Miami football was dominant on third and fourth down versus Florida State

The Miami football team was dominant on third and fourth down against Florida State in their 52-10 victory on Saturday.

The Miami football team has vastly improved on third down in 2020. The Hurricanes were dominant on decisive downs in their 52-10 victory over Florida State on Saturday. Miami was 11-16 on third down and three for four on fourth down against the Seminoles. That has continued an upward trend on decisive downs in 2020.

Miami has improved greatly this season on third and fourth down from 2019. The Hurricanes were 129th making 27.6 percent of its third-down conversions in 2019. Only Akron who finished 0-12 last season was worse. Miami showed their dominance on the decisive downs on the first drive against Florida State.

Miami went three for four on the opening drive against Florida State and converted their only four down attempt. The Hurricanes converted on third and nine at their own 38, gained 10 yards on third and 13 at the Florida State 46 to set up a six-yard gain on fourth and three at the Seminoles 36 on the next play.

Miami capped off a 13 play 75-yard drive with a D’Eriq King to Brevin Jordan 24-yard touchdown pass on third and four from the Florida State 24. The Hurricanes made it look easy and set the tone for the remainder of the game. By converting three of four on third down against FSU Miami finished 14-16 on decisive downs.

Miami has converted 24 of its 46 third-down conversions in 2020 for 52.17 percent. The Hurricanes are five for six on fourth down this season. Miami is 10th nationally converting 83.3 percent of their fourth-down conversions. The Hurricanes are tied with Louisville and Tulane with five fourth conversions.

The Cardinals and Green Wave have nine fourth-down attempts. The pace of the Miami offense makes it difficult for opponents to make adjustments on decisive downs. Miami has run the sixth most plays in college football this season and is fourth in plays per game. That is with an explosive offense.

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The inability for Florida State to get off the field against Miami was decisive in the outcome of the game. Five of the Miami TD drives were 13, 15, 11, 12 and nine plays. Miami had an 85 to 73 advantage in total plays. As long as the Hurricanes continue to convert on third down they will continue to have an advantage offensively.