A Look Back at the Hurricanes' Five-Game Losing Streak to FSU

It's been a while since Canes fans left an FSU game happy.
It's been a while since Canes fans left an FSU game happy.
Photo by Devin Peppler

When toe meets ball at Doak Campbell Stadium this Saturday night, it will have been 2,024 days since the Miami Hurricanes last beat the Florida State Seminoles, the longest Hurricanes-victory drought in the rivalry since the Canes lost seven straight from 1962 to 1973. The five-game losing streak to the Seminoles has featured losing in just about every imaginable fashion — from blowing a big lead to being completely blown out.

As painful as it may be for Miami Hurricanes fans, here's a look back at the last five Hurricanes-Seminoles games, all of which ended with the team from Tallahassee leaving victorious. 

October 9, 2010: FSU 45, Miami 17

Jimbo Fisher's first win against Miami was a butt-whooping. 

The 45 points FSU hung on Miami in 2010 were the second most points Florida State scored in the series and just the fifth time a Canes or Noles team had kicked the other's ass so badly. Damien Berry ran 20 times for 101 yards for Miami, while Jacory Harris completed 19 of 47 passes for 225 yards, with a rushing touchdown. Still, it wasn't enough to keep up with the Noles' offensive onslaught. 

More than 75,000 people watched FSU run for 298 yards, including a 90-yard sprint by Chris Thompson and three touchdowns by Jermaine Thomas in the first quarter-plus. This game was so long ago that UM (13th) was actually the higher-ranked team in the game (FSU, 23rd).

This was the beginning of some bad, bad times for Hurricanes fans.

November 12, 2011: FSU 23, Miami 19

This was when both the Seminoles and Hurricanes were bad — very, very bad. 

The Seminoles came in 6-3, and the Canes were 5-4 — both not exactly in the playoff picture. Though neither team was deserving of a ranking at the time, it was more about the Canes looking to avenge a humiliating blowout loss the year prior. That didn't happen. Jacory Harris threw an early TD to Clive Walford to give the Canes an early 7-3 lead, but a Greg Reid 83-yard punt return would be the back-breaker and the deal-sealer for the Seminoles. 

The Hurricanes were doomed by turnovers in the game, especially three untimely ones in the first half. The Noles' win was the first time in six years the home team won in the rivalry.

October 20, 2012: FSU 33, Miami 20

The story of this game was the fact that Miami couldn't run the ball worth a damn, totaling just 29 yards rushing on 21 attempts, and Florida State eventually took advantage of the Hurricanes' ineptitude. FSU fumbled and stumbled all over the field in the first half, while the Canes did just enough to not take advantage of their mistakes. It would come back to bite them in the end. Miami held a 10-3 first-quarter lead but was unable to match the Noles' firepower, led by freshman Devonta Freeman, in the second half.

EJ Manuel and Stephen Morris basically played to a draw, both throwing for just over 200 yards, but the running game would be the story. Mike James could never get started, and Duke Johnson was lost in the game due to injury, making the Canes very unbalanced against a defense full of future NFL draft picks.

November 2, 2013: FSU 41, Miami 14

The largest crowd in Doak Campbell Stadium history saw No. 3 Florida State sledgehammer the No. 7 Hurricanes 41-14. Both teams came into the game undefeated in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and one could argue this is the peak of Al Golden's time at UM. A victory against the Seminoles (who would go on to win the national championship) would have catapulted the Canes into the top five and put them in the national-title picture. 

But that didn't happen. The Hurricanes lost very badly. FSU put up more than 500 yards on the Canes' Swiss-cheese defense, and the game was never that close. Making matters worse, the Hurricanes would lose Duke Johnson to a leg injury he sustained in the game.

That did not go well.

November 15, 2014: FSU 30, Miami 26 

Last but not least is perhaps the most chest-pain-inducing game of the bunch. Last season, the Hurricanes came out of the gate kicking ass and taking names, jumping out to a 23-7 second-quarter lead over the defending national champs. But that's when it all went to hell. UM would play conservative down the stretch, letting the Noles slowly chip into the lead the Canes had built and would eventually get their back broken by Miami native Dalvin Cook and his game-winning touchdown with three minutes left in the game. FSU would hold on and win 30-26 and extend its stranglehold on the rivalry — for now.

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