Rosier rallies No 13 Miami to 24-20 win over Florida State
Oct 09, 2017, 00:33
In a rivalry that so many times has come down to one kick, No. 13 Miami instead broke a seven-game losing streak to in-state rival Florida State in a 24-20 victory on Saturday with one flawless back-shoulder throw. But their attack began clicking after the break.
The Hurricanes looked like a tropical storm in the first half. But Rosier backed up the nation's sixth-best fourth-quarter efficiency rating (206.5) after missing his first three attempts in the frame, Rosier hit on seven of his final 11 for 118 yard and two scores.
The Seminoles lost an important piece on each side of the ball against the Hurricanes, with safety Trey Marshall and wide receiver Keith Gavin each leaving the game with injuries. The Miami secondary has had its ups and downs but the unit will be greatly helped by a physical front seven that has 11 sacks and ranks second in the nation in tackles for loss (nine per game).
Miami finally crossed midfield (and got on the scoreboard) on its opening drive of the third quarter. On the ensuing possession, he converted a third-and-10 before being intercepted by Stanford Samuels III two plays later. But its first touchdown was set up when Braxton Berrios returned a punt 44 yards to the 'Noles 21. The replay confirmed how much.
Berrios, who finished with eight catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns, became the first Hurricane since Reggie Wayne in 2000 to catch a touchdown in each of the first four games in a season.
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. Freshman running back Cam Akers and the "Noles racked up 203 yards on the ground".
Miami Hurricanes quarterback Malik Rosier (12) gets sacked by Florida State Seminoles defensive end Brian Burns (99) during the second quarter of the Florida State Seminoles games against the Miami Hurricanes. The victor came on a 6-yard lob from Rosier to Berrios with 5:09 left.
True freshman quarterback James Blackman threw a 20 yard touchdown strike to Seminoles leading receiver Auden Tate to put FSU ahead 20-17 with just 1:24 left in the game. But two of his three completions came on third down.
For some reason, with just two games behind each team, a consensus had been formed that Miami was good and Florida State was not. Berrios tore his ACL in a high school All-American game shortly before he enrolled at Miami in January 2014, and UM doctors discovered the tear when he had his first team physical.
Regardless, Mark Richt and the Hurricanes snapped their streak, but let's not jump the gun quite yet.
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Florida State is 1-3 for the first time since 1976, which was Bobby Bowden's first season, and has dropped consecutive home games for the first time since 2009. Their sustained drives gave them a 19:07 to 10:53 advantage in time of possession. But FSU is eighth in the ACC and tied for 47th in the nation in scoring defense (allowing 23.5 points per game) and are not making almost enough big plays: the 'Noles are tied for 123rd in the nation in forcing only three turnovers and are tied for 66th in the nation with an average of 2.0 sacks per game.
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