Big Plays End FSU's Streak

Miami ended Florida State's decade long unbeaten streak today by taking out the Seminoles 49-27. Miami's 58 game home winning streak is now safely intact for some time to come.

Miami opened the scoring early in the first quarter when Ed Reed burst through the line and blocked Chance Gwaltney's punt on the FSU five yard line where Markese Fitzgerald picked up the ball in stride and jogged into the end zone.

Florida State quarterback Chris Rix, left, is brought down from behind by Miami's Phillip Buchanon.
Florida State quarterback Chris Rix, left, is brought down from behind by Miami's Phillip Buchanon.
On the following Seminole possession Chris Rix was hit by William Joseph, fumbled, and Chris Campbell recovered the ball on the Florida State 27 yard line. On the ensuing play Ken Dorsey hit Andre Johnson on a 27 yard pass to put Miami up 14-0 with 7:16 remaining in the first quarter.

In the second quarter Ed Reed stepped up for the second time and picked off Chris Rix at the Miami 43 and returned it to the Seminole 36 yard line. On the next play Miami struck again with a 35 yard pass from Dorsey to Andre Johnson to the Florida State one yard line. Miami tried three straight runs up the middle and could only gain inches. On fourth down the ‘Canes went for it and Dorsey found TE Jeremy Shockey in the corner of the end zone for a 21-0 lead. Miami had all the momentum and Florida State was as dejected as they have been at home in a long time.

That would not last long.

Miami defensive back Phillip Buchanon (31) and a teammate, rear, prevent Florida State's Javon Walker, top, from making a reception.
Miami defensive back Phillip Buchanon (31) and a teammate, rear, prevent Florida State's Javon Walker, top, from making a reception.
The next Seminole drive started on their own 26 and Miami's defense sacked Chris Rix for a two yard loss on the first play but two plays later gave up a key 21 yard third down completion to Javon Walker to give the ‘Noles some momentum. On a key third and seven Chris Rix ran out of the pocket and was stopped three yards shy of a first down but a blatant late hit by Miami linebacker Jonathan Vilma gave Florida State a first down at the ‘Canes 23 yard line. On the very next play DE Jerome McDougle got pressure on Rix but was penalized for a personal foul (face mask) and gave Florida State a first down on the Miami 12 yard line. Two consecutive runs by Greg Jones gave Florida State their first score of the day. After pushing the extra point wide right, Florida State trailed 21-6.

Miami started their next drive at their 23 yard line with 6:42 left in the half. Miami was not able to get a first down and more importantly gave the ball back to Florida State with over five minutes left in the half - plenty of time.

After a 55 yard punt by Freddie Capshaw, Florida State began their last drive of the half with 5:09 to play. Miami's defense consistently was unable to stop Florida State as they ate up yards by both Chris Rix runs and short passes up the middle. On a key third down from the Miami one yard line with only 13 seconds left, Edward Reed again intercepted Chris Rix but, on a critical penalty (defensive holding) by Jerome McDougle, Florida State was given one more play and they capitalized with a one yard run by William McCray. Miami went to the locker room with a 21-13 lead.

Miami played well at times in the first half but did so with big plays and did not play consistently on either offense or defense. Florida State held a 140-3 advantage in rushing at the half! That would have to change in the second half for Miami regain the momentum and come out with a victory.

Miami did just that.

Ken Dorsey took the ‘Canes 67 yards in just 1:44 to give Miami a 28-13 lead as he hit WR Andre Johnson on an 18 yard scoring play. On the following Florida State possession, William Joseph hit Chris Rix causing a fumble recovered by MLB Jonathan Vilma and returned 36 yards for a touchdown. The ball laid on the ground for what seemed like an eternity before Vilma raced from the outside and scooped the ball up and outran Nick Maddox for the touchdown. Miami now took their largest lead of the day 35-13.

The next drive Miami smelled blood and went for the kill as Ed Reed tried to intercept a Chris Rix pass, but missed, and WR Talmon Garder of the Seminoles made an excellent catch and raced 57 yards for a touchdown and brought the ‘Noles to within 15, 35-20.

Miami mixed up their next drive well with some Clinton Portis runs and accurate passing from Ken Dorsey. Ethnic Sands came down with an excellent "jump ball" reception on the Florida State four yard line and gave Miami a first and goal. Miami scored on the ensuing play but an illegal shift by Clinton Portis negated the touchdown and the ‘Noles held Miami, forcing a field goal attempt. Freddie Capshaw did an excellent job hanging on to a high snap and, knowing the field goal would be blocked, he pulled the ball away from K Todd Sievers and raced around the right side for a seven yard touchdown. The extra point was again very high but Sievers was able to get it through the uprights for a 42-20 lead with 4:43 to go in the third quarter.

On the next defensive possession, CB Phillip Buchanon picked off QB Chris Rix and returned it to the Seminoles' 18 yard line. A personal foul penalty on Florida State gave Miami a first and goal on the 8 yard line and the next play saw freshman Willis McGahee score off the left side to put Miami up 49-20.

Not satisfied, Phillip Buchanon got his second interception of the quarter as he brought it down on the Miami 25 yard line. Miami got down to the ‘Nole 29 yard line but turned the ball over on downs as Miami went for it on fourth and inches and was victim of another penalty which FSU declined. Miami ended the third quarter with a commanding 49-20 lead.

FSU moved the ball down to the Miami 32 where Chris Rix was intercepted in the end zone by Ed Reed. Miami took over on the 20 and was able to get one first down before turning the ball over themselves for the second time of the day, both on fumbled snaps between Dorsey and C Brett Romberg.

University of Miami linebacker Chris Campbell (48) recovers a fumble by Florida State University quarterback Chris Rix.
University of Miami linebacker Chris Campbell (48) recovers a fumble by Florida State University quarterback Chris Rix.
The Seminoles took over on the Miami 24 yard line with 10:30 left in the game. A key sack by Andrew Williams forced Florida state into two long pass incompletions and Miami took over on their own 35 yard line. The first play of that drive Clinton Portis busted out for a 45 yard run to the Seminole 20. Miami made it to the ‘Noles 18 yard line where they had a fumbled snap and Michael Boulware of the ‘Noles returned the ball 73 yards for a touchdown bringing them within 49-27 with 6:53 remaining in the game.

Florida State tried an onside kick where Miami recovered on the FSU 46 but was unable to move the ball and had to punt with just under five minutes remaining in the game. Capshaw pinned the ‘Noles on their own two on the punt.

Florida State brought in freshman QB Adrian McPherson for his first action of the day. He lead the Seminoles on a solid drive to the Miami two where is was sacked as time expired and the ‘Canes posted a solid 22 point win.

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