Look whose talking now. Jimbo Fisher got to celebrate his birthday with a victory as Florida State silenced Miami and their fans, thumping them 45-17.
All week the Hurricanes were saying that they were going to dominate the Seminoles and make them look like a cupcake on their schedule.
“This is just another game but we have the advantage at every position,” Leonard Hankerson said. “It was no fluke what Oklahoma did to them and we will do that and more.”
It just goes to show you that’s why you leave the trash talking for the field. That’s exactly what the Seminoles did as they got off to a hot start and never looked back.
The Hurricanes had the ball to open the game and on their opening drive it looked like it was going to be a run away for them as they easily drove down the field. However, sure footed kicker Matt Bosher missed a 32-yard field goal attempt that would have given them an early lead.
Christian Ponder connect with Jermaine Thomas on a 17-yard screen pass for a touchdown which gave the Seminoles a 7-0 lead and all the momentum they would need. From there on in the first half, both the offense and defense were dominating the game.
Thomas added two more touchdowns scampering on one-yard and six-yard runs to put them up 21-0. The crowd was in utter disbelief and those Cane fans weren’t throwing up the “U” sign at all.
Jacory Harris would lead the Canes right down the field on the ensuing drive and capped it off with a three-yard touchdown run, closing the score to 21-7. Dustin Hopkins would put three more on the board for the Seminoles when he slid the 38-yard kick in just past the right upright. They would head into the locker room with a 24-7 lead.
The Seminoles had the luxury of receiving the ball in the second-half and it took them no time to take advantage of it as Lonnie Pryor scored on a 16-yard run. It was 31-7 and they seemed to be in cruise control. 31-17 was the closest the Hurricanes would get for the remainder of the game.
Ponder sealed the deal when he hit Rodney Smith with an 18-yard touchdown pass on third and ten in the corner of the endzone. Chris Thompson would add to the lead when he ran away from the Hurricanes defense for a 90-yard touchdown. That was the third longest touchdown run in school history.
It was a sold-out crowd filled with the colors of orange and green to start the game, but at the end all that was left standing was those that dawned garnet and gold as the Seminoles ran away with this victory.
“This is a statement game for us,” Ponder said earlier in the week. “We have what it takes to win this game and if we stick to the script then we will get it done.”
A statement game it was and did they ever make one. The offense ended with 469 yards of total offense and the rushing attack accounted for 296 yards of that. I remember the days when they use to struggle on the ground but not anymore. Thomas, Thompson and Pryor are the real deal and they showed that against a good Hurricanes defense.
Defensively they held up to their end of the bargain only allowing the Hurricanes to put up 17 points. They also picked Harris once, holding him to 225 yards and only completing 19 of 47 pass attempts. Markus White had the lone sack in the game adding to their nation leading total of 26.
The victory marked the third consecutive time that the Seminoles have beaten the Hurricanes on their home turf and it's the fifth consecutive time that the road team has won the game.
They may have answered some questions by shutting the Hurricanes up but there is still a long road ahead of them and they can't look past anyone. There is a good possibility that they can run the table the rest of the way but they have to stay focused and continue to improve every week. It may only be one game and a big win it was but I think the Seminoles may just be back.
Next week they will take on a struggling Boston College team at home, but for tonight they can enjoy the sweet taste of victory.