Euphoria quickly turns to heartache for Miami
MIAMI – Miami had everything it needed.
The momentum. The crowd. The touchdown.
All that was missing was the extra point to tie the score. No problem.
Then the hands of Florida State senior defensive end DeMarcus Walker stopped everything for the ’Canes. The PAT. The tie. The momentum. Walker penetrated the left side of the line and blocked the extra-point attempt.
“I really don’t know what happened,” UM coach Mark Richt said, “but it looked like our left side; my guess it was probably a guard or tackle. But I’m not sure.”
The 65,685 fans at Hard Rock stadium were stunned, just like the Miami sideline. The ’Canes went from likely forcing overtime to a 20-19 loss.
“It’s just heartbreaking when it happens,” junior quarterback Brad Kaaya said. “You think you’re going to overtime and then that happens. It’s a heartbreaker.”
The Hurricanes trailed 20-13 with 3:32 left when they forced the ’Noles to punt. Miami wide receiver Braxton Berrios fielded the FSU punt at his own 41-yard line. The junior broke a tackle and bisected the punt coverage, returning the kick to the FSU 16.
“I looked at Braxton, Braxton gave me the eye, and I knew that he was going to make a play,” senior wide receiver Stacy Coley said said. “And that’s what we do in practice all day. Every day it’s just make plays. So that right there don’t shock me.”
The shock came later. On a fourth and 5 from the FSU 11-yard line, Kaaya fired a perfect touchdown pass to Coley to the left side of the end zone. Miami went nuts. The crowd was deafening.
Then junior kicker Michael Badgley attempted the point after.
The Miami crowd was silenced. FSU’s sideline went nuts.