RECAP: No. 4 Florida State Weathers the Miami Hurricanes, Moves to 10-0

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By James

In a thrilling matchup that kept fans on the edge of their seats, the No. 4 Florida State Seminoles managed to weather the storm brought by the Miami Hurricanes, extending their undefeated streak to 10-0 in the 2023 season. The Seminoles faced formidable challenges but ultimately emerged victorious with a final score of 27-20. Let’s delve into the highlights of this intense clash and the key players who paved the way for Florida State’s success.

Miami Hurricanes: Offensive Showdown

The Seminoles kicked off the game with a solid offensive effort led by quarterback Jordan Travis. Despite facing initial challenges, the ‘Noles managed to secure their first points with running back Trey Benson’s powerful five-yard touchdown run, showcasing the team’s resilience and determination.

The Miami Hurricanes, however, responded with a mix of physical runs and explosive passes, with quarterback Emory Williams orchestrating their offensive efforts. A standout moment came from a 43-yard reception by Jacolby George, setting the stage for Miami’s first points of the night.

Miami Hurricanes

Defensive Dominance:

Florida State’s defense, spearheaded by linebacker Kalen DeLoach, played a pivotal role in containing the Miami Hurricanes. DeLoach’s ten tackles and two sacks highlighted the Seminoles’ ability to disrupt Miami’s offensive rhythm, forcing key stops and turnovers crucial to their success.

Miami, despite glimpses of offensive prowess, found themselves thwarted by the tenacious Seminole defense. Defensive tackle Joshua Farmer and the rest of the defense made critical plays, including a batted-down pass and a crucial three-and-out, preventing the Miami Hurricanes from gaining momentum.

Half-Time Drama:

The game reached a halftime deadlock with both teams tied at 10 points apiece. Miami’s Andres Borregalas managed to convert a 27-yard field goal, leveling the playing field after Florida State’s early lead. The second half promised more action and drama as both teams vied for supremacy.

Miami Hurricanes

Second-Half Heroics:

The third quarter saw the Miami Hurricanes take a brief lead with a successful 51-yard field goal. Still, the Seminoles quickly responded with a 64-yard catch by Ja’Khi Douglas, setting the stage for a back-and-forth battle in the second half.

Jordan Travis connected with wide receiver Johnny Wilson and running back Trey Benson, who added another touchdown with a dazzling 38-yard run. The Seminoles struggled to find a consistent rhythm, relying on explosive plays to maintain their lead.

Late Drama and Defensive Stand:

As the game neared its conclusion, Miami attempted a late comeback with an 85-yard touchdown bomb to Jacolby George, narrowing the score to a one-possession game. However, defensive back Jarrian Jones sealed the victory for Florida State with a crucial interception, ensuring the Seminoles’ undefeated record remained intact.

Looking Ahead:

With this hard-fought win against the Miami Hurricanes, the Florida State Seminoles set their sights on the upcoming matchup against the North Alabama Lions at home on Saturday, November 18. As the 2023 season unfolds, fans can expect more exciting moments and challenges for the Seminoles.

Miami Hurricanes

Conclusion:

In a game filled with twists and turns, the No. 4 Florida State Seminoles showcased their resilience and determination, overcoming the Miami Hurricanes to maintain their perfect record. The players’ standout performances, particularly by Jordan Travis, Kalen DeLoach, and Trey Benson, contributed to this hard-fought victory. As the Seminoles march forward in the 2023 season, fans can anticipate more thrilling matchups and memorable moments. Stay tuned to NoleGameday for comprehensive coverage of Florida State football throughout the season.

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