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FSU upsets Miami, 31-28, in another rivalry classic

Florida State quarterback Travis Jordan scores in the first half of an NCAA college football...
Florida State quarterback Travis Jordan scores in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Miami in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)(Mark Wallheiser | AP)
Published: Nov. 13, 2021 at 7:27 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Noles247) - Florida State upset Miami, 31-28, at Doak S. Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. on Saturday. The Seminoles took the lead with 26 seconds remaining when quarterback Jordan Travis scored from a yard out. Travis then kept it for a two-point conversion to put the Seminoles up by the final margin.

The Seminoles (4-6, 3-4 ACC) shot out to a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter. They led 20-7 at the half. Early in the second half, it was all Miami (5-5, 3-3 ACC) as the Hurricanes scored on three consecutive drives to take a 28-20 lead with 11:04 remaining in the game.

FSU would close the gap to 28-23 on a 29-yard field goal by kicker Ryan Fitzgerald with 4:43 remaining - it was his career-high third made field goal on the day in four total attempts, as he missed from 52 yards but also hit from 22 and 27 yards out during the game.

The FSU defense then got a stop, forcing a Miami punt, and with 2:19 remaining, FSU had to go 80 yards to take the lead. The resilient Seminoles did just that, driving the length of the field on seven plays over 1:53. Travis plunged in to give FSU the lead and then he kept it to give his team the field goal lead.

Miami completed a pass on their final possession, but saw the clock hit triple-zero after that completion, as they were attempting to spike the ball.

Fireworks exploded and the 70,000-plus in attendance went wild. With the victory, the Seminoles snap a four-game losing streak to their in-state rivals. FSU snapped a two-game losing streak on the season and ended a three-game winning streak for Miami.

On the day, Travis was 18-of-26 (69%) for a career-high 274 passing yards. He had 22 rushes for 62 yards and a pair of scores - pushing his career total to 16 rushing touchdowns. His 346 yards of total offense was a career-high. Running back Jashaun Corbin had 15 rushes for 68 yards and a touchdown, his seventh touchdown on the ground this season. The leading receiver for the Seminoles was Ja’Khi Douglas, who had a career-high four receptions for a career-high 90 yards, including a 59-yard reception that put FSU into the red zone for their final score. Andrew Parchment had a 24-yard reception that put FSU on the goal line, setting up Travis’ score. Parchment had two receptions for 32 yards.

As a team, FSU finished with 434 offensive yards (274 passing/160 rushing). They averaged 5.9 yards per play. The Seminoles were just 3-of-15 (20.0%) on third down conversions, but went 2-of-2 (100%) on fourth-down attempts.

Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke was 25-of-47 (53%), throwing for 316 yards and four touchdowns, but FSU also picked him off twice (Omarion Cooper, Jammie Robinson) and fumbled it away once (forced by Jermaine Johnson and recovered by Derrick McLendon). Wide receiver Charleston Rambo was Van Dyke’s favorite target (6 receptions for 95 yards), but his touchdowns went to wide receivers Mike Harley (6 receptions, 41 yards) and Keyshawn Smith (2 receptions for 12 yards), running back Jaylan Knighton (2 receptions, 64 yards) and tight end Will Mallory (5 receptions, 72 yards). The ground game for the Hurricanes never got going, as FSU allowed just 43 rushing yards on 23 attempts (1.9 yards per rush).

Johnson led FSU’s defensive effort with seven tackles, three sacks, which tied a career-high, and a career-high five tackles for loss, as well as his forced fumble. Defensive back Jarvis Brownlee led FSU with 10 tackles on the day.

FSU will travel to Boston College for their final conference game of the season next Saturday at noon. That game will be shown by the ACC Network.

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