November 13, 2021 - by
NOLES TAKE DOWN MIAMI

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – In a rivalry filled with heroics, Saturday night added the next chapter for Florida State.

An electric atmosphere at Doak Campbell Stadium witnessed an exciting 31-28 fourth-quarter comeback victory by the Seminoles over the Hurricanes. A 1-yard plunge by quarterback Jordan Travis, who had just completed a do-or-die 4th and 14 throw to receiver Andrew Parchment trailing 28-23, ignited the win for FSU.

NOLES TAKE DOWN MIAMI

“Wow. What a game. So proud of our team,” Norvell said afterward. “Just coaches, everybody involved in the program. The work, the investment. Responding to adversity. The way we worked. Everything we do in our program is to prepare you for a moment like that. To see the joy from our players in that locker room, the joy from our fans, what an incredible atmosphere, so grateful for everybody that was here tonight. It was a special night for Florida State.”

Norvell’s first rivalry win came on the back of another game-winning drive engineered by Travis. The redshirt sophomore from West Palm Beach, Fla., got the ball following a big defensive stop and FSU down 28-23 with 2:19 left.

Right away, Travis once again showed his deep ball abilities when he hit wide receiver Ja’Khi Douglas in stride down the right sideline for 59 yards. Three subsequent plays that were ineffective created the 4th-and-14 situation at Miami’s 25 where the Seminoles needed to convert to keep the game moving with just over a minute remaining.

Anything less than 14 yards, and the Hurricanes walk out with their fifth straight win in the rivalry.

But Travis came through with a strike to a streaking Parchment, who nearly bullied his way into the end zone and was stopped short at the 1-yard line. With FSU being able to tick more time off the clock and having a fresh set of downs, Parchment’s stop actually aided the Seminoles as Travis scored the game-winning touchdown just a few players later, then added the two-point conversion on a run up the middle.

 

NOLES TAKE DOWN MIAMI

Getting the ball with just 24 seconds remaining at the Hurricane 25, Miami’s Tyler Van Dyke was unable to lead a game-winning drive for the Hurricanes. His only completed attempt was a 20-yard throw to Charleston Rambo on fourth down at Miami’s 45, but with only two seconds left Van Dyke spiked the ball to stop the clock at the line of scrimmage. Due to the minimum of three seconds being needed in the given situation, the game was ruled over by the officials to set off a celebration in Tallahassee.

Travis undoubtedly gets a game ball after throwing for 274 yards on 18-of-26 passing, as well as rushing for 62 yards with two scores and a two-point conversion. He guided Florida State to an early 17-0 lead, and despite Miami mounting a comeback with 21 unanswered second-half points to take a 28-20 lead, he stay composed on FSU’s final drive like he did when he led the Seminoles to a game-winning drive against Syracuse on Oct. 2.

Nearly unblockable tonight was FSU redshirt senior defensive end Jermaine Johnson, who stuffed the stat sheet with seven tackles, three sacks, five tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Currently a semifinalist for some of the nation’s top awards for defensive linemen, Johnson was a force throughout the game and made it uncomfortable for Van Dyke in the pocket.

The performances of Travis and Johnson allowed FSU to get its first win over the Hurricanes since the “Block at the Rock” in 2016, when Seminole legend DeMarcus Walker blocked a Miami extra point with 1:41 remaining to preserve a 20-19 win for FSU.

NOLES TAKE DOWN MIAMI

Redshirt freshman Ja’Khi Douglas led FSU’s receiving corps with 90 yards on four catches, none bigger than his 59-yard grab on the final drive for FSU. Jashaun Corbin continued his tremendous season by averaging 4.5 yards per carry, continuing to stress FSU’s reliance on a good ground game, along with a touchdown.

Overall, the Seminoles churned up 434 yards of total offense to Miami’s 359. The Hurricanes were hurt by 14 penalties that went for 105 yards. Both teams combined to go 6-for-6 on fourth-down attempts, and FSU continued its standout red zone percentage by converting on all six trips inside the 20.

Big plays were also made by FSU freshman corner Omarion Cooper, who totaled four pass break-ups on the night as well as an interception. Jarvis Brownlee Jr. led the Seminoles on defense with 10 tackles.

Miami’s Van Dyke finished 25-of-47 with 316 yards, four touchdowns and two early interceptions in the loss for the Hurricanes.

The game started well for the Seminoles, especially on the defensive end when they picked off Van Dyke on two of Miami’s first three possessions. Cooper intercepted a deep ball by Van Dyke, and Jammie Robinson picked off a pass at the FSU 46. It was followed by Jermaine Johnson’s strip sack and recovery by the Noles at Miami’s 12-yard line with 1:11 left in the first quarter.

FSU’s first drive of the game included a seven-play, 78-yard touchdown drive capped by a two-yard run from Travis to make it 7-0 early. Following Johnson’s strip sack toward the end of the first quarter, FSU capitalized right away when Corbin took a hand-off down the right side for a 12-yard score, Corbin’s seventh touchdown of the season to help create a 14-0 FSU lead.

NOLES TAKE DOWN MIAMI

Ryan Fitzgerald’s 22-yard chip shot extended the FSU lead to 17-0 early in the second quarter on a drive that was aided by a 35-yard grab down the right sidelines from Ontaria Wilson. That’s when the Hurricanes began chipping away into the Seminole lead, which included an acrobatic touchdown catch by Mike Harley on a ball that was tipped by an FSU defender and fell into Harley’s arms in the back of the end zone, cutting the FSU lead to 20-14 in the third quarter.

Miami took the lead on a four-yard touchdown pass to start the fourth quarter and give it a 21-20 lead, then added to it when Jaylan Knighton pin-balled off a few FSU defenders after catching a pass over the middle to create a 28-20 deficit for the Noles.

“This game is a game of emotion. Those momentum swings, they happen and we made some silly mistakes that we have to correct,” Norvell added. “We allowed them to extend a couple drives. We had a couple moments where we had our eyes in the wrong spot and didn’t execute like we needed to in all three phases. You can see the confidence. Everything builds in this program. We challenge them daily. We challenge them to be their best on the field. We challenge them to be their best off the field in the classroom and everything that they do to prepare them for confidence in that moment when things get uncomfortable.

“Where anybody can put a smile on their face and it feels good when you are in that moment where you feel that the momentum is against you and things are stacked up, you continue to play and you focus on the things that you can control and I thought our guys absolutely did that.”

Fitzgerald hit a crucial 29-yard field goal to give FSU a chance still trailing 28-23 with 4:43 left. Despite allowing Miami to move the chains on the first play on a 12-yard catch at the Hurricanes 37, Johnson and Cooper combined to stop Miami on a critical 3rd-and-4. The stop set up a Hurricanes punt and led to the FSU game-winning drive.

Florida State looks to continue its momentum on Saturday, Nov. 20, when it travels to Boston College in a noon matchup on the ACC Network.

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