A Florida State vs. Miami game decided by a big moment from the kicking game? No, really – that never happens. It was a big performance from the Seminoles in a 20-19 win. What does it all mean?
Florida State 20, Miami 19: What Does It All Mean?
Take that, wide rights.
DeMarcus Walker’s blocked extra point after Brad Kaaya’s brilliant touchdown pass to Stacy Coley didn’t exorcise all the Florida State past special teams demons, but it was the big moment for the program to prove that it’s still alive and kicking.
Just when it seemed like it was all about Clemson and Louisville – and it might just be – and just when it looked like Miami was about to show the world that it really was a new time and a new team under Mark Richt, the Noles fought hard with one of the toughest gut-check wins in an era full of them under Jimbo Fisher.
Deondre Francois got beaten, battered and bruised, but he still managed to fight his way to a 234-yard, two score day. Dalvin Cook was held in check early, and then he finished with a hard-earned 150 yards.
But the win was really about the Seminole defense that had been gouged in ugly fashion by Louisville and North Carolina, but held Miami to 62 rushing yards and kept battling and fighting after getting down early.
That last, late Kaaya-to-Coley touchdown pass was the lone score allowed in the second half as the line managed to hold its own and get to Kaaya time and again, the secondary got the pick from Tarvarus McFaddan, and the Noles made the key plays Miami couldn’t.
This will always be a great rivalry, and while it might not change the world like it did in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as this game showed in the Richt era, it’s going to get really good again.