Travis launched a late rally as Florida State beat Miami 31-28
Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State made a comeback that belongs to the great finishers in the history of their rivalry with Miami. And Mike Norville scored a special victory to continue building the Seminoles Foundation.
Jordan Travis completed a fourth pass, 14 to Andrew Parchment and two later passed 1 yard with 26 seconds to finish Florida State over Miami 31-28 on Saturday.
Late for 28-23 and taking charge at the 20-yard line from Seminoles, Travis slid back and called Ja’Khi Douglas on a 59-yard catch and run. After two incomplete points and a false start, Travis was linked by dancing 24 yards from reception to the goal line.
“Wow, what a game,” Norville said. “Very proud of our team. The coaches, everyone who participated in the program. Working, investing, responding to adversity. The way we work. Everything we do in our program is there to prepare you for a moment like this. … It has been a challenging path. We have seen some real ups and downs. But These children, keep working, keep faith.”
Florida State (4-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) had a roller coaster season, starting at 0-4 before winning three in a row and then dropping two in a row. But now, the Seminoles have secured their first win over a competitor — Miami, Florida or Clemson — since their November 25, 2017 victory over the Gators.
Travis completed 18 of 26 passes for 274 yards and ran 22 times for 62 yards and two touchdowns at Florida State.
A year after Miami defeated FSU 52-10, in what was the second game of the Norville era but also missed the road after testing positive for COVID-19, the Seminoles showed just how far they’ve come.
“They trampled us last year,” Travis said. “It just doesn’t feel good at all. This is a big game for us. It shows where we’re headed, the battle we have, the brotherhood we have, the commitment we have.”
Tyler Van Dyck threw four touchdown passes as Miami recovered from a 17-point delay. After a shaky first half, Van Dyck regrouped and completed touchdown passes to Key’Shawn Smith, Mike Harley, Will Mallory and Jaylan Knighton for the Hurricanes (5-5, 3-3).
Van Dijk completed 25 of 47 passes for 316 yards with two interceptions for Miami.
Florida apparently thwarted the hurricanes, making three swings in the first 15 minutes.
Jermaine Johnson forced a confusion that created Florida State with a short field, leading to a 12-yard Jason Corbin drop that put the Seminoles ahead 14-0. Johnson, who was a defensive target, had three sacks – giving him 11 sacks in the season. Five of his seven interventions were for losses.
In a match that swung with great play in attack and defense, Miami made a lot of mistakes with the three early turnovers, 14 penalties and one early touchdown.
“It’s hard to swallow there,” Miami coach Manny Diaz said. “Another classic Miami and Florida game. This time we ended up on the wrong side of it.”
Expedition? take it away
Florida State now has six-game interceptions and 10 picks in 2021 after Amarion Cooper, who was starting his first career, snatched Jimmy Robinson Van Dyck in the first quarter. Van Dyck had only one interception in a three-game winning streak over NC State, Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech.
Miami: Van Dyck threw 300 yards for the fourth game in a row, but the Hurricanes only managed a 43-yard rush on 23 gigs (1.9 yards per carry).
Florida State: The Seminoles shook a slow third quarter to capture a slice of four games in the series.
Miami: It hosts Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Florida State: Plays at Boston College on Saturday.
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