After three straight impressive wins, Miami seemed ready for the biggest stage. It was all set -- a chance to knock off the defending national champions.
By halftime, it looked like Miami was more than ready to pull off the upset.
Then things changed.
Miami struck first when Brad Kaaya found Phillip Dorsett on a 27-yard touchdown strike. It capped a nine play, 83-yard drive for the Hurricanes on a night when their freshman quarterback threw for 316 yards, two scores, and an interception on the last offensive play of the game for Miami. Dorsett finished the game with four catches for 90 yards.
Later in the first Miami put together another impressive drive when they marched 71 yards on eight plays. Duke Johnson scored from a yard out to extend Miami's lead. Unfortunately, the extra point was blocked and that was a play that would later hurt the Canes. Johnson finished the game with 27 carries for 130 yards and he also caught four passes for 37 yards.
The Canes forced a fumble on the next kickoff, which set up a Michael Badgley 45-yard field goal. It was a career long for him. He would later miss one though.
Florida State finally scored early in the second quarter when running back Dalvin Cook scored from 44 yards out. The talented freshman, who is from Miami, finished as FSU's leading rusher. He needed just seven carries to gain 92 yards.
Miami struck right back when Kaaya found tight end Clive Walford over the middle of the field. Walford outran FSU's secondary for a 61-yard touchdown strike to give the Canes a 23-7 lead early in the second. He finished the game with four catches for 127 yards.
Florida State added a field goal later in the second to make it 23-10 heading into halftime. That's when the defending champions seemingly woke up.
The lone third quarter score was when Jameis Winston found running back Karlos Williams for an 11-yard touchdown pass. It came on a ball that was tipped at the line of scrimmage. Miami still took a 6-point lead into the fourth quarter.
Three field goals later -- two by Florida State and one by Miami -- set the stage for a classic finish. Cook scored another touchdown from 26 yards out to give the Noles their first lead of the game. That was with 3:05 left in the game.
Miami started to put together a potential game-winning drive but Kaaya was intercepted by Jalen Ramsey on a 4th and 9 pass with under a minute left.
The Canes are now 6-4 on the season and the chances of getting into the ACC Championship game by winning the Coastal Division are extremely slim. Miami will hit the road next weekend when they play at Virginia.