NCAA Game Summary - Florida State at Miami-Florida|
(Saturday, October 9th)
Final Score: (23) Florida State 45, (13) Miami-Florida 17
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Christian Ponder threw a pair of touchdown passes
and Jermaine Thomas rushed for two scores and added another TD reception, as
the 23rd-ranked Florida State Seminoles dominated the 13th-ranked Miami
Hurricanes, 45-17, in an ACC showdown from Sun Life Stadium.
Ponder completed 12-of-21 passes for 173 yards and an interception for the
Seminoles (5-1, 3-0 ACC), who have won four straight games since falling to
Oklahoma on September 11.
Thomas carried the ball 16 times for 78 yards, while Chris Thompson rushed for
158 yards and a score on 14 carries. Rodney Smith also caught a touchdown pass
in the win.
"Our energy was high, intensity, we call came here with a mission," Thomas
said. "The offense line did a tremendous job. I think they set a tempo for
This year's meeting marked the first without Bobby Bowden on FSU's sideline in
35 years, as first-year head coach Jimbo Fisher, who celebrated his 45th
birthday Saturday, was on the 'Noles sideline for the first time in the Miami-
Jacory Harris connected on 19-of-47 passes for 225 yards and an interception
for the Hurricanes (3-2, 1-1), who saw a two-game win streak come to an end.
Harris also rushed for 31 yards and a score on six carries.
Damien Berry carried the ball 20 times for 101 yards and a score. Senior wide
receiver Leonard Hankerson hauled in five passes for 72 yards.
"We have to finish games, we have to toughen up," Berry said. "We have to go
back to the drawing board and get this thing right."
Miami drove the ball down the field on the first possession of the game, but
Matt Bosher missed a 32-yard field goal.
Following a pair of punts, Florida State put together a six-play, 65-yard
drive. Thomas finished the march with a 17-yard touchdown catch to make it 7-0
with over five minutes left in the first quarter.
The Seminoles put 17 points on the board in the second period to take control.
Berry fumbled on Miami's first possession of the stanza, and Florida State
capitalized on Thomas' one-yard run.
After the Hurricanes went three-and-out, the Seminoles got another touchdown
from Thomas to take a 21-0 lead. On the sixth play of the drive, Thomas
scampered into the end zone from six yards out with 9:25 to go.
Miami responded with a 13-play, 80-yard drive that Harris capped with a three-
yard TD run. The Hurricanes faced a 4th-and-1 early in the series, but Berry
moved the chains with a seven-yard run.
Dustin Hopkins ended an eight-play drive with a 38-yard field goal to give
Florida State a 24-7 lead at the half.
The margin was the same following Lonnie Pryor's 16-yard touchdown run and
Berry's 26-yard TD run early in the third quarter.
Miami turned Ponder's lone interception of the contest into three points, as
Bosher made a 36-yarder to cut the gap to 31-17.
The fourth period featured an 18-yard touchdown catch by Smith and 90-yard
rushing TD from Thompson.
The 'Canes hold a 31-24 lead in the all-time series. Miami defeated Florida
State last season in a 38-34 thriller...Thomas had the first three-touchdown
game of his career. His 90-yard run was the longest run allowed in Miami's
10/10 03:01:50 ET