Swagger is winning. These were the words of Miami Hurricanes Head football coach Mark Richt before the start of his Paradise Camp this past summer.
Winning is what will bring “The U” back to National prominence.
I tweeted it. Malik Rosier’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Darrell Langham with 6 seconds left to beat the Florida State Seminoles 24-20 ending a seven-game losing streak in the series, is a catch that will be the turning point for Miami Hurricanes football history moving forward.
Winning this game on the road was swagger. Moreover, this game is being titled “the catch.”
It was a defensive battle in the first half with the Seminoles taking a 3-0 lead in the locker room. Hurricanes offense was missing in action in the first half just 57 yards of total offense.
The second half is where the hype of this in-state rivalry was portrayed. Hurricanes took a 10-3 lead into the final quarter. Hurricanes had led going into the fourth quarter the past three years but were unable to hold on, losing by a total of 10 points.
Senior wide receiver Braxton Berrios was a part of those losses and made it a factor to not taste another one. Berrios had some penalties in the game that hurt his team. And he made up for it. Play after play. He was named ACC receiver of the week after his performance. Leading Miami with eight receptions, 90 receiving yards, and two touchdowns.
“Oh man, when we got them down and it was zero on the clock. We did not believe it for a second,” Berrios stated. “We fought they fought. They got up and thought it was over. Both teams fought. When we pulled it out there was no better feeling.
Berrios became the first UM player to score a touchdown reception in each of his first four games of the season since Reggie Wayne in 2000 and the first Hurricane with a touchdown catch in five straight games (dating to 2016) since Leonard Hankerson 2010.
Berrios made plays however redshirt junior Langham was the playmaker. In only his second offensive snap of the game, he leaped at the goal line to score a 23-yard touchdown catch on Florida State’s lockdown corner Tarvarus McFadden with six seconds remaining that fans on both sides of the field will remember.
“I didn’t know if I was in or not,” Langham said. “I was just happy I caught the ball and was just trying to get in the end zone. The whole way through that play just goes back to practice for me. Coach [Ron Dugans] is always telling me to be big, use my body, go for the ball. I’m just happy I came down with the ball and happy I ended the streak.”
The ball was mainly in Rosier’s possession on offense since star running back Mark Walton was less explosive with a hurt right ankle. It was announced the next day Walton will have season-ending right ankle surgery. Rosier finished 19 of 44, 244 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Since winning 28 straight games in conference play from 2012-15, the Seminoles have gone 8-7 in the ACC and are 1-2 for the second straight season.
“It came down to the end they made one more play, got the one inch they needed to get the touchdown and do the things which they needed to do. … It was a classic game, a great game,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. “They made one more play. We’ve got to find a way to do that.”
The win was the first for Miami versus Florida State since 2009. Hurricanes now lead the series 32-30. Hurricanes have won straight games the third longest at the FBS level.
The beat goes on for The U as they host Georgia Tech next Saturday. The game was originally scheduled for Oct. 12 on a Thursday but was moved back two days when the Miami-Florida State game had to be moved due to Hurricane Irma.