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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Florida State Edition

Let’s look back on the day that was for the Canes in Tallahassee against FSU

NCAA Football: Miami at Florida State Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

3 IN A ROW!!!!!

The Miami Hurricanes stormed into Doak Campbell Stadium and defeated the rival Florida State Seminoles 27-10 on Saturday afternoon. That marks the 3rd straight year Miami has beaten their rivals to the north. And it. Feels. AWESOME!!!!!!

Here’s our game recap by Gaby Urrutia

Here’s our 3 stars by Candis McLean

And now, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

The Good

  • The Offensive line. Look, we all know this unit struggled to start the year, but today, they were good and clean (no penalties), and gave Jarren Williams the time to drop dimes to a plethora of receivers and gave DeeJay Dallas the room to run for enough yards late in the game to ice the game. Bravo gentlemen. I see the growth and it’s beautiful!
  • QB Jarren Williams. 21-37 passing (56.8% completions) for 313 yards, 2 TDs, and 0 INTs. Both TDs were vertical throws, which answered questions about Williams’s arm health and strength, and he played a smart game leading Miami to the win. Bravo!
  • Jarren Williams to Jeff Thomas over the top for the opening score. 39 yards, perfectly in stride. I can’t speak highly enough about the play design and execution. Absolute perfection. Bang. Got ‘em.
  • Bubba Bolden with his first career turnover chain off a tipped ball interception.
  • Jarren Williams up top to Dee Wiggins for a 56 yard TD. That was the dagger. FSU was hanging around, only down 7, but this play finally broke the game open and sealed the Miami victory!
  • DE Gregory Rousseau. A monster. An absolute unit. Rousseau was an unblockable force of nature hell-bent on destruction. The RS freshman ended the day with 8 tackles, 5 TFLs, and 4 sacks. Rousseau went out there to DOMINATE, just like Joaquin said we should.
  • More on Rousseau: he now has 12 sacks on the year. Which ranks highly in the all-time record book for the Canes. He’s TIED FOR 4TH IN A SINGLE SEASON ALL-TIME!!!!!!! AND HE’S ONLY STARTED 4 GAMES!!!!!!
  • The entire defensive line. FSU didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of blocking Miami’s front, and everybody who got in the game did numbers, none bigger than Rousseau’s, though. Salute to Gregory Rousseau, Pat Bethel, Nesta Silvera, Jordan Miller, Jon Ford, Trevon Hill, Scott Patchan, and Chigozie Nnoruka. Yes, I named the entire unit individiually. They earned it.
  • LBs Shaq Quarterman, Michael Pinckney, and STRIKER Romeo Finley. Everybody knew going into the game FSU was gonna lean on star RB Cam Akers to try and win. This trio help shut DOWN FSU’s only offensive threat and helped lead Miami to the win.
  • And, for the record, holding Cam Akers to 66 yards on 22 carries. GREAT job, Defense!
  • Holding Tamorrion Terry to 4 catches for 40 yards. That’s their #1 receiving threat. And he did nothing.
  • Holding DJ Matthews to 4 catches for 24 yards. Who? The kid who said Miami’s DBs weren’t anything special. LMAOOOOOOO.
  • Holding Tre’ McKitty to 2 catches for 11 yards. And McKitty had like 4 penalties and a dropped pass too. And FSU fans had THE AUDACITY to say McKitty is better than Brevin Jordan LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
  • S Gurvan Hall. 5 tackles, 1 PBU, and an interception. Hall was EVERYWHERE it seemed like today. Yeah, he had some friendly fire mixed in, and a questionable (at best) roughing the passer penalty, but if this is what we’re to expect from Hall moving forward, I’d be VERY happy with that.
  • S Robert Knowles. 4 tackles and a key PBU to stop an FSU drive when the margin was only 7 points in Miami’s favor. I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again: Knowles has been GOOD this year. And he was again on Saturday.
  • WR Dee Wiggins. Got loose for the 56 yard TD shown above.
  • WR Jeff Thomas. Got loose for the 39 yard TD shown above.
  • WR KJ Osborn. 2 catches for 21 yards, but added 3 punt returns for 44 yards and helped Miami set up their late scores.
  • TE Brevin Jordan. The best tight end in America continued to play like it. 6 catches for 48 yards, including a HUGE 4th down conversion early in the 2nd half. And plenty of tough blocking. He’s SO good. Enjoy him while we have him. He won’t be here long.
  • P Louis Hedley. Almost missed him what with the veritable cornucopia of points scored today, but Hedley was great again. 5 punts, 229 yards, 45.8 yards per punt average, and flipped the field in Miami’s favor a couple times. He’s still the season MVP. I’m so glad we got him down to Miami.
  • 16 TFLs.
  • 9 Sacks.
  • Holding FSU to 5-17 3rd down conversions.
  • Allowed 2.9 yards per play.
  • Allowed 203 yards of total offense.
  • Held FSU to 0-2 on 4th down conversions.
  • Allowed just 8.6 yards per completion.
  • 2 turnovers — interceptions by Gurvan Hall and Bubba Bolden.
  • Forcing FSU to go to the WildCam/trick play package as their only means of offense in the 2nd half. Gotta try tricks when what you want to do on offense doesn’t work. And that’s what FSU had to do. And, spoiler alert, it didn’t work, either. YOU HATE TO SEE IT.
  • 5.8 yards per play.
  • 14.9 yards per completion.
  • 8.45 yards per passing attempt.
  • Only 5 TFLs allowed.
  • Only 2 Sacks allowed.
  • 8 chunk plays — 7 passes (15+), 1 run (10+).
  • 3-4 red zone scoring.
  • 2-3 4th down conversions.
  • Miami won the field position BIG. On average, the Canes started on their own 44, while FSU started on their own 25. That’s 266 yards of hidden yardage advantage across 14 drives for the Canes. That’ll work!

