There have been a lot of memorable games and finishes in the Miami-Florida State rivalry. And Saturday belongs right in the middle of the honor roll.
After being completely outplayed and spotting Florida State a 27 – 7 lead, the Hurricanes stormed back for a wild 28 – 27 victory at Hard Rock stadium.
But the real heroes were on the defensive side of the ball for coach Mark Richt’s team. The Canes broke out the “Turnover Chain” with two critical turnovers on a fumble recovery and an interception of a short Deondre Francois. That pass was snatched by Hurricanes linebacker Michael Pickney (above) helping turn the entire game around.
Miami scored two quick touchdowns off of those turnovers and the comeback was on its way. The Noles could only muster 200 yards of offense on the day and did not score an offensive point in the second half.
And the Canes also had the football gods smiling on them, as the comeback was not without controversy.
This after a key moment midway in the 4th quarter. That’s when Florida State appeared to have hit Miami with a trick play touchdown-only to have it waived off by a penalty and, then, not overturned by replay review. QB Deondre Francois’ pass behind the line to D.J. Matthews appeared to be either even with him or a little backwards. However, the officials threw the flag and the replay review official did not overturn the second pass being illegal to Keith Gavin, who would walk in the endzone. Florida State would have led 34-21.
In the end, Perry was good enough for the Hurricanes despite completing only 13 of 32 passes for the game. And Miami’s run game was able to help them pick up critical first downs late and run out the clock.
It’s the first time since 2003 – 04 that Miami has beaten Florida State in back-to-back games. And, this loss will sting for a long time for Florida State fans, who looked like they were going to get to celebrate an unexpected win after the Noles were a 13-point underdog on Saturday.
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