Wharton alum Auden Tate comes up big (again) for FSU
TALLAHASSEE - Florida State receiver Auden Tate was 1:24 away from being the hero - again.
The junior from Wharton High looked like he scored the game-winning touchdown for the second game in a row. Last week it was a 40-yarder at Wake Forest with 53 seconds. This one was a 20-yard grab at home against rival Miami.
It didn't happen, obviously. The No. 13 Hurricanes scored with six seconds left to end their seven-year losing streak to FSU.
But Tate remains one of the few positives for a Seminoles team that's 1-3 for the first time since Bobby Bowden's inaugural season.
"He went in and made the plays he had to do," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "He's a mature guy and doing a heck of a job."
The problem is that he's not getting much help. FSU has scored six touchdowns this season; Tate has four of them.
Tate injured his shoulder two weeks ago here against North Carolina State, and he's clearly not 100 percent. He was targeted sparingly early and didn't have a catch through the first three quarters.
But he made the one that mattered most, until it didn't.