FINAL: Seminoles 10 - Hurricanes 52

Florida State defensive back Asante Samuel Jr. (26) breaks up a pass intended for Miami tight end Brevin Jordan (9) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
Florida State defensive back Asante Samuel Jr. (26) breaks up a pass intended for Miami tight end Brevin Jordan (9) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)(Mark Wallheiser | AP)
Published: Sep. 26, 2020 at 6:54 PM EDT
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MIAMI, Fla. (WCTV) - It already seems like a lifetime since the Seminoles opened the 2020 season (I suppose a loss can do that, eh?) against Georgia Tech, but Mike Norvell’s squad will take the field for the second time this season tonight against Miami. Well, without Mike Norvell, after his positive COVID-19 test.

The Hurricanes could prove to be a tall task if both teams play the same way they did last time out: The Seminoles struggled in the later stages of their game against the Yellow Jackets to move the ball and couldn’t stop pressure from getting to James Blackman nor could they effectively get pressure on Jeff Sims while the Canes took down the Louisville Cardinals in the Bluegrass State, 47-34, behind 325 passing yards and three passing touchdowns off the arm of D’Eriq King.

King, a Houston transfer, is similar to Sims in he’s also a dual-threat guy, but hasn’t really unleashed his running ability so far this year: In just two games, he’s rushed for a total of 92 yards, including just nine against the Cardinals. That could very well change tonight, especially if the Noles struggle to get pressure on him early and often.

There are still a lot of questions surrounding this FSU team, and with Norvell out of the equation as he continues to quarantine after his positive COVID diagnosis, it’s unclear how many of those questions will get answered; we got few, if any, against Georgia Tech and this may be an even worse barometer.

Below will be a running log of the game, as in years past: We’ll have score updates, analysis, stray observations and thoughts. It will be fun. For up-to-the-minute updates and analysis, be sure you’re following myself and WCTV Sports on Twitter.


Sorry for the lack of fourth-quarter updates, gang: Was helping the crew at the station get ready for the 11 p.m. show.

Anyway, this was a football game: We saw former Valdosta signal-caller Tate Rodmaker make his collegiate debut, which was nice all things considered, but there’s a lot to work on in a get-right game next week against Jacksonville State.

A bit of a weird one all around tonight, thanks for bearing with me - recap is here, courtesy of our friends at Noles247.

Thanks again for sticking with us tonight and we’ll talk with ya next week!


FSU notches their first touchdown of the game and holds the Canes scoreless in a quarter for the first time tonight. 15 minutes remain.

3rd Quarter: 5:36, 38-10 Miami

Florida State drove to the doorstep for their second touchdown of the night, but James Blackman throws an interception at the doorstep of the endzone and the Noles come away with no points and the ball at their own 20.

Another promising drive that, again, if we had seen in the first quarter, this game could be in a far different place.

3rd Quarter: 10:57, 38-10 Miami

Florida State opens the third quarter with their best drive of the game, ending in a 12-yard touchdown reception from Carmen McDonald on his fourth catch of the night.

Blackman looked solid on that drive - was poised in the pocket, was decisive when he decided to either run or throw and completed eight of his 10 pass attempts for 69 yards and a first-down rush for 14 yards.

It’s the type of drive that, if we had seen at any point in the first quarter, we’d be talking about a much different ball game. Lets see how the FSU defense responds.


The score honestly says it all.

I’ll be honest, I thought this game might be this bad. I didn’t expect a 38-3 score at halftime. Maybe midway through the third quarter, but not at halftime.

2nd Quarter: 3:37, 35-3 Miami

Donald Chaney with a two-yard rush and, sigh, this game is bad. Very very bad.

2nd Quarter: 10:17, 28-3 Miami

Alright, a LOT has happened since the last update, so let me try to summarize:

  • FSU went three and out and punted, but Miami muffed it and the Noles recovered.
  • On the first play following the recovery, the Noles got cute, and Blackman handed the ball off to Corbin who then gave it to Travis for a little trickeration, but the Canes weren’t tricked and were on Travis as soon as he got the ball. Instead of taking the sack, Travis tried to make a play, which means he threw the ball as he was being slung to the ground, leading to a Miami interception.
  • Three plays later, King tossed a bomb to Dee Wiggins in the endzone from 40 yards out. An absolute beauty of a pass.

28-3 is our score and it somehow feels worse.

2nd Quarter: 12:36, 21-3 Miami

That’s three touchdowns on three drives for Miami, two of which have come from Cam’Ron Harris, who punches the latest score in from 12-yards out.

The quickest drive of the game by Miami as - 57 yards were covered in just three plays and in :59 seconds.

The Hurricanes can thank a personal foul penalty after a 22-yard screen to Mark Pope, who was promptly shoved while well out of bounds, giving the Canes a free extra 13 yards.


A combination of “it could be worse” and “things aren’t going great” from an FSU perspective.

Stats are below.

1st Quarter: 0:19, 14-3 Miami

Miami puts together another long scoring drive, this one of 79 yards in 5 plays, with Cam’Ron Harris capping off the drive with a three-yard touchdown rush.

King had their way with the Noles early in the drive, completing six of his nine passes and putting together an 11-yard run after being pressure up the middle.

FSU’s defense looked a little less sure of itself on that drive.

So far, the Canes are 5-for-7 on third down and 2-for-2 on fourth-down conversions.

1st Quarter: 5:12, 7-3 Miami

The Noles answer with points, but not a touchdown as a false start by Baveon Johnson on fourth and goal, when the Noles were lining up, forced the field goal unit. Ryan Fitzgerald nailed the 26-yard field goal.

Jordan Travis was the story of the drive for FSU: He got the game’s opening touch on a jet sweep and lined up at quarterback for four plays, totaling 20 rushing yards and a completed pass of 12 yards.

James Blackman was brought onto the field to relieve Travis inside the 10 on third down, but threw a pass into the ground leading to fourth down. Not Blackman’s finest drive, wonder how much back-and-forth between him and Travis there’ll be tonight.

It wasn’t just Travis who was playing “out of position” Of the three ball carriers on the drive, none were RB’s (Travis, Blackman and Ontaria Wilson). RB Jashaun Corbin did see action in the drive, tho, catching two balls for 17 yards.

1st Quarter: 9:53, 7-0 Miami

The Hurricanes take the opening drive of the game 75 yards down the field for the first score of the game, but it wasn’t all bad for the Noles defense: They forced four third downs and a fourth down, but the Canes were clutch, converting the fourth down and going 3-for-4 on third, including the scoring play: A 24-yard touchdown pass from QB D’Eriq King to Brevin Jordan.

FSU failed to get pressure to King, but did have success getting defenders in the backfield on rushes by Cam’Ron Harris and on screen passes.

Time to see if James Blackman and the Noles offense can answer.

1st Quarter: 15:00

Not sure what the result of the coin toss was, but the Seminoles will begin this game on defense.

We are officially underway.


The threat of severe weather in Miami appears to not be too severe, and we won’t be too poorly delayed.

The TV broadcast has begun and it doesn’t appear there is any major news as we approach kickoff. Lets get this going.

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