Miami Vs Florida State University – Battle of the Titans, or not

The rivalry between the FSU and the University of Miami appeared to be a little less than Saturday night, however, a record total of 84’409 was presented to witness the Seminoles favored by 21 points dole out some punishment to the Hurricanes who came to the game highly ranked as the number 7 team in the country. FSU has been the victor of 7 of the last 10 meetings between these teams dating back to 2004. This particular game saw the Seminoles emerge victorious once again with the final score of 41-14, making it 4 in a row against your rivals.

The game began when FSU received the ball and drove it 72 yards on his first opening drive to finally score RB Devonta Freeman. The touchdown recorded FSU’s score in their opening series in 4 consecutive weeks, putting the Seminoles ahead 7-0 to start the game. Miami’s first possession looked promising with successful runs, but a field goal attempt on a fourth down stopped the ‘Canes scoreless and they missed down the left. The ‘Canes defense responded thankfully, forcing FSU QB Jameis Winston to throw his first interception of the game. This eventually led to a Miami score released by ‘Canes QB Stephen Morris. The first quarter ended with a game tied at 7 all.

FSU rallied on a 79-yard touchdown capped by running back James Wilder and sent the Seminoles up 14-7 in the second quarter. Miami kicked the ball on the next drive, allowing Winston to throw a 48-yard pass to Freeman for a touchdown that sent his team up 21-7. Another 3 and the Miami offense returned the ball to FSU, but again the Miami defense forced Winston to make his second error of the game by throwing another interception, setting Miami up for another touchdown score at halftime still down 21- 14.

FSU’s defense came out through the middle sharper than the first, and the Canes’ offense seemed unrivaled as the Seminoles kept them scoreless for the remainder of the game. The Winston-led offense seemed to have picked up where they left off in the first half, dominating Miami’s defense by 2 additional touchdowns from Wilder and Freeman. The Seminoles never looked back and headed into the fourth quarter 35-14. Two field goals capped a seemingly easy victory for the Seminoles, who scored a total of 517 yards versus Miami’s 275.

Heisman’s upbeat Jameis Winston finished the game with 325 yards, completing 21 of 29 passes for a touchdown and 2 steals. Miami’s Stephen Morris finished the game with 192 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

It’s not very impressive for a game that was hyped because of the schools’ historic rivalry, highly touted quarterbacks, and their first top ten team meeting in nearly a decade. Give Miami credit for keeping it close in the first half, but still dominated by injuries and completely out of the league by an FSU team that is perhaps the best in the nation.

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