The 13th ranked Miami Hurricanes (4-0, 2-0) needed every bit of drama in their arsenal to snap a long losing streak against Florida State (1-3, 1-2), but a touchdown with six seconds left would do the trick en route to a 24-20 victory.
Drama was to be expected when Miami took a 10-3 lead into the fourth quarter. Florida State answered early in the final frame when James Blackman hit Ryan Izzo for a 15-yard strike to tie the game with 12:17 to go. Ricky Aguayo hit his second field goal of the game with 6:55 left to give the Seminoles a 13-10 lead - and from there things only got more interesting.
Miami answered with a drive down the field on the very next possession that ended when Malik Rosier hit Braxton Berrios with a six-yard touchdown pass to give the Hurricanes a 17-13 lead. Florida State answered with a nine play, seventy-five yard drive that took 3:45 off the clock and James Blackman hit Auden Tate for a 20-yard touchdown pass to make it 20-17 Seminoles.
The Hurricanes dug deep on their final drive, driving the ball down the field before Rosier hit Darrell Langham for a 23-yard touchdown pass with six seconds to go that was reviewed and left many wondering if the Hurricanes would wind up inches short. However the call on the field stood and Miami snapped a seven-year losing streak against in-state rival Florida State.
James Blackman went 17-for-28 with 203 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions under center for the Seminoles. Cam Akers led all rushers with 121 yards on the ground, while Auden Tate led the Seminoles with 56 yards and one touchdown through the air. Malik Rosier went 19-for-44 with 254 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception for Miami - his favorite target was Braxton Berrios, who had 90 yards and two touchdowns receiving.
Florida State goes on the road next Saturday when they battle Duke, while Miami is scheduled to host Georgia Tech next weekend.