The Bad

  • Losing Bubba Bolden to an apparent ankle injury. And when did he sustain this injury? Celebrating his 3rd quarter interception. Chest bumped Gurvan Hall, landed awkwardly and Bolden’s ankle got folded under his body. Ugh. Hate it.
  • More injuries. Trajan Bandy got dinged up. Michael Pinckney missed a play. Gotta stay healthy.
  • Gurvan Hall, the destroyer of worlds. That’s fine when it’s the other team, but both Bolden and Bandy’s injuries were results of “friendly fire” from Hall. It’s a tough break cuz Hall was playing (and celebrating) hard. It was still bad, though.
  • Only 28:24 time of possession. Would like to be more in control of the ball, but we won so I’m not nitpicking this too hard.
  • A couple drops by receivers killing some early drives.
  • Allowed FSU to hold the ball for 31:36. They didn’t do anything with it tho so that’s fine.
  • Lost a fumble. Womp womp.

The Ugly

  • Not scoring on 4 drives where Miami started in FSU territory. (luckily, Miami scored on others later in the game)
  • The refs stopping Miami from going at tempo on the first drive of the 2nd half. We didn’t substitute, and yet the Refs stood over the ball and let FSU get lined up. FSU stopped Miami on 4th down after that in a big, big spot. Unacceptable.
  • Yet another missed FG. This one, by Camden Price from 37 yards out to start the 4th quarter. That left the lead at 7 instead of pushing to 10. Miami is now 7/14 on FG attempts this year, and all 3 kickers have now missed. That’s the literal worst kicking game in the country. Ugh.
  • 6 penalties for 65 yards. Gotta play cleaner than that.
  • Only 1.7 yards per rush. Miami was able to get a couple runs late when they needed them but I’d like to see more efficiency in this area of the offense.
  • Only 13 first downs. FSU only had 15, but still...
  • A couple bad calls. But this is the ACC so that’s gonna happen. They didn’t end up affecting the outcome, really, so I’ll leave that be for now.
  • Jarren Williams’s worst miss of the day: a WIDE OPEN Dee Wiggins on a scramble drill play. He would have walked in with a TD midway through the 3rd quarter, but Williams sailed that pass. Gotta have that one.
  • One play where Jarren threw across his body late and over the middle. That’s just a bad idea in general. Don’t do that, Jarren.
  • 19 yards of total offense in the 3rd quarter. Yes, the ENTIRE quarter.

Team Grades

Offense: B-

Was a bit of a struggle at times, but Miami was able to go up top to take advantage of a bad FSU secondary and change the scoreboard. The run game wasn’t nearly as productive as you might want. And there were several drives where Miami left points on the field. Better, but not perfect.

Defense: A

Outside of one fluky drive where FSU got the ball after a failed 4th down attempt, the Noles scored 3 points all day. The DL ate. The LBs shut down running lanes and were amazing blitzers. The secondary was tough all day and came away with 2 picks, and could have had more. THIS is the defense we thought we’d see this year. And I’m glad we finally saw it.

Special Teams: C

A couple good PRs by Osborn. STELLAR punting by Hedley. But, yet another missed FG — yes, even though Price made a later one — take this grade down from an A to a C.

Coaching: B+

This. Is. What. I’m. Talking. About!! Miami was prepared for this game, ready for the moment, and they played like it. The offense took a while to stretch things out, but even early, Miami scored first to get the lead and never looked back. I’d like to not see the lull of the 3rd quarter offensively, but that’s VERY MUCH nitpicking. This team seems to be growing up in front of our eyes, and so is this staff. Salute.


3 IN A ROW!!!!


Go Canes