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FSU starts slowly again in won over UM

It happened against Clemson.

And then it happened against North Carolina State, Notre Dame and Louisville.

Florida State falling behind at halftime has been a common occurrence this season. And it was déjà vu on Saturday night against Miami, which led 23-10 at the break.

FSU ran just nine plays in the first quarter and none of them moved the sticks. Miami had a 183-14 advantage in yards and a 13-0 edge in points at the end of the first quarter.

The teams played to a 10-10 stalemate in the second quarter. But the Seminoles had to consider themselves lucky that Miami walk-on kicker Michael Badgley — a fill-in this season for the injured would-be starter — missed an extra point and a 29-yard field goal in the first half.

FSU didn’t really stop Miami in the first half; the Hurricanes scored on four of their six possessions. On the other two, Miami missed a routine 29-yard field goal and Hurricanes tight end Clive Walford fumbled after getting a first down.

FSU clinches

The Seminoles clinched the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division on Saturday, and they did it before even stepping on the field at Sun Life Stadium. It happened when Clemson was upset by Georgia Tech 28-6 in an early afternoon game.

THIS AND THAT

▪ FSU free safety Jalen Ramsey forced a fumble on Miami’s first possession. He stripped Walford of the ball, and the fumble was recovered by strong safety Tyler Hunter. Later in the first period, Ramsey blocked an extra-point attempt.

▪ FSU dodged a bullet on Miami’s second possession when quarterback Brad Kaaya overthrew Stacy Coley, who likely would have had a 79-yard touchdown pass had he caught the ball in stride. However, Kaaya got behind FSU’s pass defense later in the drive on a 27-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett.

▪ FSU kick returner Jesus Wilson fumbled in the first quarter when he was hit by his former Columbus teammate, Miami safety Deon Bush. Miami’s Corn Elder recovered.

▪ FSU has 21 players on its rosters who are from Miami-Dade or Broward counties.

▪ Nick O’Leary, already the most prolific tight end in FSU history, reached a milestone on the Noles’ second play from scrimmage with career reception No. 100.

▪ Quarterback Jameis Winston isn’t the only FSU player projected to go in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Cornerbacks P.J. Williams and Ronald Darby, and defensive tackle Eddie Goldman are also considered probable first-round picks. Projected second-rounders are defensive end Mario Edwards, wide receiver Rashad Greene and offensive guards Josue Matias and Tre Jackson.

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