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Inside the box score: Miami makes big plays to defeat FSU

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Florida State fell to 0-5 in rivalry games under coach Willie Taggart as Miami defeated the Seminoles 27-10 on Saturday afternoon.

Let’s take a look at some of the key stats and notes as the Seminoles drop to 4-5, 3-4 ACC.

Offense

Cam Akers had 22 rushes for 66 yards through three quarters. He also frequently ran the wildcat, helping spark a third-quarter touchdown drive. Alex Hornibrook connected with Akers for an 18-yard touchdown.

Hornibrook completed 17 of 24 passes for 135 yards, the TD pass to Akers and an interception.

FSU managed just 31 rushing yards on 41 carries, an ugly 0.8 yards per rush.

The Seminoles were just 5 of 17 on third down, but most of that was set up by struggles on early downs. They averaged just 2.9 yards per play on all downs.

FSU started Baveon Johnson at center. Dontae Lucas also started at guard. Miami had nine sacks, including a career-high four by freshman Gregory Rousseau. That is the most allowed by FSU in program history.

Tre’ McKitty suffered an apparent foot/ankle injury in the first half.

Defense

FSU allowed four significant chunk passing plays, including a 39-yard touchdown pass from Jarren Williams to Jeff Thomas and a 56-yard TD pass to Dee Wiggins. Another 42-yard pass from Williams to Deejay Dallas set up a Miami touchdown.

Miami also benefitted from good field position, beginning drives on average at its own 43.

Williams completed 21 of 37 passes for 313 yards and the two touchdowns.

The Seminoles started Emmett Rice, Amari Gainer, Leonard Warner and Janarius Robinson. Dontavious Jackson saw limited playing time.

The Seminoles didn’t get enough pass rush early but had two sacks, one apiece by Cory Durden and Amari Gainer.

FSU forced a fumble when Williams lost the handle on the ball in the first half. Hamsah Nasirildeen recovered. The Seminoles couldn’t get points off the turnover, however.

Special teams

Ricky Aguayo made a 37-yard field-goal attempt in the second quarter. It was his first made field goal since the NC State game. The senior missed the Syracuse game due to illness.

Tommy Martin shanked two punts in his worst day of the season. He averaged 35.4 punts on eight punts.

Noteworthy

FSU had a season-high attendance of 63,995.

The Seminoles had five penalties for 35 yards in the first quarter alone, stalling out early drives on offense.

FSU will play at Boston College next Saturday at noon (ACC Network). The Seminoles will likely need to win that game as well as the following week against FCS Alabama State to be bowl-eligible.

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