Well it was a crazy game that saw FSU winning 27-7 late in the third quarter and the game in hand as the Noles had all the momentum. A third quarter sack and fumble recovery by the Canes swung everything as the turnover chain made its debut and the offense scored on a 4th down to make it 27-14. Another turnover by Canes defense and another td by the offense made it 28-21 within 2 minutes of being 28-7. Miami took the lead for good with a beautiful 41 yard td pass from N’Kosi Perry to freshman tight end Brevin Jordan to cap off the biggest comeback in the Miami FSU series. Miami’s defense limited the Noles on offense the rest of the way as the Canes ran out the clock on the FSU 1 yard line.
Head Coach Mark Richt on the comeback…
During the recent ACC teleconference, Between Classes sports reporter Yousaf “Da Guru” Khan asked head coach Mark Richt about the comeback.
I’m looking back at last week, when you’re down 27-7 against a talented FSU team, how much doubt was in your mind? I know you had mentioned that you were maybe close to putting Rosier in the game. Were you worried at that point before that turnover came?
MARK RICHT: “Oh, that part, I don’t know. But I mean, was I worried? We were down 20. I mean, I knew something had to change pretty quick. You know, and was it the quarterback or was it just something had to change. But getting that turnover was big, and then being able to score the points afterwards was big. You know, N’Kosi didn’t play perfect by any means, but he played big when he had to and made some beautiful throws, and stood in there and handled the pressure of the day, and that’s big, and that’s just one more thing you can cross off the list of being able to experience.
I mean, I think most people know that was the greatest comeback in the history of the series, being down 20 and coming back and winning it has never happened in the history of that series. It’s been a big momentum series, and we certainly lost the momentum in a big way. And like I said, I was talking to someone earlier, a lot of people were expecting us to win the game and win by X amount of points and all that kind of thing, so you’re the favorite team, and then you go down 13 and then go down 20, I mean, how many teams at that time — at that point are in shock and can’t turn it around. That happens a lot. The favorite team gets behind, it wasn’t supposed to happen this way, and everybody is looking at each other like what’s going on, and then they just can’t recover. But we did recover. We recovered because we kept fighting and we made plays when we had to.”
By Yousaf “Da Guru” Khan