Miami-Florida State: One of the Games of the Decade?

Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IISeptember 8, 2009

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 07:  Quarterback Jacory Harris #12 of the Miami Hurricanes celebrates victory over the Florida State Seminoles as he leaves the field at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Tallahassee, Florida. Miami defeated Florida State 38-34.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Ladies and Gentlemen,

If any of you were lucky enough to see THAT Miami-Florida State game last night, then you saw one of the games of the season. Actually, you didn't. You probably saw one of the games of the decade.

We should be used to a game like this, with all the history in this series of "wide rights" and "wide lefts." This time, we had a low throw into traffic in the last second of the game that looked like a touchdown—so much so that ESPN commentators yelled it—and was called off as an incomplete pass.

No team particularly deserved to lose this one—it was a game of all-out attacking that saw both programs emerge as winners.

Chin up, Christian Ponder, quarterback for Florida State; you played your heart out. And if you can't get your frame into the NFL, there's going to be a very decent-paying job for you after college—especially with your MBA.

As for Jacory Harris, his opposite number at the Hurricanes? You took quite a shot in the fourth quarter. We thought you wouldn't make it back. But you did. You anchored a drive and threw the winning touchdown.

Defensively, both sides didn't exactly strike fear in anyone's heart. There were too many missed tackles, with the biggest failure being to wrap a guy up. The secondaries were weak. Very weak.

On special teams, both sides ran the ball back so well that drives started virtually all the time on the 30- and 40-yard lines.

We're still buzzing about this instant classic. We hope you are. The great thing is both teams will probably be better next year - so make sure you're not doing anything stupid like travelling home on Labor Day evening!!

Oh, and to all ACC fans: Sorry when I mentioned that Virginia had the hottest co-eds in the country. I completely forgot about Florida State. And Miami.

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