What If? 01' Hurricanes take on 13' Seminoles

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

State of the U headed to our somewhat scientific and only slightly biased lab, to pit this year's BCS Champs against arguably the greatest college football team of all time, in a dream simulation.

Before I start, let me say this was pretty much done as fairly as possible.  I ran 30 sims (all neutral site) on whatifsports.com and the results were pretty balanced, with 01' Miami winning 18 of 30.

I picked the result, in my opinion (again slight bias), that best represents how I feel the game would play out.

After all this is just for fun.

With out further ado, here is my imaginary game summary, with the particulars below:

Recap:

1st Quarter:

UM won the toss but Larry Coker and crew elected to defer.

Todd Sievers booted the ball to about the 5 where electric return man Devonte Witfield fielded the ball and took off up the left sideline and was rocked by the combination of Kellen Winslow and Sean Taylor of Miami's kick off coverage team.

FSU tried to get Devonta Freeman going, but the combination of Matt Walters and William Joseph stopped him dead in his tracks.  The Seminoles picked up one first down on a completion from Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston to Rashad Greene, but were later forced to punt.

Miami took over at their own 33 and immediately got to work.  Running behind the powerful combination of Joaquin Gonzalez and Martin Bibla, Clinton Portis gashed FSU early and often. Lamarcus Joyner tripped Portis up on a cutback run that just missed going the distance.  Ken Dorsey tried to hit Andre Johnson on a deep ball, but the Noles double teamed AJ, and PJ Williams nearly picked it off.  On 3rd and 8 from the FSU 29, the 'Canes ran a draw play against the aggressive Seminole front.  Portis slipped past Christian Jones and put on the after burners to hit pay dirt and put the Hurricanes in the lead 7-0.

Sievers kicked the ensuing kick off out of bounds to set up FSU with good field position. Winston wasted no time with back-to-back completions to Nick O'Leary and then Kelvin Benjamin, who leaped over Ed Reed's interception attempt to keep the chains moving. Deep in Miami's territory, the precocious Winston checked the ball down to RB Karlos Williams, who scampered over a low tackle attempt by James Lewis to get in the end zone and even things up.

2nd Quarter:

The teams traded punts as both defenses seemed to settle down. Jerome McDougle forced Winston from the pocket on 3rd and short to force a three and out.  But Miami stalled as well, with Dorsey again unable to  find Johnson on a deep ball that was covered well by the Noles.

Halfway through the quarter, Winston found his rhythm and moved the chains on completions to Kenny Shaw and Christian Green,  Reserve d-lineman John Square was able to sack the big QB from Hueytown, Al though, and FSU had to settle for a long FG from Groza award winner Roberto Aguayo and a 10-7 lead.

The 'Canes took over with just over 6 minutes left in the half and quickly moved the ball on completions to Kevin Beard and Jeremy Shockey.  Portis took another draw, and scrambled around the left side behind massive T Bryant McKinnie to put the Canes in scoring position.  But the blitz happy Noles sent Joyner off the corner and Dorsey was forced to retreat and throw the ball away on 3rd and goal.  Sievers proceeded to nail a short FG and even things up at 10 a piece.

FSU got the ball back with just under two minutes to go at their own 25, and looked to score. But on their second play of the drive, Winston scrambled and was stripped from behind by Andrew Williams.  Jonathan Vilma recovered and Miami was in business.

Just before the half, Dorsey did a great job identifying a blitz and hitting Daryl Jones on an out pattern. The diminutive but speedy 'Canes slot man scampered down the sidelines niftily from 24 yards out to retake the lead.  As Jones saluted Sebastian the Ibis in the west end zone, it was clear momentum had shifted.

UM went to the locker room with a 17-10 advantage.

3rd Quarter:

UM received the second half kick off and had a nice drive going, before Dorsey was sacked by Jacobi McDaniel who beat the usually unbeatable Bret Romberg, on a swim move, to cut the drive short.

