Instant analysis: Florida State 33, Miami 20
October, 21, 2012
By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com
MIAMI -- Florida State overcame a sluggish start to beat Miami 33-20 on Saturday night. Here is a quick look at how it happened:
It was over when: Devonta Freeman scored from 3 yards out early in the fourth quarter to give FSU a 23-13 lead and put some distance between the Seminoles and Hurricanes. That seven-play drive featured a pretty 39-yard completion from EJ Manuel to Kelvin Benjamin to get the Noles down to the Miami 20. Freeman had 13 yards on the final three plays of the drive.
Game ball goes to: Dustin Hopkins. The Florida State kicker was as reliable as always, overcoming an early miss to make four field goals and provide a big chunk of the offense for the Noles. The last time he made four field goals in a game was against South Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Bowl to end the 2010 season. (You can hold all your "wide right" references, too).
Stat of the game: 12 penalties for 121 yards for Florida State. There were several questionable calls that went against the Noles on Saturday night, including three offensive pass-interference penalties. We can sit here and debate the officiating all night, but the bottom line is that Florida State overcame plenty en route to its third consecutive victory over Miami.
Unsung hero: Freeman. The Seminoles lost starting running back Chris Thompson early in the game to a left knee injury, but Freeman came in and had an impressive performance, running for 70 yards and two touchdowns -- both scores coming in the fourth quarter to blow open the game.
What Miami learned: The Hurricanes showed signs of life on defense in the early going, but wore down in the second half. Stephen Morris showed gumption playing on a sprained ankle, but Florida State was simply the more talented team. Miami now has to set its sights on taking down Duke, which is leading the Coastal Division as we speak.
What Florida State learned: The Seminoles overcame mistakes, from fumbles to penalties, to put together a decisive win. They also have to be pleased with the depth they showed at running back after Thompson got hurt. Freeman and James Wilder Jr. had all three FSU touchdowns.