In the greatest comeback in the long and storied history of this series, Miami beat Florida State 28-27 behind a ferocious defense that took over the game with a completely dominant second half.
Miami's defensive performance was reminiscent of the glory days for the Hurricanes with the defensive line controlling the game, creating turnovers galore and with their opponent going backwards. The world famous turnover chain made several appearances during the second half onslaught that led to 21 points and the eventual victory over the arch rival Seminoles.
The Hurricane offense was able to overcome their typical slow start as new QB N'Kosi Perry showed some early game jitters in his first appearance in the always competitive and hotly contested rivalry game.
The Canes will need to greatly improve in the same familiar areas that have handicapped them all season: offensive line, offensive play calling and special teams. These well documented deficiencies have consistently caused Miami team to under-perform against inferior opponents. Mark Richt and his staff must get to work to correct these areas if Miami has any hope to reach the ACC title game again this year.
The Hurricanes will now hit the road for a couple of away games as the road stretch of the season has now arrived. Things will not be as easy as playing within the friendly confines of Hard Rock Stadium. Richt and his team will have to bring their "A Game" with them on the road. It is clearly obvious to all fans that falling behind 27-7 is not a smart, safe or healthy way to approach games on the road in a hostile environment.
Next up are games at Virginia on 10/13 and Boston College on Friday night 10/26. Both games are scheduled for 7 PM starts. If Miami can survive those two road contests they will come home to face Duke on 11/3 before traveling to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech on 11/10 and Virginia Tech on 11/17.
The season finale will be against Pitt at home on Thanksgiving weekend.