KICKOFF, DATE, SITE: Noon, Saturday, Oct. 13; Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee.
TV/RADIO: ABC Sports, Ch. 10 Brad Nessler, Bob Griese; Fox Sports Net, tape delay (Monday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.); WQAM 560, WAAC 830
ALL-TIME SERIES: Miami leads 24-20; Florida State has won six of the last 11 meetings; Did somebody say close? Aside from last year's UM 27-24 victory, every Miami-Florida State contest from 1993-1999 has been decided by at least 10 points or more.
LAST MEETING: A small-town kid from Oklahoma took hold of the national spotlight and Ken Dorsey picked the perfect time to have a career day as the two capped a memorable drive to give the Hurricanes a 27-24 victory over No. 1 Florida State.
After leading the Seminoles for most of the afternoon, Miami fell behind 24-20 with 1:37 remaining in the game. Dorsey responsed by going 6-of-7 for 73 yards, including a 13-yard TD pass to tight end Jeremy Shockey, to put the Hurrricanes ahead with :46 left in the game. The scoring play was set up by a 19-yard pass to Santana Moss all the way to the Noles eight-yard line. A five-yard penalty had pushed Miami back to the 13.
Florida State kicker Matt Munyon missed a 49-yard field goal that would have sent the game into overtime.
Dorsey completed 27-of-42 passes for 328 yards and two touchdowns. Moss led the Hurricanes with seven receptiond for 115 yards. Shockey caught three passes for 24 yards, although all his receptions were of importance. James Jackson rushed for 98 yards. For FSU, Chris Weinke had 496 passing yards and threw three touchdowns.
OUTLOOK: After tossing around four punching bags to open the season, the Hurricanes finally get an opportunity to show if they are really No. 1 material. On the other hand, the Seminoles will be trying to dispel anu thoughts that this indeed will be the year they take a tumble out of the polls.
The Seminoles would gain some of the national glory back with an upset over No. 1 Miami. The Hurricanes? We'll they need a victory to prove their worth and keep national championship hopes alive.
Dorsey, coming off an efficient outing against Troy State, should have plenty of time to throw the ball against a young and banged up Florida State defensive front. Darnell Dockett hasn't recorded a sack this season and Jeff Womble has been slowed by a elbow injury. Miami's offensive-line hasn't allowed a sack all year and giving up just one last year.
Look for the Hurricanes to go right at the middle of the FSU defense with Clinton Portis and Willis McGahee. The Seminoles linebackers are still quick enough to close in on the Canes from the perimeters.
FSU could run into serious problems trying to move the ball on Miami. Freshman quarterback Chris Rix has shown signs of youth and hasn't been supported from anybody on the offense that has stepped up to take the reins. The Hurricanes will come at him from all angles.
Trick plays, success on special teams and Miami turnovers will be the only things that could keep the Noles in this one.
PREDICTION: UM 31, FSU 13
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