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No. 10 Miami Falls 20-19 to No. 23 FSU

No. 10 Miami Falls 20-19 to No. 23 FSU

No. 23 Florida State2019No. 10 Miami

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Mark Richt Stacy Coley
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Mark Walton  
Team 1 2 3 4 F
MIAMI 3 10 0 6 19
FSU 0 3 14 3 20
1st Downs 22 20
Total Yards 407 276
Passing Yards 240 214
Rushing Yards 167 62
Penalties 8-77 10-110
Turnovers 1 1
Possession 36:57 23:03
Francois 20/36 234 11.7 2 0
Kaaya 19/32 214 11.3 2 1
Cook 27 150 5.6 0 54
Walton 10 39 3.9 0 9
Whitfield 7 83 11.9 1 28
Coley 7 80 11.4 2 21

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — No. 10 Miami dropped its first game of the season Saturday night, falling to No. 23 Florida State 20-19 at Hard Rock Stadium.

Trailing by seven points with 3:19 to go, the Hurricanes were jump-started late on a 43-yard punt return from junior Braxton Berrios that put Miami at the Florida State 16-yard line.

Junior quarterback Brad Kaaya then hit wide receiver Stacy Coley in the end zone on a 4th-and-5 play with 1:38 left, but Michael Badgley’s extra point attempt was blocked by Florida State’s DeMarcus Walker to maintain the Seminoles’ late lead.

Florida State (4-2, 1-2 ACC) fielded the final kickoff and collected two first downs to clinch the victory.

Miami (4-1, 1-1) jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first half, but the Seminoles scored 20 straight points in front of a sellout crowd of 65,685 in the annual installation of the rivalry series.

The Hurricanes opened the game’s scoring in the first quarter. An eight-play, 39-yard drive culminated in a 37-yard field goal by Badgley to put the Hurricanes up 3-0 with 1:16 remaining in the opening period.

On the ensuing drive, a punishing hit from sophomore defensive tackle Kendrick Norton on Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois knocked the Seminoles’ signal-caller out on the final play of the quarter. Sean Maguire, who entered and played the next two drives before Francois’ return, was picked off by sophomore Jaquan Johnson on his final throw to half a potential scoring drive.

Set up by the Johnson interception, which occured on the Miami 13-yard line, the Canes pushed their lead to 10-0 with just 5:40 remaining in the half.

After driving into the Florida State red zone on first-down pickups by Coley, Joe Yearby and Mark Walton, the Hurricanes faced a 3rd-and-19 situation after a penalty and negative pass play.

Junior quarterback Brad Kaaya lofted a perfect touch pass to Coley in the endzone. The pass, which was originally ruled incomplete, was changed to a scoring play after it was determined Coley’s left foot was inbounds at the time of the catch.

With the catch, Coley moved into eighth place in Miami history with the 16th touchdown reception of his career. He would add his 17th on Miami’s final offensive drive.

Kaaya finished the game 19-for-32 for 214 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Badgley added a 51-yard field goal with 1:16 left to put the hosts ahead 13-0, and Florida State got on the scoreboard just before halftime on a 31-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 13-3.

The Seminoles inched closer with a 59-yard pass play from Francois to Dalvin Cook on their second drive of the second half.

The Hurricanes trailed for the first time in 2016 when Francois hit Kermit Whitfield on a 20-yard scoring pass for a 17-13 Florida State lead in the third quarter.

Miami next hosts North Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 8. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. from Hard Rock Stadium.