And they passed with flying colors, as the Seminoles contained Miami’s running attack spearheaded by Duke Johnson, and put together a strong second half to knock off Hurricanes to remain undefeated to keep their BCS National Championship hopes alive.
Jameis Winston had his struggles early in the first half by throwing two interceptions, but overcame his early mistakes to guide the Seminoles to a 41-14 victory over Miami in yet another game against an undefeated opponent. Winston played an effective part in the passing game, completing 21 of his 29 passes for 325 yards for one touchdown.
Florida State’s offensive line played a very physical game against Miami’s front-seven, especially in the run game where the Seminoles’ trio of Devonta Freeman, Karlos Williams and James Wilder, Jr. combined for 168 rushing yards, with Freeman and Wilder scoring two rushing touchdowns each for the Seminoles.
Freeman also turned out to be the best receiver on the day, finishing with eight receptions for 98 yards and the sole receiving touchdown for the Seminoles, while Rashad Greene finished a close second with 83 yards.
The Seminoles’ defense also held Miami’s physical running game in check, including the dynamic Duke Johnson, who has been the saving grace for the Hurricanes all season long. The workhorse warrior was held to 97 rushing yards on 23 carries prior to an early exit due to an ankle injury. The team also forced two interception out of quarterback Stephen Morris.
With the win, the Seminoles certainly helped their case for the BCS National Championship. With two wins over top-10 ranked teams in Clemson and now Miami, Florida State will suddenly become anti-Oregon and anti-Alabama in the following weeks, especially since the Seminoles’ remaining schedule no longer features any other ranked teams. Florida State is arguably playing the best football out of any team in all of college football.
But most of all, they’re the most confident team in all of college football.