MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – D’Eriq King threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns in three quarters and No. 12 Miami beat Florida State 52-10 on Saturday night.
Cam’Ron Harris and Don Chaney scored twice and Brevin Jordan and Dee Wiggins each caught touchdown passes for Miami (3-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Miami scored touchdowns on its five possessions and built a 35-point lead at halftime. The margin of victory was the largest for Miami in the series since a 47-0 rout in 1976, the first season of Bobby Bowden’s 34-year coaching career at Florida State.
The Seminoles (0-2, 0-2) were without head coach Mike Norvell, who tested positive for coronavirus and remained in Tallahassee under quarantine. Assistant Chris Thomsen served as head coach.
King capped the Hurricanes' game-opening drive with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jordan.
After Ryan Fitzgerald’s 26-yard field goal ended Florida State’s first drive, Miami responded with Harris' 3-yard-run late in the first quarter. Harris' second touchdown from 12 yards put the Hurricanes ahead 21-3.
Asante Samuel recovered Mark Pope’s fumble inside the Miami 40 but the Seminoles turned it over on the next play after Jaelan Phillips intercepted Jordan Travis' pass. Three plays later, King connected with Wiggins from 40 yards to make it 28-3.
King, a graduate transfer from Houston, has completed six touchdown passes without an interception through his first three games with the Hurricanes. He also ran for 65 on eight carries against Florida State.
Chaney scored his first college touchdown on a 2-yard run with 3:37 late in the second quarter. Jose Borregales closed the first half with a 30-yard field goal as time expired.
Camren McDonald caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from James Blackman on the Seminoles' first drive of the second half before Chaney’s 5-yard run early in the fourth quarter gave Miami another 35-point lead.
Miami won its fourth straight over Florida State and leads the series 35-30. The Seminoles enjoyed a seven-game winning streak before the Hurricanes' current string.
SELLOUT BUT FAR FROM CAPACITY:
Saturday’s attendance of 12,806 was listed as a sellout. The crowd total fell within the 20 percent capacity allowed at 65,000-seat Hard Rock Stadium to comply with coronavirus social distancing guidelines.
Florida State: the Seminoles will return home and face Jacksonville State next Saturday.
Miami: after a bye week, the Hurricanes will play at No. 1 Clemson on Oct. 10.