Kicking extra points hasn't seemed so difficult in the past, but a few games into this season and it seems like every weekend there's a different kicker with his faced buried into the ground after botching an important kick. Florida State kicker <b>Xavier Beitia</b> and coach <b>Bobby Bowden</b> weigh-in on the issue and offer their opinions on what's gone wrong.
October 1, 2004
Florida State has not beaten the Miami Hurricanes since a 31-21 win in 1999. The last time these teams met to open their respective seasons was 1988, when the Seminoles went to Miami as the nation's top-ranked team and were routed 31-0. The last three meetings in the Orange Bowl, however, have been decided by a total of six points. And FSU fans are well aware how kicking has played a role in the series.
September 8, 2004
<b>Xavier Beitia </b> is not scared. No way. If next Saturday's Florida State-Miami showdown at Doak Campbell Stadium happens to once again tick down to a last-second field goal, Beitia says he will be ready. More than ready. In fact, Beitia believes last year's UM game was a life lesson that has helped in his development. "It's made me a better teammate, and more importantly, a better person," Beitia said. Click here for the entire story.
October 4, 2003
<b>Xavier Beitia </b> had only one field goal in FSU's first three games this season. Of course, coach Bobby Bowden opted to bypass a Beitia field-goal attempt for field position against Georgia Tech two weekends ago. Well, Beitia bounced back in impressive fashion Saturday against Colorado, punching out a career-best 16 points on the strength of four field goals. His timing couldn't be better, as FSU turns it attention to Duke and then welcomes -- guess who? -- rival Miami in three weeks.
September 21, 2003
Florida State kicker <b>Xavier Beitia</b> looks and sounds great. Last season -- specifically the missed field goal at top-ranked Miami -- is behind Beitia and the Florida State Seminoles. No longer looking over his shoulder, Beitia is excited about the upcoming season and the potential of the Seminoles' special teams. "I am going to go out on a limb and say if we do what we have to do, I think as a unit we can leave here as the best special teams ever," Beitia said.
August 20, 2003
The rest of The Best of The Streak. We've already determined the bottom five of the top ten. Some classic thrillers in recent Miami memory. This year's win at Gainesville made the list. As did the monumental routing of Florida State at home in 2001 – the Canes first win in Tallahassee since 1991.
December 24, 2002
It's that time of year again, UM faithful. Another late November meeting with Syracuse where Miami's entire season is on the line. It's also another occasion where the Canes will take on an underachieving bunch of Orangemen who will be looking to play the role of spoiler.
November 28, 2002