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                   === Freeman, Seminoles drop Hurricanes ===
 
 Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Devonta Freeman scored what proved to be the game
 winning  touchdown  early in the  fourth quarter as  No. 12 Florida State took
 a 33-20 win over Miami in an ACC battle at Sun Life Stadium.
 
 Freeman  had two rushing  touchdowns and James Wilder Jr. added a score on the
 ground  while  E.J. Manuel  was a  competent 21-for-31 with  229 yards for the
 Seminoles  (7-1,  4-1 ACC),  who have  won their past  two after  a loss to NC
 State on Oct. 6. Dustin Hopkins hit four field goals in the win.
 
 "It may not be a huge game ranking wise or poster wise, but it's still Florida
 State-Miami  and that's something special to us," Manuel said. "For us to come
 out here and get a 'W' it means a lot."
 
 Stephen  Morris was  25-for-43 with  223 yards,  one interception  and a  late
 touchdown  pass  for the  Hurricanes (4-4,  3-2), who  have dropped their past
 three games.
 
 "We lost to a team that is ahead of us right now," Miami coach Al Golden said.
 "We have to develop our guys and recruit some more and keep working, and don't
 make  any excuses.  They're a better team right now. We had opportunities that
 we did not convert."
 
 Florida  State began the second half with the ball and a three-point lead, but
 failed to add to its advantage as Hopkins missed a 44-yard field goal.
 
 After  a  three-and-out from Miami,  Florida State moved  the ball down to the
 Miami  3-yard line,  but an offensive pass interference moved the ball back 15
 yards  and the team  had to settle for a 35-yard field goal from Hopkins for a
 16-10 advantage with 6:07 to play in the third.
 
 Following  an exchange  of punts, Miami got into scoring position with a nine-
 play,  52-yard drive and  Jake Wieclaw was true from 27 yards out to make it a
 16-13 game with just 19 seconds left in the third quarter.
 
 The  Seminoles,  though, responded  with a  score to  make it a two-possession
 game. A 39-yard catch from Kelvin Benjamin got the ball past midfield and down
 to  the 20. Three  plays later, Freeman took the ball into the end zone up the
 middle from three yards out to make it a 23-13 game with 11:53 to play.
 
 Miami went three-and-out on its next touch and the Seminoles put the game away
 with a 48-yard field goal from Hopkins with 6:15 to play.
 
 Following  a failed  fourth down try from Miami, Freeman punched the ball into
 the  end zone  from five yards out  and the Hurricanes got an 8-yard touchdown
 catch  by Rashawn Scott from Morris with 47 seconds to play to cap the scoring
 in the game.
 
 Miami  started  the game with the  ball and had to  punt, but a fumble by Nick
 O'Leary on a catch gave the Hurricanes the ball back at the Seminoles 22. Four
 plays  later, Mike  James stretched a handoff  out to the left and just got in
 the end zone on a 9-yard score for a 7-0 lead less than four minutes in.
 
 Florida State went three-and-out on its next touch and punter Cason Beatty hit
 the ball off the side of his foot as it went just 17 yards before going out of
 bounds at the Florida State 34.
 
 The  Hurricanes faced a 1st-and-goal at the 8-yard line, but were only able to
 get  to the  2-yard line and a 19-yard  field goal from Wieclaw made it a 10-0
 game with 7 1/2 minutes to play in the first quarter.
 
 Later  in  the first,  Morris  fumbled  as he  was  sacked  and the  Seminoles
 recovered  the ball at the Miami 31. A 33-yard field goal from Hopkins made it
 a 10-3 contest with one minute to play in the first.
 
 Florida  State  tied the  game on  its first possession  of the second quarter
 after  starting  with the ball  at its  own 10. The  big strike of the 10-play
 drive  was a 32-yard  catch by Chris Thompson and Wilder capped the march when
 he  took a handoff up the middle, broke a tackle and kicked it out to the left
 on his way to a 17-yard score and a 10-10 game with 9:14 to play in the second
 quarter.
 
 The  Seminoles got the ball back with 2:21 to play and were immediately put in
 a  hole as an  offensive pass interference call saw them face a 1st-and-23. On
 3rd-and-14,  Manuel and Greg  Dent got together on a 17-yard catch to move the
 chains.  The  final play of the  half saw Hopkins  hit a 46-yard field goal to
 give the team a 13-10 lead going into the break.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Florida  State  hosts Duke  next Saturday  ... Miami has  off next week before
 hosting Virginia Tech on Nov. 1 ... Florida State has won the last three games
 against  Miami, but  still  trails  in the  series,  31-26  ... Florida  State
 controlled  the  ball for  over 34  1/2 minutes ...  Florida State totaled 447
 yards compared to just 258 for Miami.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 10/21 01:40:02 ET