From the 1994 FSU Media Guide, Page 86.
TALLAHASSEE, FL – For the first time in three years, the outcome of the annual show down between Florida State and Miami did not come down to a field goal attempt in the game’s final minute. FSU did not let it come to that, using a pair of big plays early to derail the Hurricanes, 28-10.
Both of FSU’s big gainers went for touchdowns, and both came in the game’s opening quarter. Before the Doak Campbell Stadium record crowd of 77,813 could settle into their seats, tailback Sean Jackson swept around right end and raced 69 yards to the end zone to give FSU the lead just 3:43 into the game.
The third ranked ‘Canes answered seven minutes later when Donnell Bennett capped a 9 play, 80 yard drive with a 6-yard TD reception from Frank Costa.
With the score knotted at seven, FSU’s Fast Break Offense took just three plays to give the Seminoles the lead for good. On third and 10 from the FSU 28, Charlie Ward broke out of the pocket and scrambled to his right. On the run, he lofted a ball over two UM defenders to a streaking Matt Frier in stride for a 72-yard score.
Ward gave the Seminoles a 14 point halftime advantage when he scrambled into the end zone from two yards away early in quarter number two. The touchdown was made possible by a key play on the only third down of the drive. On third and seven from its own 43, freshman tailback Warrick Dunn lined up next to Ward in the shotgun. Instead of snapping the ball back to Ward, FSU center Clay Shiver hit Dunn with a direct snap that surprised the Miami defense. Twenty seven yards later, Dunn picked up a first down at the UM 30, and Florida State was on its way to a touchdown.
Thanks to strong play by the two defenses, two Florida State fumbles and a missed field goal by Miami, the score remained 21-7 until early in the fourth quarter. Then, Miami kicker Dane Prewitt narrowed the margin to 21-10 with a 23-yard field goal. The kick ended a 16 play, 74-yand drive that ate up 8:06 and had the Campbell Stadium faithful fearing another Hurricane comeback.
The Miami defense stiffened, forcing an FSU punt. But UM got nowhere on its next possession. The Seminoles took almost 2:30 off the clock on its next drive, but a punt gave Miami the ball at its own 23.
From there, Florida State strong safety Devin Bush, a Miami native, snatched a Frank Costa pass and went 40 yards for a score to provide the final margin. The interception was the first of Bush’s career.
Its spirit broken, UM was unable to move the ball on its next try, and Florida State ran out the final 4:21.
On the day, the Seminoles rolled up 450 yards of total offense and averaged 7.4 yards per play, while the FSU defense limited the potent Miami air attack to just 193 yards, despite playing most of the second half without All-American Derrick Brooks and the third quarter without leading tackler Ken Alexander.
The victory stopped Miami’s three game series winning streak and was Florida State’s second in its last nine tries against the Hurricanes.