Mediocrity defines this win for Florida State against rival Miami. This ACC matchup was filled with penalties, sloppy play, injuries and bad calls from the referees. Despite the negative, the Seminoles can once again claim the win (23-19) against their southern Florida enemies.
FSU’s offense was hardly awake during this game but somehow managed to execute and score enough to win. Defense was not as tight as they could be and it was evident since the Hurricanes seemed to slide past the defense on many occasions.
Obviously Florida State had to do something right to come out on top. This was quarterback EJ Manuel’s first time playing against Miami. Manuel threw for 196 yards and seemed to play favorites. His main targets Saturday include Christian Greene, Bert Reed and Rodney Smith.
Green caught 4 catches for 55 yards, Reed completed 45 yards and Smith succeeded in a 21-yard touchdown catch. Devonta Freeman proved his skills once again. Freeman caught 3 passes for 21 yards and finished the game with 259 total yards.
This game featured many turnovers that were forced by the Seminoles, who usually suffer many of their own. FSU managed to finish this game without any turnovers of their own.
After a questionable hit from Nigel Bradham put a Miami player out of the game, Bradham was ejected from the game. Despite his forced leave, Bradham completed a game-best 10 tackles and a fumble recovery.
Greg Reid scrambled a few times and often needed assistance tackling the opposing players. But, Reid managed to stand out on special teams. He succeeded in scoring a touchdown on the fourth-longest punt return in school history, raising the score 17-7 in the first half.
FSU has two more games in their regular season schedule and both are important ACC match-ups. Next week, Virginia travels to Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee to kickoff FSU’s homecoming game.
As for Miami, they still have South Florida and Boston College on their horizon. If they win one of these two, they become bowl eligible.