Five Great Performances Against Miami

1984 – Jesse Hester (5-116 Rec and 2-102 1 TD rush)
Jesse Hester accounted for just under half of the total offense for the Noles in 1984.  #15 Florida State went down to #4 Miami and blasted the Canes 38-3.  After nothing but field goals in the first half, Jesse Hester took an end around 77 yards for the games first touchdown in the 3rd quarter and gave the Seminoles a 17-0 lead that they would never look back from.  A virtual one man wrecking crew, Hester had half of the 10 catches for the Seminoles on the day and 116 of the 194 yards through the air.

1964 – Fred Biletnikoff (9-165 2TD)
In 1964, Fred Biletnikoff had a game virtually unheard of in those days as he hauled in 9 passes for 165 yards and 2 touchdowns.  His 9 catches were more than all other Seminole receivers combined and his 165 yards receiving almost matched Miami’s total yards of 180 for the day.  On top of that, he scored the games only touchdowns in Florida State’s 14-0 victory over the Hurricanes that day.

1989 – Dexter Carter (21-142, 1 TD)
Dexter Carter got the night started off by taking the first offensive play for the Seminoles in for a touchdown.  After an early interception, Carter took a pitch around the left side and raced 37 for the TD just 23 seconds into the game.  Not normally a work house back in his 4 year career with Florida State, Carter would pound away with a career high 21 carries on the night and also set his career high in yards with 142.  Carter would also add a reception for 14 yards and return a punt for 15 yards.  He also very memorably let Miami linebacker Bernard Clark know that a penalty was called on Clark by forceably placing the flag on Clark’s head.

1998 – Peter Warrick (7-190 1TD)
Peter Warrick had plenty of outstanding games in his Seminole career, often times getting up for big time games.  Against Miami in 1998, he had his 2nd most productive day as a WR at Florida State with a 7 catch, 190 yard game.  He opened the scoring midway through the 1st quarter with a remarkable catch leaping over a Miami defender and keeping his balance to sprint to the end zone for a 62 yard touchdown.  Warrick finished the day averaging 27.1 yards per catch in helping the Noles to a 26-14 win.

1987 – Sammie Smith (30-189)
The only performance in a losing effort of the 5, Smith had a monster day against the Hurricanes in 1987.  In a game that featured loads of future NFL stars, Smith ran all over the Miami defense averaging over 5 yards a carry.  The Seminoles were able to take an early lead after a sensational 67 yard run by Smith set up a short 1 yard touchdown.  Late in the 4th quarter, the Noles were driving behind the pounding running of Sammy.  Unfortunately, the Noles would turn the ball over on a bad snap and eventually lose the game in heartbreaking fashion 26-25.

Honorable Mention
1996 – Warrick Dunn (22-163 1TD)
2002 – Greg Jones (31-189 yards 1TD)
2000 – Chris Weinke (29-58 496 yards 3TDs 2 INT)
1972 – Barry Smith (5-108 3TD)


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