Miami (FL) Hurricanes - SPatin Hurricanes Hold Off Late Seminole Efforts Tallahassee, FL - Christian Ponder led a 73-yard drive in the game's final minute, capped by an 8-yard touchdown pass to Rod Owens with 0:08 left. But it proved too little, too late for the #20 Florida State Seminoles who lost to in-state rival, Miami (FL), 23-17. After failing to score a touchdown in the first three quarters, the Seminole offense looked to pick things up in the fourth. Bert Reed scored on a 1-yard touchdown pass in the opening minutes to make the score 20-10 and give the Tallahassee crowd a glimmer of hope with 5:01 left to go. But, after some excellent ball control and clock management, Jacory Harris set his team up for a short field goal by freshman Jake Wieclaw to put Miami (FL) ahead 23-10 with just under one minute to play. With his opening drive interception behind him, the resilient Christian Ponder generated his heroics a little too late to be victorious. The Hurricane defense held Jermaine Thomas and the Florida State rushing attack in check, allowing just 34 yards on 11 carries. Through the air, Ponder was 14 of 20 for 183 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT. Rod Owens proved to be his main target as he took advantage of what appeared to be an over-matched Sam Shields at corner, catching 6 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. On the other side, QB Jacory Harris was 21/27 for 214 yards, while JaVarris James went over the century mark (105 yards on 16 attempts). On defense, the games top performances came Miami (FL) MLB Darryl Sharpton (4 tackles, 1 INT) and on the Florida State side, safeties Nick Moody (13 tackles) and Jamie Robinson (11 tackles) led the team. The Miami (FL) Hurricanes defeated the #20 Florida State Seminoles 23-17.