Florida State Seminoles. Miami Hurricanes. The historic rivalry, Covid-19 edition.
Hurricanes sealed the game in the first half alone.
There was a possible delay because of lightning both teams avoided. Instead, it was a category five-hurricane dominant performance.
D’Eriq King continues to make a name for himself in a Hurricanes (3-0) uniform, throwing for 267 yards and two touchdowns, and the No. 12 Hurricanes beat Florida State 52-10 on Saturday night.
Seminoles (0-2) entered the game unranked, 10 point underdogs, and without their first-year head coach Mike Norvell who did not travel with the team after testing positive for Covid-19.
Norvell, who led Memphis to a 12-1 record and a berth in the 2019 Cotton Bowl before taking his talents to Tallahassee, he participated fully in pregame preparations remotely. Once the game starts, however, he will be watching from home.
“It hurts not being able to be around our guys for 10 days,” Norvell shared while in quarantine. “It’s extremely disappointing. This is one of the greatest rivalries in college football.”
Norvell usually calls FSU’s plays, but that responsibility now falls to Kenny Dillingham. It is fair to say, Norvell did not enjoy what he was viewing from home.
James Blackman, the quarterback for the Seminoles, had 28 yards passing in the first half.
Hurricanes entered the game with four sacks on the season; they had five in the first half.
“It did not have to be close, that was our mindset,” King said. “We wanted to go out there and start fast on both sides of the ball. We did not come in and celebrate at halftime. I told everyone to keep their foot on the gas.”
King, a graduate transfer from Houston, has completed six touchdown passes without an interception through his first three games with the Hurricanes. He also ran for 65 on eight carries against Florida State.
Miami won its fourth straight over Florida State and leads the series 35-30. The Seminoles enjoyed a seven-game winning streak before the Hurricanes’ current string.
Cam’Ron Harris and Don Chaney scored twice, and Brevin Jordan and Dee Wiggins each caught touchdown passes for “The U.”
This was the first 50-point game in this rivalry.
The beat goes on.
The Seminoles play host to Jacksonville State next.
The hurricanes have a bye, then take their talents to Clemson.