Florida States Beats Miami in Classic Rivalry Game

 In what will go down as another classic in the Florida State vs. Miami rivalry, here is a look back on how the game unfolded. In the first quarter, Florida State was able to punch it in after stopping Miami to make it a 7-0 ball game on their first offensive series. After three straight turnovers by the Canes, including two interceptions thrown by Tyler Van Dyke, Florida State finally punched it in thanks to a twelve-yard touchdown by running back Jashaun Corbin, making it a 14-0 game at the end of the first. 

Florida State racked up two field goals in the second quarter, including one at the end of the first half. Miami was able to get a crucial touchdown on their last drive of the half, this being the first of four thrown by Tyler Van Dyke. With the score at 20-7, the players angrily retook the field as both teams met at the middle of the field, nearly getting into confrontation before the half even began.

 As things got back going, Miami inched closer to the lead, and after a Florida State fumble at their thirty-eight-yard line, Miami struck quickly with a second touchdown pass by Van Dyke to make the score 20-14. The following Miami offensive possession after Florida State failed to get anything going, Miami would score again. Converting two fourth downs on this drive ending and ending off with a third Van Dyke touchdown pass, making it 21-20 with Miami in control heading into the fourth. Miami kept the momentum up, and after stopping Florida State again, Van Dyke threw a thirty-five-yard strike to Jaylan Knighton to extend their lead to 28-20. With hope starting to look bleak for Florida State, they were able to cut the lead down with a field goal to 28-23. Miami got the ball back and had one job, which was to run out the clock, but Florida State held Miami to a fourth down and a punt. With two minutes and nine seconds left in regulation, Florida State had one last chance to spoil Miami’s second-half rally. 

Florida State was able to drive to the twenty-five-yard line before facing a fourth and fourteen. With the game on the line, Jordan Travis delivered a beautiful ball to Andrew Parchment, which was stopped just short of the endzone but got them their first down they so desperately needed. After multiple attempts on the one-yard line, Jordan Travis dove into the endzone to give Florida State the lead with under thirty seconds left. Travis continued to be the hero as he also was able to rush it in on the two-point conversion to make it a 31-28 ball game. With Miami getting the ball back, they had no success at moving the ball down the field, and on fourth down, they were stopped with time expiring, handing Florida State a massive win for their program and making it their first win in the rivalry with the Canes since 2016.

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