Rosier’s GW Touchdown Lifts Miami Over Florida State In The Final Seconds
TALLAHASSEE, FL — Florida State (1-2) took the lead 20-17, with 1:24 left in the fourth quarter. True freshman quarterback James Blackman, benefited from a busted coverage and a 20-yard touchdown to junior receiver Auden Tate. With Doak Campbell Stadium rocking, it seemed like the same old story with the No. 13 Miami Hurricanes (3-0), losing another lead in the second half.
Hurricanes junior quarterback, Malik Rosier, took over from the 25-yard line. With pressure from seven consecutive Miami losses in this rivalry, Rosier engineered his first game-winning drive. As a result, this will go down as one the more memorable games is the Miami-Florida State rivalry.
Only needing a field goal, Rosier had to be smart with the football. Hence, Rosier looking for ‘Canes receiver Braxton Berrios. Rosier found Berrios twice on the GW drive, both times on critical third downs. Now at the ‘Noles 23-yard line, Miami head coach Mark Richt could afford to take a shot towards the end zone with one timeout left.
Completing less the 50 percent of his passes, Rosier fires a perfect back shoulder fade to redshirt junior Darrell Langham with six ticks left. Game Over.
Rosier is the Real Deal
When Coach Richt first came to Coral Gables, he told Rosier that he would never play him. Richt told Rosier he was too careless with the football. Seems like the junior quarterback can take criticism, coaching, and handle pressure.
The Hurricanes looked like a tropical storm in the first half. Due to Miami’s lack of offense, they totaled 57 yards and zero points in the first half for the first time since 2015.
After the intermission, Rosier tossed three touchdown passes including the game-winner to Langham; sealing Florida State’s fate.
Rosier showed poise and composure in front of 78,169 fans at Doak Campbell Stadium. With thIS win behind him, Rosier will look build on his success as he guides the ‘Canes through conference play.
Senior wide receiver Braxton Berrios made crucial catch after crucial catch Saturday night. Berrios leads the ‘Canes in receptions and yards this season, which is uncanny from the slot receiver position. But in sophomore Ahmmon Richards absence, Berrios had stepped up and led this young receiving corps.
Richards, a freshman All-American last year; draws a lot of attention. Since the return of Richards, Berrios has run wild the past couple of games.
Berrios made two key catches on the final drive that led to the ‘Canes win over FSU. As a result, look for Rosier to find his favorite target more as the ‘Canes make a playoff run.
Where Is Walton?
Junior running Mark Walton had a rough day in Tallahassee Saturday night. After leading the ACC in yards per game (143.3 yards/game), Walton had 12 carries for 25 yards as the FSU defense controlled the line of scrimmage.
Walton has been banged up the past couple of games with an ankle injury. Furthermore, he left the game with another lower leg injury. Walton came back into the game later, on special teams. As a result, back-up running back Travis Homer was in for the ‘Canes game-winning drive. It seems like Homer found some running room with 9.2 yards a carry due to FSU in prevent defense.
Consequently, Miami should consider resting Walton for a week or two. They will need him for the meat of Miami’s upcoming schedule.
The Hurricanes came into Saturday’s matchup with some impressive marks on defense. Most noteworthy, top 25 in scoring defense, total defense, sacks and tackles for loss. Mostly against lesser competition: Bethune-Cookman, Toledo, and Duke.
The Seminoles pushed the Canes’ defense to the limit at Doak Campbell Stadium. Freshman running back Cam Akers and the ‘Noles racked up 203 yards on the ground. Florida State ran 43 times, wearing down the Hurricanes. As a result, Miami’s defense had hands on their hips in the fourth quarter; the ‘Noles scored on their last three drives.
However, Miami did breakout the turnover chain; they intercepted James Blackman twice.
In conclusion, Miami must get up their run defense up to par and find more rotational players on the d-line as conference play continues.
Up Next: Miami is home in another rescheduled game due to Hurricane Irma. They host the 3-1 Georgia Teck Yellow Jackets with their triple-option offense.