Miami Football Players Celebrate At FSU's Midfield, Mark Richt Isn't Happy

Miami Football Players Celebrate At FSU's Midfield, Mark Richt Isn't Happy

The junior drove Miami 75 yards in nine plays, throwing a 23-yard touchdown pass to Darrell Langham with 6 seconds left and Miami beat Florida State 24-20 on Saturday to end a seven-game losing streak in the series. The junior found a rhythm in the second half and finished 19 of 44 for 254 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Despite another loss, it's important to note how much Blackman has matured so far, especially in the final and crucial moments of the game.

Rosier didn't leave a foot to chance.

Malik Rosier, who finished the evening with 254 passing yards and three touchdowns, threw an absolute flawless pass to Darrell Langham from 23 yards out with just six seconds to play. One play later, Berrios hauled in a touchdown pass from Rosier that put the Canes up, 10-3. The Hurricanes (4-0, 1-0) dropped the Seminoles (1-3, 1-2) out of the College Football Playoff hunt in the process, and opened the door for larger conversations later - and a few statements we can make right now.

It's a heated rivalry known for its miscues on kicks late in the game, including Florida State's victory on a blocked PAT late in last year's game.

This was a new kind of drama to attach to one of college football's best rivalries. The Seminoles and Gators have a combined for losses. Miami head coach Mark Richt won two national titles as an assistant coach with the Seminoles in 1993 and 1999. (In fact, this game was the first time in the matchup since 1983 that Miami was the only team of the two that's ranked.) Other than this postponed matchup, both teams had a second game on their September schedule wiped out due to Hurricane Irma and its aftermath. John O'Korn, replacing injured starter Wilton Speight, threw three interceptions in the second half.

Ohio State overwhelmed quarterback Max Bortenschlager, holding the Terrapins to 16 passing yards and only six first downs.

Three snaps later, Rosier and Richards teamed up for another big play. Rosier turned it up from there.

Rosier and FSU quarterback James Blackman dueled in the fourth quarter in classic fashion.

Both drives came just after FSU's offense had given the team the lead. Rosier nearly picked off while feeling pressure in own end zone. But Blackman has proved to be a gamer with the game on the line, and delivered a 15-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Izzo to tie it at 10. Then, Rosier led the game-winning drive. Prior to those two drives, he had completed 12 of 34 for 136 yards as the FSU defense baffled him with a man-to-man defense that included 12 passes broken up, three sacks and one hurry.

Rosier hit Braxton Berrios for a 17-yard gain on a third-and-down. Miami didn't even cross midfield until the second half. Berrios tore his ACL in a high school All-American game shortly before he enrolled at Miami in January 2014, and UM doctors discovered the tear when he had his first team physical. But FSU is eighth in the ACC and tied for 47th in the nation in scoring defense (allowing 23.5 points per game) and are not making almost enough big plays: the 'Noles are tied for 123rd in the nation in forcing only three turnovers and are tied for 66th in the nation with an average of 2.0 sacks per game. "That's something I knew as a senior, I knew as a leader, it was going to be in my hands, at one point or another".

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