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10 for 10: FSU 45, UM 17

July 7, 2011

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Florida State 45, Miami 17
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Looking Back: Miami
By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com

I didn’t have the pleasure of seeing Florida State defeat Florida last year as I was traveling with the basketball team. I did, however, see the Seminoles storm into Miami and pick up the first win needed for a state championship.

And it sure was sweet.

The Hurricanes may be considered “down” in recent years in comparison to a rich and successful history. But there’s no doubt that very talented players still dot their roster.

The Seminoles went into Miami Gardens and stymied those athletes and the Miami crowd last October and did it in such a dominating fashion that 10 months later you can still taste it.

Looking back, FSU’s 45-17 victory was so much more than a win over a bitter rival. It served as a sort of vindication that Jimbo Fisher was the right choice to succeed Bobby Bowden in one of the top college football jobs in the country.

A proven offensive coordinator but an unproven man in charge, Fisher’s Seminoles were disciplined and more prepared than the Hurricanes on that day and it showed. It was almost as if the ‘Noles had already won before they ever ran onto the field.

That’s on the head coach and the film study and practice-field preparations leading up to the showdown.

After stumbling at Oklahoma earlier in the year, the triumph in Miami was Fisher’s first victory over a traditional powerhouse.

It set the stage for the rest of the season and gave Florida State the sweet taste of in-state success they would later experience again when the Gators came to town.

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