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Notes, stats and storylines from FSU’s win over Miami

Florida State knocked off a rival. And Mike Norvell has a signature win as he seeks to build the foundation of the program in the eyes of players, fans and recruits.

Jordan Travis completed a fourth-and-14 pass to Andrew Parchment and two plays later ran it in from 1 yard out with 26 seconds to go as FSU defeated Miami 31-28 on Saturday.

“Wow, what a game,” Norvell said. “So proud of our team. The coaches, everybody involved in the program. The work, the investment, responding to adversity. The way that we work. Everything that we do within our program is there to prepare you for a moment like that. To see the joy from our players in that locker room, to see the joy from our fans, what an incredible atmosphere. So grateful for everybody that was here tonight.

“It was a special night for Florida State. It’s been a challenging road. We’ve had some real ups and downs. But these kids, they’ve just continued to work, they’ve continued to believe. This game is a special game. It means everything to our program, to our fan base, to our former players, alumni, to the state. To see our guys go and compete the way that game finished, could not be any more proud of our team.”

Trailing 28-23 and taking over at the Seminoles’ 20-yard line, Travis dropped back and connected with Ja’Khi Douglas on a 59-yard catch and run. After two incompletions and a false start, Travis connected with Parchment on the 24-yard reception to the goal line.

Travis completed 18 of 26 passes for a career-best 274 yards and he ran 22 times for 62 yards and two touchdowns for Florida State (4-6, 3-4 ACC). A year after Miami routed FSU 52-10, the Seminoles showed just how much progress they have made against a rival.

“They stomped us last year,” Travis said. “That’s not a good feeling at all. This is a big game for us. This shows where we’re headed, the fight we have, the brotherhood we have, the commitment we have.”

The Seminoles picked up their first victory over a rival — Miami, Florida or Clemson — since a Nov. 25, 2017 win over the Gators.

Tyler Van Dyke threw four tossed touchdown passes as Miami rallied from a 17-point deficit. After a shaky first half, Van Dyke regrouped and completed touchdown passes to Keyshawn Smith, Mike Harley, Will Mallory and Jaylan Knighton for the Hurricanes (5-5, 3-3).

Van Dyke completed 25 of 47 passes for 316 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions for Miami.

Offense

Florida State scored 14 points in the first quarter. The Seminoles opened with a seven-play, 78-yard drive in which Jordan Travis finished with a 2-yard touchdown. It was the second time this year FSU scored a touchdown on the opening drive (also did it against UMass).

While FSU didn’t score off a pair of interceptions, the Seminoles were quick to punch it in after a fumble deep in Miami’s end. Jashaun Corbin scored on a 12-yard touchdown run.

Ja’Khi Douglas caught four passes for 90 yards, seeing more playing time on Saturday than he had in months.

Parchment has had a shaky season following his transfer from Kansas. He had just 16 catches for 214 yards and two touchdowns, but the biggest reception of his senior day was the fourth-down catch down to the goal line.

Corbin had 15 carries for 68 yards. He now has 815 yards with two regular-season games left and is in a good spot to hit the 1,000-yard mark.

After two weeks where putting together drives were tough, the Seminoles had five lengthy drives in the first half. Two resulted in touchdowns, two in field goals and another started on the FSU 1 but ended at the Miami 34 before a missed field-goal attempt.

They struggled to finish off a few drives with touchdowns, but FSU was 6 of 6 in the red zone. The Seminoles have converted 25 straight red-zone trips.

FSU had 15 chunk plays in the game, which are defined as a passing play of 15+ yards or a rushing play of 10+ yards. Of those, 11 were in the first half.

FSU went punt, fumble, punt in the third quarter with just 35 offensive yards.

Defense

Jermaine Johnson had seven tackles, five tackles for loss and three sacks. “He broke the rock for us,” Norvell said. “Well deserved. … He played so hard tonight.” Johnson now has 11 sacks in 10 games.

FSU’s defense had its best 15 minutes of the season, forcing three turnovers in the opening quarter. Omarion Cooper and Jammie Robinson each had interceptions (Cooper was making his first career start). Jermaine Johnson forced a fumble that led to FSU’s second touchdown.

This is FSU’s sixth straight game with an interception. The Seminoles have 10 interceptions on the season.

Florida State held Miami to just 43 rushing yards on 23 carries.

The Seminoles also forced a pair of three-and-outs.

Jarvis Brownlee had 10 tackles, Keir Thomas had six tackles and Kevin Knowles II had five tackles.

Special teams

Ryan Fitzgerald made field-goal attempts of 22, 27 and 29 yards. He missed a 52-yarder that was well short.

Alex Mastromanno had five punts for a 39.8-yard average, including two inside the 20. He also had a 51-yarder.

Noteworthy

FSU honored a large group of seniors, including Emmett Rice, Brady Scott and Baveon Johnson as well as transfers like Johnson, Thomas and Devontay Love-Taylor.

The attendance was a season-high 71,917. A crowd of 68,316 came to the FSU-Notre Dame game, a smaller crowd because of the Sunday night kickoff.

Two offensive players who were not able to go were receiver Keyshawn Helton and tailback Lawrance Toafili.

The Hurricanes had three turnovers and 14 penalties for 105 yards.

Up next

Florida State plays at Boston College on Saturday at noon (ACC Network).