View Full Version : UM vs. FSU: An Instant Classic

09-08-2009, 05:20 PM
All it took was for these two teams to step on the field for the dated rivalry to reignite and make the season opener for UM and FSU an instant classic. There were no wide right kicks in this showdown, but FSU did botch an extra point kick reminiscent of the old days. The battle was fought to the bitter end with fans on both sides chewing their nails all the way down to the stubs. In the end, the Miami Hurricanes prevailed and took a valuable victory from a raucous Talahassee crowd and moved into 20th in the AP top 25.

No matter the outcome, the fact that the game was decided in the final minutes and seconds made this one to remember. It was an offensive shootout as both teams combined for 74 points and were able to score at will.

Jacory Harris entered his third NCAA start with poise and confidence, throwing for 386 yds, 2 TDs and 1 rushing TD (coupled with 2 interceptions). The Noles' QB, Christian Ponder, had a standout performance of his own, passing for 294 yds, 2 TDs and 1 rushing TD (he had an interception of his own as well). The entire Canes team mustered 476 yards of offense and 5 TDs on their way to victory.

In the greater scheme of things, Miami's offense looked explosive once again - a potential threat for other ACC teams. FSU was ranked 18th before the game began and to defeat a ranked team with such offensive numbers is impressive for a rebuilding team like the Hurricanes...

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