FSU holds off Miami to stay unbeaten

by Gary Shelton on November 12, 2023

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Sunday, 3 a.m.

It wasn’t the finest performance of the year by FSU, but a game-clinching interception by Jordan Jones preserved a 27-20 victory over Miami Saturday evening.

The Hurricanes were driving toward the tying touchdown when starting quarterback (as of this week) Emory Williams was injured rushing for a first down. That brought in usual starter Tyler Van Dyke, who threw his interception on fourth down.

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The Seminoles, 10-0 and ranked fourth, beat Miami for the third straight season.

Jordan Travis threw for 265 yards in the victory.

Williams completed just eight passes on the day, but five of them were to Jacoby George, who gained 153 yards.

FSU plays Saturday against North Alabama. Miami is home against Louisville.

USF 27, Temple 20: USF finally solved the problem of a leaky defense.

When the game mattered the most, the Bulls had them on the sideline.

USF evened its record to 5-5 by burning up the last 7:01 of the game after Temple had rallied with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Before that, the USF defense had played well by its standards — in its previous three league games, it had given up 56, 56 and 59 points. This time, they had three interceptions and scored once.

Quarterback Byrum Brown threw for 316 yards, although only 50 came in the second half.

One of those was a 15-yarder on third-and-14 in the final drive to Sean Atkins. For the day, Atkins caught nine passes for 168 yards.

The Bulls play Saturday at 9 p.m. against the University of Texas-San Antonio.

LSU 52, Florida 35: There was simply too much Jayden Daniels for the Gators to measure up to Saturday night.

Daniels made a strong argument for the Heisman Trophy against Florida. He passed for  372 yards and three touchdowns. He ran for 234 yards and two more touchdowns. In all, he led LSU to a 701-yard night.

The Gators, taking advantage of a weak LSU defense, hung into the game for a while., trailing 38-35 early in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Graham Mertz threw for 311 yards, and receiver Ricky Pearsll caught seen for 103.

But Daniels was unstoppable , including runs of 85 and 51 yards for scores. Brian Thomas caught six passes for 150 yards and Malik Nabers caught six for 132.

The Gators play at Missouri Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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