Florida State built its largest halftime lead over Miami in the series history and the Seminoles dominated Miami in every phase of the game in a 45-3 win in Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday night.
FSU’s offense moved the ball at will and the defense held the Hurricanes to less than 200 yards of total offense in winning by the second-largest margin ever over Miami.
Noles quarterback Jordan Travis completed 10 of 12 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns, and Trey Benson gained 128 yards on 15 carries with a pair of scores to lead the potent offensive performance.
Both teams scored on their first possessions of the game with Florida State (6-3, 4-3 ACC) scoring first on a 56-yard touchdown pass from Travis to Ontaria Wilson for a 7-0 lead just 98 seconds into the game. Miami (4-5, 2-3 ACC) answered with a 49-yard field goal to make it 7-3 with 9:20 left in the first quarter after gaining 45 yards on nine plays.
FSU took its second possession 57 yards on seven plays and led 14-3 after a 1-yard touchdown pass from Travis to fullback D.J. Lundy.
The Seminoles pushed the lead to 21-3 on a brilliant 13-yard touchdown run by Benson at the 12:11 mark in the second quarter. The score came on a short field following a shanked punt by Miami and it took just three plays, all rushes by Benson, to cover the 39-yards on the drive.
FSU’s defense, which had forced Miami into three consecutive three-and-outs, set up the Seminoles’ fourth touchdown when Greedy Vance picked off Jake Garcia’s third down pass attempt and returned it 10 yards to the Hurricane’s 7-yard line. Benson carried it in from the one three plays later to make the score 28-3 FSU with just over five minutes left in the first half.
The Seminoles’ final possession of the half started on the 18-yard line with 1:52. Travis stayed in the pocket and took a huge hit but not before he lofted the ball to Lawrance Toafili for a 65-yard pass. Four plays later, Ryan Fitzgerald’s 41-yard field goal gave the Noles a 31-3 halftime lead.
Travis was 8-of-10 for 169 yards and two touchdowns at the half. Benson had 94 yards on 11 carries, and FSU’s defense held Miami to just 76 yards of total offense in the half.
After a goal line stand in the waning seconds of the third quarter that ended with a Miami fumble on a bad snap that was recovered by Jared Verse, Travis’ 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Camren McDonald gave FSU a 35-point lead at 38-3 five seconds into the fourth quarter.
CJ Campbell capped the scoring with 1:36 left in the game with a 3-yard touchdown run for a 45-3 win.