Florida State Seminoles Rout Miami Hurricanes, Now 16th In Latest College Football Rankings

October 10th, 2010 – by Jimmy

Even though Florida State vs. Miami was a ranked matchup for the first time in a several years, the game between the Seminoles and the Hurricanes was anything but the grind it out, tough, big play games of the past. Florida State (5-1, 3-0) took the lead in the first quarter and never looked back en route to a 45 to 17 defeat of the Miami Hurricanes (3-2, 1-1)

To begin the game, Miami would start with the ball. After moving down the field, the Canes missed a 32 yard field goal which would have given them the early lead. Florida State wouldn’t do anything on their first possession as Miami would force a 3 and out for the Seminoles.

Though Miami moved the ball better in the first series, it was clear that the Seminoles were playing with more fire and it would soon show. On Miami’s second possession, the Noles defense would come out looking to stop the Canes and that they did. After a quick 3 and out by Miami, Florida State and Christian Ponder would go to work. In just 6 plays covering 65 yards, the Seminoles would go into the endzone by way of a Christian Ponder to Jermaine Thomas screen pass from the Miami 17 yard line. Good blocking and strong runs lead the way to the 7-0 early lead.

FSU would not be content with just 7 points in the first half and would look to add to their lead but it would be the defense doing most of the work on the second scoring drive. Florida State safety Nick Moody scooped up a Damien Berry fumble and returned it 36 yards to the Miami 1 yard line. Jermaine Thomas would clean up the one remaining yard giving the Noles a 14 to 0 lead.

With the momentum, Florida State would continue to roll. After another Miami 3 and out, Florida State would re-assume possession and capitalize once again. Jermaine Thomas once again lead the way for the Seminoles first with a 34 yard rush to open the drive and then with the 6 yard scoring run. Florida State would be in commanding position with the Dustin Hopkins extra point, 21-0.

With the game nearly out of hand, the Hurricanes finally responded. A 13 play 80 yard touchdown scoring drive would be capped off with a 3 yard Jacory Harris touchdown rush. The score would be 21-7 but the cost of the drive would be so much more.

Jacory Harris was seemingly ailed by a groin injury for the great part of the night. The Canes quarterback was severely limited in terms of mobility and could be seen clutching for his groin at several points during the game.

Florida State would add to their total with a 38 yard field goal from the foot of K Dustin Hopkins before the half would end. Score at the half: Florida State 24, Miami 7.

FSU would pick up right where they had left off in starting the second half. With the ball to begin the 3rd quarter, Florida State would go down the field in 5 plays covering 69 yards. Florida State rushed the ball well all night and FB Lonnie Pryor capped the drive off with a 16 yard rushing touchdown. Florida State 31, Miami 7.

Miami would also score in their first drive of the second half on a 26 yard Damien Berry touchdown run. Following that drive, Miami would force a Christian Ponder interception and capitalize with a 36 yard Matt Bosher field goal. Miami would reduce the margin to two scores, but would never score again, but Florida State was not done.

The Noles would tack on two more touchdowns en route to the 45 to 17 victory. FSU would dominate this game from the ground accumulating 298 yards rushing compared to Miami’s 189. Overall, the Seminoles would out gain Miami 471 to 424, but the final margin would be much greater.

Miami entered the game ranked 13th while the Seminoles were ranked 23rd. Not only was this a upset in terms of rankings but the Noles punished the spread. When the game started, the Noles were 6 point underdogs according to the College Football Betting Odds. With the 28 point victory, the Noles beat the spread by 34 points.

Up next for the Hurricanes, now unranked, is a Duke Blue Devils team which has been traditionally easy for the ACC to beat. This will be a good break for a demoralized Hurricanes team.

For the Seminoles, now 16th in the latest College Football rankings, they return to Tallahassee to face the Boston College Eagles. The Noles will be looking to improve upon their 3-0 ACC record and make it to the ACC Championship game in December.

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