Miami vs. Florida State re-visited: 1992

Dec 10, 2011; New York, NY, USA; Miami Hurricanes former quarterback Gino Torretta emcees the press conference before the announcement of the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner at the Marriott Marquis in downtown New York City. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

After the heartbreak of 1991 on the missed field goal, 1992 gave the Florida State Seminoles the opportunity to go to the Orange Bowl in Miami and try to exact a bit of revenge on the defending national champions in their house on Oct. 3 of that year.

For this one, both teams once again came into the game undefeated, with Miami carrying a number two ranking in the polls and Florida State at three.

For the ‘Noles, the game got off to a more than promising start when Tamarick Vanover returned the opening kickoff 94 yards to give FSU the early 7-0 lead.

However, Miami fired right back and scored 10 unanswered points in the first half to take a 10-7 lead, before the Seminoles would add a field goal to send the teams into the locker rooms tied at the half.

A majority of the second half was a defensive battle and as far as nine minutes into the fourth quarter, the only scoring that was done was two field goals by Florida State to give them a 16-10 lead.

After that second field goal, Miami QB Gino Torretta and the offense drove the ball down the field, capping things off with a 33 yard touchdown pass to Thomas, giving the ‘Canes a 17-16 lead. They would go on to add a safety to push the lead to three.

In the waning moments of the game, FSU QB Charlie Ward engineered a 59 yard drive to get the ball down to the Miami 22 with literally seconds to spare.

The feeling in the stadium for Florida State fans at that moment had to be chilling, given the prior year’s events.

Coach Bowden once again sent his kicker out, this time Dan Mowrey, to try and send the game into overtime as opposed to actually winning the game  the year before.

And, well, it happened again:

Topics: College Football, Florida State Seminoles, Miami Hurricanes

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