Pre-Game Spread: Florida State -11, Over/Under 54.5
Player of the Game (Offense): Jordan Travis looked impressive on a few runs, but an ill-advised tossaway gave Miami an interception and one of its first big boosts. Tight end Camren McDonald led the team in receiving yards, and scored the team’s only touchdown of the night.
Player of the Game (Defense): Redshirt freshman Travis Jay had a solid night, posting seven tackles and a forced fumble. Jay flashed multiple times with big hits and was consistently around the ball throughout the night.
Key Statistic: 2. Jordan Travis threw an interception early, which followed by a James Blackman interception later meant that both times FSU recovered a turnover, it gave up the ball immediately after. All in all, FSU had 3 turnovers on the night.
Offensive Play of the Game: Camren McDonald’s touchdown reception was a nicely-set up play, coupled with some fancy footwork on the part of McDonald.
Defensive Play of the Game: Jarrian Jones had a great pass breakup in the third quarter — but overall, the Seminoles defense struggled to get off the field, allowing Miami to convert multiple fourth downs and third and longs.
Unsung Hero: Lawrence Toafilli had some great runs tonight, showing off some quick cuts and speedy movement once he got in the game.
Game-Clinching Moment: D’Eriq King hit a 40-yard touchdown to give Miami a 28-3 lead — that felt like the moment the Hurricanes moved past the “stuck in rivalry weirdness” phase and on to the “taking care of an outmatched opponent” part.
What Do They Need To Do?: Don’t take this loss, or the Georgia Tech one, into what should be a winnable game against Jacksonville State. FSU did an impressive job of keeping up the fight even once it was apparent that the game was out of reach — mostly off the back of younger players and Camren McDonald, who showed a great effort throughout the entire game. Getting the defense off the field on third and fourth down will be crucial moving forward, and eliminating personal fouls and avoidable penalties will be the biggest immediately fixable challenge for the offense.