The Miami Hurricanes walked into Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday evening with an undefeated record and a number seven national ranking. When they walked out, they had been dominated just like every other team that the ‘Noles have faced so far this season.
Battling a sub-par first half, the ‘Noles were able to take care of the ‘Canes, 41-14, in front of a record-setting crowd inside Doak Campbell Stadium.
It wasn’t easy for a while, however.
At the half, the Seminoles held on to a narrow 21-14 lead over their heated rivals. Much of that was due to Jameis Winston not really playing like himself in the first 30 minutes. He missed a lot of throws that generally come easy to him, and he also threw two interceptions that the Hurricanes turned into touchdowns.
All things considered, Miami QB Stephen Morris outplayed Winston in the first half.
The second half was a different story.
FSU’s defense stepped up in a big way, Jameis settled himself back down and the run game took over. Devonta Freeman led the way on the ground with 78 yards on 23 carries and two scores. He also added in a 48-yard receiving touchdown with about five minutes left in the third quarter to push the lead to 21-7.
James Wilder Jr., returning from a concussion, also found himself in the end zone twice this evening.
Slow start aside, when it was all said and done, this night was another statement for the Seminoles in claiming their right to a shot at the BCS title, should they remain unbeaten the rest of the way.