Third-down conversions were the biggest improvement made by Miami in the second half.
Regardless, Mark Richt and the Hurricanes snapped their streak, but let's not jump the gun quite yet. A year ago had a blocked extra point with less than two minutes to play, and Saturday we saw back-to-back touchdown drives in crunch time from two quarterbacks with less than 10 combined career starts in a game that, to that point, was being dominated by the two defenses.
For some reason, with just two games behind each team, a consensus had been formed that Miami was good and Florida State was not.
Erik Powell contributed to the victory with field goals from 25, 52, 47 and 29 yards.
TALLAHASSEE - Overshadowed no longer, Braxton Berrios has officially hit the big time.
Rosier is looking in the right places but is finding his receivers just a second too late every time and is unable to place his passes on target. Now at the 'Noles 23-yard line, Miami head coach Mark Richt could afford to take a shot towards the end zone with one timeout left. The junior drove Miami 75 yards in nine plays, throwing a 23-yard touchdown pass to Darrell Langham with 6 seconds left.
Nobody who watched the first three quarters could have envisioned an ending like this. Seems like the junior quarterback can take criticism, coaching, and handle pressure.
After having three penalties for 40 yards in the first half, the flags continued to hamper the Hurricanes early in the second half. Berrios tore his ACL in a high school All-American game shortly before he enrolled at Miami in January 2014, and UM doctors discovered the tear when he had his first team physical.
The Seminoles lost an important piece on each side of the ball against the Hurricanes, with safety Trey Marshall and wide receiver Keith Gavin each leaving the game with injuries.
Rosier showed poise and composure in front of 78,169 fans at Doak Campbell Stadium. He was electric, leaping and diving and breaking tackles to pick up critical yards during the Hurricanes' come-from-behind win. Playing behind stars like Phillip Dorsett, Stacy Coley, David Njoku and past year, freshman sensation Ahmmon Richards, Berrios finished with 12 catches for 86 yards in 2015, and 12 for 178 and two scores in 2016.
Richards, a freshman All-American previous year; draws a lot of attention. He returned to the sideline shortly after, but he missed the rest of the game.
Becker, who contributed on defense and special teams previous year as FSU's secondary depth dwindled, finished Saturday's game with two solo tackles.
Berrios makes another big play.
Sean Savoy had nine catches for 139 yards and a score after No. 1 receiver Cam Phillips went out with an apparent leg injury in the first quarter.
Rosier, who came into the game leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in passing efficiency, had a rough start as he completed only four of his first 16 passes. But it's always best to have a quarterback who can lead the game-winning drive now.
LOS ANGELES - Sam Darnold threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns, Ronald Jones II ran for a touchdown and Southern California beat Oregon State.