TALLAHASSEE — This time, Miami broke Florida State’s hearts.
For the first time in eight years, the Hurricanes (4-0, 2-0 ACC) beat their in-state rival, coming back twice in the final six minutes, 55 seconds to beat the Seminoles 24-20.
How it went down:
No. 13 Miami 23, Florida State 20 (0:06 4Q)
Darrell Langham, welcome to Hurricanes history.
The little-used redshirt junior wide receiver from Santaluces High caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Malik Rosier with six seconds remaining, putting the Hurricanes ahead in a wild fourth quarter.
Miami drove 75 yards in one minute, 18 seconds, after FSU pulled ahead with a touchdown with 1:24 remaining.
How the final drive went down:
Miami opened at its own 25. With the war chant deafening and fans chopping their arms, FSU defensive lineman Josh Sweat chased Rosier and batted his throwaway pass. Braxton Berrios made a leaping sideline catch for a would-be first-down, but was pushed out of bounds.
On third-and-10 from his own 25, Rosier found a diving Berrios for a 17-yard pickup. Berrios finished with two touchdowns among his eight catches for 90 yards, and was otherwise the hero of the day.
Sophomore Travis Homer raced across midfield for 10 yards, then took another carry 14 yards against an ailing defense. He threw a deep ball intended for Lawrence Cager, who got caught up with a defender and couldn’t get to it.
Rosier tried to find Cager again, who again wanted a pass-interference call and, again, did not get it.
Miami used one of its two timeouts. It was third-and-10 at the FSU 35, with 19 seconds remaining.
Rosier found Berrios for 11 yards, after the senior skipped out of a tackle and got out of bounds at the 23.
Langham got in the end zone despite a lengthy review, which determined that the ball crossed the goal line before his knee hit the ground. FSU defensive back Tarvarus McFadden nearly tackled him short of the line.
The Hurricanes were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for celebrating.
Florida State 20, No. 13 Miami 17 (1:24 4Q)
Once again, this could come down to a kick.
Seminoles wideout Auden Tate snuck behind Miami cornerback Dee Delaney for a 20-yard touchdown pass with 1:24 left, putting FSU back on top.
FSU quarterback James Blackman completed passes of 14, 9, and 15 yards before Miami defensive end Trent Harris sacked him for a 6-yard loss with 2:34 left. FSU faced second-and-16 at Miami’s 37.
Blackman got nearly all of it back with a 15-yard completion to a wide-open Nyquan Murray. Running back Cam Akers plowed ahead for a 2-yard first-down, setting up FSU at the 20.
No. 13 Miami 17, Florida State 10 (5:09 4Q)
Ricky Aguayo’s 38-yard field goal with 6:55 remaining forced Miami to once again put together a go-ahead drive against the Seminoles in the final minutes. Just as it had to last year, and the year before, and the year before that.
Miami went 75 yards in six plays, needing one minute, 46 seconds to do it.
From his own 25-yard line, quarterback Malik Rosier faked a handoff to Mark Walton and fired to a leaping Braxton Berrios for 15 yards.
He threw to a wide-open Chris Herndon, who may have been surprised to find himself with no one around him. The 6-4, 255-pound tight end rumbled up the sideline and 37 yards. He then caught another pass and gained 9. Walton bulled his way ahead for a first-and-goal, but two Hurricanes needed help off the field after the play: Walton, who seemed to twist his ankle, and right guard Navaughn Donaldson (knee).
From the 7, Rosier scampered ahead for a yard, and lost his helmet. Miami had to call timeout to avoid losing its quarterback for one play, as the rules mandate when a player’s helmet comes off. The clock read 5:14.
On second-and-goal from the 6, with 78,169 fans screaming, Berrios caught a 6-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone to give Miami the lead.
Florida State 13, No. 13 Miami 10 (6:55 4Q)
Once again, it’s up to Miami to put together a comeback scoring drive in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
Ricky Aguayo’s 38-yard field goal with 6:55 remaining split the uprights.
