Movie review: Florida State 45 – Miami 3

Florida State Seminoles walked to Hard Rock Stadium and took control of the Miami Hurricanes from the opening bell. The final was in Miami Gardens, Florida Florida 45 and Miami three.

Hurricanes are one of the worst trained teams I’ve ever seen in my life right now. Missed tackles, poor runs and blocking passes, bad shots, injuries and ugly reversals were a hallmark of Mario Cristobal’s era in Coral Gables, Florida.

This summer and before the match, Canyonero’s keys to victory over FSU were:

1- Contain Jordan Travis. Travis was bottled up on the floor, however, and he threw for three TD and 16.8 yards per ATTEMP against Kevin Steele’s defense. Four different receivers have explosive plays of 15 yards or more. He picked up a key or two with his legs, but it was his arm that won the day.

2- Van Dyck protection. Although Cristobal grumbles that this isn’t rock bottom and this is a rebuild, he sure threw his hit starting at QB in the game and then added him to IR again. Van Dyke averaged just three yards per attempt, but he’ll likely be locked out for the rest of the ’22 season. Jared Ferris came in with a TFL, a sack, and two faltering recoveries.

3- Keep your focus again. Yes, this did not happen. Four turnovers, nine penalties, a laundry list of explosive plays including the early first quarter. And all at home against your biggest competitor. Cristobal’s preparation and training for match day is very poor.


Miami was 4-of-13 miserable in its third downs while allowing FSU to finish 6-of-11 in the 3rd down and 1-of-1 in the 4th downs. The Miami Turnover Machine returned, and Canes turned the ball four times with just one meal on DJ Ivey intercepting Jordan Travis.

Miami was the most sanctioned team as well. Miami finished with nine penalties for 72 yards, while FSU committed only four penalties for 40 yards. Miami lost time for a possession battle again, and Josh Gates must have cried to sleep.

Andres Borregales made his solo shot attempt, 49 yards. Whereas Lou Headley looked strong in kicks on the ‘sugar cane’.


Miami’s offense averaged just 3.3 yards per pass and 3.8 yards per carry. Four-star quarterback Jake Garcia is inexplicably terrible behind the center. Garcia averaged 0.5 yards per try and threw an interception. Garcia has a Tate Martell character, while Jacurri Brown is bad, but there are glimmers of potential that Garcia is missing. Tyler Van Dyck is left injured again, and that should be done for the season.

Brown hasn’t put the pass game together yet, averaging 4.1 yards per attempt with the INT, but he did push for 64 yards at 4.9 yards per carry (including sack stowage). Jackie Clark and Brown had a bad shot in their tracks. Jaylan Knighton had an explosive 45-yard dash but it was too late.

Miami caught only 10 balls all night, and Xavier Restrepo’s 15-yard catch was the length of the night in Miami. O-Line in Miami allowed three bags, hurry up and four TFL bags.

abovePoor Tyler Van Dyke. Under Lashley it looked like a second round pick. Fast forward a year in disaster under the leadership of Frank Pons and Josh Gates. Van Dijk has battled Cristobal and Miami but in the end his arm wasn’t doing well and I think it’s over.

aboveJake Garcia has turned into the offending James Williams. It is an experience that may be disruptive. Marsh wet everything for nothing.

aboveCute little playback-3 by Jaylan Knighton. Knighton cuts off the insertion block from TE and hits 40+. The only real Miami explosive attack game.

above– Miami has requested a Power Read (Inverted Inverted) by Jacquery Brown several times, it has worked for him. It’s a concept that has been used against Miami with great success by FSU, Virginia Tech and Duke in recent years.

aboveAthletes do sports. The FSU defender smashes the net and hits rookie Brown. Welcome to Power 5, dude.

above– “How do you do anything…” Weft. Mario Cristobal’s side, neglecting the ball, giving up big games, and quitting were punished multiple times in matches. This time it looks at some of the problems the SSAC 2A Florida High School Championship is facing.

