October 10, 1998
MIAMI (AP) – Peter Warrick caught a 62-yard scoring pass and set up William McCray’s touchdown run with a 50-yard catch as No. 8 Florida State beat Miami for the fourth consecutive year, 26-14 Saturday.
Warrick finished with 190 yards on seven catches as the Seminoles (5-1) extended their longest streak over their cross-state rivals since winning seven in a row from 1963-72.
Chris Weinke became only the second Florid State quarterback in 14 years to beat Miami in the Orange Bowl, throwing for 316 yards and two TDs. The 26-year-old sophomore was not intercepted for the fourth straight game since getting picked off six times in a loss at North Carolina State.
Bubba Franks and Santana Moss caught touchdown passes for the Hurricanes (3-2).
Miami had hoped to avenge last year’s 47-0 loss in Tallahassee, but the Hurricanes couldn’t hold off Florida State’s swarming defense. Scott Covington was sacked seven times, twice by Roland Seymour.
Miami coach Butch Davis tried to create a spark by inserting Kenny Kelly at quarterback midway through the third quarter. But the redshirt freshman threw an interception on his first series and a fourth-down incompletion the next possession. Covington went back in on the following series.
Saturday’s meeting lacked some of the luster of past clashes, when national titles were on the line. It marked the first time since 1985 that both teams entered the game with a loss. That also was the last time the teams faced each other when neither was ranked among the Top 5.
The Hurricanes rolled the dice early and often in an attempt to break their losing streak, with mixed results.
Miami’s Jorge Gaitan barely nudged the ball forward on the opening kickoff and recovered his own onside kick. But Moss dropped a deep throw on the first play from scrimmage, and the Hurricanes wound up punting.
Miami also lost another potential big gain when a holding flag nullified a 42-yard pass to Franks. The Seminoles struck back on Weinke’s 62-yard score to Warrick, who outjumped Nick Ward at the Miami 30 and sprinted the rest of the way.
But less than a minute later, Warrick fumbled a punt return for the fourth time in as many games and Miami’s James Lewis recovered at the FSU 18. Facing fourth-and-1 from the 9, Covington caught the Seminoles off-guard when he found
Franks alone in the end zone.
Miami gambled again on fourth down after driving to the FSU 21 on its next series, but Edgerrin James was thrown for a 2-yard loss.
Marvin Minnis put Florida State ahead for good three minutes before
halftime, catching a 23-yard TD pass from Weinke. The Seminoles also scored on
their first two possessions of the second half, as Sebastian Janikowski kicked
a 27-yard field goal and Warrick’s 50-yard catch between defenders set up
McCray’s 3-yard scoring run.
Moss brought the Hurricanes within 24-14 with 3:08 left with a 52-yard TD
catch from Kelly, but Kelly’s fumble in the end zone resulted in a Florida
State safety with 1:18 remaining to cap the scoring.
By JEFF SHAIN
Associated Press Writer