The 2014 Florida State Seminoles are an actual, modern day, Rocky Balboa. This team will not die. Miami went up 16-0 and this team didn’t panic. 23-7 and this team didn’t panic. There’s something special about this team, just as there was something special about the 2013 team. What people aren’t realizing is just how different these teams are. Where they aren’t different is in the win column. 26 straight wins and 5 straight over Miami. There hasn’t been a better time to be a Seminole fan.
The defense was dominated in the first half. Miami torched the Seminoles for 320 yards and 23 points. Florida State hadn’t given up that many first half yards since Jimbo Fisher’s first year in 2010. Miami was able to find holes in the Seminoles secondary and exploited favorable matchups with tight ends and running backs. Tight end Clive Walford hauled in a 61-yard touchdown pass when matched up with defensive end Chris Casher.
The other half was a completely different team. They found a semblance of a pass rush, and limited the big plays. They made Miami drive the field, and, with the exception of one drive, the Hurricanes were unable to do. The Hurricanes finished the second half with 172 yards. Duke Johnson was held to 130 yards rushing on 27 carries.
The offense started slow again with three straight three and outs. Winston wasn’t sharp, and the receivers were dropping passes. There were multiple miscommunications including one from senior Rashad Greene. That never happens. That being said after the slow start the offense was able to move the football. The offense put up 244 yards in the second half and three touchdowns. Dalvin Cook was a major factor in that. He broke off two highlight real runs for touchdowns and had a big catch on Florida State’s last drive right after the Seminoles were hit with a holding penalty.
Roberto Aguayo and Cason Beatty have turned into the best special teams duo in the country. Aguayo was perfect, again, and Beatty averaged nearly 42 yards per punt. That number isn’t indicative of how well he punted due to one that he dropped inside the 20. The return game created a few holes that haven’t been there this season, but Bobo Wilson can’t fumble the ball like that.
Miami played an excellent football game. They played well on both sides of the ball. Brad Kaaya is going to be an excellent football player. Between him and Deshaun Watson the Noles will have their hands full for the next couple of years. Duke Johnson put in a very workman-like performance. In the end it wasn’t enough, and Florida State hasn’t lost in Miami for over a decade.