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Through the years: Miami vs. Florida State
ABC Sports Online

The Miami-Florida State rivalry is one of the best in college football today. Combined, they have won seven national championships since 1983 and starting in 1980, at least one of the two teams has been ranked in the Top 20. Here is a look back at each game starting in 1980.

October 13, 2001
No. 1 Miami 49, No. 13 Florida State 27
Doak Campbell Stadium

Florida State freshman QB Chris Rix had a quick tutorial in the Miami-Florida State rivalry. Rix was sacked six times, threw four interceptions and lost two fumbles as the Seminoles lost their second straight to Miami. Rix completed 13-of-30 passes for 222 yards and one touchdown and also rushed for 46 yards. The Hurricanes scored on offense, defense and special teams. The offense was directed by Ken Dorsey who completed 14-of-27 for 249 yards and 3 TDs. The defensive heroes were Ed Reed and Philip Buchanon, who each picked off two passes. Reed also blocked a punt.

October 7, 2000
No. 7 Miami 27, No. 1 Florida State 24
Orange Bowl

Wide Right III. In a game that angered Hurricane fans when the BCS rankings were announced in December, Miami ended its five-game losing streak to Florida State. The Seminoles again could not make a key field goal, as Matt Munyon missed a 49-yarder as time expired. Miami trailed 24-20 with 1:37 to go when Ken Dorsey led the Hurricanes on a 73-yard drive capped by Jeremy Shockey's 13-yard touchdown catch. Despite a foot injury, Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke was heroic for the Seminoles, completing 29-of-58 passes for 496 yards and three touchdowns and two interceptions. Three FSU receivers eclipsed 100 receiving yards on the day -- Atrews Bell (146), Marvin Minnis (145) and Anquan Boldin (108). Dorsey was Miami's offensive star, throwing for 328 yards and two touchdowns.

October 9, 1999
No. 1 Florida State 31, No. 19 Miami 21
Doak Campbell Stadium

Peter Warrick and Laveraneus Coles were forced to sit out the game, but Chris Weinke and Co. still dominated Miami's vaunted secondary. Eleven different players caught a pass and Weinke completed 23 of 34 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns in the Seminoles' 31-21 victory. Santana Moss and Kenny Kelly had given the Hurricanes a 21-14 lead midway through the second quarter before the 'Noles clamped down on the Miami offense. Ryan Sprague's 14-yard TD reception tied the game with less than six minutes to go in the first half, and Sebastian Janikowski's 38-yard field goal and Travis Minor's 2-yard touchdown run were the difference in the game.

October 10, 1998
No. 9 Florida State 26, Miami 14
Orange Bowl

Florida State won its fourth straight game against Miami and its second in a row in the Orange Bowl, thanks to the play of Chris Weinke and Peter Warrick. Weinke threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns, while Warrick caught seven passes for 190 yards. In the second half, Miami tried mixing things up by switching quarterbacks, but the move proved ineffective as Kenny Kelly had the same problems moving the ball that Scott Covington did. Miami would pull no closer than 24-14 and a Kelly fumble in the end zone provided the final margin of victory.

Andy Crosland
Miami's Andy Crosland is buried by the Florida State rush during the Seminoles' 47-0 rout in 1997.
October 4, 1997
No. 4 Florida State 47, Miami 0
Doak Campbell Stadium

Florida State overpowered Miami from the start to hand the 'Canes their worst defeat since 1927. It wasn't just the offense that was effective for the 'Noles as they piled up 422 yards, but the defense was equally impressive. The 'Noles D limited the 'Canes to 131 yards of total offense and -33 yards rushing.

October 12, 1996
No. 3 Florida State 34, No. 6 Miami 16
Orange Bowl

The sixth-ranked Hurricanes fell to the third-ranked Seminoles in the Orange Bowl for the first time since 1984. FSU raced to a 17-0 lead on a Scott Bentley field goal, Shevin Smith's fumble return for a touchdown, and Warrick Dunn's 80-yard touchdown run. Miami responded with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Clement to Yatil Green. FSU came back with another Bentley field goal, but Miami then scored on a five-yard pass from Clement to Green and a 26-yard Andy Crosland field goal to make the halftime score 20-16 FSU. The Hurricanes would get no closer as the Seminoles scored 14 unanswered second half points to secure the victory.

