TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Jarrett Payton put on his dad's No. 34
Chicago Bears jersey before going to bed on the eve of his first
He waited four years for this moment and it couldn't have been
Payton caught a 14-yard touchdown pass and ran for a career-high
97 yards, and No. 2 Miami forced five turnovers in a 22-14 win
Saturday over No. 5 Florida State.
"I showed people today I can play in those big games," Payton
said. "This is the most exciting day. I can't wait to get on the
bus and call my mommy."
Payton's performance would have made his father, Walter, proud.
The Hall of Fame running back died in 1999, his son's freshman
"He's with me all the time," Payton said. "I think he was
very excited, too."
All signs pointed toward Florida State heading into its annual
showdown with Miami.
The Seminoles (5-1) had four blowout wins, a dominating defense
and the home-field advantage. The Hurricanes (6-0) were missing
leading rusher Frank Gore and an underdog for just the second time
in 38 games.
But the Hurricanes won behind an opportunistic defense. Sean
Taylor intercepted two passes, returning one 50 yards for a score,
and Miami built a 22-0 lead to win for the 40th time in 41 games.
"Our motto was, 'We're going to come in here and punch them in
the mouth," Taylor said. "And we weren't going to stop punching
them in the mouth."
Miami didn't need to rely on a missed field goal by Florida
State this year; the Seminoles have lost four times since 1991 on a
They made plenty of other mistakes. Florida State had a punt
blocked, lost an accidental onside kick and turned the ball over
five times in a stretch of seven possessions.
Instead of re-establishing itself as a national power, the
Seminoles lost for the fourth straight time against the Hurricanes.
"I told the kids all week was that what will win this game are
turnovers and the kicking game," coach Bobby Bowden said. "We
turned the ball over five times and had a punt blocked. That's your
story right there."
Bowden also missed a chance to tie Penn State's Joe Paterno with
the most wins ever in Division I-A at 338.
Miami proved once again to be the best team in the state --
having beaten Florida 38-33 last month -- and showed it remains a
major player for the national title.
The winner of this rivalry has played for the national
championship 10 times since 1987, with Miami winning four titles
and the Seminoles two.
"Not a lot of people actually gave us much of a chance," Miami
coach Larry Coker said. "It just says a lot about our character."
Jon Peattie kicked three field goals, Kellen Winslow caught
seven passes for 106 yards and the defense held Florida State to 61
Payton gave Miami a potent running game after Gore's season
ended with a knee injury last week.
Payton's career got off to a promising start when he ran for 262
yards as a freshman despite being distracted by the cancer that
killed his father. Then a variety of injuries held him back until
"Jarrett believes in himself," Coker said. "When he's had
opportunities he's done well with it. For him to have a day like he
had today was huge for his confidence and huge for our football
This year's meeting was sloppy despite being the first matchup
with both teams in the Top 5 since 1993.
Each team turned the ball over five times in the rain -- even
Payton fumbled once -- and the offenses struggled to move the ball
on a field full of puddles that Bowden called the worst his team
has ever played on.
"They have the confidence and the swagger," said Florida State
quarterback Chris Rix, who threw two interceptions and lost two
fumbles. "That's something that obviously we haven't
On the next possession, Winslow fumbled at the end of a 39-yard
reception. The Seminoles then mounted an 18-play drive that ended
on Rix's incompletion on fourth down from the 5.
Florida State's Chris Davis had a 17-yard touchdown catch on the
last play in the final meeting between the schools before Miami
joins the Seminoles in the ACC next season.
The game started with a good omen for Florida State when Peattie
missed a 22-yard field goal -- wide left, just as Xavier Beitia did
at the end of last year's 28-27 Seminoles loss.
Nothing else went right for Florida State in the half.
On the next possession, Joel Stein got off a clean punt that was
waved off because of a whistle that blew from the Miami section.
Jarrell Weaver blocked the second try, setting up Peattie's 27-yard
Brian Monroe shanked the ensuing kickoff but even that worked
for Miami. Darnell Jenkins raced down the sideline and caught the
pop-up kick at the 33 for a most unusual onside kick recovery.
Peattie then kicked a 22-yard field goal to make it 6-0.
After Taylor's first interception, Miami drove 75 yards, capped
by Berlin's screen pass to Payton that made it 12-0.
Late in the half, Taylor intercepted a floater from Rix, ran
down the sideline and hurdled a tackler on his way into the end
zone for a 19-0 lead. It was Miami's eighth touchdown return this
After Rix fumbled to open the second half, Peattie kicked his
third field goal.
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