TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State’s kickers and kick returner were the difference in the Seminoles’ 23-19 win Saturday over Miami.
Greg Reid scored on an 83-yard punt return and Dustin Hopkins kicked three field goals to lead Florida State to the victory over their longtime nemesis.
Shawn Powell kept the Seminoles out of several holes with his punting, including a 63-yard boomer from his own end zone.
And it’s something that all three do regularly for the Seminoles.
“Their punter (Powell) … he changed the field position the whole second half,” Golden said. “He did an amazing job.”
Powell, who came into the game leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in punting average, averaged 54.8 yards on five punts, including his shortest kick that went out on Miami’s 6-yard line.
Hopkins, the league’s scoring leader and top field goal kicker, missed once and is 18 of 21 this season to go along with 126 consecutive PAT kicks.
Florida State (7-3, 5 -2 ACC) led 17-7 at the half and held Miami to its lowest scoring total of the season. The Hurricanes had scored at least 21 points in each of their previous nine games.
Florida State has won five consecutive games since an early-season three-game slide knocked them out of the rankings and a possibility at an ACC Championship.
NOTRE DAME 42, MARYLAND 21
In Landover, Md., Jonas Gary ran for a career-high 136 yards and two touchdowns, and Notre Dame made itself right at home against skidding Maryland.
Tommy Rees completed 30 of 38 passes for 296 yards and two scores for the Fighting Irish (7-3), who have won three in a row and seven of eight. Rees went 14 for 15 for 142 yards after halftime.
Notre Dame has made a habit of playing one “home” game a year at a neutral site. Although this one was held at a stadium only 12 miles from the Maryland campus, both end zones read NOTRE DAME and most fans in the crowd of 70,251 spectators at FedEx Field were pulling for the Irish.
Maryland (2-8) dropped its sixth in a row and also lost starting quarterback Danny O’Brien, who hurt his left arm.
BOSTON COLLEGE 14, N.C. STATE 10
In Boston, quarterback Chase Rettig threw for a touchdown, backup Josh Bordner ran for a score and struggling Boston College held on for a win over North Carolina State .
The Eagles (3-7, 2-5) are suffering through their worst season since going 4-7 in 1998 under Tom O’Brien .
Rettig completed 9 of 13 attempts for 118 yards, and Andre Williams carried 18 times for 61 yards.
VIRGINIA 31, DUKE 21
In Charlottesville, Va., Michael Rocco threw two touchdown passes and Chase Minnifield returned an interception for a touchdown as Virginia ended a three-game losing streak against the Blue Devils.
The Cavaliers (7-3, 4-2) moved one victory closer to a possible showdown with No. 10 Virginia Tech with the ACC’s Coastal Division title on the line. It was Virginia’s third consecutive victory, two in November, where it had lost 13 in a row before last week.