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Seminole Saturday Summary: Miami Tramples Noles, FSU Schedules Home-and-Home with Alabama

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Missing a bowl game for a second straight season looks like a reality for Florida State. The Seminoles were handled by rival Miami on Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium, 27-10.

Miami quarterback Jarren Williams passed for 313 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. DeeJay Dallas added a touchdown run. FSU was held to just 203 yards in the loss.

Cam Akers scored FSU’s only touchdown on the game on an 18-yard screen pass from Alex Hornibrook. Akers finished with a team-high 89 yards from scrimmage for the Seminoles. Jeff Thomas and Dee Wiggins combined for 158 yards receiving and each caught a touchdown for Miami. Greg Rousseau had four sacks for Miami.

The loss for FSU is its third straight to Miami after winning the previous seven. FSU will have to beat Alabama State on Nov. 16 and either Boston College next week or Florida on Nov. 30 to become bowl-eligible.

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Florida State may be turning its attention to Boston College in the next few days, but the Seminoles now know a couple of early-season games in the future.

Earlier this week, FSU announced a home-and-home series with Alabama for 2025 and 2026. The first contest will take place at Doak Campbell Stadium on Aug. 30, 2025. The teams will meet in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 19, 2026.

FSU is just 1-3-1 all-time against the Crimson Tide. The last meeting was a 24-7 victory for Alabama to open the 2017 season. Three of the four prior meetings have been on neutral fields. The lone FSU win came by a 21-14 score in 2007 in Jacksonville.

The Seminoles also have a home-and-home scheduled with Georgia for 2027 and 2028. Neutral-site non-conference games set in stone include against West Virginia next season and 2022 and 2023 games against LSU.


Record: 4-5 (3-4 ACC)
Ranking: None
Past Week: (0-1), defeated Miami, 27-10
Upcoming: at Boston College (Saturday)
Recognitions: Cam Akers, RB (Maxwell Award semifinalist, ACC Running Back of the Week); Marvin Wilson, DT (Bednarik Award semifinalist); Hamsah Nasirildeen, S (ACC Defensive Back of the Week)
Weekly Commitments: None
2020 Recruiting Class Ranking: No. 14 nationally, second in ACC (20 total commitments)*
Big Picture: After a rivalry loss to Miami at home, FSU will have to find a way to win a road game over either Boston College or Florida.

Weekly Review

Miami 27, FSU 10
Saturday, Nov. 2

Miami quarterback Jarren Williams passed for 313 yards and two touchdowns as the Hurricanes beat Florida State for a third straight season. Miami got constant pressure on the FSU quarterbacks and held the Seminoles to 203 yards of offense. Cam Akers finished with 89 yards from scrimmage and caught the only touchdown for FSU on an 18-yard screen from quarterback Alex Hornibrook. Greg Rousseau had four sacks for the Hurricanes.

Men’s Basketball

Record: 0-0
Ranking: None
Upcoming: at Pittsburgh (Wednesday)
Recognitions: None
Weekly Commitments: None
2020 Recruiting Class Ranking: No. 15 nationally, fifth in ACC (3 total commitments)*
Big Picture: Florida State will be tested out of the gate as it visits Pittsburgh. The Seminoles have won 14 out of their last 16 games against ACC teams.

Women’s Basketball

Record: 0-0
Ranking: No. 12 AP Poll; No. 13 USA Today Coaches Poll
Upcoming: vs. Charleston Southern (Tuesday), at LSU (Saturday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: At No. 12 in the AP Poll, Florida State will begin the season on Tuesday with its second-highest preseason ranking ever.


Record: 14-4 (8-2 ACC)
Ranking: No. 5 United Soccer Coaches; No. 2 seed ACC Tournament
Past Week: (2-0), defeated Wake Forest, 2-1; defeated Duke, 1-0
Upcoming: vs. Clemson (Sunday, ACC Tournament)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament after consecutive wins to end the season. The Seminoles won last year’s ACC Tournament and five of the last six.

Weekly Review

(5) FSU 2, Wake Forest 1
Sunday, Oct. 27

Deyna Castellanos’ penalty kick goal in the 62nd minute broke a 1-1 tie and ultimately propelled Florida State to victory. Wake Forest’s Giovanna DeMarco got the scoring started with a goal in the sixth minute before Kristen McFarland answered for FSU in the 30th minute. The Demon Deacons outshot FSU, 8-6. FSU goalkeeper Caroline Jeffers recorded three saves in the win.

(9) Duke 0, (5) FSU 1
Thursday, Oct. 31

Deyna Castellanos’ 10th goal of the season in the 79th minute broke a scoreless tie and lifted Florida State to a Senior Night victory and the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament. Jenna Nighswonger and Malia Berkely assisted on the goal. The Seminoles outshot Duke, 15-3 in the contest. Duke’s Brooke Heinsohn recorded six saves. The loss was the first for the Blue Devils in ACC play.


