From the 1980 FSU Press Guide, Page 49
TALLAHASSEE, FL, September 22, 1979 – A punishing Florida State defense caused five Miami tumovers as the Seminoles rolled to their third victory of the season, 40-23, over state rival Miami.
Believe it or not, FSU trailed after a quarter, 7-3. But the Tribe put 16 points on the scoreboard in the second quarter and another 14 in the third. Miami closed the gap with a 16-7 fourth quarter advantage.
The Tribe got the lead for good four plays into the second quarter when fullback Mark Lyles rushed to pay dirt from four yards away and Davey Cappelen kicked the PAT.
An interception by Bobby Butler on the next Miami series set up the next Seminole score – a 28 yard Cappelen field goal. Miami’s punter let his knee touch the ground at the Hurricane 15 late in the half and FSU took advantage of that mistake. Six plays after the miscue, the Tribe got another six points on a one yard plunge by Lyles.
The score in the third quarter came on scoring runs of four and two yards by senior tailback Greg Ramsey. Each time the PAT was booted by Cappelen. For the second time in three games, Gary Henry returned a punt for a Seminole score. This time it came with five minutes gone in the fourth quarter and covered 57 yards.
FSU, praised throughout most of the pre-season for its pass offense, showed in this game that it also had a running attack. The Tribe picked up 205 yards on the ground with Lyles’ 85 leading the way. A total of 12 pass completions between quarterbacks Wally Woodham and Jimmy Jordan gained 117 more yards.
The victory for FSU was its second straight over the Hurricanes. But it marks the first time the Garnet and Gold beat its down state foe in Doak Campbell Stadium.