Hurricanes Football: 3 reasons why they beat FSU

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With another classic in the rivalry, the Miami Hurricanes football squad went into Tallahassee and ended their seven game losing streak to the Seminoles by the score of 24-20. The game got exciting late as they traded multiple scores in the fourth quarter. Miami made enough plays down the stretch and earned a huge victory to move to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in the ACC.

Here are three reasons the ‘Canes got the win against FSU

No. 3 The defense bent but didn’t break early.

Florida State gained 124 yards to just 18 for Miami in the first quarter but held only a 3-0 lead. The teams mainly exchanged punts for a good part of the first half, Hurricanes punter Zach Feagles kept the Seminoles pinned back for the most part. The first half was a battle of field position with FSU holding an advantage as they were able to move the ball and get first downs.

Miami’s pass rush started to apply pressure and got home for a couple of sacks to keep FSU at bay. The problem for Miami was the lack of a running game as Mark Walton seemed tentative and may still be suffering from the ankle injury suffered earlier in the year. At the same time Florida State was able to gain chunks of yardage on the ground. Running back Jacques Patrick had 84 yards before leaving late in the second quarter with an injury.

Miami got a huge interception late in the first half by Michael Jackson, which brought out the legendary “Turnover Chain”.

Despite a terrible first half on offense, Miami had to feel good going into the locker room down only 3-0.

Miami allowed 17 points in the second half but did just enough to keep it close and give the offense opportunities. The defense finished with four sacks and two interceptions, FSU was able to move the ball but left a lot of points on the field.

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