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"Another typical Miami-Florida State game," Shannon said. "It's what you look forward to when you play Florida State. It seems the last couple of years it comes down to the last play."
Ponder completed 24 of 41 passes for a career-best 294 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough to keep Florida State (0-1, 0-1) from dropping its third straight game at home dating to last season. That's never happened under Bowden before.
"It was a poor throw. It was low," Ponder said of the final play. "We had an opportunity to win it. Now we've got to forget it."
Offensive coordinator Mark Whipple's new schemes were an instant hit with the most important Miami fan: university president Donna Shalala, who beamed after Miami rolled up 229 yards on its 29 first-half plays, a 7.9 average.
"What's not to enjoy?" Shalala said when Miami was leading 14-10. "We've got an offense."
Miami outgained Florida State 476-404.
"A heck of a television game," Bowden said.
The Seminoles scored the first 13 points of the second half, with Ponder running in from 9 yards out to put Florida State back on top on the first drive following intermission, then throwing to Taiwan Easterling for a 21-yard score for a 23-14 edge with 4:57 left in the third.
This one, though, was just getting started.
"We came a long way tonight," James said.
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