It Wasn’t Wide Right, But … What Does It All Mean?
Miami struggled, but it came through when it absolutely had to in yet another thriller against FSU.
Miami 24, Florida State 20
Prediction: Miami 27, Florida State 23
Line: Miami -3, o/u: 46.5
At least it wasn’t a missed kick by Florida State.
It’s not the 1990s or the early 2000s, and FSU was able to come through on a blocked kick last year, but Miami once again stepped it up in the rivalry with another heartbreaking way to beat the Noles.
No, this wasn’t even within ten miles of being the best FSU-Miami game ever. But it might be among the best of the finishes.
Miami got the win, but this was the Florida State defense we were all waiting for. It stuffed Mark Walton for just 25 yards, the Canes ran for just 83 and didn’t bust off anything big, and Malik Rosier only completed 19-of-44 passes with a pick, but ….
The only thing people will remember is how Rosier threw three touchdown passes and came though in the clutch. Braxton Berrios with his two scores and game-winner now becomes a key part of the all-time rivalry.
Considering the competition, and how bad the O line was against Wake Forest, this was a terrific game for the FSU ground attack. Jacques Patrick ran with authority for 91 yards on just 11 carries, and Cam Akers ran for 121 yards on 20 carries.
James Blackman still needs more seasoning, but 17-of-28 for 203 yards and two scores with a pick against this D? Almost pulling it out late? He did just fine.
This might be mean in a Too Soon category, but is FSU now the season’s most disappointing team? Now beating Alabama is fine, but brutal losses to NC State and Miami at home, and a 1-3 start, is crushing when this was a College Football Playoff or Bust season. However … there’s still a date with Clemson to go. There’s still plenty of time to do something special.
Miami showed some issues, but that was a jacked up FSU team with the defense playing at a high level. Now the Canes can’t let down a lick with Georgia Tech up next. But this was it. Virginia Tech and Notre Dame are at home. There are only two road games left. At North Carolina, and at Pitt. After this win, there’s no excuse to not roll through the slate and get to – at least – 11-1.