Miami Hurricanes Have Strong Performance Against Florida State

Published on September 8, 2009 by     

Miami Florida St FootballJacory Harris stood motionless on the Miami sideline with five seconds remaining, silently pleading for one more stop.

He had done his part.

And after one last review, so did Miami’s defense.

Ailing arm and all, Harris threw for 386 yards — including a 40-yard pass over double coverage to Travis Benjamin that set up Graig Cooper’s 3-yard touchdown run with 1:53 left — and led the Hurricanes past No. 18 Florida State 38-34 in a wild, back-and-forth game on Monday night.

“I was just thinking my team fought through this so long and so hard. All the preparation and it came down to this,” Harris said of watching the final series from the sideline. “Our defense, I know they was going to pull through at the end.”

It went down to the very last play, a pass that Florida State’s Jarmon Fortson nearly scooped off the garnet-colored grass in the end zone as time expired. Fortson argued to no avail, replay officials confirmed that he didn’t have the ball, and Miami (1-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) flooded the field that bears Bobby Bowden’s name in celebration.

“Whew!” was the first sound Miami coach Randy Shannon made as he left the joyous locker room.

Passing Performance

Jacory Harris’ 386 passing yards was the most all-time by a Miami player against Florida St.
Miami QBs vs. Florida St. Year Pass Yds.
Jacory Harris 2009 386
Kenny Kelly 1999 370
Ken Dorsey 2002 362
Vinny Testaverde 1985 339
Ken Dorsey 2000 328
Vinny Testaverde 1986 315

Miami Florida St Football

Really, no other words were necessary. And Miami did it to Florida State (0-1, 0-1) again, winning for the fourth time in its last five trips to Florida’s capital city and dealing Bowden another arduous defeat against the team that’s vexed him more than any other.

“It was a great game, though,” Bowden said. “I guess it sounds funny to hear a losing coach say that.”

Harris completed 21 of 34 passes for two touchdowns and two interceptions. He got hurt on the second of those turnovers; Harris was drilled by blitzing cornerback Greg Reid and his throw on that play resulted in nothing more than a pop fly that Markus White ran back 31 yards for a 31-24 Florida State lead with 11:45 remaining.

Harris walked to the sideline, holding his right arm tightly to his chest.

He was fine. Better than fine, actually.

“It was just a bad funny bone incident,” Harris said. “My whole arm went numb. I had to fight through. I had to help this team win.”

He did.

Harris connected with Cooper for a 24-yard score to tie the game at 31, and after Florida State took the lead again on Dustin Hopkins’ 45-yard field goal with 4:11 left, the ‘Canes went back to work. They went 59 yards in six plays, Harris’ perfect lob to Benjamin accounting for most of them, and Cooper plowed in for the go-ahead score.

“This kid,” said Miami running back Javarris James, speaking of the sophomore quarterback, “he’s real poised.”

Ponder was, too.

Ponder, who ran for 144 yards against Miami last year, went 30 yards on a draw play to get deep into Hurricanes territory with 1 minute left. When Brandon Harris was flagged for pass interference, Florida State had 14 seconds to go 2 yards and win the game.

First down, Harris tipped the ball away from Fortson.

Second down, Ponder’s pass for Fortson sailed high.

Third down, Fortson got his hands on the ball as he hit the ground — and it squirted away. After the review, Miami could celebrate.

“Another typical Miami-Florida State game,” Shannon said. “It’s what you look forward to when you play Florida State. It seems the last couple of years it comes down to the last play.”

Ponder completed 24 of 41 passes for a career-best 294 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to keep Florida State from dropping its third straight home game dating to last season, a first under Bowden.

“It was a poor throw. It was low,” Ponder said of the final play. “We had an opportunity to win it. Now we’ve got to forget it.”

“You have to cast it aside and look at the errors we made,” Bowden said. “If we don’t correct ’em, we’ll lose another one the same way.”

Miami outgained Florida State 476-404.

“A heck of a television game,” Bowden said.

Offensive coordinator Mark Whipple’s new schemes were an instant hit with the most important Miami fan: university president Donna Shalala, who beamed after Miami rolled up 229 yards on its 29 first-half plays, a 7.9 average.

“What’s not to enjoy?” Shalala said when Miami was leading 14-10. “We’ve got an offense.”

So did Florida State.

The Seminoles scored the first 13 points of the second half, with Ponder running in from 9 yards out to put Florida State back on top on the first drive following intermission — aided by, of all things, a 15-yard late hit penalty on the kickoff by Miami kicker Matt Bosher — then throwing to Taiwan Easterling for a 21-yard score for a 23-14 edge with 4:57 left in the third.

This one, though, was just getting started.

“We came a long way tonight,” James said…

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