A fast start by Florida State helped Bobby Bowden overcome the Miami Hurricanes and his Orange Bowl jinx.
Shevin Smith returned a fumble 54 yards for a touchdown and Warrick Dunn scored on an 80-yard run as the Seminoles took a 17-point lead Saturday on the way to a 34-16 win.
Bowden had lost five in a row to Miami at the Orange Bowl, with defeats in 1988 and 1992 likely costing him national championships. The Seminoles’ last road victory in the series came in 1984.
“We told the kids before the game that blocking and tackling would win it,” Bowden said. “Orange shirts, stadium smoke and all that won’t win it - you have to block and tackle.”
Third-ranked Florida State (5-0) ended Miami’s 11-game winning streak, longest in the nation. The sixth-ranked Hurricanes (4-1) lost at the Orange Bowl for only the third time in the past 74 games.
“I feel humiliated,” Miami linebacker James Burgess said. “This is our home.”
The Hurricanes scored 16 points in the second period to close to 20-16 at halftime. But they were shut out in the second half by a defense ranked third in the nation.
Florida State had six sacks, including three by Reinard Wilson.
Thad Busby became the first first-year starting quarterback to win in the series since 1990. The junior completed 8 of 17 passes for 125 yards with no interceptions.
Dunn rushed for 163 yards in 22 carries. Scott Bentley kicked field goals of 48 and 32 yards.
Ryan Clement played well in defeat, withstanding a vicious pass rush to complete 20 of 31 passes for 267 yards. Yatil Green had eight receptions for 157 yards and two scores.
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