The Miami football team rallied in the fourth quarter after trailing 27-13, but failed to get past midfield on the final drive, losing 27-20 at Florida State. Tyler Van Dyke had to step in on the final drive after Emory Williams was injured stretching for a first down on fourth-and-2 on the final drive of the game.
Williams started Saturday after Van Dyke threw 10 interceptions in the previous four games. Florida State started quickly with a five-yard run by Trey Benson in the first quarter. The Seminoles added a field goal less than a minute into the second quarter to extend their lead to 10-0. Miami responded in the second quarter.
Don Chaney Jr. carried Miami’s offense with 60 rushing yards as Miami went 82 yards on 11 plays in 6:05 to get within 10-7. Williams finished the drive with a three-yard touchdown pass to Jacolby George. George had a huge game with five receptions for 153 yards and two touchdowns. Miami threw for a total of 204 yards.
After a 16-yard Damari Brown punt return, Miami took over at Florida State’s 31-yard line on the final drive of the first half. Miami drove 22 yards on six plays in 1:24. A 27-yard field goal by Andres Borregales tied the game on the final play of the first half. The Miami football team dominated the second quarter.
The Hurricanes outscored the Seminoles 129-1 in the second quarter. Miami held the ball for 10:07 in the second quarter and held Florida State to minus-16 rushing yards. The Hurricanes ran 21 plays to 10 for Florida State to rally and tie the game at halftime. Miami finished the game with seven tackles for loss and two sacks.
After a missed Florida State onside kick, the Miami Football Team began the second half at the Florida State 47-yard line. Miami gained 14 yards in five plays before settling for a 51-yard field goal by Borregales. Florida State kicked a 22-yard field goal by Ryan Fitzgerald and Benson put Florida State in front to stay with a 38-yard TD run.
A 57-yard punt return by Florida State star Keon Coleman put the Seminoles on the Miami 10-yard line with 12:24 left in the fourth quarter. Coleman caught a six-yard touchdown catch from Jordan Travis to seemingly bury Miami 27-13. After three straight three-and-outs, Miami improbably got back into the game.
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Williams connected with George down the right sideline for an 85-yard touchdown with 8:22 left to cut the deficit to 27-20. After forcing a Florida State punt, Miami took over at its 12-yard line. Williams took Miami to fourth and two. After a run on what appeared to be a broken play, Williams had to stretch for the first down.
Following a replay, Miami got the first down. ESPN reporter Molly McGrath said on the TV show that Williams needed an air cast. VanDyke helped Miami get two first downs on back-to-back completions against Colbie Young. On fourth-and-10, Van Dyke was pressured and threw an interception.
Van Dyke finished 2-7 for 29 yards. Miami’s defense was solid for the second straight game. Florida State was held to a season-low 322 yards. Miami finished with 355 yards of offense. Chaney had an excellent game with 12 carries for 85 yards. No. 11 Louisville comes to Hard Rock Stadium next week with a noon kickoff.