The Miami vs. Florida State game will be going on as scheduled on Saturday. Despite some rumors about it possibly being moved to a noon kickoff because of Tropical Storm Nate possibly becoming a hurricane, it’s still on for 3:30pm ET. That said, this series as is well documents has had some unreal finishes. Nothing more famous than the concept of “Wide Right” which became synonymous with this game starting in the early 1990s.
One of the perhaps unknown factors is that Miami head coach Mark Richt was part of the FSU staff for the first two wide rights. Now, he’s heading to Tallahassee for the first time as Miami’s head coach.
Let’s take a second a look back at some of the wild finishes of Canes/Noles past:
1991 Wide Right I
Florida State’s Gerry Thomas misses a field goal wide right with less than a minute to go. The Noles were ranked #1 in the country at the time fell to the #2 ranked Hurricanes 17-16. That season Miami would split the national championship with the Washington Huskies.
1992 Wide Right II
Florida State kicker Dan Mowrey misses a field goal wide right yet again. Miami would go on to win this game 19-16 and would end up losing to Alabama in the Sugar Bowl that season.
2000 Wide Right III
In a back and forth game, Miami would take a 27-24 lead after Ken Dorsey connects with Jeremey Shockey. I remember this game personally as I was behind the Miami end zone on the field to see the go ahead touchdown. FSU kicker Matt Munyon would miss the field goal to tie as time expired and yes again wide right. That season, Miami would be left out of the national championship game and FSU would get thumped by Oklahoma.
2002 Wide Left
The Canes would drive down the field to score a go ahead touchdown to take the 28-27 lead. The Noles drove down the field only for Xavier Beita to miss the winning field goal, this time wide left. Miami who was the defending national champs ended the regular season undefeated, but would lose in controversy to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.
2004 Wide Left IV
This one actually happened in the Orange Bowl game, when the two teams collided. Xavier Beita would miss a field goal with around five minutes left. Miami would end up winning that game. QB Chris Rix got into the record books as the only FSU QB to lose to Miami five times in his career.
2005 the Miami Muff
Finally the luck of the kick fell in the Seminoles favor. This time Miami trailing 10-7 would drive the ball down the field. In an attempt to tie, holder Brian Monroe would muff the snap and the ball never reached the kicker. There was still 2:16 left on the clock, but FSU would run the clock out.
2016 The Block at the Rock
Trailing 20-13 Miami would drive down the field with Brad Kaaya connecting with Stacey Coley for a TD with 1:38 left. The extra point ended up being blocked by defensive end DeMarcus Walker. FSU would run the kickoff back to the Miami 13 and just run out the clock to win 20-19.
That’s seven games in the last generation where a place kick either decided it or factored in directly to the ending.
What will be in store in Tallahassee on Saturday? Who knows but it’s expected to be yet another FSU/Miami Classic.
And, if it comes down to a kick………