Friday, January 19, 2018
Colleges

Miami's offense banged up

TALLAHASSEE — Miami exited Doak Campbell Stadium with twice as many hobbling starters in its backfield as it had when the day commenced.

Leading rusher Duke Johnson (23 carries, 97 yards) had to be assisted off Bobby Bowden Field after appearing to have his right leg contorted in a pileup after a futile fourth-down run in the second half.

Johnson was stopped for a yard on fourth and 2 near the FSU 25 when Nile Lawrence-Stample latched onto his lower legs in the backfield and brought him down. Johnson's lower body got twisted in the ensuing pileup.

"I don't know (his status)," coach Al Golden said. "We are trying to find out right now."

QB Stephen Morris, who entered with a lingering ankle problem, appeared to tweak it midway through the game, but stayed in and finished with 192 passing yards, two TDs and two interceptions.

Noteworthy feet: At November's outset, FSU's Roberto Aguayo and USF's Marvin Kloss appear to be going toe-to-toe for All-America kicking honors.

Aguayo, a redshirt freshman from the Lake County hamlet of Mascotte, entered Saturday's game with a school-record 58 consecutive kicks (48 PATs, 10 field goals). That number had extended to 65 by game's end.

Kloss, however, might have the upper leg. The junior's 13 consecutive field goals include seven of 47 or more yards and four of at least 50. Aguayo has only two of 40 or longer.

A sporting gesture: Because the UM-FSU game coincided with ACC sportsmanship week, the Doak Campbell Stadium audience was exposed to a pregame scene of falling-star rarity in this series.

Both teams walked to midfield, each in one long row, for a collective handshake. A similar gesture occurred at all six conference games over the weekend.

Standing press box only: From a media perspective, Saturday's game was the hottest ticket — or press pass — in Seminoles history. FSU issued a program-record 639 media credentials, eclipsing the previous mark (628) for the 2011 Oklahoma contest.

Let them chant: By game's end, those still inside Doak Campbell Stadium — which included essentially every person with an inch of garnet and/or gold clothing — began chanting, "We Want 'Bama."

"Is that what they were chanting?" coach Jimbo Fisher said afterward with a shrug. "Get ready for Wake Forest."

The Seminoles play at Wake next Saturday.

Odds and ends: Seminoles RB James Wilder's first-half 1-yard touchdown was the first in six games for the Plant High alumnus. … Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez was on UM's sideline. He signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the Hurricanes coming out of high school but was drafted by the Mariners and never played for UM. … It was the 15th time ESPN College GameDay analyst, and FSU alumnus, Lee Corso had picked the Seminoles to win in headgear games. The Seminoles are 9-6 in those games.

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