No. 13 Miami's late TD beats Florida State

Arnold Nichols
October 9, 2017

Malik Rosier threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Darrell Langham with 6 seconds remaining and No. 13 Miami beat Florida State, 24-20, on Saturday to end a seven-game losing streak in the series.

"I told the guys that we had plenty of time for us to go score". The junior found a rhythm in the second half and finished 19 of 44 for 254 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Florida State (1-2) took the lead 20-17, with 1:24 left in the fourth quarter.

Rosier though found Langham in single coverage up the right sideline and he beat Tarvarus McFadden. "... They were banged up and bruised up and played a heck of a defensive line, and we ran the ball really good".

ACC replay officials couldn't find evidence to overturn the call, and the play stood.

"The last play was simply a four verticals play. They're pounding that ball up in there", Fisher said. "We always take one-high man and throw it to the short side". "... We didn't make all the plays".

Miami had led going into the fourth quarter the past three years but were unable to hold on, losing by a total of 10 points. The team is off to its best start since winning seven to start the 2001 season.

With Saturday's loss, the Seminoles sit in a risky position - three more losses will put them at six, which means no bowl game for the first time in more than 30 years. It also is the first time since 1974 that the Seminoles have dropped their first two home games of a season. However, Rosier led the Hurricanes down the field for 75-yard scoring drive to silence the home crowd. Going into Week 4, they had each played just one game, with precious little information to evaluate them by.

Alabama (6-0, 3-0) had rolled past Vanderbilt and MS by a combined scored of 125-3 over the last two weeks, but got much more of a test from the young Aggies. But Blackman has proved to be a gamer with the game on the line, and delivered a 15-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Izzo to tie it at 10.

Akers rushed for 121 yards on 20 carries, while Patrick tallied 91 on 11 carries.

Four times, those conversions were from third-and-10 or longer. But FSU is eighth in the ACC and tied for 47th in the nation in scoring defense (allowing 23.5 points per game) and are not making almost enough big plays: the 'Noles are tied for 123rd in the nation in forcing only three turnovers and are tied for 66th in the nation with an average of 2.0 sacks per game.

After the intermission, Rosier tossed three touchdown passes including the game-winner to Langham; sealing Florida State's fate. Florida State has faced a far more rigorous slate, but the team is struggling with freshman quarterback James Blackman at the helm after Deondre Francois went down in the opener, resulting in the team's inability to put points on the board as they are averaging just 18 points per game, far less than the 35.1 they averaged a year ago.

Next up for the Hurricanes, they'll host ACC Coastal Division rival Georgia Tech next Saturday, October 14th, at Hard Rock Stadium.

It's the first time since November 14, 2010, that Miami is ranked and Florida (3-2) and FSU (1-3, 1-2) are not, according to the AP.

Miami Hurricanes defensive back Michael Jackson (28) with an interception during the second quarter of the Florida State Seminoles game against the Miami Hurricanes.

Florida State in red zone with momentum.

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