TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — No. 7 Miami's perfect season ended Saturday night against No. 3 Florida State, and it was no mystery to Hurricanes coach Al Golden why.
"They made all the plays, we didn't," Golden said after a 41-14 defeat. "Give them credit,"
Miami (7-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) could get a rematch against the Seminoles (8-0, 6-0 ACC) in the conference title game next month if it can hold its lead in the Coastal Division. Though the Hurricanes will have to make do without their best offensive player.
Star running back Duke Johnson left the game late in the third quarter with a leg injury. Golden said that there was no word on the extent of the injury to the ACC's second leading rusher who ran for 97 yards against FSU, but a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Johnson had a broken right ankle and would miss the rest of the season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement was still to come.
The Hurricanes managed to keep it close in the first half before being shut down by the Florida State defense in the final 30 minutes.
"Once we started getting behind it unraveled a little bit," Golden said. "We put the defense on the field too many times there in the third quarter ... and the beginning of the fourth."
Florida State blew the game open in the third quarter with a pair of touchdowns on its first two drives of the second half to open a 35-14 lead.
"It's a high-powered offense," Golden said. "We didn't do enough in this game to put the pressure on them."
There was hope for Miami at halftime.
After a pair of Seminole scores, Morris zipped a 14-yard touchdown throw to Hurns with 22 seconds left in the half to pull the 'Canes to 21-14 at the break. It came nine plays after sophomore safety Rayshawn Jenkins intercepted Florida State's Jameis Winston. Both Miami scores followed misfires by the Seminoles' celebrated freshman quarterback. Another Miami sophomore safety, Deon Bush, picked off Winston at the Miami 35 to set up the 'Canes initial score.
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