FSU Defense Was Great Overall
I have to say hats off to Adam Fuller and his defense for winning the game when the offense continued to throw up on itself with its last two possessions.
All we heard from pundits and even some FSU folks was how Miami could run the ball and how good their offensive line was.
Outside of a couple of runs where guys didn’t hit their run fits and a few missed tackles, I felt FSU limited their running game. They only had 132 rushing yards from their running backs.
Miami completed 10 of 30 passes for 204 yards, with 80+ coming on that fluke play from Kevin Knowles in the fourth quarter that should have been an interception. FSU had two sacks, seven tackles for a loss, and eight passes defended.
They also held Miami to field goals when they had two short fields and forced a long field goal that Miami missed early in the game. We have to count the play because it happened, but if you remove the 85-yrd TD pass, Miami only would have averaged 3.96 yards per play.
Miami only converted 4 of 16 third down conversions. It never felt like Miami was going to score a lot of points, and they wouldn’t have scored 20 if FSU didn’t literally give them points with poor decisions or Kevin Knowles doing Kevin Knowles things.