'Canes Find a Way

The University of Miami's national championship aspirations are sitting pretty, while Florida State's misery rides on as a result of a wild finish, Friday night in the Orange Bowl. After trailing for over 59 minutes in regulation thanks to lackluster offense and untimely turnovers, the No. 6 Hurricanes (1-0) put together a ferocious comeback to edge the No. 6 Seminoles 16-10 in overtime.

The ringleaders?

UM running back Frank Gore (18 rushes, 89 yards), playing for the first time since last October, was right at the top of the list after providing a game-clinching 18-yard touch run on the Hurricanes' second play on offense of overtime. Gore sped through the right side of the offensive line after getting by a would-be tackler, sending the crowd of 78,622 into a frenzy.

What about Brock Berlin (20-for-36, 255 yards, 1TD)? After looking uncomfortable for most of the night as he constantly fought off pressure, Miami's senior quarterback calmly directed the Hurricanes to the end zone starting with 1:22 remaining in the fourth quarter and UM behind 10-3.

After throwing an incompletion on first-and-10 from the Miami 20-yard-line, Berlin hooked up with Roscoe Parrish on a 24-yard pass play. Another 15 yards, resulting from a personal foul call on FSU defensive end Eric Moore, put Miami at the Seminoles 41 before a Berlin to Quadtrine Hill completion netted 11 more yards. On second down, Berlin threw an incompletion.

Then came the big one.

Berlin found Sinorice Moss a few yards off the line of scrimmage. Moss turned towards the sideline as he avoided several FSU defenders before streaking down the edge to tie the game with :30 remaining in the fourth quarter.

"Just awesome, man. I knew we were going to get it done," said Berlin, minutes after the victory. "The bottom line is these guys just never quit. There is a lot of heart on this football team."

Miami, playing in its first ACC game in school-history, extended its winning streak to six against the Seminoles. More importantly the Hurricanes now have the inside track to an ACC championship and perhaps a BCS berth.

Barely.

It was Florida State's defense that turned two Miami turnovers into a 10-0 lead by halftime. ‘Noles linebacker A.J . Nicholson recovered a Gore fumble on the FSU 44 at the 6:25 mark of the first quarter. The Seminoles capped an eight-play, 28-yard drive, including an 18-yard run by Lorenzo Booker, with a 45-yard Xavier Beitia field goal to take a 3-0 lead.

Down 3-0, Miami's offense appeared to be picking up steam as they reached the Seminoles 47-yard-line on six plays, including a 23-yard pass from Berlin to Kevin Everett.

But Florida State halted the drive as sophomore defensive back Antonio Cromartie returned a fumble 61 yards down the right sideline to give the Seminoles a 10-0 lead.

Cromartie secured the one-bounce turnover and sped away untouched after Kyler Hall stripped Roscoe Parrish on a direct snap. Miami had another chance to get on the scoreboard before the end of the first half, but placekicker Jon Peattie missed two 52-yard field goals.

Facing a third-and-18 with the clock winding down, Berlin connected with Sinorice Moss for 16 yards enabling Peattie to line up for a field goal. But the ACC officiating crew mistakenly awarded Miami, which had no timeouts remaining, another try after offensive lineman Eric Winston signaled a timeout.

But despite their offensive struggles early on it was the Hurricanes defense that kept them within striking distance. Miami held Florida State to 57 yards rushing while allowing just one play of 20 yards or more.

Rix, who finished the game with 108 passing yards on 12 for 28, will end his career 0-for-5 against the Hurricanes baring an unforseen turn of events.

"This hurts - it's going to hurt for a while," said Rix.

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