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Langham’s game-winning touchdown against Florida State in 2017 helped change the direction of the rivalry

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Darrell Langham (81) helped Miami snap a 7-game losing streak to Florida State in October 2017 with a 23-yard touchdown catch with six second to play. The Hurricanes have not lost to FSU since Langham’s go-ahead touchdown catch.
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As most Miami fans know, there is nothing worse than losing to Florida State.

From 2010-2016, the Hurricanes were on the wrong end of seven consecutive games against the Seminoles.

Painful. Miserable. Abhorrent.

Describe it however you want, it was unacceptable for the University of Miami.

The Hurricanes even looked to be on their way to losing their eighth straight game to FSU as they trailed 20-17 with less than two minutes to play in October 2017.

That was until Darrell Langham changed everything.

Langham’s 23-yard touchdown catch from Malik Rosier with six seconds left pushed Miami to a 24-20 victory over the Seminoles and snapped FSU’s rivalry winning streak.

That win helped Miami to a 10-0 start in 2017 and was the start of Miami’s three-game winning streak over the Seminoles. Miami has now not lost to Florida State in 962 days.

I was lucky enough to be in the Miami fan section of Doak Campbell Stadium on that day.

It was a scene for the ages after replay review upheld Langham’s touchdown. Grown men and women crying tears of joy to celebrate the end of a miserable era.

Strangers were hugging other strangers in orange and green, jumping up and down in joy as we knew Florida State’s run was finally over.

There is no feeling quite like waving Seminole fans out of their own stadium after their team has blown a late lead.

Seven straight years of losing to your hated rival takes a toll. There’s only so much internet and message board trolling that one can take from Seminole fans.

After that win, it didn’t matter anymore. Langham’s catch changed everything. It lifted the weight off of the shoulders of Mark Richt, his Hurricane players and Miami fans everywhere.