MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — If the Miami Hurricanes aren't back, they're doing a pretty nifty imitation.
In what had to be the smallest sellout crowd (12,806) to ever witness a University of Miami-Florida State football game, the Hurricanes — behind another fine performance by quarterback D'Eriq King — put their biggest whupping on the Seminoles in the past 44 years of the fierce rivalry with a 52-10 victory Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium.
It was the most points scored by either team in the history of the series, which began in 1951.
King completed 29 of 40 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns, and added eight carries for 65 yards — an 8.1-yards-per-carry average — in leading his Canes to 517 yards of total offense. He has yet to throw an interception in three games, and he was replaced by N'Kosi Perry within the first minute of the final quarter.
UM's defense contributed six sacks, 13 tackles for loss and three interceptions (Al Blades, Bubba Bolden and Jaelan Phillips). Two Canes and one Seminole were ejected — defensive end Phillips for two unsportsmanlike conducts (once for prancing down the field into the end zone while celebrating a diving interception); safety Gurvan Hall for targeting; and FSU defensive tackle Marvin Wilson for targeting.
FSU was held to 330 yards, only 105 in the first half.
The only thing missing because of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, was UM's usual capacity crowd to savor the thumping of the Seminoles, who fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2017 and only the second time since 1989.
Just how far the Canes have risen will be on display in two weeks when they travel to Clemson, the No. 1 team in the nation.
The Canes (3-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) have begun the season with three consecutive victories for the first time since 2017. They have also stretched their winning streak against the Seminoles (0-2, 0-2) to four games, last accomplished during a five-game streak from 2000 through 2003. Note that in the 2003 campaign, Miami defeated FSU in the regular season and in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 2, 2004.
Meanwhile, FSU's misery is substantial, as the Seminoles have lost four of their past five games dating to last season. Former coach Willie Taggart was fired the day after UM's victory last season. And current FSU coach Mike Norvell wasn't even there for Saturday's loss, as he was home isolating after announcing Sept. 19 that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. Tight ends coach Chris Thomsen served as the interim coach.
UM took a 38-3 lead into halftime, fueled by two touchdowns by tailback Cam'Ron Harris, a 24-yard reception by tight end Brevin Jordan, a 40-yard reception by Dee Wiggins, a 2-yard rush by Donald Chaney Jr. and a 30-yard field goal by Jose Borregales.
FSU's lone points in the first half came from Ryan Fitzgerald's 26-yard field goal.
The Seminoles scored their only touchdown in the third quarter on a 12-yard pass from James Blackman to Camren McDonald.
UM's second-half points came from Chaney and freshman wideout Michael Redding III, a 7-yard pass from Perry.
Miami goes into the bye week before traveling to top-ranked Clemson for the Oct. 10 meeting. The Tigers (2-0, 1-0 ACC), who had off Saturday, won the 2018 national championship and finished second to LSU in last season's title game.
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