By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
October 6, 2018
MIAMI, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Florida State Seminoles have arguably their toughest test of the season ahead of them today as they take on the #17 Miami Hurricanes in South Florida.
The Noles are on their first winning streak of the season, having defeated NIU two weeks ago and coming from behind to defeat the Louisville Cardinals in Kentucky.
A win today will move FSU to .500 in conference play, as well as move them to two games over .500 on the season.
The Hurricanes are looking to keep pace with Virginia Tech near the top of the Coastal standings, as the Hokies have a one-game lead on the 'Canes due to playing one more conference game than them.
Will Willie Taggart's squad make it three and a row? Let's find out.
Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m.
Below will be a running live blog of today's game, where you'll find game updates and analysis from the WCTV Sports team.
FINAL: FSU 27 - MIAMI 28
That loss is going to sting a bit. Maybe a lot.
Anyway, thanks for sticking with me. To view our official game story, click here.
4th Quarter, 11:52 - FSU 27 - Miami 28
N'Kosi Perry is playing incredible football. He connected with Jeff Thomas on a 32-yard pick up to convert on third down across midfield and, on the next play, found Brevin Jordan for a 41-yard touchdown pass to give Miami their first lead of the day.
That was Miami's first real scoring "drive" since they went 83 yards in the first quarter. All of their other scores had been via short fields after forcing a turnover.
How will the Noles respond?
4th Quarter, 13:38 - FSU 27 - Miami 21
A huge, huge swing for Florida State. The Noles go from having a wide-open touchdown to Kieth Gavin on a trick play to it being negated by an illegal forward pass call to a missed field goal by Ricky Aguayo, who hit his previous two attempts.
Still a one-score game and the Canes have possession.
END OF THE THIRD QUARTER - FSU 27 - Miami 21
Miami with a third and long from their own 22 once the quarter begins. We should be in for a great ending. FSU didn't play a perfect third quarter, but the defense is responding nicely after the 'Canes have a long field.
3rd Quarter, 4:11 - FSU 27 - Miami 21
Remember that whole "FSU has responded well at every turn"?
Well, not this time. Francois gets picked of trying to check down to McKitty but Michael Pinckney reads it perfectly for the Hurricanes to set up a 17-yard touchdown from Perry to Jeff Thomas.
Folks, we have a ball game.
3rd Quarter, 4:53 - FSU 27 - Miami 14
The Hurricanes force Francois to fumble and recover at the FSU 20 and convert on 4th-and-goal for a touchdown from Perry to Cager for three yards for Miami's first touchdown since the first quarter.
Nothing really the FSU defense could do with the short field. Honestly, forcing them to the fourth down was a win in and of itself.
Lets see how the FSU offense responds. The Seminoles have responded positively at every turn today after something goes wrong.
3rd Quarter, 11:52 - FSU 27 - Miami 7
The Noles defense stands strong on the first series of the half, forcing Miami to put, and D.J. Matthews does the rest, taking the ball 74 yards to the house to give the Seminoles a 27-7 lead.
This is getting ugly. Who would have thought?
3rd Quarter, 15:00 - FSU 20 - Miami 7
Back to action!
HALFTIME - FSU 20 - MIAMI 7
Ricky Aguayo hits a 53-yard field goal like it's nothing as time expires in the half.
What a half of football for the Seminoles. They've held the Hurricanes to 161 yards of offense and have forced the game's only turnover.
2nd Quarter, 1:32 - FSU 17 - Miami 7
In maybe their quickest drive of the day that wasn't a three and out, FSU goes 36 yards in 1:58 to take a 17-7 lead on Miami.
Francois found Tamorion Terry for the 17-yard touchdown.
On the ensuing kickoff, we've got a scuffle in front of the FSU bench.
2nd Quarter, 4:20 - FSU 10 - Miami 7
Ricky Aguayo's 42-yard field goal gives the Noles a three-point lead.
Deondre Francois left the field for one play at the end of the drive, but should return to the game. Had his left knee get jammed against another player as he was tackled.
2nd Quarter, 6:29 - FSU 7 - Miami 7
Brian Burns comes around the edge to take the ball out of Perry's hands as he's getting ready to throw it and FSU recovers for the game's first turnover.
For really the first time tonight, the Noles are able to get pressure to Perry, who has been great at avoiding pressure and stepping out of the pocket.
2nd Quarter, 9:43 - FSU 7 - Miami 7
It feels like we have reached stalemate status. Neither offense is able to get much going against each defense sans the scoring drives. Both defensive units had nice response series after allowing the scores.
2nd Quarter, 11:26 - FSU 7 - Miami 7
The Hurricanes take a play out of the Noles playbook and put together a long, methodical drive of their own, spanning 83 yards in 14 plays for their first touchdown of the game (helped by a pass interference penalty against Kyle Meyers that could be debated).
N'Kosi Perry completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Lawrence Cager for the tie.
END OF THE FIRST QUARTER: FSU 7 - MIAMI 0
A quick quarter comes to an end after the Noles get just two offensive series.
The Noles have 65 yards, 63 of which have come through the air (thanks to a lot of screens and dump-offs). Miami with 70, 52 of which have come on the ground.
1st Quarter, 4:14 - FSU 7 - Miami 0
The Seminole defense has been stout through two series, allowing just 33 yards to the Hurricanes, mostly on the ground.
FSU was unable to put points on the board after their second series, so we are still at 7-0.
1st Quarter, 9:41 - FSU 7 - Miami 0
The Seminoles go 58 yards in eight plays and a key 3rd and 14 conversion help sustain the Noles drive, which was finished by a Deondre Francois 17-yard touchdown pass to Keith Gavin.
It was a pretty methodical drive for FSU in which nothing came easy, but they gained the hard yards. An excellent start for the garnet and gold.
1st Quarter, 15:00
FSU won the toss and deferred to the second half.
Let's get ready to football.
Seminoles.com's Tim Linafelt is reporting the start time for the Noles and Canes has been pushed back a bit with the Maryland/Michigan game going long on ABC.
No network update yet, but FSU-Miami confirmed for a 3:41 start. Was initially 3:36.— Tim Linafelt / FSU (@Tim_Linafelt) October 6, 2018
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