Kind of hard to believe, but the last time the Hurricanes defeated FSU down in Miami, get this, was 14 years ago in 2004.
It was a warm muggy Friday night in the Orange Bowl, as the #5 Hurricanes under head coach Larry Coker dueled against Bobby Bowden and his #4 Seminoles.
In a defensive struggle, somehow, someway, quarterback Brock Berlin led the Canes on an 80-yard drive, which ended with Berlin hitting Sinorice Moss on a screen, which Moss took it to the end zone, tying the game at 10 with 30 seconds to play.
Then in overtime, future hall-of-fame running back Frank Gore sealed a Miami victory with an 18-yard touchdown run to give the Hurricanes the win.
Crazy to think about, right? It seems like a lifetime ago, but yes its true, it was the last time Miami beat FSU in our own house.
From that time till now, we’ve suffered several heartbreak losses at home to FSU, and some have even been blowouts.
May I remind of you 2006? I was 12 years old, absolutely the biggest Canes fan in the planet, sitting in the rain with my dad in the OB, and watching Kyle Wright lose the game for us, 13-10.
Or how about 2010? Most hyped Miami team in a few years, sold out Sun Life Stadium (I think it was called that in 2010), and FSU is crushing the Canes, 45-17.
Even two years ago, where Brad Kaaya led a drive, hitting Stacy Coley for a touchdown with seconds to play, only to have the tying-PAT blocked, Miami loses 20-19.
Since then, we’ve seen both schools hit rock-bottom, well at least Miami did, FSU is soon on their way. We’ve seen FSU win a national championship, and reach status of perennial top-five school in the country, before losing Jimbo Fisher this past season.
The Hurricanes have literally gone to hell and back since that night in 2004. The stadium that this game was played in is now destroyed. Miami has gone through Coker, Randy Shannon, Al Golden and now Mark Richt at head coach.
We’ve seen 58-0 against Clemson, 48-0 against Virginia, 20-23 in overtime verse South Florida, and the nightmare caused by Nevin Shapiro and bowl bans.
AL GOLDEN STEALING MONEY FROM THE UNIVERSITY WORSE THAN ANYTHING NEVIN SHAPIRO EVER DID— Mark Mane La Flare (@BossmanJiggetts) October 24, 2015
Its a brighter day now in Coral Gables under coach Richt though. We’ve now experienced 41-8 against Notre Dame, ACC Coastal champs for the first time, the Turnover Chain, College Gameday back on campus, and of course now, a new quarterback.
I’m not saying that the U is back, us educated fans know better than that. We actually understands what that means. That being said, I can definitely say that we’re on the right track right now. Our defense is fast and mean again, we have a confident quarterback, bruising running-backs and playmakers at nearly every position.
Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium we’ll see two programs going in two different directions. This isn’t even a biased Miami fan talking, but its obvious that the feeling surrounding this Seminoles team is a whole lot different than it was in 2004. Heck, its a lot different than just two seasons ago.
Miami has the opportunity on Saturday to divide the schools even more with a win at home. So fans, get there early, set up the tailgate, get to your seats before kickoff, and lets send the Noles back to Tallahassee.
THIS ENDS NOW!!!