(Editor's Note: Seminoles.com release)
Florida State lost for only the second time in nine games at Hard Rock Stadium as No. 12 Miami gained a 52-10 victory over the Seminoles for its fourth consecutive victory in the series. The Seminoles were without first-year Head Coach Mike Norvell who returned a positive result for the Covid-19 virus on Sept. 19 and watched the game from his home in Tallahassee. Deputy Head Coach Chris Thomsen handled the in-person coaching duties in Norvell’s absence.
Florida State (0-2, 0-2 ACC) fell to 0-2 for just the third time since 1989. Miami (3-0, 2-0 ACC) improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2017 when it won its first 10 games, played in the ACC Championship and lost to Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl.
Florida State quarterback James Blackman, who was sacked five times, completed 16-of-26 passes for 120 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Reserve quarterback Jordan Travis totaled seven rushes for a team-high 52 yards while true freshman Tate Rodemaker played the entire fourth quarter as he earned playing time for the first time in his career.
The Seminoles’ defense surrendered just 14 points and 184 total yards of offense in the second half after giving up 38 points and 333 yards of offense in the first 30 minutes.
Redshirt sophomore Amari Gainer led the Seminoles with eight tackles – the second consecutive game he has led Florida State in tackles. He totaled 10 tackles in Florida State’s season opener against Georgia Tech in its season opener.