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‘Wide Right’ and more: Six missed kicks that shaped Miami-FSU

Florida State travels to No. 12 Miami on Saturday in ABC’s college football “Game of the Week.” 

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. For those who know the history of the Hurricanes-Seminoles rivalries, it’s those kickers who might take center stage in the final moments. 

There’s the run of monumental showdowns in the 1990s and early 2000s with more NFL talent on the field than anybody could possibly imagine. And, of course, missed game-winning kicks. 

Wide Right. Wide Left. And, of course, the dramatic ending to the 2016 game. 

Here are six kicks that shaped the Miami-FSU rivarly: 

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Wide Right I: No. 2 Miami 17, No. 1 Florida State 16 (1991)

What happened: Florida State (10-0) and Miami (8-0) both came in undefeated, but Gerry Thomas missed a 34-yard field goal with 29 seconds remaining that would’ve given the Seminoles the win.

Aftermath: Florida State lost to No. 5 Florida the following week but beat No. 9 Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. Miami won its fourth national championship after beating No. 1 Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.

Wide Right II: No. 2 Miami 19, No. 3 Florida State 16 (1992)

What happened: The Seminoles (4-0) and Hurricanes (3-0) hooked up earlier in the season the following year, but it ended with the same result. Dan Mowrey missed a 39-yard field goal in the final minute. 

Aftermath: Miami’s bid for back-to-back national championships ended with a Sugar Bowl loss to No. 2 Alabama. Florida State finished 11-1 and beat No. 11 Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.

Wide Right III: No. 7 Miami 27, No. 1 Florida State 24 (2000)

What happened: Florida State (5-0) and Miami (3-1) met on the same intense stage, and this time Matt Munyon missed a 49-yard attempt as time expired.

Aftermath: Both teams finished with one loss, but the Seminoles were chosen to play No. 1 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl for the BCS national championship instead of the Hurricanes. The Sooners won, 13-2. Miami beat No. 7 Florida in the Sugar Bowl and finished No. 2 in the AP Poll.

Wide Left: No. 1 Miami 28, No. 9 Florida State 27 (2002)

What happened: The Seminoles (5-1) threatened to upset the defending national champion Hurricanes (5-0), but Miami rallied behind two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Xavier Beitia missed a 43-yarder as time expired.

Aftermath: Miami’s bid for back-to-back BCS titles ended with a double-overtime loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Florida State finished 9-5 and lost the Sugar Bowl to No. 4 Georgia.

Wide Right IV: No. 10 Miami 16, No. 9 Florida State 14 (2003)

What happened: The teams met in the Orange Bowl. It wasn’t a last-second field goal this time, but Beitia missed a 39-yarder that would’ve given Florida State the lead with 5:30 remaining.

Aftermath: Miami finished 11-2 and Florida State finished 10-3. The teams met in the ACC opener the following season, which happens to be the last matchup in which both teams were ranked in the top 10.

Missed extra point: No. 23 Florida State 20, No. 10 Miami 19 (2016)

What happened: No. 10 Miami (4-0) had a chance to knock off No. 23 Florida State (3-2), and Brad Kaaya cut the Seminoles led to 20-19 with 1:38 remaining. DeMarcus Walker blocked the ensuing extra point, however, sealing a seventh straight win in the rivalry for the Seminoles.

Aftermath: Florida State finished 10-3 and beat Michigan in the Orange Bowl. Miami finished 9-4 in Mark Richt’s first season and beat West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

 

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