After five straight contests between the schools decided by five points or fewer, Miami notched its third straight victory over Florida State on Saturday. This is the Hurricanes’ largest margin of victory since 2001 – a 27-10 win over the Seminoles.
The game ball-handing crowd this week is smaller than usual and who could blame them? As you take a break from the FSU coaching carousel, check out which players Fifth Quarter moderators Mike Ferguson, Cory and Garlic Wing Sauce thought were most deserving of a game ball from Saturday’s disappointing loss:
Mike and Cory: Cam Akers, RB
Junior running back Cam Akers was largely bottled up in Saturday’s 27-10 loss, but he still managed to lead the team in yards from scrimmage and score FSU’s only touchdown. Akers finished with 89 yards of total offense. Akers rushed for 66 yards on 22 carries and caught three passes for 23 yards. His 18-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass from quarterback Alex Hornibrook early in the third quarter pulled the Seminoles to within 17-10 and capped the scoring. Akers still leads the ACC with 16 total touchdowns and 98 total points.
Garlic Wing Sauce: Tamorrion Terry, WR
Tamorrion Terry didn’t have a big game against rival Miami, but showed a lot of fight and was the best receiver on the field for the Seminoles. Terry tied team highs with four catches for 40 yards receiving. His contested 20-yard reception would serve as the longest play of the day for FSU. For the year, Terry leads FSU with 33 catches for 646 yards receiving and 6 touchdown receptions.
Mike and Cory: Amari Gainer, LB
The Florida State pass rush underwhelmed on Saturday, but redshirt freshman Amari Gainer made the biggest play of the game for the Seminoles on defense. Gainer got to Miami quarterback Jarren Williams for a 2nd quarter sack and forced fumble recovered by the Seminoles. FSU was unable to take advantage of the turnover. Gainer finished with five tackles.
Garlic Wing Sauce: Asante Samuel Jr., CB
It wasn’t a great day for the Florida State secondary, but sophomore cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. made his fair share of plays. Samuel finished with five tackles, including one of FSU’s five tackles for loss. Samuel also had a pass break-up in the defeat. He leads the Seminoles in that category for the season with 10.
Mike: Ricky Aguayo, K
After missing the contest against Syracuse with an illness, senior kicker Ricky Aguayo made good on both of his kicks Saturday. Aguayo connected on a 37-yard field goal in the 2nd quarter to get FSU on the board before adding an extra point later in the contest. On field goals this season, Aguayo is just 5-for-10, but he hasn’t missed from inside of 40 yards.
Cory: Tre’Shaun Harrison, WR
There was nothing to rave about from the Florida State special teams on Saturday, so Tre’Shaun Harrison’s one decent return on his only opportunity is about as good as one player can get. Harrison had one return for 23 yards and is averaging 19.8 yards per return this season.
Garlic Wing Sauce: Grant Glennon, LS
On a day where the Florida State special teams underwhelmed, at least the snaps were where they were supposed to be. Redshirt sophomore Grant Glennon has done his job admirably for the Seminoles this season.
Photo by Ken Lanese/FSU athletics