Miami football fails to hold on late versus FSU after big comeback

Nov 13, 2021; Tallahassee, Florida, USA;. Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 13, 2021; Tallahassee, Florida, USA;. Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football rallied from a 17 point first-half deficit and failed to hold an eight-point fourth-quarter lead losing 31-28 at Florida State. Florida State broke a four-game losing streak to the Hurricanes with the victory. Miami failed to stop Florida State on fourth and 14 from the Miami 25 with 1:02 remaining in the game.

Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis connected with wide receiver Andrew Parchment for the 24-yard completion to put the Seminoles first and goal from the Miami one-yard line. Travis scored on a one-yard QB sneak three plays later and added a two-point conversion for the final margin.

Miami QB Tyler Van Dyke connected with Hurricanes WR Charleston Rambo for 20 yards to their own 45-yard line with three seconds left to appear to provide a chance for a hail mary. With no timeouts left, by rule, the game was over. Teams cannot spike the ball with three seconds remaining.

After a dismal first quarter, Miami rallied behind Van Dyke. The Hurricanes trailed 20-7 at the half before scoring 21 unanswered points in the second half. Miami took the lead four seconds into the fourth quarter on a four-yard touchdown pass from Van Dyke to tight end Will Mallory four seconds into the fourth quarter.

Less than four minutes later, Miami seemed to create some separation when Jaylan Knighton had an electric 35-yard catch and run to put the Hurricanes up 28-20. Florida State responded with TDs on their final two drives. The Seminoles kicked a FG following the Knighton touchdown and set up the electrifying finish.

Van Dyke finished 25-47 for 316 yards four TDs and two interceptions. Knighton had 96 total yards and the TD and Rambo had six receptions for 95 yards and two TDs. Florida State finished with a 434 to 359 edge in yards. Travis finished with a career-high 274 yards passing and added 62 yards rushing and two TDs.

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Penalties killed the Miami football team with 14 for 105 yards compared to eight for 60. Five of those penalties came on the first drive of the game for Florida State when the Seminoles took a 7-0 lead. Miami also had three turnovers to just one for Florida State. The Hurricanes host Virginia Tech in the final home game next week.