Quick gamer: Miami stuns FSU with last-second TD pass
TALLAHASSEE — There’s a new top team in the state of Florida.
No. 13 Miami used one of the most miraculous plays in the history of its Florida State rivalry — a 23-yard touchdown pass to Darrell Langham with six seconds left — to end years of agony with a 24-20 win Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium. The Hurricanes (4-0, 2-0 ACC) stopped a seven-year losing streak to FSU (1-3, 1-2), which had never lost to their south Florida rival under coach Jimbo Fisher.
It looked like the Seminoles would extend the streak to eight with a defense that finally resembled the championship-level unit it was expected to be.
Miami didn’t record a first down until the final play of the first quarter. The Hurricanes went the entire first half without crossing midfield, and 20 of their 30 first-half plays failed to gain at least 1 yard.
FSU cornerback Tarvarus McFadden blanketed standout receiver Ahmmon Richards through the first two quarters, and six different Seminoles broke up a pass in the first half.
The Seminoles’ offense wasn’t much better. FSU advanced inside the Miami 40 five times in the first half. All it got was a 27-yard Ricky Aguayo field goal.
Miami finally crossed midfield (and got on the scoreboard) on its opening drive of the third quarter. Richards snagged a 32-yard third-down catch and delivered a devastating block on FSU defensive back A.J. Westbrook, but the ’Canes only came away with a 31-yard Michael Badgley field goal.
The game featured a big special teams play, as it often does in this vicious rivalry. This one came with a 44-yard punt return by Berrios that took UM to the FSU 21. Berrios scored on the next play on a pass from quarterback Malik Rosier to give the ’Canes a 10-3 lead.
FSU rallied back with a 15-yard touchdown pass from true freshman James Blackman to tight end Ryan Izzo.
The ’Noles pulled ahead on the next drive. Wharton High alumnus Auden Tate’s first catch was a pivotal third-down conversion which helped set up Aguayo’s 38-yard field goal with 6:55 left.
Miami needed only six plays to drive 75 yards and quickly answer. The winner came on a 6-yard lob from Rosier to Berrios with 5:09 left.
But FSU responded quickly. Tate caught a 20-yard touchdown from Blackman to regain the lead, 20-17, with 1:24 left.
Then Miami came up with the kind of drive it had been searching for since Fisher began turning FSU back into a national power. The ’Canes drove 75 yards and ended it with a gutsy call. Rosier fired a pass right to Langham, a redshirt junior from Lake Worth, who lunged toward the end zone. Officials ruled it a touchdown on the field and reviewed whether his knee hit the ground before the ball crossed the goal line; there wasn’t enough evidence to overturn the call, which stood as one of Miami’s biggest plays in years.