In a wild gutty performance that came down to a blocked extra point for the final margin, Florida State overcame a 10 point deficit and beat Miami 20-19 in the latest epic finish over their long rivalry.
Trailing 13-3 in the third, FSU QB Deondre Francois led two TD drives to give the Noles their first lead at 17-13. Kicker Ricky Aguayo added a late FG for a seven point lead.
Then, after a spectacular punt return by Braxton Berrios set them up inside the FSU 20 yard line, Canes QB Brad Kaaya threw his second score of the night to Stacy Coley to bring the Hurricanes within one.
That set the stage for this:
Florida State’s DeMarcus Walker (who had suggested switching the PAT block formation after Miami’s previous field goals earlier in the game) broke through, got his left hand on the kick and maybe one of the heroic plays in recent series history to keep the Seminoles in front.
FSU then took the ensuing kick, got a first down with RB Dalvin Cook running and ran out the clock for the final 20-19 margin.
For his part, Cook had 150 yards rushing and the 59 yard receiving TD in the third.
For the Canes, Kaaya threw for 214 yards and two TD’s.
The game was on the 25th anniversary of what’s known as “Wide Right I” where FSU missed a winning field goal in the final seconds in Tallahassee.
Now, Florida State, 25 years later has a new clever “The Block at the Rock” for Walker’s special teams dramatics to preserve the win, which is their seventh in a row in the series.