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Florida State and Miami will renew a rivalry on Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium.
A contest that once had national championship implications has fallen from the forefront in recent years, but is no less bitter than ever before. The Hurricanes will enter Saturday coming off a statement win.
Miami defeated No. 18 Louisville on the road on Saturday, 47-34. After opening the season with a stunning loss to Georgia Tech, the Seminoles aim for their first win of 2020.
Before things kick off in South Florida on Saturday, take a short trip down memory lane. Here’s a look back on the last five games in the series:
Miami 27, Florida State 10 — Nov. 2, 2019
Freshman Gregory Rousseau recorded four of the nine Miami sacks as the Hurricanes held FSU to just 203 yards of offense. Offensively, quarterback Jarren Williams passed for 313 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Hurricanes. Cam Akers accounted for 113 total yards and scored the lone touchdown for the Seminoles as Miami recorded its third straight win in the series.
Florida State 27, (17) Miami 28 — Oct. 6, 2018
A 27-7 lead early on wouldn’t hold up as Florida State blew its biggest lead ever in a loss. Miami scored the game’s final 21 points to stun FSU. N’Kosi Perry threw for four touchdowns, including the 41-yard strike to Brevin Jordan in the fourth quarter that put the Hurricanes ahead for good. Lawrence Cager caught two touchdowns for Miami. Deondre Francois passed for a pair of scores for FSU. D.J. Matthews returned a punt for a touchdown for the Seminoles. The win was Miami’s first over FSU at home since 2004.
(13) Miami 24, Florida State 20 — Oct. 7, 2017
After a quiet first three quarters, the final period of the 2017 contest featured four lead changes. With six seconds left, Malik Rosier hit Darrell Langham for the game-winning 23-yard touchdown. It was Rosier’s second touchdown pass of the quarter and third of the day. FSU’s James Blackman threw fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Ryan Izzo and Auden Tate. His 20-yard toss to Tate gave FSU a 20-17 lead with 1:24 to play. Braxton Berrios caught two touchdowns for Miami. The win for Miami snapped a 7-game losing streak to the Seminoles.
(23) Florida State 20, (10) Miami 19 — Oct. 8, 2016
After scoring 20 straight points to take the lead, All-American defensive end DeMarcus Walker saved the day for Florida State. Trailing 20-13, Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya found Stacy Coley for the 11-yard touchdown with 1:38 remaining. With the FSU lead now one, Walker was able to get through and block the ensuing extra point to preserve the victory. Kaaya and Coley hooked up for both Miami scores. FSU running back Dalvin Cook accounted for 209 yards of total offense and a touchdown reception as the Seminoles won their seventh straight in the series.
Miami 24, (12) Florida State 29 — Oct. 11, 2015
Miami had rallied from an early 17-3 deficit, but FSU running back Dalvin Cook would not be denied. Trailing 24-23, Cook’s third touchdown of the night — a 23-yard scamper with less than seven minutes remaining — put FSU ahead for good. Cook finished the night with 222 yards rushing, 269 total yards and three total scores. FSU quarterback Everett Golson passed for 291 yards and a touchdown in the win. Kaaya threw for 405 yards and three scores for the Hurricanes. Coley and Rashawn Scott each caught touchdowns en route to eclipsing 100 yards receiving for Miami.