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FSU 23, Hurricanes 19 (Final): UM its own worst enemy with turnovers, mistakes as winnable game slips away; plus Penn State falls short for Joe Pa, FIU-FAU & more

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G10: HURRICANES AT FLORIDA STATE: Final: Weird game. Felt so winnable for Miami, but mistakes killed the Canes. Three turnovers (to none for FSU), 10 penalties, a dropped two-point conversion, a botched extra point. Bottom line: UM falls to 5-5, still one win shy (with two games left) of bowl eligibility. And the mythical state title goes to the Noles. ..... 4Q: Onside kick fails. Game. ..... UM scores on another Mike James 1-yard run but blows the extra point try to make it  23-19, now needing a recovered onside kick and a TD, not a FG. ..... Canes score on Mike James 1-yard TD run but are left in a two-score hole at 23-13 when Allen Hurns drops the two-point conversion pass. ..... Noles add a FG for 23-7 lead and it looks bleak for Miami. ..... 3Q: UM big break on that roughing the punter penalty. Nole barely grazed him. ..... Indians add short FG, lead 20-7. Offense-or-bust time for Canes. ..... Half: UM leads at half in total yards 203-79 and in first downs 12-3 but has a 10-point deficit to show for it. Worse, QB Jacory Harris left injured late, apparently hurting his back on a sack. ..... 2Q: Noles 17-7 on 83-yard punt return score in last minute of half. ..... FSU 10-7 on TD pass between tight coverage. Two Canes on the ball but neither made the play. ..... Harris to Clive Walford, 2-yard TD and 7-3 UM lead. ..... Canes defense narrowly misses out on safety. ..... 1Q: Noles 3-0 on 37-yard FG in last minute. ..... UM driving but Jacory Harris throws into coverage and is picked off in end zone. Bad INT, although only his fifth all season. ..... FSU scores (apparent) TD when completion to Allen Hurns is stripped from him and returned for score, but call is ruled as incomplete pass upon review. A fair call. Also a lucky one for Miami. ..... Original post: The stakes are low, comparatively. For years this would 1aa1canesfsube a top-10 matchup with a conference title in play, maybe even a national championship in the mix. Now (today at 3:30) it's two teams that are a combined 11-7 (UM is 5-4) playing essentially for bragging rights and maybe a future recruiting edge. The most tangible prize might be that the winner still has chance to finish ranked in the lower polls. Also, Miami of course still needs one more win to become bowl-eligible, assuming the Canes do not volunteer themselves out of the bowl picture with future NCAA sanctions in mind. Give the Canes a big upset shot today in what should be a shootout, but make ti a venue call. Pick: Seminoles, 37-31.

No. 13 South Carolina 17, Florida 12: The Ol' Ball Coach had his way with his former team, though it was a stout effort by Florida. Poor Gators haven't been this low since Ron Zook roamed the Swamp.

1aa1faufiuFIU 41, FAU 7: Sun Belt rivals met in "Shula Bowl" with FAU sadly winless in Howard Schnellenberger's swan song season and FIU struggling after a fast start. Did the Atlantic have an upset in it? Could the Owls win one for Howard? Nah. Panthers big, Panthers now bowl-eligible.

Other Collball Week 11 state-college FBS games: Friday, South Florida won big at Syracuse, 37-17. Saturday, No. 22 Southern Miss edged Central Florida, 30-29.

1aa1joepaNo. 19 Nebraska 17, No. 12 Penn State 14: This would have been a big game because of the rankings alone. It was the national game of the day because of the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky sex scandal that caused the firing this week of legend-coach Joe Paterno (pictured). The firing was justified, but still sad and unfortunate. It would be have been sweet if the Nittany Lions could win this for Joe Pa. I thought they would. Almost.

Other top-25 national matchups: 7-Oregon spanked host 4-Stanford, 53-30; 10-Virginia Tech handled 21-Georgia Tech, 37-26; and 15-Georgia embarrassed 20-Auburn, 45-7.