MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The University of Miami Hurricanes and Florida State Seminoles got in each other's faces and jawed at each other during the coin toss, setting the tone for the latest edition of this storied rivalry, which lived up to the hype.
The game was decided when FSU's DeMarcus Walker blocked a PAT after 'Canes quarterback Brad Kaaya threw a late touchdown to Stacy Coley that had UM down just 20-19.
After being burned multiple times on missed field goals in this rivalry, the No. 23 Seminoles (4-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) finally benefited from a late play made in the kicking game against UM.
FSU has won seven straight in the series and hasn't lost in South Florida since 2004.
The 10th-ranked 'Canes (4-0, 1-1 ACC) held the early lead but the game took a turn in the third quarter after Kaaya, who lost a tooth earlier in that same quarter on a helmet-to-helmet hit, threw an interception in the end zone.
Francois then threw two touchdowns in the third quarter to give the Seminoles a 17-13 lead. It was the first time the 'Canes had trailed all season.
FSU quarterback Deondre Francois threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Dalvin Cook, and Francois followed that score with a touchdown pass to Kermit Whitfield that gave FSU the lead.
The 'Canes led 13-3 at the half.
Michael Badgley gave the 'Canes a first-quarter lead with a field goal of 37 yards.
Kaaya threw a perfect pass to Coley, who got one foot down in the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown and a 10-0 lead in the second quarter.
The 'Canes temporarily knocked out Francois on a violent hit during an incomplete pass on the last play of the first quarter.
The 'Canes would intercept backup quarterback Sean Maguire in the red zone during the second quarter.
Francois returned to the game on the next possession by FSU.
FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher improved to 7-0 against the 'Canes, while Miami head coach Mark Richt suffered his first loss.