MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Here's a quick recap of Florida State's 45-17 win over Miami on Saturday night:
How the game was won: Florida State’s defense was better and the Seminoles ran the ball more effectively. The Seminoles disrupted Miami’s passing game, and dared Jacory Harris to beat them with his arm. While he didn’t turn it over, Harris had to play from behind and tried to do too much. Miami’s defense missed too many tackles and FSU executed a balanced offense led by running back Jermaine Thomas.
Turning point: Lonnie Pryor’s 16-yard touchdown run in the third quarter put the Seminoles ahead 31-7, and Florida State was in control from that point.
Player of the game: FSU running back Thomas. He ran for 78 yards and scored two touchdowns, and caught two passes for 34 yards and a touchdown.The last person to have three touchdowns here was Antone Smith when FSU won two years ago.
Unsung hero of the game: FSU defensive coordinator Mark Stoops. This did not look like the defense that rolled out the red carpet for Oklahoma. Jacory Harris completed just 40 percent of his passes, and the Seminoles were better up front. Miami was held to 6 of 18 third down conversions.
What it means: There was no question that Florida State was the better team and played like it wanted it more. Florida State and NC State are the teams to beat in the Atlantic Division, and the Seminoles are now the team to beat in the ACC. With Miami and Florida State the ACC’s only two ranked teams in the Associated Press poll, the Seminoles should now jump the Canes as the ACC’s top team.