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Miami’s defense allowed 45 points for an FSU offense. Travis finished 10 of 12 passes with three scores. Stick defense does not want any role in addressing the emergence of Trey Benson. Benson lunged for 128 yards and two TDs at 8.5 yards per carry.

RB Lawrance Toafili grabbed 65 yards against a defensive tackle in Miami (Kevin theft He came back over Kevin Steele) and WR Ontaria Wilson for a 56-yard TD in the first quarter. Noles allowed three sacks, no rush, 11 TFL, and Miami exited with not a single PBU.

aboveKevin Steele never learns. He continues to return to DJ Ivey’s cover man with apparently no high security after the play is made and Ivey gets burned again. Maybe Ivy is the cover type 2 back corner who can run over obstacles, ramps and in a running game but can’t run deep with fades and posts? Adjust your coverages to your talent.

above– If you want to align Caleb Johnson that far from third (inside WR) and leave Corey Flagg as the only full-back in the penalty area, James Williams has to spin down the box to act as a useful running gap filler. Instead, J. Williams runs himself into a block and then it’s an explosive play.

above– It looks like Steele would have asked for it without a real defender. I suppose the lower end is the ‘blitz peel’ guy and as far as he should have stayed with the FB in the flat while Wesley Bissinthe as the guy who cut the boot on QB’s outer hip.

above– At this point no. 24 Already losing his leg, D-End gets tangled up and ILB stumbles on each other. I’ve never seen a three-year arc of defenders fall on each other quite like Miami from 2020-2022.

above– You can see Norvell here running the old-school 22-man action in the end zone. Feels like a 2003 Madden.

above– Basanta with a huge whiff on Travis. He seemed to lose every game against the Fifa. He was completely out of his league on a college football field. Needs an OODA loop and a pronto-reset tracker.

above– Acrobatic selection of Ivey in the deep post. He ran a slower way and played with the ball that was knocked out.

above– number. 90 is not a wrong arm, which leaves the inside open and it’s pretty deep in the field. If it misses the arms, it may bounce, but it won’t break inside like it does. Safety also needs to run down the alley. It is very deep in rotation.

aboveFlag and Johnson didn’t want any part of Benson. James Williams is a broken football player. I hope someone comes along and fixes this problem, or it’s another five star wasted in Miami.

above– No wrong lever again, leaves the inside open where the G/Y or G/T meter wants to go.

above– From there the team does not want any part of the connection. Cristobal hasn’t won anyone in Miami. The media, fans and players outside. He has to hope that the Life Wallet dough keeps popping up so he can recruit the talent he wants and hope they don’t lose faith in him as quickly as the “Manny Players”.

above– Is that not. 15 Having a zero football IQ on the field? burn again? I’ve never seen such a player who has been so popular either he’s so burnt in coverage or so bad at handling that he’s always down to earth. It could be Gurvan Hall Part 2.


I watched this match on the plane Sunday morning on my way back from a wedding. I’m really glad I didn’t waste real time on this disappointing performance. Mario Cristobal has a lot of self-research to do this season. John Campbell, Van Dyck and Jonathan Dennis had just a few injuries during the match. Managing Mario and Aaron Feld’s injury was a nightmare.

Florida vs Miami

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Aaron Field, Josh Gatiss, Frank Pons, and Kevin Steele must have a real plan moving forward. It can’t just be about possession, because Miami shouldn’t lose to MTSU, Duke or FSU if talent is all that matters.

Miami has three super losers left on the table at Georgia Tech, Clemson and Pitt. A 4-8 start to Cristobal’s era with a team that Mane Diaz could have 6, 8 and 7 wins with shouldn’t have gone down that far.

Who the hell put up a defensive tackle when running backwards in man cover?! Why do men miss out on so many interventions again? Some of these players spent time with Cristobal like Diaz at this point. It can’t all be blamed on Mane Diaz, he’s long gone.

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