FSU PK Dustin Hopkins Could Be Difference

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — While Florida State has never beaten Miami with a game-winning field goal, the Seminoles have lost five games to the Hurricanes since 1991 because of missed kicks.

If Saturday’s contest comes down to a field goal at the finish, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher likes his chances with Dustin Hopkins.

The record-setting junior kicker has hit 15 of 17 field goals this season and 124 consecutive extra-points. Miami counters with Jake Wieclaw, who has made 8 of 10 field goals.

Florida State and Miami renew their rivalry on the 20th anniversary of the Hurricanes’ 17-16 win after FSU’s Gerry Thomas’ 34-yard attempt was wide-right. Similar misses in 1992, 2000, 2002 and the 2004 Orange Bowl game have left the Seminoles feeling like there’s a kicking curse on them against Miami.

Source: Associated Press