TALLAHASSEE -- The Las Vegas oddsmakers might not have agreed, but the annual rivalry game between the University of Miami and Florida State more than lived up to the hype in terms of turnout and excitement.
Doak Campbell Stadium — which often takes well into the first quarter to fill to capacity — was packed with a record crowd of 84,409 nearly an hour ahead of kickoff. ESPN’s “College GameDay” was in town. And FSU issued a record 648 media credentials for the game.
The previous record came two years ago when Oklahoma visited Tallahassee.
Coming into Saturday night’s game, FSU quarterback Jameis Winston had only thrown four interceptions — two of which came off deflections.
On Saturday, Winston threw two interceptions in the first half alone.
UM’s Deon Bush intercepted an errant Winston pass at the UM 35-yard line in the first quarter, and Rayshawn Jenkins intercepted Winston at UM’s 43-yard line in the second quarter.
UM turned the two interceptions into 14 points and finished the first half trailing 21-14.
Morris to Hurns
When Hurricanes quarterback Stephen Morris found Allen Hurns in the back of the end zone with 22 seconds remaining in the second quarter, it marked just the first time all season that FSU had given up two passing touchdowns in a game.
Freeman moves up
Devonta Freeman’s first-quarter touchdown run was the 23rd of his career and moved him up to a tie for seventh all-time in Florida State history. Freeman is a former Miami Central star.
Florida State opened the game with a 13-play, 72-yard drive that culminated in Freeman’s 5-yard touchdown run. It was the sixth time in eight games that FSU has scored on its opening drive.
When Rashad Greene (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas) hauled in a 9-yard reception on the second play of the game, it marked the 23rd consecutive game in which he has had a reception. The Florida State record — 29 in a row — was set last season by Rodney Smith.
Wilder gets TD
Junior running back James Wilder Jr. plowed into the end zone from the Florida State 1-yard line early in the second quarter to end a long scoring drought. It was his third touchdown of the season and first since FSU defeated Boston College on Sept. 28.
This and that
• Former Seminoles in attendance included Derrick Brooks, Marvin “Snoop” Minnis, Myron Rolle, Bert Reed, Lonnie Pryor, Tony Carter and Dustin Hopkins.
• The captains for FSU, all seniors, were defensive back Lamarcus Joyner (St. Thomas Aquinas), linebacker Telvin Smith and receiver Kenny Shaw.
• FSU has held opponents scoreless on their opening drive in six of its eight games.