Oct. 9, 2001
By JUSTIN EINHORN
AP MegaSports Writer
A stunning loss three weeks ago may have cost Florida State a shot at the
national championship. Now the Seminoles can damage the title dreams of one
of their biggest rivals.
That archenemy is Miami, the last team to win at Doak Campbell Stadium with
a one-point victory 10 years ago. The second-ranked Hurricanes now look to
halt the Seminoles’ 54-game home unbeaten streak when the teams square off
Florida State (3-1) had its run at a perfect season come to a sudden end on
Sept. 22 with a 41-9 loss to North Carolina, falling from No. 6 to 18 in the
AP Top 25. The Seminoles bounced back the following week with a 48-24 win
over Wake Forest, and climbed to No. 14 in the latest poll despite coming
off a bye.
That extra week to prepare could only benefit a young Florida State team
which is trying to end Miami’s 14-game winning streak, second-longest in the
nation to Oklahoma’s 18-game run.
The Seminoles have won 37 in a row at home since a 31-31 tie with Florida in
1994, but no team has beaten them at Doak Campbell Stadium since Miami
pulled off a 17-16 victory in 1991.
“I don’t have to bring that (the streak) up much because they are all aware
and they knew it going into the season,” FSU coach Bobby Bowden said. “It is
something that has built up on us, it just kind of happened. The players are
aware of it and I am sure Miami is aware of it too.”
The Seminoles certainly are aware that the Hurricanes are no longer
pushovers. Florida State had won five straight in this series, outscoring
Miami 179-68, before the Hurricanes re-established the magnitude of this
rivalry with a 27-24 victory last season over the top-ranked Seminoles.
Ken Dorsey’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Shockey with 46 seconds left
was the difference, and Miami locked up the victory when Matt Munyon missed
a 49-yard field goal attempt as time expired.
“By beating them last year, we definitely renewed the rivalry,” Miami
defensive end Matt Walters said. “That plus the fact that they got to play
in the national championship game last year still irks at our whole team, so
it’s going to be another heated game.”
This is the first time since 1986 that Florida State has not been ranked
among the top 10 entering its annual matchup with Miami.
The Hurricanes (4-0) could jump back to No. 1 with a win, having been
knocked from the top spot this past week by Florida. This is Miami’s first
game against a ranked opponent.
Dorsey and opposing quarterback Chris Rix should play pivotal roles in the
Rix ranks sixth in the nation in passing efficiency, one spot ahead of
Dorsey, but the Seminoles freshman was awful when his team needed him most.
He went 8-of-21 for 112 yards with one interception and two fumbles in the
loss to North Carolina.
Dorsey has yet to have a sub-par game, but he has not faced a defense of
Florida State’s caliber this season. The junior has thrown for 1,166 yards
with eight touchdowns and three interceptions.