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Canes humiliated, 45-3
November 5, 2022

It was ugly!  It was humiliating!  Florida State (6-3, 4-3 ACC) stomped Miami, 45-3 before a home sellout crowd of 66,200 that left early. They couldn’t take it anymore.

During the run up week, TheCaneReport laid out seven keys to victory for the Canes. They failed everyone one of those keys.

KEY ONE: Quarterback - Game experience at quarterback is always critical in big games. For Miami, getting Tyler Van Dyke back healthy is a major key to victory. Protecting him is a must.

Van Dyke gave it his all but quickly had to retire when he re-injured his shoulder early in the second quarter.
Jake Garcia played lost, with no confidence or production. Before the half was over, Miami had to resort to a true freshman QB Jacurri Brown. His inexperience showed despite a good effort. But the bottom line was little to no production. Miami’s passing attack was held to only 62 yards. FSU’s offense out-gained Miami 454-188.

KEY TWO: Stop the Run - Miami must stop FSU’s running attack.

Miami’s defense failed to stop FSU’s rushing attack. For the fourth consecutive game, the Seminoles gained more than 200 yards. Led by Trey Benson’s 128 yards rushing and two touchdowns, the Noles ran the ball 49 times, controlling the game tempo and momentum.

KEY THREE:  Turnovers - So far this season, Miami has been error prone, ranking 110th in turnover ratio. If the Canes play a clean game, the odds turn in their favor.

It didn’t happen. Miami turned the ball over four times (2 fumbles & 2 interceptions). The Noles had only one turnover. One of the most frustrating moments came late in the third quarter. Miami had the ball, first and goal at FSU 2-yard line. On a poor snap from center, Jacurri Brown could not recover the ball, losing 23 yards and possession.

KEY FOUR: Minimize Big Plays - Explosive plays are back breakers in close games, especially in rivalry games.

Miami failed here also. On the game’s first possession, FSU quarterback Jordan Travis hit a 56 yard bomb to Ontaria Wilson for a TD that set the tone for the entire game. The Noles averaged 7.1 yards per play in the game. That number stomped out any chance Miami had to stay in the game.

KEY FIVE: Special Teams - In close games, special teams become a key.

While Andy Borregales was again perfect (1-1) in field goal attempts, Lou Hedley’s six punts (47.0 yds. per punt) did not have his usual all-american performance. A 28-yd punt gave FSU excellent field position, quickly turning into a Noles touchdown. Miami’s four turnovers minimized the impact of Miami’s special teams. FSU clearly won the field position battle on Saturday night.

KEY SIX: Commitment - The outcome of rivalry games has a direct impact on recruitment. The Canes and Noles are battling for the signatures of a number of the same key targets this cycle.

Miami’s dismal performance did not help recruitment. The Canes were hosting more than sixty key recruiting targets, including ten 5-star prospects. Miami must now sell “come, play early and change the future.” Unfortunately, that’s not a position of power.

KEY SEVEN: Fan Support - The Canes are counting on a great turnout by their passionate fan base. It's been proven. Fans can have a direct impact when they are loud and proud against the Noles.

Our fan base turned out (66,200), but left early. Who can blame them? By halftime, the outcome was already decided. While passionate, Miami’s fans are very impatient. When things turn bad, they run for the hills (or bars).

Bottom Line: Miami was outplayed in every phase of the game. It was the Canes' fourth straight loss at home.  We haven’t seen this level of futility since 1973.

Yes, it was ugly, embarrassing and humiliating. Miami (4-5, 2-3) goes on the road the next two weeks to take on Georgia Tech (Nov. 12) and Clemson (Nov. 19) before returning home for the regular-season finale against Pitt (Nov. 26). Miami must win two of those games to become bowl eligible with a 6-6 record.


A promising season has turned into disappointment.

GO Canes!