Auden Tate. Miami took over in FSU territory, and did its best Seminoles impression, throwing the ball to Stanford Samuels III who recorded his first career interception.
FSU would punt, and allow a long Miami return, putting the ’Canes in prime scoring position. They took no time, and on the first play from scrimmage, Malik Rosier connected with Braxton Berrios for a 21-yard touchdown to give UM its first lead of the game, 10-3, with 6:57 left in the third frame.
On FSU’s second drive of the quarter, it lost receiver Keith Gavin to an injury that did not look good. Florida State, again, would punt in its own territory.
Miami’s offense rolled through the FSU defense, which had been playing exceptional well up to that point. In the third quarter alone, UM gained 118 yards and had 5.1 yards per play. On the other side, FSU had just 11 total plays in three drives for just 42 yards.