Miami squeezes out Orange Bowl win

Peattie's long field goal seals victory as Florida State comeback falls short

Posted: Friday, January 02, 2004

MIAMI Florida State didn't want this rematch. Now everyone knows why.

Jarrett Payton ran for 131 yards, Jon Peattie kicked three field goals and Miami shut out the Seminoles in the second half to give the Hurricanes a 16-14 win Thursday night in the Orange Bowl.

It was No. 10 Miami's fifth consecutive victory in the heated series its longest winning streak since 1957. No. 9 Florida State lost consecutive bowl games for the first time since the 1979 and 1980 seasons.

Like several other memorable games in this storied rivalry, the outcome was decided by a kicker.

Not only did Peattie hit a career-long 51-yarder to give the Hurricanes the lead in the third quarter, but Florida State's Xavier Beitia missed a 39-yarder with 5:30 to play.

And yes, it was wide right.

It was the fifth time a Florida State kicker has missed a decisive kick in this rivalry. Beitia also missed a 43-yarder wide left against Miami as time expired in 2002, and the Hurricanes won 28-27.

Miami (11-2) sealed the latest victory with a defensive stand with less than two minutes to play. Chris Rix's final pass fell incomplete. Rix was 2-of-12 for 18 yards in the second half another poor performance against Miami.

He threw two interceptions in the first meeting.

This game wasn't as close as the final score indicated. The Hurricanes outgained Florida State 375 yards to 206 yards and scored the final 13 points. They also finished with 218 yards rushing.

Payton provided many of the big plays on offense, and Sean Taylor, Vince Wilfork and others did the damage on defense.

But Peattie was equally effective.

His 51-yarder came a play after Miami punted. Florida State (10-3) was penalized 5 yards for illegal substitution, moving the Hurricanes into field-goal range.

Peattie also connected from 32 and 44 yards. He had one blocked from 45 yards with 2:18 remaining, but it didn't matter.

It was the second of three meetings in less than 11 months between the instate rivals. Miami beat Florida State 22-14 in October, and they are scheduled to open the 2004 season in Miami the Hurricanes' first game as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Along with Virginia Tech and eventually Boston College, Miami will help the ACC become a 12-team league with a moneymaking championship game.

The downside might be that winning a conference title and playing for a national title could become much tougher for Miami and Florida State which have dominated their respective leagues since 1992.

The Hurricanes have won the Big East eight times, including four in a row. The Seminoles have won 11 ACC titles in 12 seasons.

The schools also have combined to play for the national championship in 12 of the last 18 seasons, including five in a row before this season.



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