Record: 16-6 (9-3 ACC)
Ranking: None
Past Week: (4-0), defeated Clemson, 3-1; defeated Miami, 3-1; defeated Virginia Tech, 3-0; defeated High Point, 3-2
Upcoming: vs. Notre Dame (Friday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: Florida State went perfect during a busy week. FSU is currently in second place in the ACC and gets set for three big matches at home.

Weekly Review

FSU 3, Clemson 1
Sunday, Oct. 27

Florida State bounced back from a 25-15 loss in the first set to take the next three without allowing more than 21 points in any set. Payton Caffrey and Morhan Chacon each had double-doubles for FSU. Caffrey finished with a match-high 20 kills to go with 10 digs. Chacon added 12 kills and 12 digs. Kaylin Korte finished with 14 kills to lead Clemson in the loss.

Miami 1, FSU 3
Wednesday, Oct. 30

Florida State needed four hard-fought sets to dispose of rival Miami in the first of two meetings between the schools. Miami evened the match by taking the second set before the Seminoles closed it out by taking the next two. Neither team scored fewer than 21 points in any set. FSU’s Payton Caffrey finished with 21 kills and 15 digs in the victory. Five FSU players had at least eight kills. Elizaveta Lukianova tallied 15 kills to lead the Hurricanes.

FSU 3, Virginia Tech 0
Friday, Nov. 1

FSU’s Payton Caffrey finished with a team-high nine kills on Friday night to lead the straight-set victory over Virginia Tech. The Hokies committed 27 errors in the loss. Virginia Tech’s Kaity Smith finished with a match-high 13 kills. Lauryn Burrows led the Seminoles with 11 digs.

FSU 3, High Point 2
Saturday, Nov. 2

High Point gave Florida State all it wanted on Saturday, but the Seminoles found a way to win in five sets. Morgan Chacon finished with a career-high 21 kills and 20 digs in the win. FSU won the final set, 15-10. Payton Caffrey added 16 kills and 18 digs for the Seminoles in the victory. Megan Kratzer and Maggie Salley each finished with 16 kills to lead High Point.

Cross Country

Ranking: Men No. 21 USTFCCCA, No. 3 USTFCCCA South Region; Women No. 10 USTFCCCA, No. 1 USTFCCCA South Region
Past Week: Men finished sixth, women second at ACC Championships
Upcoming: NCAA South Regional (Nov. 15)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: In second place, the FSU women had their best ACC Championship finish since 2013. The men finished one spot higher than last year.

Weekly Review

Men 6th, Women 2nd at ACC Championships
Friday, Nov. 1

The Florida State women had a strong showing at the ACC Championships, finishing second — the highest finish since 2013. The Seminoles placed three runners in the top 10, led by sixth-place Lauren Ryan. Elizabeth Funderburk and Maudie Skyring finished eighth and 10th, respectively. NC State took the team title while senior Elly Henes took the individual title for the Wolfpack. The FSU men settled for sixth with Kasey Knevelbaard leading the way in 13th place. Virginia Tech’s Peter Seufer took the individual ACC championship while Syracuse won as a team.

Women’s Golf

Ranking: None
Past Week: Fifth at Landfall Tradition
Upcoming: Guadalajara International Invitational (Feb. 16-18)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: Florida State played well in its final tournament of the fall. The Seminoles will have a few months off before their next tournament in February.

Weekly Review

5th at Landfall Tradition
Friday, Oct. 25 through Sunday, Oct. 27

Florida State was in third place after two rounds, but settled for a fifth-place finish at +9 as a team. South Carolina won the event at -7. Amanda Doherty shot an even par to pace Florida State, which was good for a tie for 11th. Indiana’s Priscilla Schmid shot -7 to take the individual title.

Men’s Golf

Ranking: None
Past Week: Played first two rounds of White Sands Intercollegiate
Upcoming: White Sands Intercollegiate (Sunday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU is in second place after two rounds of the White Sands Intercollegiate. The Seminoles trail host Houston by six strokes.

Swimming and Diving

Ranking: Men No. 15 CSCAA; Women No. 20 CSCAA
Past Week: Idle
Upcoming: at Florida (Friday); Florida Southern (Saturday)
Recognitions: None
Big Picture: FSU gets a well-deserved rest before meets in back-to-back days. The FSU women will try to shock the world against No. 1 Florida.

Other News

FSU wide receiver Warren Thompson is out indefinitely handling “personal issues”.

Saturday’s football contest between FSU and Boston College will begin at noon EST and air on ACC Network.

Former FSU head baseball coach Mike Martin was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday.

FSU hoops defeated Columbus State in its final exhibition on Friday night, 84-54.

*247Sports Composite rankings

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