Miami football five best New Year’s Day bowl victories

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2004 Orange Bowl Miami 16 Florida State 14

Nearing the end of their second championship era, Miami played Florida State for a rare second time during the 2003 season. Miami and Florida State both entered the Orange Bowl with 10-2 records. The Hurricanes won 22-14 in Tallahassee during the regular season. Miami entered the Orange Bowl ranked 10th, FSU was ninth.

After Jon Peattie gave Miami a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, Florida State answered with two second-quarter TDs. A Tyrone Moss three-yard TD run cut the Miami deficit to 14-10. Peattie added a 44-yard field goal on the last play of the first half to bring Miami within 14-13 entering halftime.

A 51-yard field goal by Peattie in the third quarter put Miami in front to stay. Running back Jarrett Payton earned the MVP with 22 carries for 131 yards and one TD. Miami outgained Florida State 375 to 206. Peattie made three of four field-goal attempts. Xavier Beitia of FSU missed his only attempt.

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The Orange Bowl game was the second of three Miami Florida State games played in 13 months. Miami won all three at the end of six straight wins against the Seminoles. The 2004 season was the last major bowl Miami played in until the 2017 Orange Bowl. It was also the last 10 win season until 2017.