Saturday night was nothing short of a rollercoaster performance for the Seminoles. At the start of the game the Seminoles offense came out with a bang. The previous weeks, the offensive line struggled, but this week they really seemed to click as a unit. Golson also came out with a lot more confidence from the start going 7 for 7 on passing right out of the gate. Dalvin Cook as well had a record night, which was the biggest surprise to me.
Not even knowing if he would dress for the game due to a nagging hamstring injury, he finished the game with 22 carries for 222 yards and 2 touchdowns, as well as 3 receptions for 47 yards and a receiving touchdown. That is the most yards by any Florida State running back against Miami in the history of the program.
The Noles run defense was superb as well, only allowing 20 yards on 19 attempts for the Canes. Joseph Yearby, the Canes running back and previous high school teammate of Dalvin Cook, was averaging 7.0 yards a carry going into this game, but was held to a 1.1 yard per carry average against this star studded run defense. The one-dimensional offense went into the half down 20-10 to the Seminoles with arrows pointing in every way to another Seminole victory.
But just as things got too good to be true, out came Miami. Despite FSU’s great start, and the early struggles for Miami, the second half came around and the smell in the air changed. Miami was finding way to disrupt Golson and the Noles pass game holding them to 9 second half points. Miami Sophomore quarterback Brad Kaaya took the team by the reins throwing for a career high 405 yards in the air. He found Stacy Coley with 10:02 left in the game for a 29 yard touchdown pass to put Miami up by 1. The stadium went silent and it seemed for a minute that Miami had finally found a way to knock out the Noles after 5 years of drought.
But as per usual, the Noles found a way to answer with an 83 yard drive finished off by a 23 yard touchdown run by the one and only Dalvin Cook. The following drive, the schizophrenic defense came together led by the non-existent pass rush which came alive with pass deflections on 3 of the final 7 plays. Just when it mattered they came up with a huge 4th down stop with a pass deflection by Giorgio Newberry to seal the deal for the Seminoles.
Despite the ups and downs the Seminoles each week are finding ways to win football games and chemistry is slowly but surely building for this young but extremely talented team. this is the 6th consecutive season the Seminoles have beat Miami and now extend their record to (5-0), and (3-0) in ACC play this year.
Next week, the Seminoles line up to play a talented Louisville team that gave them a run for their money last season. Let’s see if the Seminoles can continue to build as a team and find ways to win.
Written by Madison Behrens