FSU vs. Miami Head-To-Head Football History

The annual rivalry between the Florida State Seminoles and Miami Hurricanes has brought fans some of the most special moments in college football history. There’s bound to be fireworks any time these two teams meet.

We’ve seen it all, from pregame brawls to national championship dreams dashed. It’s the game that brought America wide right – three times – and then wide left. It’s a battle for Sunshine State supremacy. It’s Sebastian the Ibis vs. Chief Osceola. 

Below we take a look at some rivalry facts, memorable games, program comparisons and the all-time FSU vs. Miami head-to-head football history.

FSU vs. Miami Football History

Interesting Rivalry Facts

  • Despite being in different conferences until 2004, the two teams have met on the field every year since 1969.
  • The 2006 game, the last played in the Orange Bowl, is currently the most-watched college football game in ESPN history.
  • The largest margin of victory for both teams in 47 points. Miami shut out FSU 47-0 in 1976, while FSU returned the favor in 1997.

Five Memorable Games

1. The Wide Right Game – November 16, 1991 – Doak Campbell Stadium (Tallahassee, FL) – In a matchup of No. 1 FSU and No. 2 Miami, the Hurricanes led 17-16 with time running out and the Seminoles driving. After making his first three field goals in the game, FSU kicker Gerry Thomas’ fourth attempt with less than a minute left sailed wild right, and the Hurricanes held on for the win. Miami would go on to split the national championship with Washington.

2. Wide Right Again – October 3, 1992 – Orange Bowl (Miami, FL) – Miami was ranked No. 2 in the nation and carrying a 58-game home winning streak heading into the matchup against the No. 3 Seminoles. Trailing 19-16 and the clock ticking down, FSU placekicker Dan Mowrey attempted a 39-yard field goal on the last play of the game. Just like the year before, the kick sailed wide right, and the Hurricanes pulled out another victory.

3. Wide Right For The Third Time – October 7, 2000 – Orange Bowl (Miami, FL) – With Miami leading 27-24 in the fourth quarter, eventual Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke led the Seminoles down the field for a field goal attempt, and yes, it happened again. Kicker Matt Munyon was the goat for the Seminoles this time, missing the field goal to the right.

4. Different Side, Same Result – October 12, 2002 – Orange Bowl (Miami, FL) – Defending champion Miami mounted a comeback against the over-manned Seminoles, taking the lead 28-27 with a couple minutes remaining. Just like before, the Seminoles drove down the field and gave their kicker, Xavier Beitia, a chance to win the game. He kicked it wide left.

5. Bobbled Snap – September 5, 2005 – Doak Campbell Stadium (Tallahassee, FL) – For once, FSU benefited from a kicking team’s mistake. Miami entered the game ranked No. 9, while the Seminoles were slightly behind them at No. 14. In a defensive battle, the Seminoles led 10-7 when Miami set up for a game-tying field goal with over two minutes left. The ball never got kicked, as the snap was bobbled by holder Brian Monroe. The Seminoles would run out the clock, ending their six-game losing streak to the Hurricanes.

Program Comparisons

National Championships

Miami has brought back five national championships to South Florida, including four in nine years from 1983-1991. The Seminoles have won three, the last being in 2013.

Total: Miami 5, FSU 3

Conference Titles

FSU has won 18 conference titles, including nine straight ACC championships from 1992-2000. Miami won nine Big East titles, but have yet to break though in the ACC. 

Total: FSU 18, Miami 9

Heisman Winners

Three Seminoles – Charlie Ward, Chris Weinke and Jameis Winston – have brought the Heisman back to Tallahassee. Two Hurricanes have won the prize, but not since Gino Torretta in 1992.

Total: FSU 3, Miami 2

FSU vs. Miami Game Results

Miami leads series 31-28.

Below are the game results for every FSU vs. Miami matchup.

Date

Location

Winner

Score

1951

Miami, FL

Miami

35–13

1953

Miami, FL

Miami

27–0

1955

Miami, FL

Miami

34–0

1956

Miami, FL

Miami

20–7

1957

Tallahassee,
FL

Miami

40–13

1958

Miami, FL

Florida
State

17–6

1959

Tallahassee,
FL

Miami

7–6

1960

Miami, FL

Miami

25–7

1962

Miami, FL

Miami

7–6

1963

Miami, FL

Florida
State

24–0

1964

Miami, FL

Florida
State

14–0

1966

Miami, FL

Florida
State

23–20

1969

Miami, FL

Florida
State

16–14

1970

Miami, FL

Florida
State

27–3

1971

Miami, FL

Florida
State

20–17

1972

Miami, FL

Florida
State

37–14

1973

Tallahassee,
FL

Miami

14–10

1974

Miami, FL

Florida
State

34–8

1975

Tallahassee,
FL

Miami

24–22

1976

Miami, FL

Miami

47–0

1977

Tallahassee,
FL

Miami

23–17

1978

Miami, FL

Florida
State

31–21

1979

Tallahassee,
FL

Florida
State

40–23

1980

Miami, FL

Miami

10–9

1981

Tallahassee,
FL

Miami

27–19

1982

Miami, FL

Florida
State

24–7

1983

Tallahassee,
FL

Miami

17–16

1984

Miami, FL

Florida
State

38–3

1985

Tallahassee,
FL

Miami

35–27

1986

Miami, FL

Miami

41–23

1987

Tallahassee,
FL

Miami

26–25

1988

Miami, FL

Miami

31–0

1989

Tallahassee,
FL

Florida
State

24–10

1990

Miami, FL

Miami

31–22

1991

Tallahassee,
FL

Miami

17–16

1992

Miami, FL

Miami

19–16

1993

Tallahassee,
FL

Florida
State

28–10

1994

Miami, FL

Miami

34–20

1995

Tallahassee,
FL

Florida
State

41–17

1996

Miami, FL

Florida
State

34–16

1997

Tallahassee,
FL

Florida
State

47–0

1998

Miami, FL

Florida
State

26–14

1999

Tallahassee,
FL

Florida
State

31–21

2000

Miami, FL

Miami

27–24

2001

Tallahassee,
FL

Miami

49–27

2002

Miami, FL

Miami

28–27

2003

Tallahassee,
FL

Miami

22–14

2004

Miami
Gardens, FL

Miami

16–14

2004

Miami, FL

Miami

16–10

2005

Tallahassee,
FL

Florida
State

10–7

2006

Miami, FL

Florida
State

13–10

2007

Tallahassee,
FL

Miami

37–29

2008

Miami
Gardens, FL

Florida
State

41–39

2009

Tallahassee,
FL

Miami

38–34

2010

Miami
Gardens, FL

Florida
State

45–17

2011

Tallahassee,
FL

Florida
State

23–19

2012

Miami
Gardens, FL

Florida
State

33–20

2013

Tallahassee,
FL

Florida
State

41–14

2014

Miami
Gardens, FL

Florida
State

30–26


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