The game started out with loads of energy, the fans were hyped up and so were the players. FSU was able to force Clive Walford to fumble on UM’s first drive but they still went three and out. UM had a huge opportunity on their drive to hit a wide open Stacey Coley but Kaaya overthrew him. Miami was able to capitalize on their nine play 83 yard drive with a couple of big passes to Dorsett ending in a touchdown 27 yard touchdown pass to Dorsett giving them the 7-0 lead. On FSU’s next drive they still struggled to find some offense and had another three and out. UM proceeded to drive down the field again on FSU and it was capped off by a Duke Johnson touchdown run, the extra point was blocked by Ramsey putting the Canes up 13-0. On the ensuing kickoff return for FSU Jesus Wilson Jr. was hit hard by Deon Bush and fumbled the ball which was recovered by the Canes. FSU was able to hold UM to a field goal which was a big win with the way UM had been moving the ball on the Seminoles defense. On FSU’s next possession the drive almost stalled but Winston hit Wilson on a big third and ten and Dalvin Cook capped off the drive with a 44 yard touchdown run. On Miami’s next drive they had a few plays go for short yardage and then Kaaya hit Clive Walford on a 61 yard touchdown pass to push the UM lead to 23-7. FSU had a nice drive going on their next possession which stalled out and Roberto Aguayo capped things off with a 43 yard field goal to put the score at 23-10 Canes with 8:10 left in the half. On UM’s next drive they were able to complete a big fourth and one which kept their drive alive but in the end they missed a 29 yard field goal which gave the ball back to FSU. FSU had a solid drive going but Jameis Winston threw an ill-advised pass which was intercepted by Deon Bush. Miami went into the half with a 23-10 lead.
UM got the ball to start the half and the FSU defense was able to stiffen up and force a punt. Rashad Greene had a very nice return and due to a personal foul extra yards were added on to the end of the return. Unfortunately for FSU Dalvin Cook fumbled on his run giving the ball back to Miami. FSU was able to force Miami to punt on their drive which was badly needed for the Seminole squad. FSU started executing a slow methodical drive which is what was needed to allow the defense time to catch their breath. Ermon Lane dropped a touchdown catch in the end zone but on the next play there was a deflected pass which went straight to Karlos Williams and he ran it in for a touchdown to pull FSU within 6 points of UM. The drive was 11 plays 81 yards. Miami started a methodical drive of their own but the tight end Standish Dobard fumbled the ball on what would have been a big play to give the ball back to the Noles. Winston hit O’leary which was aided by a 15 yard facemask penalty and Winston was able to hit some big passes allowing FSU to drive deep into Miami territory. Winston missed a touchdown pass for Greene and Aguayo finished the drive with a 37 yard field goal to move the Noles within three of Miami 23-20. On Miami’s next drive it was obvious there were trying to milk the fourth quarter clock and Duke Johnson broke a 28 yard run which moved them to the FSU 41. The drive stalled out after Kaaya missed on a connection with a wide open Dobard but Michael Badgley connected on a 46 yard field goal attempt. As FSU drove down the field on their next drive Karlos Williams was able to convert a big third and one which gave FSU new life but the Miami defense was able to make a stand and Aguayo connected on a 53 yard field goal. Miami got the ball back with 7:12 left in the game and you could feel the tension in the air as time was at a premium. With a tackle for loss on first down and a false start penalty Miami tried converting a third and 16 to no avail and punted the ball to the Seminoles. FSU went to work and even with a holding penalty they were able to keep the drive alive. Dalvin Cook capped off the drive with a huge 26 yard touchdown run to give FSU their first lead of the game 30-26. With 3:05 left on the clock the Canes got the ball back. UM came up on a third and nine and with 51 seconds in the game it was four down territory. The Canes had a crucial fourth and nine and Kaaya threw the ball up which was intercepted by Jalen Ramsey. The Seminoles were able to line up in the victory formation on their next drive and cap off a huge 30-26 comeback win.