Canes Lose Opener, 10-7

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The #9 Miami Hurricanes lost their season opener 10-7 to #14 Florida State in front of a Doak Campbell Stadium record crowd of 84,347. In a game dominated by the defenses, it came down to special teams.

Kyle Wright made his first start as a Hurricane and it came down to the final drive despite being sacked nine times and throwing two interceptions.

With 12:01 remaining in the game trailing by three points the Hurricanes took the field at their own 3-yardline after a punt by Chris Hall was downed.

After a 1-yard loss by Tyrone Moss, Wright stepped back and threw a dart on the right sideline that was caught by Sinorice Moss for a 15-yard gain.

Now the ‘Canes had breathing room.

Two plays they faced a third down. After failing to convert on their first 11 third-downs, Wright found Greg Olsen for a 15-yard gain to complete the first of four straight third-down conversions by Olsen.

Olsen finished the game with eight catches for 137 yards.

After Ryan Moore caught a 17-yard pass on the 2-yardline, the Hurricanes appeared to have all the momentum they needed to punch the ball in for the potential game-winning touchdown. Unfortunately it didn't happen that way.

The Hurricanes would lose yardage in their next three plays setting up a 27-yard field goal attempt by Jon Peattie with 2:20 remaining in the game.

Earlier in the game Peattie missed from 47 and 39 yards. This was his chance to redeem himself.

Unfortunately for Peattie and the ‘Canes he did not get an opportunity to tie the game as the snap by John Rochford was low and mishandled by the holder Brian Monroe. The drive lasted 9:45 on 19 plays and a total of 81 yards.

Florida State took over on downs and ran out the clock to end Miami's six-game winning streak over the Seminoles.

Wright finished the game 16-of-28 passing with 232 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, and was sacked nine times.

"I have never seen anyone get back up after getting hit so many times," offensive lineman Eric Winston said. "There were a couple times I thought he wasn't going to get back up, but he did. He was just a warrior out there."

This was not the start the Hurricanes, who have national title hopes, would have liked to their season.

Things appeared to start off well for Miami as new starting running back Tyrone Moss took the first play from scrimmage 10 yards and a play later he ran for 21 yards showing good speed to the outside. This must have been the new, slimmer, and quicker Moss that everyone has been talking about.

Coming into the game Moss had 38 career rushing yards in 23 attempts against the Seminoles.

Today he rushed for 102 yards on 23 carries. As a team the Hurricanes rushed for a total of 81 yards primarily due to the 61 yards lost by Wright on sacks.

The running game went well for Florida State also. Lorenzo Booker led the Seminoles in rushing with 63 yards on 12 carries. Leon Washington added 57 yards on 13 carries. The two combined to average 4.8 yards per carry.

Florida State also featured a new starting quarterback, Drew Weatherford. Weatherford looked rattled all game long and struggled to throw with consistent accuracy as he finished 7-for-24 with 67 yards and one interception.

On defense, Jon Beason led the team in tackles with eight including three for loss. Brandon Meriweather added seven tackles, a fumble recovery, and two pass breakups.

Wright found Ryan Moore for a 34-yard touchdown for the Hurricanes only scoring play in the game when he used a pump fake, before hitting Moore in double coverage at the 4-yardline. With the two defensive backs on the ground, Moore backed his way in for the score.

Miami's next game is at Clemson on September 17.

NOTES: Anthony Reddick and Baraka Atkins did not play in the second half due to knee sprains according to the Miami sidelines…Charlie Jones was ejected in the second quarter for a personal foul during a punt…Former Hurricanes Michael Irvin, Cortez Kennedy, Willis McGahee, and Roscoe Parrish were in attendance on the Miami sideline….Former Seminoles Marvin Jones, Williams Floyd, Snoop Minnis, and Jamal Reynolds were on the Florida State sidelines.

STATS: Rushing: Miami: T.Moss 23-102, S.Moss 1-10, D.Thomas 4-7, D.Hester 1-5, Q.Hill 1 -1, K.Wright 13 -36; Florida State: L.Booker 12-63, L.Washington 13-57, D.Weatherford 2-0, E.Sims 1 -1, J.Coleman 3 -1

Passing: Miami: K.Wright 16-28-2, 232; Florida State: D.Weatherford 7-24-1, 67, X.Lee 1-2, 7.

Receiving: Miami: G.Olsen 8-137, R.Moore 3-69, S.Moss 2-13, Q.Hill 2-4, B.Ortega 1-9; Florida State: L.Booker 4-33, D.Fagg 2-20, L.Washington 1-14, K.O'Neal 1-7.

Interceptions: Miami: M.Maxey; Florida State: K.Hall, E.Sims.

Field Goals: Miami: J.Peattie 47 (miss), 39 (miss); Florida State: G.Cismesia 37 (good), 26 (miss).

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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