FSU spread out UM with 4 and 5 wide sets on their opening possession of the second half, and it payed dividends. Winston found Kelvin Benjamin and a corner route for 23 yards, and then capped the drive on a beautiful touch pass to the corner of the end zone to Greene, who beat Markese Fitzgerald on the play, to even the score at 17.

Miami's next drive proved fruitless despite some good tough runs by Portis. FSU took over hoping to take the lead, but Matt Walters sacked Winston at midfield and the Noles too, were forced to punt.

UM went back to Portis, who was unstoppable behind his massive offensive line, to pick a few first downs. Dorsey then hit Johnson on back-to-back plays for his first two receptions of the evening to set up the 'Canes deep in FSU territory. KD then used a beautiful play action fake to Portis and found Shockey down the seem to put UM back on top. The boisterous Shockey pointed to the stands and UM appeared to be in control, with a 24-17 lead.

But FSU was undaunted and proceeded to go back to the air, with Winston moving the ball on tosses to Benjamin and Greene. Phillip Buchanon just missed a pick with a minute left in the third, and the Noles settled for a short Aguayo FG to cut the lead to 24-20.

4th Quarter:

Miami's first possession of the final quarter started off with an uncharacteristic false start, and ended with Portis picking up 3 on 3rd and 4.  Coker briefly toyed with going for it, but decided to punt instead.

FSU could smell the opportunity and Winston went right back to the air, this time finding Williams in the flat. The speedy 220 pound converted safety made Mike Rumph miss in space and raced down the sideline for a huge 51 yard gain. 3 plays later he dove over the right side behind a nice seal block by Bobby Hart and FSU took their first lead of the game 27-24.

The Tomahawk Chop was in full swing.

Miami would go three on their next possession, and a short punt would give the Noles great field position. But UM's D gto pressure and  forced Winston into an errant third down pass and they would have to settle for a FG and a 30-24 lead.

Reed came to the sideline screaming at his team.

How would the 'Canes react???

Miami took over at their own 25 and leaned on Portis yet again.  A 7 yard gain on a draw, proceeded 11 and 12 yard runs to the left forcing  FSU's safeties to creep closer to the line of scrimmage.

Dorsey then found Shockey in the flat for 11 and Beard on the sideline for 9 to set UM up at the FSU 23.  On the next play he pump faked to his right and looked back left and found Ethnic Sands in the post for pay dirt.

It was a championship response from a championship team.

With under three minutes to go UM lead by jone point 31-30, but Winston had the ball.

Perhaps having the greatest season of any FSU QB not named Charlie Ward, Winston looked to cap his spectacular season with a comeback win over the greatest team of the BCS era.

But on the second play of the drive, he failed to recognize Miami had switched to zone.  Thinking he could hit Benjamin between the corner and safety he forced one down the right sideline that Reed cut off for the easy pick.

Miami took over at their own 49 looking to run out the clock.

Portis was able to pick up one first down with some power runs up the middle, and UM kept the ball on the ground but could not covert a 3rd and 2 with under a minute to go. FSU wisely used their time outs and forced Miami into a difficult decision.

Coker rolled the dice and decided to kick the FG.  Sievers made him look good by nailing the 50 yarder with just 34 seconds remaining to extend to a 34-30 lead.

A squib kick gave the Seminoles the ball on their own 36.  Winston hit Shaw on the sideline for 15, but was pressured into back to back incomplete passes on the next two plays.

Two plays later his desperation heave toward the end zone was knocked harmlessly to the turf by a posse of Canes.

Let the simulated celebration begin!!