However, FSU looked like it was bound for six points, not three.
On third-and-10 from the 47, with 9:33 remaining — after Seminoles right guard Cole Minshew false-started — James Blackman threw a strike to Auden Tate for a 21-yard gain.
Running back Cam Akers lost his helmet on a short second-down rush, and had to leave the game for one play. Miami stopped Jacques Patrick on third down.
Backup safety Robert Knowles, who was beat for a touchdown on FSU’s previous drive, allowed an 18-yard catch to Nyquan Murray to get the Noles’ drive going. Knowles was playing for starter Sheldrick Redwine, who was apparently injured in the third quarter.
Miami punt (11:31 4Q)
FSU’s home crowd is howling its war chant for the first time today after the Seminoles forced a punt.
Miami’s drive started at the 9 after Trent Harris picked up a holding penalty on the kickoff. Miami has 65 yards on five calls.
Travis Homer took his first carry with 12:13 left, gaining five yards.
No. 13 Miami 10, Florida State 10 (12:17 4Q)
FSU isn’t going away, and its fans are back in the ballgame.
Tight end Ryan Izzo separated from backup safety Robert Knowles — in the game because of a Sheldrick Redwine injury — and caught a 15-yard touchdown pass. Ricky Aguayo’s extra point was good, tying the score.
It was the 10th completion on 21 attempts for quarterback James Blackman, who threw back-to-back interceptions on FSU drives in the second and third quarters. He has 91 yards passing.
Cam Akers, who has been nearly impossible for Miami to tackle, powered his way out of a would-be pileup and gained 46 yards. Miami cornerback Dee Delaney, who finally stopped him, limped off the field after the play. That put him at 105 yards on 15 carries, much of it after contact.
George Campbell’s 15-yard catch got FSU to the 15. Akers was dropped for no gain. Jaquan Johnson nearly intercepted a pass intended for Auden Tate.
END THIRD QUARTER: No. 13 Miami 10, Florida State 3
At the end of the third quarter, FSU players stood on their sideline and held up four fingers.
Miami came together, bouncing, for a huddle.
So far, the offensive numbers for both squads are horrific.
Florida State quarterback James Blackman is 8-for-18 for 61 yards, with two interceptions. His counterpart, Malik Rosier, is 12-of-30 for 136 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. Rosier (13 carries, 28 yards) is Miami’s leading rusher.
FSU is outgaining UM 205-182, thanks in large part to running backs Jacques Patrick (87 yards, 10 carries) and Cam Akers (58 yards, 12 carries). Miami has missed tackles on both.
Attendance: 78,169 are reportedly here.
Injury report (4:50 3Q)
Miami starting safety Sheldrick Redwine was apparently hurt with about five minutes left in the third quarter. He walked off the field without assistance.
FSU’s Keith Gavin, who made an ill-advised decision to take a kickoff from the middle of his own end zone, was apparently injured on a 13-yard return.
Seminoles running back Jacques Patrick, who appeared to injure his left knee in the first half, returned to action.
No. 13 Miami 10, Florida State 3 (6:57 3Q)
Braxton Berrios came through.
The senior wideout produced perhaps the biggest sequence of his college career, putting Miami up seven points in a defensive slugfest.
His career-long 44-yard punt return of a 41-yard punt set up Miami at the FSU 21. On the next play, Malik Rosier sent a 21-yard touchdown pass over coverage and into Berrios’ hands. Berrios beat defensive back A.J. Westbrook for the score.
The punt return was the longest of his career, besting a 43-yarder last year against Florida A&M. In last year’s FSU game, Berrios set up Miami’s final, would-be tying touchdown with a 41-yard punt return.
His touchdown came after he made a mental mistake on a first-half punt return, running backward and being tackled, then committing a 15-yard facemask call. It resulted in a net 73-yard loss. He also committed an offensive pass interference call on the previous drive.
