3 reasons Miami is officially back after beating Florida State


Following a Florida State touchdown with 1:24 remaining, it appeared that the Seminoles were set to pull off another monumental win over their rivals after taking a 20-17 lead.

In a game delayed three weeks because of Hurricane Irma, No. 13 Miami beat Florida State 24-20 in Tallahassee on Saturday afternoon, thanks to a 23-yard touchdown strike from Malik Rosier to Darrell Langham, who caught the ball short of the end zone and broke over the goal line with just six seconds left. FSU had more success on the ground, getting 121 rushing yards from freshman Cam Akers and 91 from Jacques Patrick, and also had a few big throws from Blackman, but it wasn't enough to put the Canes away. "Rivalry games are important. It was a classic game, a great game", Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher said.

His recent consistency has been well timed, with the Seminoles struggling to turn promising drives into touchdowns early in their 2017 campaign. Miami had been held scoreless in the first half, not running a single play in FSU territory.

After a defensive series in the first quarter, Marshall headed to the locker room for an evaluation of an unknown injury.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - J.T. Barrett threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in the first half, and Ohio State had its most dominant defensive effort in almost 60 years. John O'Korn, replacing injured starter Wilton Speight, threw three interceptions in the second half.

"It was a long time coming for our players, coaches and especially the fans", Miami Coach Mark Richt said.

CINCINNATI - McKenzie Milton threw a career-high 5 touchdown passes - 4 in the first half - and Tre'Quan Smith scored 4 times as No. 25 Central Florida rolled to a storm-shortened victory over Cincinnati in the Knights' first game as a ranked team since 2013.

For some reason, with just two games behind each team, a consensus had been formed that Miami was good and Florida State was not.

"We made a couple of mistakes ... four or five plays determined the outcome of the game", said FSU linebacker Matthew Thomas.

Rosier and FSU quarterback James Blackman dueled in the fourth quarter in classic fashion. The Seminoles were ranked 6th overall while Miami was ranked 11th. A key play was a third-and-10 conversion from Rosier to Braxton Berrios that took the ball to the FSU 23, setting up the game-winning play.

But with two leads, the 'Noles defense played passively, trying to keep plays in front of them.

In conclusion, Miami must get up their run defense up to par and find more rotational players on the d-line as conference play continues.

Barrios had a career day.

The Seminoles (1-3, 1-2 ACC) tied the game with 12:17 remaining when Blackman hit tight end Ryan Izzo for a 15-yard touchdown, evening the score at 10.

Rosier had an all-or-nothing performance after finishing 19 of 44 for 254 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Mark Richt's offense was weak, the Canes offense only ran for 83 yards and averaged 5.8 yards per passing attempt and 2.9 yards per rush. The Wolverines then went 61 yards in just over two minutes to go ahead, only to have Keith Gavin return the kickoff 66 yards to give quarterback Deondre Francois superb field position to drive for the winning touchdown.