FSU-Miami: Five most meaningful victories
Even though my wife has disrespected me in advance of the FSU/Miami game… at least the Chopping Block has my back.
5. Florida State 17, Miami 6; Nov. 7, 1958
FSU had been playing football for more than a decade and it was still searching for its first triumph against Miami. Then, a half century ago, the Seminoles finally earned that elusive victory. FSU finished the season 7-4, but lost to Oklahoma State in the Bluegrass Bowl.
4. Florida State 10, Miami 7; Sept. 5, 2005
Yes, this was an ugly, ugly, ugly game. But it was also Florida Stateâ€™s first victory against Miami this decade, and it snapped a 6-game losing streak to the Hurricanes. Plus, the legend of Jenn Sterger was born this game, thanks to one Brent Musberger.
3. Florida State 24, Miami 10; Oct. 28, 1989
Entering this game, FSU had suffered four consecutive defeats against Miami, and the losses particularly stung in 1987 and in â€™88. The â€™87 game is probably the greatest in the history of the rivalry, and FSU lost it on a failed two-point conversation attempt. In â€™88, the Hurricanes stomped on the top-ranked â€˜Noles to the tune of 31-0. So this victory in â€™89 ended a long streak of futility, and FSU players, coaches and fans could finally smile.
2. Florida State 31, Miami 21; Oct. 9, 1999
This wasnâ€™t a vintage Miami team â€“ the Hurricanes were ranked No. 19 at the time of this meeting â€“ but the top-ranked Seminoles needed to keep their magic alive to do something no FSU team ever had. The â€˜Noles did exactly that. Not only did this victory help boost FSU to its first undefeated season, but it was also the fifth consecutive against Miami. In school history, the â€˜Noles have only enjoyed one longer streak, and thatâ€™s when they won seven consecutive against the â€˜Canes from 1963-72 (the series skipped a season here and there back then).
1. Florida State 28, Miami 10; Oct. 9, 1993
There would be no wide right this time. Or no need at all for a late field goal. The Hurricanes came to Doak Campbell Stadium the No. 3 team in the country and FSU handed them a whuppinâ€™. Florida State doesnâ€™t win its first national title without this victory.