By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
November 2, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Florida State Seminoles are ready to play host to one of their biggest rivals, the Miami Hurricanes, as the Noles are in search of going above .500 in both conference play and in their overall record for the first time this season.
FSU is coming off a 35-17 win in which Cam Akers logged four touchdowns and saw significant time under center, giving Alex Hornibrook a rest as he garnered the start from James Blackmkan.
As it has been the last few weeks, head coach Willie Taggart has yet to name a starter but with the way the offense ran with the Hornibrook/Akers last week, I won't be surprised if we see #12 calling signals again.
FSU is currently on a two-game slide against the Canes, having last defeated them in 2016, 20-19, in Miami.
FINAL: FSU 10 - MIAMI 27
It was a game that felt very 2018 for FSU and one that saw the Noles offense sputter and honestly get a little lucky to get anything at all. Miami really just flat-out outplayed FSU tonight.
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4th Quarter, 6:27: FSU 10 - Miami 27
The Canes don't miss this field goal, and it's a three-score game.
4th Quarter, 12:05: FSU 10 - Miami 24
As much momentum and good will the Noles were building throughout the third quarter has quickly evaporated, especially after the Canes go 56-yards on one play for a touchdown.
Miami, some might say, has been the beneficiary of some luck, after a leading tackler was kept in the game when review said there was no targeting against Alex Hornibrook (a call I'm not sure I 100% agreed with) and when a block in the back penalty on a punt return was called off right before the touchdown pass.
Jarren Williams has 287 yards through the air on 20-34 passing for two touchdowns so far today. The Seminoles have had no answer for the 'Canes deep ball.
END OF THE THIRD QUARTER: FSU 10 - MIAMI 17
FSU owns the only points of the third quarter as we head to the fourth.
Miami appeared to be lining up for a field goal before the quarter ended as they're settled with a fourth and less than one.
Let's see if they keep that mentality to open the fourth.
3rd Quarter, 10:31: FSU 10 - Miami 17
FSU has their first touchdown, thanks to a six-play, 62 yard drive that ended with a 18-yard screen pass to Cam Akers for the touchdown.
The drive spawned out of the Noles' defense stopping Miami on fourth and inches following Hornibrook's interception, and saw a healthy dose of Wildcam and a near fight near the FSU bench.
One more defensive stop by FSU and this game could get interesting.
3rd Quarter, 13:29: FSU 3 - MIAMI 17
Six plays into the second half, the Seminoles turn the ball over as Alex Hornibrook is picked off by Bubba Bolden when he targeted Terry near the first down marker.
For an offense that struggled mightily in the opening 30, this is not a superb way to begin the back 30.
HALFTIME: FSU 3 - MIAMI 17
Miami adds a 29 yard field goal as the half comes to a close.
The Noles have logged just 88 yards of offense and have -5 rushing hards thanks to sacks, compared to the Hurricanes' 206 yards of total offense, 203 of which have come through the air.
Things...didn't go swimmingly for FSU in the opening 30 minutes.
2nd Quarter, 3:58: FSU 3 - Miami 14
Miami wasted little time turning the Noles' turnover on downs into points, after a 34-yard completion from Williams to Mike Harley on third down after Williams, once again, had as much time as he needed to find a receiver who had shaken free and, one play after the big play, DeeJay Dallas punches it in for six.
2nd Quarter, 6:01: FSU 3 - Miami 7
Huge missed opportunity for the Noles: FSU got to Jarren Williams for one of the first times to force a fumble as the Canes looked like they were driving for points, only to stall out (thanks to a bad snap costing them 13 yards) and turn the ball over on downs before crossing midfield.
2nd Quarter, 10:15: FSU 3 - Miami 7
FSU is on the board, thanks to a 37-yard field goal from Ricky Aguayo.
It was the best drive of the game, by far, for FSU, who ran the hurry up with great effectiveness until they got into the red zone (ironically, maybe, when a timeout was taken to tend to an injured Miami player. Yes, boos were had) and had to settle for a field goal.
The Seminoles are having success through the short air-game, as Hornibrook is 9-11 for 84 yards, and has yet to complete a pass longer than 14 yards.
END OF THE FIRST QUARTER: FSU 0 - MIAMI 7
Not a great opening term for the Seminoles, who have mustered just 46 yards of offense and have just three first downs.
On the flip side, the Hurricanes have 99 yards of offense, 98 of which are from the arm of Jarren Williams.
1st Quarter, 9:10: FSU 0 - Miami 7
The Noles had the 'Canes dead to rights, with a 3rd and 7 at their own 25, but a 42-yard screen pass from Jarren Williams to DeeJay Dallas set Miami up at the FSU 35 and, two plays later, Williams found Jeff Thomas in stride in the endzone for a 39-yard pass.
It's Miami who draws first blood.
1st Quarter, 11:01: FSU 0 - Miami 0
Neither team has been able to score in their first possession on offense.
We did see an early Wildcam play from the Noles and they had a bit of momentum after a big gain on a slant to Tamorrion Terry, but a holding penalties three plays later all but negated it, forcing FSU to stall out.
FSU wins and defers to the second half.
The energy at Doak today is awesome. Should be a great atmosphere.
Hello, everyone and welcome to yet another Seminole Football Saturday.
It's my first time taking in a Miami/FSU game in person so I'm quite excited to see some fireworks (figuratively, of course - although I'm sure there will be some chippy-ness to this contest).
Both teams enter tonight with 4-4 overall records and three ACC losses; the Noles have three conference victories compared to the 'Canes' two.
The depth chart in the press box once again has "or" for the starting QB, so we'll have to await the lineup announcements like we have the past couple of weeks. As I said above, I'll be shocked if it isn't Hornibrook to at least begin the game.
Thanks again for joining me this afternoon; sit back, relax and lets take in some pigskin together.