— The Seminole defense set the tone in the opening quarter, limiting Miami to 24 yards on 12 plays and just one first down (on the final play of the quarter). It was the fewest yards allowed by FSU’s defense in any quarter this season, bettering its third quarter effort vs. Alabama (12-33 yds.). The previous best first quarter effort came last week at Wake Forest (13-57).
— FSU’s 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter was its first after the opening quarter in four games this season.
— The Seminoles flipped the field in the second quarter when Logan Tyler’s 52-yard punt from his own 6-yard line led to a 73-yard net play when Miami’s Braxton Berrios lost 6 yards on the return and was penalized 15 yards for a facemask penalty. After a three-and-out stand by the FSU defense the Noles took over at its own 33 after a punt.
— Miami did not cross the 50-yard line in the first half against an FSU defense which limited the Canes to 57 total yards on 30 plays. That’s the fewest yards allowed by FSU in the first half of a game this season. FSU allowed 192 against Alabama, 199 vs. NC State and 181 vs. Wake Forest.
— The Noles held UM to 1-of-8 on third down and held the Canes scoreless in the first half for the first time since their Nov. 14, 2015 loss to North Carolina.
— The Seminoles pitched their first scoreless first half against an opponent since Nov. 11, 2016 against Boston College.
— FSU’s defense registered 6 pass breakups in the first 30 minutes by six different players.
— Offensively, the Noles carved out 111 rushing yards on 25 carries (4.4 ypc)
— Redshirt junior fullback Johnathan Vickers and sophomore defensive back Kyle Meyers made their first career starts.
— Tailback Jacques Patrick broke off first quarter runs of 33 and 30 yards and later added a 10-yard run. He has eight carries of 10 or more yards this season after managing 12 last season…in pursuit of back-to-back 100-yard rushing games, Patrick had 84 yards on 8 carries before being helped from the field with 5:43 remaining in the first half.
— Kicker Ricky Aguayo extended his streak of consecutive made field goal attempts to nine, converting from 27 yards to cap a 10-play, 71-yard drive in the opening quarter for a 3-0 FSU lead with 4:20 remaining.
— Sophomore punter Logan Tyler matched his career-long with a 57-yard punt in the first quarter. Tyler had a 57-yarder last week at Wake Forest and also boomed a 57-yarder at Miami last season…Tyler’s first punt of the game (38 yards) pinned UM back at its own 7. It was the third time in 17 punts an opponent has started at its 10, or worse, following a Tyler punt this season.
— Tyler had three punts of 50 or more yards in the first half – his first such game this season and his career – pushing his season total to seven. He had seven all of last season.
— Sophomore Brian Burns registered the third blocked punt of his career and second of the season in the second quarter when he got a hand on Zach Feagles punt. Burns blocked a punt against NC State earlier this season and had one last season vs. Syracuse. The Noles have 143 blocked punts in program history.