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QB Stephen Morris shakes off injury to start for Miami Hurricanes

MIAMI — The Hurricanes got a boost with the return of starting QB Stephen Morris. But the junior struggled against Florida State.

Morris was listed as doubtful leading up to the game after spraining his ankle during the fourth quarter of last week's 18-14 loss to North Carolina.

He entered Saturday as the ACC's leader in passing yards (1,991), but he couldn't do much against the Seminoles.

He finished 25-of-43 for 223 yards, 61 below his season average, and an interception. His only touchdown came in the closing minutes — with the game already out of reach.

INJURY UPDATE: Seminoles RB back Chris Thompson snagged a 32-yard catch for a first down early in the second quarter but injured his left knee on the play. He did not return and wore a walking boot on the sideline. His status was unknown.

Thompson entered Saturday with five rushing touchdowns, and his 675 yards were first on the team and second in the ACC. He broke his back against Wake Forest last season and missed the last eight games.

Seminoles LT Cameron Erving left the game with an undisclosed injury in the second quarter. His status also was unknown.

LOCAL TIES: Former Jefferson High standout Tyriq McCord fared well for Miami. After QB EJ Manuel fumbled a handoff in Hurricanes territory, McCord, a freshman defensive end, pounced on it. It was his first fumble recovery. He added a sack in the second half.

Former Alonso High DL Anthony Chickillo had a quarterback hurry and a tackle at the line of scrimmage for Miami.

And James Wilder Jr., a Plant High product, scored on a 17-yard run for FSU in the second quarter to tie it at 10. He finished with 49 yards on eight carries.

LOOKING BACK: Miami recognized its 1987 undefeated national title team at halftime as part of homecoming festivities. Miami had won four consecutive games on homecoming.

LOOKING AHEAD: FSU announced the regular-season finale against Florida on Nov. 24 is sold out. FSU also sold out last month's 49-37 win over Clemson.

CONFUSION: FSU nearly squandered a chance for a field goal to end the first half. Officials flagged it for a false start with seven seconds left and announced a 10-second runoff would end the half. Many Hurricanes ran off the field.

But FSU called its remaining timeout to avoid the runoff, so Miami had to return to the field. Dustin Hopkins then booted a 46-yard field goal to give his team a 13-10 lead.

THIS AND THAT: The announced crowd of 73,328 was the largest for a Miami home game since FSU visited in 2010 and drew 75,115. … Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were among the game's spectators and watched pregame festivities from the Hurricanes' sideline. … The fierce rivals shook hands before the game as part of the ACC's sportsmanship week. … The game was halted briefly in the first quarter after a fan ran onto the field during a play while twirling an orange T-shirt. He was tackled by security officials and escorted off the field.

QB Stephen Morris shakes off injury to start for Miami Hurricanes 10/20/12 [Last modified: Sunday, October 21, 2012 12:23am]
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