It was nearly a win for the Miami Hurricanes and, unfortunately, devastating.
Trey Benson ran for two touchdowns, Keon Coleman caught a score, and No. 4 Florida State held off the rival Hurricanes 27-20, maintaining its hold on a College Football Playoff berth.
Hurricanes freshman quarterback Emory Williams suffered a significant injury to his left arm while running for a first down in the waning minutes. Williams, starting in place of struggling junior Tyler Van Dyke, was taken to a hospital with what appeared to be an air cast on his arm.
Van Dyke came off the bench with the Hurricanes trailing by a touchdown but threw an interception on a fourth-and-10 play with 40 seconds remaining.
Hurricanes fell to the Seminoles last season at home 45-3.
“There’s a lot of development, a lot of improvement,” said Hurricanes head coach Mario Cristobal. “We came here to win. We didn’t come here for a consolation prize.”
Hurricanes have lost three straight against the rival Seminoles.
Seminoles have won 16 straight dating back to last season and remain undefeated in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
Hurricanes would have stayed with Williams for the rest of the season. The 6-foot-5 freshman from Milton could have been better, but he showed promise. Now, though, it looks as if they will have to turn back to Van Dyke.
Heisman Trophy hopeful Jordan Travis threw for 265 yards and his 20th TD pass of the season.
The Seminoles have already secured a spot in the ACC title game but will play another in-state rivalry game at Florida in two weeks. They will want to play better on both lines to avoid more late-game restlessness.
Florida State hosts lower-division North Alabama next Saturday, and Miami hosts No. 11 Louisville.