But Berrios could be one of the heroes of this game.
Miami turnover (8:38 3Q)
Malik Rosier threw his third interception of the season, overthrowing Lawrence Cager on a 30-yarder to the end zone. FSU cornerback Stanford Samuels grabbed the ball, without much of a challenge from Cager.
Before that, Rosier was looking pretty good.
On third-and-10 from the FSU 47, Rosier threw a perfect 18-yard pass to Ahmmon Richards, who snuck between three FSU defenders and somehow got open. After a review, Richards was ruled down when he made the catch. The play was shortened to 15 yards.
FSU’s A.J. Westbrook, whom Richards blew up with a block on the previous drive, was injured while making the tackle on Richards.
Turnover Chain Pt. II (11:00 3Q)
Dee Delaney became the latest Hurricane to wear the chain.
The Citadel transfer, who had 13 interceptions in three seasons at the FCS level, picked up his first of his Miami career.
He jumped in front of an underthrown James Blackman pass and returned it 4 yards.
No. 13 Miami 3, Florida State 3 (11:08 3Q)
The drive was by far Miami’s most promising of the day.
That drive: 12 plays, 62 yards, ending in a 31-yard Michael Badgley field goal.
Miami’s previous seven drives: 30 plays, 67 yards, ending in zero points and four three-and-outs.
With FSU blitzing on third-and-8 from the 13, Malik Rosier nearly threw an interception on a ball FSU’s Ermon Lane tipped. Seminoles cornerback Tarvarus McFadden couldn’t hold onto the ball.
Before that, Ahmmon Richards got Miami’s sideline jumping.
Richards, who was shut down (one catch on five targets) in the first half, caught a pretty deep ball for 32 yards and on the next play, blasted FSU defender A.J. Westbrook with a crunching blindside block on a Rosier run.
That came after Braxton Berrios’ 29-yard catch was negated because of an offensive pass interference call (he pushed off).
Miami advances into FSU territory (14:16 3Q)
Felt like that deserved its own headline.
Miami didn’t do that in the first half. It was held scoreless in the first half for the first time since an Nov. 14, 2015 loss at North Carolina.
HALFTIME: Florida State 3, No. 13 Miami 0
An FSU penalty helped Miami. Defensive end Brian Burns, who is winning one-on-one matchups with UM left tackle Kc McDermott — McDermott isn’t the only UM O-lineman having a rough day — committed a roughing-the-passer call to put Miami near midfield.
But Malik Rosier was sacked for a 5-yard loss by Josh Sweat and Derrick Nnadi, and UM punted with 10 seconds left in the half.
Michael Jackson’s interception led to no points for FSU, and none for Miami.
Turnover Chain (1:04 2Q)
This is Miami’s worst tackling performance of the season, but Michael Jackson made a big play.
With FSU driving on Miami’s half of the field, Jackson dove and intercepted James Blackman at the 32.
The play was reviewed, but Jackson kept the chain on. The ruling on the field stood.
FSU failed to convert on its first six third-down chances, but a crossing-route catch by Keith Gavin went for 13.
FSU injury (5:43 2Q)
James Blackman was limping on the last drive, and Jacques Patrick is hurting.
Patrick, FSU’s leading rusher, needed assistance to walk off the field after Pat Bethel tackled him. Patrick appeared to injure his left knee on the play. Trainers were checking it before helping him off.
Patrick had 84 yards on eight carries before the injury.
Another punt (5:54 2Q)
The good news for Miami: they’re not moving the ball at all, but neither is FSU.
A Jeff Thomas reception for 11 yards at the 7:54 mark of the second quarter was the first time Miami gained a first down since the final seconds of the first quarter.
That’s nearly half a quarter without a first down.
Defense getting it done (8:13 2Q)
Like their counterparts in garnet and gold, Miami’s defense came to play.