October 7, 1995
No. 1 Florida State 41, Miami 17
Doak Campbell Stadium

The Seminoles' high-powered offense was too much for the 'Canes as they racked up almost 500 yards, compared to just 225 for Miami. Warrick Dunn ran for 184 yards and one touchdown and Danny Kanell threw for 170 and three touchdowns. Florida State exploded in the second quarter as they scored 17 unanswered points to all but put the game away. Miami freshman quarterback Scott Covington entered the game in the fourth quarter and led the 'Canes to their only second half touchdown, on a 42-yard bomb to Magic Benton.

October 8, 1994
No. 13 Miami 34, No. 3 Florida State 20
Orange Bowl

The Miami defense was dominant as the Hurricanes recaptured state bragging rights with this win over Florida State. The 'Canes forced five turnovers, including four interceptions, as they held the Seminoles to 219 total yards and only 47 on the ground. With Miami leading 24-17 late in the third quarter, UM's Carlos Jones intercepted a Danny Kanell pass and returned it 16 yards for a touchdown to give the 'Canes a 31-17 lead and seal FSU's fate.

October 9, 1993
No. 1 Florida State 28, No. 3 Miami 10
Doak Campbell Stadium

Top-ranked Florida State became the first No. 1 ranked team to beat Miami since Auburn did it 30-0 in 1979. Florida State used a 69-yard touchdown run, a 72-yard touchdown pass, and a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown to maintain its No. 1 ranking. Despite a career day from Frank Costa (21-43 for 193 yards), the Hurricane offense couldn't maintain any substantial drives against a swarming Seminole defense.

October 3, 1992
No. 2 Miami 19, No. 3 Florida State 16
Orange Bowl

"Wide Right II." In the longest game in UM history (3:57), Miami escaped a last second game-tying field goal attempt as Dan Mowrey's kick sailed wide right and the Hurricanes sealed another victory over the Seminoles. Florida State opened the scoring when Tamarick Vanover took the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. Miami followed with a 24-yard Dane Prewitt field goal and a 29-yard touchdown pass from Gino Torretta to Coleman Bell. Florida State then answered with three Mowry field goals to give the Seminoles a 16-10 lead. Torretta then drove Miami 58 yards in seven plays to give UM a 17-16 lead. After an illegal forward pass in the end zone by FSU punt returner Corey Sawyer, Miami was awarded a safety. FSU then marched 59 yards to set up Mowrey's 39-yard field goal attempt, which broke the hearts of many Seminoles fans.

Gerry Thomas
Florida State's Gerry Thomas walks off the field after missing a game-winning kick in 1991.
November 16, 1991
No. 2 Miami 17, No. 1 Florida State 16
Doak Campbell Stadium

"Wide Right I." The No. 2 Hurricanes went into Doak Campbell Stadium and upset the top-ranked Florida State Seminoles. Miami struck first on a seven-play, 74-yard drive capped by a Stephen McGuire 2-yard touchdown run. Florida State then scored 16 unanswered points to take a 16-7 lead early in the fourth quarter. Miami then came alive and scored the next 10 points to take a 17-16 lead. The game wasn't over however, until FSU kicker Gerry Thomas missed a 34-yard field goal attempt that sailed wide right.

October 6, 1990
No. 9 Miami 31, No. 2 Florida State 22
Orange Bowl

Before the third-largest crowd (80,396) in Orange Bowl history, Miami avenged its 1989 loss to the Seminoles. Controlling the game from the start, Miami jumped out to a 24-0 lead. Florida State finally got on the board late in the second quarter on a 19-yard Brad Johnson touchdown pass. Florida State pulled to within 24-16 in the third quarter before Miami drove 80 yards in 13 plays, concluding with Stephen McGuire's 2-yard touchdown run. Both McGuire and teammate Leonard Conley rushed for 140 yards, combining for 320 rushing yards total.

October 28, 1989
No. 9 Florida State 24, No. 2 Miami 10
Doak Campbell Stadium

In Dennis Erickson's first season at Miami, his Hurricanes headed to Tallahassee with the No. 2 ranking in the country. This time, though, it was Florida State who would send its interstate rival home with a shocking defeat. The Seminoles' victory was FSU's first since 1984 in the rivalry and would be Miami's lone loss in 1989.

September 3, 1988
No. 6 Miami 31, No. 1 Florida State 0
Orange Bowl

The Hurricanes dominated from the start as they outgained the Seminoles 450 yards to 242 with the 'Canes defense shutting down the Seminoles. The defense forced the No. 1-ranked Seminoles into six turnovers on the day, including five interceptions. With the defense leading the way, 1988 became the sixth straight year that Miami had taken on and defeated the preseason No. 1 team.

