Florida State has had several shots to grab control of this game so far, but they have not been able to completely take it over.
With the ball back on their own 20 -- mid-way through the second quarter -- FSU had a chance to grab the momentum of this game and they capitalized on it, going five plays for 80 yards to make it a two score game.
But after forcing a quick three-and-out they were unable to put their foot on the Hurricanes' throats. Jameis Winston has now thrown two interceptions -- including a very costly pick late in the 2nd quarter when the Seminoles had a chance to go up by 21 -- and Miami has turned it into 14 points.
The game started out tight.
Florida State came out and scored on their opening possession. Jameis Winston wasn't as sharp as he's ever been but still managed to go 4/7 as FSU punched it in on a 13 play, 72 yard drive to open things.
Miami got the ball and had some early success running it, but failed to score after a field goal went wide left. The failure was short lived though. UM turned Jameis Winston's first interception into points on the very next drive when Stephen Morris found Allen Hurns on a beautiful ball to beat single coverage.
But Florida State's offense quickly rumbled back -- even in spite of itself at times -- and went back ahead. James Wilder capped an 11 play, 79 yard drive with a one yard touchdown run to put the Seminoles back up 14-7.
After a drive that saw UM come up on the wrong end of a forward progress call (Telvin Smith was credited with a tackle a split second before Duke Johnson broke free), the Hurricanes punted and FSU once again began to drive the football.
Whereas FSU had been forced to drive the ball on their first two scoring drives, this time FSU connected on a big play. Miami sent a blitz and the Seminoles had the perfect play dialed up, Jameis Winston let the rush get close to him and then dropped the ball into Devonta Freeman's lap on the screen for a 48-yard touchdown. It put FSU up 21-7 and put UM on the spot.
A three-and-out gave FSU the ball back but Winston's second pick set UM up near mid-field and they were able to score a touchdown with just 22 seconds remaining in the half to make it 21-14 with the teams heading into the tunnel.
Stephen Morris has looked as solid as he has all year. FSU has given him some opportunities to throw and he has taken full advantage -- the highlight being on a near-perfect 33-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. In turn Duke Johnson has had room to run and Florida State has found themselves unable to get the 'Canes into the third-and-long type of situations they thrive in. Not to mention UM has converted a few third-and-longs too.
Offensively for the Seminoles Jameis Winston has been a little off and FSU has had several uncharacteristic penalties -- but they can move the ball.
This game is far from over, UM gets the ball to start the second half. So far they have played like the number 7 team in the nation.
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