Florida State, Miami breathe life into stale rivalry with thriller
In a second that felt like an hour late Monday night,
The man in the striped shirt finally moved. His arms stayed by his waist. Incomplete. Final score: 38-34 Miami. Ponder sank. On the other sideline, the Hurricanes launched a Category 5 celebration.
Then everything stopped again. The officials wanted another look. FSU receiver
After a minute that felt like a day, Flanagan doffed his headset and clicked on his microphone. "The ruling on the field is confirmed," Flanagan said. "Time has expired." The Seminoles slumped. On the other sideline, the Hurricanes exploded.
Then, with howling pain in front of him and unbridled joy behind him, Flanagan dipped his head. "The ball game," he said, "is over."
Had it gone 17 overtimes, no one would have complained. Seminoles coach
Across the stadium, in a room adjacent to the dank visitors' locker room, Miami coach
Miami and Florida State, on the home stretch of a race back to relevance, played to a photo finish Monday night. The Hurricanes won by the nose of the ball, but anyone who loves college football should rejoice that two very important programs seem to have stepped away from the edge of the abyss.
Florida State has a bona fide star in freshman cornerback
That oversight could be rectified as early as Saturday's tussle with Jacksonville State. Reid said flaws in his technique had kept him in a nickel role and out of the starting lineup. "Based on what I saw tonight, he may not be very far at all," defensive coordinator
In the giving up department, the 40-yard pass Miami receiver
Youth was served all over the field Monday. Miami has a bona fide star in sophomore quarterback Harris, who threw that 40-yarder to Benjamin the only 1-square-foot window that would have allowed for a completion. At the time, none of the other Hurricanes knew Harris couldn't feel his ring and pinky finger or most of his throwing arm.
"He did that?" Hurricanes offensive tackle Jason Fox said. "That's impressive."
It's probably fitting that Reid caused the injury. On the play that resulted in the pick-six that allowed Florida State to take a 31-24 lead, Harris whacked his humerus bone during the collision. "I must have had a bad, bad, bad funny bone injury," he said. "When I got hit, my whole arm just died on me. I didn't know if it was broken or not. I just looked at it, and it wasn't out of place."
Lovers of Da U felt their hearts stop momentarily when ESPN cameras showed true freshman
Harris threw for 122 of his 386 yards with three fingers. That includes the 40-yarder to Benjamin. He may keep throwing with three fingers even after the feeling returns. "I might as well," he said. "If three fingers is going to help me do something like that."
The feeling returned Monday to a rivalry that hasn't meant much for most of this decade. We'll know in a few days what it meant. Miami faces Georgia Tech on Sept. 17. Florida State will face BYU in Provo on Sept. 19. Both teams need to develop a pass rush -- Bowden called it "the worst pass-rush game in the history of college football" -- but the pieces are in place, and most of those pieces are freshmen and sophomores. Miami coach Shannon, who has stared down the Seminoles as a player, as an assistant and as a head coach, said it best.
"Another typical Florida State-Miami game," he said.