Box Score:

Scoring Summary
1st Quarter
Mia-Fl 6:44 TD Clinton Portis 29 yd. run (Sievers kick) 0-7
FlaSt 0:58 TD Karlos Williams 5 yd. pass from Winston (Aguayo kick) 7-7
2nd Quarter
FlaSt 6:06 FG Roberto Aguayo 48 yds. 10-7
Mia-Fl 
2:02 FG
Todd Sievers 23 yds. 10-10
Mia-Fl 0:16 TD
Daryl Jones 24 yd. pass from Dorsey (Sievers kick) 10-17
3rd Quarter
FlaSt 10:12 TD
Rashad Greene 18 yd. pass from Winston (Aguayo kick) 17-17
Mia-Fl 3:40 TD Jeremy Shockey 7 yd. pass from Dorsey (Sievers kick) 17-24
FlaSt 0:00 FG Roberto Aguayo 21 yds. 20-24
4th Quarter
FlaSt 9:03 TD 
Karlos Williams 3 yd. run (Aguayo kick) 27-24
FlaSt 6:40 FG Roberto Aguayo 20 yds. 30-24
Mia-Fl 2:57 TD Ethenic Sands 23 yd. pass from Dorsey (Sievers kick) 30-31
Mia-Fl 0:33 FG Todd Sievers 50 yds. 30-34
Team Statistics
2013 Florida State Seminoles 2001 Miami (FL) Hurricanes
First Downs 28 24
- Rushing 7 7
- Passing 21 17
- Penalty 0 0
3rd Down Eff 9/18 5/14
4th Down Eff 0/1 0/1
Rushes-Yards 41-78 38-186
Avg Rush 1.9 4.9
Comp-Att-Int 26-41-1 23-30-0
Passing Yards 411 314
Sacks-Yards 3-19 2-13
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Punts-Avg 4-41.0 6-39.0
KR-Avg 6-22.3 7-18.4
PR-Avg 6-12.5 3-9.7
Penalties-Yard 3-20 1-5
Time of Possession 32:38 27:22
2013 Florida State Seminoles Individual Stats
Rushing
Att Yds 20+ L TD
'13 Devonta Freeman 18 69 0 17 0
'13 Karlos Williams 9 27 0 12 1
'13 James Wilder 1 0 0 0 0
'13 Jameis Winston 13 -18 0 2 0
2001 Miami (FL) Hurricanes Individual Stats
Rushing
Att Yds 20+ L TD
'01 Clinton Portis 24 197 3 50 1
'01 Willis McGahee 8 6 0 2 0
'01 Frank Gore 1 -1 0 -1 0
'01 Ken Dorsey 5 -16 0 -1 0
Receiving
Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
'13 Rashad Greene 5 87 2 0 3 6 1
'13 Nick O'Leary 3 72 1 1 5 5 0
'13 Kelvin Benjamin 4 66 1 0 24 0
'13 Karlos Williams 2 56 1 1 5 1 1
'13 Kenny Shaw 4 41 0 0 1 5 0
'13 Christian Green 4 40 0 0 1 4 0
'13 Devonta Freeman 3 35 0 0 1 4 0
'13 Shayne Broxsie 1 14 0 0 1 4
0
Receiving
Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
'01 Ethenic Sands 4 76 3 0 2 3 1
'01 Daryl Jones 4 69 1 0 2 4 1
'01 Kevin Beard 3 48 0 0 1 7 0
'01 Jeremy Shockey 4 43 0 0 1 6 1
'01 Andre Johnson 3 40 1 0 2 3 
0
'01 Clinton Portis 2 20 0 0 1 4 0
'01 Robert Williams 2 14 0 0 9 0
'01 Willis McGahee 1 4 0 0 4 0
Passing
Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
'13 Jameis Winston 26 41 411 2 1
Passing
Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
'01 Ken Dorsey 23 30 314 3 0
Defensive
Sacks INT
'13 Ryan Alicea 1 0
'13 Jacobbi McDaniel 1 0
Defensive
Sacks INT
'01 Matt Walters 1 0
'01 John Square 1 0
'01 William Joseph 1 0
'01 Ed Reed 0 1
Field Goals
Made Missed
'13 Roberto Aguayo 48,21,20 -
Field Goals
Made Missed
'01 Todd Sievers 23,50 -
Player of the Game
'01 Clinton Portis (2001 Miami (FL) Hurricanes)

One last look at the 01' Hurricanes (CaneFreak2001)

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