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Florida State’s much-mocked celebration made an early appearance against Miami

FSU player Stanford Samuels III wears the “turnover backpack” as he celebrates with teammate Emmett Rice after their game against the Louisville Cardinals on Sept. 29, 2018.
FSU player Stanford Samuels III wears the “turnover backpack” as he celebrates with teammate Emmett Rice after their game against the Louisville Cardinals on Sept. 29, 2018. Getty Images

Backpack 1, chain 0.

In a meeting of arch rivals and, consequently, rival turnover props, Florida State managed to break out its celebratory prop first with 6:29 remaining in the second quarter. DeCalon Brooks recovers at UM 43

Brian Burns, who has been the Seminoles’ most prolific defensive player, created the takeaway. The defensive end from Plantation American Heritage beat left tackle Tyree St. Louis around the edge and whacked the ball away from N’Kosi Perry as the quarterback prepared to throw. DeCalon Brooks hopped on the fumble to give Florida State the ball at Miami’s 43-yard line.

Seven plays later, the Seminoles took a 10-7 lead on a 42-yard field goal by kicker Ricky Aguayo.

Burns, who grew up in Fort Lauderdale, celebrated by donning the red backpack and leaping atop a bench on the Florida State sideline. The defensive lineman faced the Hard Rock Stadium crowd and threw up the inverted U.

The sack was Burns’ sixth of the season. He entered the day ranking third in the ACC with five sacks.

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