Canes Fall in Opener, 13-10

MIAMI, Fla. – One good quarter wasn't good enough for Miami to prevail as Florida State won 13-10.

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Miami racked up 111 yards and all 10 of their points in the second quarter as they took a 10-3 lead into halftime.

In the other three quarters combined, they had just 23 yards.

Despite a second straight loss to Florida State and back-to-back losses overall, Coker has a message for UM faithful.

"I want to make sure our fans don't give up on this football team," head coach Larry Coker said. "Just because we lost one game to a good football team we can't give up on these guys. This is going to be a good football team. We've got some good players and they are going to play extremely well."

"It's a long season," Coker added, as he fell to 11-6 in ACC play.

Junior quarterback Kyle Wright was 18-of-27 for 132 yards passing. He threw one interception and had three sacks.

With Miami trailing 13-10, they had the ball on their own 8-yard line. After a 3-yard completion to Sam Shields on first down, Anthony Wollschlager fumbled the ball on the snap thinking Wright was under center. Instead, Wright was in shotgun.

Wright recovered the fumble for a 2-yard loss setting up a 3rd-and-9 situation. Wright found Shields past the first down marker, but Shields dropped the pass.

"It was a big third down situation and it doesn't matter who is in there you expect your wide receivers to make plays," Wright said. "Sam is young kid who has showed a lot of talent. I know he is going to get better, but this is going to be a learning experience for him."

After a punt and a stalled drive by FSU, Wright got another chance to lead his team down the field. Now with 1:05 remaining and the ball at the 20-yard line. Three plays later Wright was intercepted by Michael Ray Garvin ending UM's hopes at a comeback.

"They just forced a bad throw," Wright said. "They came with a blitz and a guy came free. I didn't even know what happened. I heard the cheering and I thought we caught it."

Gary Cismesia hit a 33-yard field with 8:01 remaining to give FSU the decisive 13-10 lead.

The Hurricanes outscored the Seminoles 10-0 in the second quarter erasing a 3-0 deficit. FSU was held to just one yard in the quarter as Miami racked up 111 yards.

Wright was 11-of-13 in the quarter for 89 yard including seven straight completions.

Charlie Jones scored on a 4-yard touchdown run and Jon Peattie kicked a 20-yard field goal to give Miami a 10-3 lead.

Jones finished with 27 yards on 13 carries.

Neither team could run the ball as Miami rushed for 2 yards in the game on 26 attempts. Florida State wasn't any better as they had just 1 yard on 25 carries.

Miami fell to 18-2 against Florida State when leading at halftime.

NOTES: True freshman OL Jason Fox started at right tackle…WR Lance Leggett tied a career-high with four receptions…FS Brandon Meriweather recorded his seventh career interception in the second quarter…LB Glenn Cook and S Lovon Ponder played during nickel situations in place of starters LB Tavares Gooden and LB Romeo Davis… P Brian Monroe had a career-long 68-yard punt in the first quarter…OL Alex Pou was the first lineman off the bench replacing left guard Andrew Bain…Game time temperature was 74 degrees with 15 mph winds

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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