Florida State Tops Miami




TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Dalvin Cook needed just one play to answer the questions about his ailing left hamstring.

He needed just a few more to cement Florida State’s dominance over Miami for a sixth straight season.

Cook put up 269 total yards – including a 72-yarder on his first carry – and scored all three of FSU’s touchdowns as the eighth-ranked Seminoles rallied for a 29-24 win over the Hurricanes here at Doak Campbell Stadium.

His final score, a 23-yard run down the right sideline, provided the winning margin and erased FSU’s first deficit of the season.

As a result, the Seminoles improved to 5-0 (2-0 ACC) and won a sixth straight over Miami for the first time since 1972.

A Miami native who went to high school just 15 miles north of UM’s campus, Cook’s status for the game was uncertain thanks to a hamstring pull suffered last week at Wake Forest.

And he had Florida State fans holding their breath after he pulled up, grabbing his left hamstring again, after a 36-yard run midway through the second quarter.

That issue, however, turned out to be cramps, and Cook returned for FSU’s next offensive series.

The Seminoles outplayed Miami during the first half, outgaining the Hurricanes 358-178.

FSU led 20-10 at halftime, but that mark easily could’ve been more were it not for a misfiring red-zone offense.

Early in the second quarter, quarterback Everett Golson hit Kermit Whitfield for an apparent touchdown that would have made it 21-3.

But the game officials with the aid of replay determined that the ground aided Whitfield’s catch and overturned the completion. Roberto Aguayo then made a 22-yard field goal.

It was one of three field goals on the night for Aguayo. The other two were short as well, from 25 and 32 yards.

And he likely would have made another midway through the second quarter, but coach Jimbo Fisher opted to go for it on fourth-and-inches from the UM 10-yard line. Miami stopped running back Johnathan Vickers short of the line and the Hurricanes took over.

On the strength of a career night from quarterback Brad Kaaya, the Hurricanes took the lead with a 14-3 run in the second half.

Kaaya, a sophomore, threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns, including a 29-yard pass to Stacy Coley in the back corner of the end zone that put the Hurricanes on top with 10:02 remaining.

Miami’s lead, however, was short-lived.

The Seminoles answered on their ensuing drive, marching 84 yards in eight plays.

Quarterback Everett Golson, meanwhile, helped the cause with perhaps his finest effort as a Seminole to date.

The fifth-year senior connected on his first nine passing attempts, and finished 25 of 33 for 291 yards and a touchdown.