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(Photo courtesy of Florida State Athletics)
MIAMI GARDENS (Seminoles.com) – Florida State has the script down by now and followed it to perfection against its arch-nemesis on Saturday night.
There was another slow start, another big deficit, another second-half rally and, most importantly, another dramatic victory.
Miami native Dalvin Cook scored two touchdowns, including a 26-yarder late in the first quarter, to complete a 16-point comeback and lift FSU a 30-26 victory over the Miami Hurricanes.
UM drove into FSU territory with less than a minute remaining, but Jalen Ramsey intercepted Brad Kaaya’s fourth-down pass to seal the game.
FSU’s school-record winning streak now stands at 26, matching Nebraska (1994-96) for the second longest run of the last 20 years. The Seminoles also picked up their fifth straight win over the Hurricanes and fifth straight win at Miami.
Cook, a freshman who starred at nearby Miami Central High, finished with 92 yards on just seven carries, and averaged a sterling 13.1 yards per rush.
Ramsey, a sophomore from Smyrna, Tenn., had a career performance too. Before his interception, Ramsey blocked an extra point attempt, forced a fumble and broke up four passes.
Ramsey’s efforts spearheaded an FSU defense that limited the Hurricanes to just three second-half points after giving up 23 in the first two quarters.
Quarterback Jameis Winston finished 25 of 42 for 302 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
His only score came via a pass that was tipped at the line of scrimmage and into the arms of Karlos Williams for an 11-yard TD – FSU’s own version of the “Immaculate Reception.”
Kicker Roberto Aguayo added two field goals, including a 53-yarder in the fourth quarter that matched his career high and kept the Seminoles within arm’s reach.