The Hurricanes have allowed three points on a field goal, is holding FSU to 0-for-6 on third downs and 4.6 yards per play.
FSU quarterback James Blackman was limping slightly after RJ McIntosh tackled him.
Mental mistakes (11:14 2Q)
Another good and bad sequence for the Hurricanes:
Demetrius Jackson sacked James Blackman for a 10-yard loss, forcing FSU to punt from its end zone. Blackman appeared to fumble (it was not called) but recovered at his own 6.
From there, Miami’s normally reliable return man, Braxton Berrios, lost 6 yards when he fielded a punt and was chased backward and tackled. He lost 15 more when he grabbed a Seminoles facemask on the way down. FSU’s punt went for 52 yards.
So instead of having the ball on FSU’s 6, Miami started a drive at its own 21. UM lost one yard on three plays (including an Ahmmon Richards bobble that was nearly intercepted) and punted.
Officially, it was a net field-flip of 73 yards.
Aside from an eight-play, 28-yard drive, Miami has gone three-and-out on four of five series. Its average starting field position: the 18.
Offensive struggle (13:11 2Q)
Miami’s offense has been sputtering so far.
Through 16-plus minutes of action, Malik Rosier is 3-for-9 for 23 yards. FSU has held Mark Walton to 11 yards on six carries, and Rosier to six yards on two rushes. Ahmmon Richards’ 14-yard catch is the Canes’ longest gain.
FSU’s Brian Burns nearly blocked a punt from Zach Feagles, who produced a 40-yard punt.
End first quarter: Florida State 3, No. 13 Miami 0
Defensive struggle (1:24 1Q)
Freshman running back Cam Akers, after gaining 12 yards on a sweep, lowered his shoulder and hit safety Sheldrick Redwine. It was replayed several times on the video board, and a FSU crowd that has filled in (the stadium was about 70 percent full during pregame ceremonies) punctuated the replays with “boom!”
But FSU punted.
Miami’s offense is averaging 1.3 yards per play, which won’t get it done. The Hurricanes are 0-for-3 on third down.
UM had chances to pick up big yardage through the air, but Lawrence Cager and Braxton Berrios couldn’t hold onto well-defended passes.
Florida State 3, No. 13 Miami 0 (4:20 1Q)
Miami wanted to make it tough for Florida State true freshman James Blackman, but the Hurricanes stepped over the line one too many times.
A roughing-the-passer call on blitzing cornerback Michael Jackson saved FSU from a third-and-15, and led to the game’s first points.
Jacques Patrick isn’t Dalvin Cook, but he found a few holes in Miami’s defense. He rushed for a 30-yard gain to get Florida State at midfield. A Blackman sneak — he gained 11 yards and dove safely to the turf — and a 10-yard Patrick rush put FSU in scoring position.
But Miami’s defense held, stuffing Patrick and limiting the Noles to a 27-yard Ricky Aguayo field goal.
UM has broken up two passes, hit Blackman once and sacked him once in the first three drives. After he sacked Blackman, defensive tackle Kendrick Norton was shown on TV playing guitar with the quarterback’s leg.
Yes, really. Norton, a 6-foot-3, 315-pound junior, was tangled up on the turf with the 6-5, 169-pound freshman. Blackman’s leg was laying on Norton’s torso, and Norton briefly mimicked strumming a guitar.
He was not penalized for excessive celebration.
On the opening drive, FSU’s Jacques Patrick took the first carry for 34 yards. Safety Jaquan Johnson missed a tackle. Corner Malek Young caught Patrick from behind. But FSU stalled and punted.
FSU’s defense pinned Miami at the 5, and defensive end Josh Sweat tipped a Malik Rosier pass that was nearly intercepted. Zach Feagles produced a boomer from his own end zone: 49 yards.
Miami went three-and-out on its first two drives, gaining 12 yards. FSU, after that big run by Patrick, went backward one yard.
Miami won the toss and deferred.