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No. 23 Florida State blocks game-tying PAT to drop No. 10 Miami for seventh straight year


In the storied history of kicking woes in the rivalry between Florida State and Miami, there should be room for one more. No. 23 Florida State (4-2, 1-2 ACC) blocked an extra point attempt by No. 10 Miami (4-1, 1-1 ACC) with 1:38 to play to hold on to a 20-19 lead. The Seminoles managed to run the clock out to win for the seventh straight time against Miami.

It was a wild swing of emotion as Miami fans thought for sure they had just tied the Seminoles following a beautiful pass on fourth and five by Brad Kaaya into the sure and steady hands of Stacy Coley. The touchdown was the first score of the second half for the Hurricanes, who had seen a 13-0 advantage morph into a 20-13 deficit in the second half. Just moments after the defense came up with a big stop and Miami got a fantastic punt return to setup shop inside the red zone, everything was slanted in favor of Miami. Until the PAT attempt played out.

Michael Badgley‘s PAT attempt was blocked and skirted left, leaving Miami down by one. With three timeouts to spare, it would be up to the Hurricanes to make one more stop on defense, but Florida State did not let that happen. Deondre Francois picked up a first down on a 10-yard run and Dalvin Cook added an 11-yard run on the ensuing possession to force Miami to use their final timeouts. Francois ended his night completing 20 of 34 pass attempts for 234 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Francois also was on the receiving end of a number of rough hits, one which sent him out of the game in the first half for a stretch. Cook rushed for 150 yards in the win as well.

Kaaya had the big touchdown pass toward the end, but Florida State did a good job of making sure he wasn’t on target for much of the evening. Kaaya completed 19 of 32 pass attempts for 214 yards and two scores, but was also intercepted once.

For Florida State, the win is the seventh in a row over Miami in the rivalry, dating back to 2010. Miami’s last win against Florida State came in 2009. Since Miami joined the ACC, Florida State is 10-3 against the Hurricanes. Prior to Miami joining the ACC, Miami had won five straight in the series as a member of the old Big East.

Late in the game, things got a little ugly, or trashy if you will. A controversial targeting penalty on Miami’s Jamal Carter led fans to litter the field with their garbage, causing a brief delay in the game.

Florida State snapped a two-game losing streak with the win, although it still remains unlikely Florida State makes a run for the ACC Atlantic Division. Florida State will return home next week to play Wake Forest (who is off to a 5-1 start). Miami will slip behind Virginia Tech in the ACC Coastal Division for now but they get a chance to change the outlook of the Coastal in the next few games. Miami hosts North Carolina next week and travels to Virginia Tech the following Thursday. Those will be two huge games for Miami.

FSU QB Deondre Francois returns from injury vs. Miami; Hurricanes lead 13-3

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Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois was forced to leave the game with an apparent right shoulder injury. Francois left the game after taking a hard hit in the first half against Miami, leaving the Seminoles to run the offense with Sean Maguire, although Francois did return later in the second quarter. Miami leads the Seminoles at the halftime break, 13-3.

Florida State’s first offensive possession of the game stalled at the Miami 34-yard line when Francois had a pass intended for Dalvin Cook fall incomplete after being broken up by Demetrius Jackson for a turnover on downs. Cook has rushed for 87 yards on 10 rushing attempts. After the teams exchanged punts, Miami was first to put a dent on the scoreboard with a 37-yard field goal by Michael Badgley in the first quarter.

Miami scored the first touchdown of the evening following an interception of Maguire in the second quarter. Brad Kaaya (14/21, 154 yards, 1 TD) dropped a dime into the hands of Stacy Coley, who managed to have his toe down in the end zone for a beautiful touchdown pass. The play was initially called an incomplete pass, but a video review overturned the call, which was incredibly close to going Florida State’s way.

Florida State avoided a first half shutout when Ricky Aguayo kicked a late field goal.

Stacy Coley reportedly clear in Miami’s exotic car flap

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An off-field issue that enveloped and ultimately spit out three of his defensive teammates apparently won’t have the same ending for Miami wide receiver Stacy Coley.

Citing a source with knowledge of the matter, Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post reported earlier Tuesday that, “barring any new information surfacing in the luxury rental car situation… Coley will not be suspended and will remain with the team.” A week and a half ago, reports surfaced that an investigation into Miami football players’ involvement with a luxury car rental agency had been expanded to include Coley as well.

That investigation ultimately led to the dismissal of a pair of defensive starters, defensive lineman Al-Quadin Muhammad and linebacker Jermaine Grace, three days ago.  Linebacker Juwon Young was indefinitely suspended by The U in connection to the alleged NCAA violations involving the agency, and eventually transferred to Marshall.

It was alleged that those players had received preferential treatment from the agency in exchange for future promises based on their potential earnings as football players.  The owner of the agency in question has since publicly claimed that the players involved received no discounts or special treatment because they were football players.

The fact that Coley apparently won’t get caught up in the situation is a significant boon for The U’s offense moving forward in 2016.

Coley was second on the Hurricanes last season in receptions (47), yards (689) and receiving touchdowns (4). He opted to pass on the NFL draft to return for his senior season this year.

Miami WR Stacy Coley caught up in luxury car rental agency probe, too

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Star wide receiver Stacy Coley has not been made available to the media since Miami opened summer camp Aug. 4, and now we know why.  Reportedly.

According to the Miami Herald, an investigation into Miami football players’ involvement with a luxury car rental agency has been expanded to include Coley.  Also under investigation are star defensive lineman Al-Quadin Muhammad and linebackers Jermaine Grace and Juwon Young; the latter has been indefinitely suspended by the football program and reportedly won’t return to the team because he wasn’t forthcoming in the initial stages of the school’s investigation.

The Herald writes that the investigation involves “players who might have used cars from a South Beach luxury car rental agency, in exchange for future promises.”

At this point, the NCAA is not involved.  However, if the university uncovers any violations, they will forward those to The Association.

The Hurricanes are already bracing themselves for the potential losses of Coley, Muhammad and Grace early on this season.

The U will face Florida A&M, FAU and Appalachian State the first three games of the season.

Coley was second on the Hurricanes last season in receptions (47), yards (689) and receiving touchdowns (4).  He opted to pass on the NFL draft to return for his senior season this year.

Miami WR Stacy Coley passes on NFL, will return in 2016

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Miami may be undergoing some changes in 2016 with a new coaching staff in place, but the Hurricanes will have back one of its top wide receivers next season. Stacy Coley has announced he will pass on an early shot at the NFL and return to play one more year at Miami. Coley announced his decision on his Instagram post on Sunday.

“It’s official, I decided to come back for my senior year at the University of Miami to further my education and as well as my football career,” Coley said on his Instagram post, followed by a series of emojis of money bags, hands doing “The U” and a pair of purple faces with devil horns.

Coley was second on the team with 689 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Only senior Rashawn Scott topped Coley in each category, but he did so in two more games than Coley, who only appeared in 11 of Miami’s 13 games in 2015.