October 3, 1987
No. 3 Miami 26, No. 4 Florida State 25
Doak Campbell Stadium

Although Miami was outrushed 225 yards to 52, the Hurricanes took to the air as Steve Walsh threw three touchdown passes to lead the Hurricanes to a win. Miami took a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter on a 29-yard Greg Cox field goal. Florida State then scored 19 unanswered points to take a commanding 19-3 lead. Miami fought back with three second-half touchdown passes of 49, 26, and 73 yards to take a 26-19 lead. Florida State mounted a last gasp attempt as the Seminoles marched 83 yards in eight plays to close the margin to one point, but reserve defensive back Bubba McDowell knocked down Danny McManus's two-point conversion attempt to seal the game for the Hurricanes.

November 1, 1986
No. 1 Miami 41, No. 20 Florida State 23
Orange Bowl

Miami entered the fourth quarter trailing 23-21. But Vinny Testaverde, limping on an injured right foot, passed for three touchdowns and ran for two as the Hurricanes maintained their No. 1 ranking. Testaverde first hit Brian Blades with a 20-yard pass, then ran for a 1-yard score with 5:20 left. His final TD pass came with 1:27 remaining when he hit Brett Perriman for a 24-yard score.

November 2, 1985
No. 11 Miami 35, No. 10 Florida State 27
Doak Campbell Stadium

The Seminoles defense swarmed all over Vinny Testaverde all day, but it was not enough to prevent the Miami quarterback from delivering the game-winning score for No. 11 Miami in front of a record crowd at Doak Campbell Stadium. The junior quarterback, who was sacked seven times, threw four touchdown passes, including two in a fourth quarter comeback. Testaverde and Michael Irvin hooked up with 9:55 to go on a 30-yard score that gave Miami a 28-27 lead. With 3:06 to go, Testaverde completed a 1-yard pass to Brett Perriman that clinched the game.

September 22, 1984
No. 15 Florida State 38, No. 4 Miami 3
Orange Bowl

In his final game of the series, Bernie Kosar was sacked six times for 75 yards in losses and the Seminoles crushed defending national champion Miami 38-3. When Vinny Testaverde was called on late in the third quarter, he was sacked twice as well for 25 yards in losses. FSU led 9-0 at the half before wide receiver Jessie Hester took a pitch on a reverse and raced 77 yards for a touchdown on the third play of the third quarter. A two-point conversion made it 17-0 FSU and the Seminoles never looked back.

November 12, 1983
No. 6 Miami 17, Florida State 16
Doak Campbell Stadium

In a series that is defined by missed field goals, Miami won the 1983 contest with a 19-yard kick on the final play of the game. Freshman quarterback Bernie Kosar drove the Hurricanes down the field in the final two minutes to set up the winning kick by Jeff Davis, who had missed attempts from 46 and 41 yards earlier in the game. The victory sent Miami to the Orange Bowl, where the Hurricanes defeated top-ranked Nebraska and won the national championship in coach Howard Schnellenberger's final season.

October 30, 1982
No. 14 Florida State 24, No. 16 Miami 7
Orange Bowl

Sophomore Greg Allen ran for two touchdowns and quarterback Kelly Lowrey passed for another as 14th-ranked Florida State ruined Miami's homecoming, 24-7. Allen scored on runs of three and two yards and Lowrey threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to reserve tight end Orson Mobley on the first play of the fourth quarter. The loss was only the second at home in 19 games for the Hurricanes under Coach Howard Schnellenberger. Miami quarterback (and former Florida State offensive coordinator) Mark Richt threw four interceptions in the game.

November 7, 1981
No. 13 Miami 27, No. 14 Florida State 19
Doak Campbell Stadium

Jim Kelly passed for 273 yards and engineered two fourth-quarter scoring drives to lead the 13th-ranked Hurricanes over No. 14 Florida State in Tallahassee. The Hurricanes, who were placed on two years' probation during the week by the NCAA because of recruiting violations, blocked two Florida State field goal attempts and an extra point and held the Seminoles to one touchdown in the second half.

September 27, 1980
Miami 10, No. 16 Florida State 9
Orange Bowl

Jim Kelly ran 1 yard for a touchdown, and Dan Miller kicked a 26-yard field goal to lift unbeaten Miami to a 10-9 upset over Florida State. The Miami defense, ranked No. 1 in the country against the run, withstood a last-minute Florida State comeback when Jim Burt, the middle guard, deflected Rick Stockstill's pass as the Seminoles tried for a game-winning 2-point conversion following a touchdown that had closed the score to 10-9.

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