TALLAHASSEE | Raines High School graduate Michael Pinckney was involved in perhaps the most controversial play of Saturday’s game between Florida State and 13th-ranked Miami at Doak Campbell Stadium, which Miami won 24-20 to end its seven-game losing streak against the Seminoles.

 

Facing a third-and-six from the FSU 24 and the score tied at 3-3 midway through the third quarter, Seminoles quarterback James Blackmon lofted a screen pass to running back Jacques Patrick, who bobbled the ball and then dropped it.

After the ball hit the ground, bouncing twice, Patrick picked it up — and was then hit by Pinckney, Miami’s sophomore linebacker. One official threw a flag and the assumption was Pinckney would get a penalty for a late hit and the ‘Noles would have a first down.

However, after huddling, the officials picked up the flag and FSU punted. Braxton Berrios returned Logan Tyler’s kick 44 yards to the ‘Noles 21, and on the next play caught a touchdown pass from Malik Rosier to give UM a 10-3 lead.

There was no explanation given as to why the flag was picked up. It was the second year in a row that Berrios hurt FSU with a big punt return. He took one back 43 yards last season to set up a late touchdown, but Demarcus Walker blocked the extra-point attempt to preserve a 20-19 ‘Noles victory.

Area players lift UM

Pinckney had five tackles and sophomore middle linebacker Shaq Quarterman, an Oakleaf graduate, added six more for the Miami defense.

Kendrick Norton, a junior from Trinity Christian, had a tackle for loss and batted down a pass.

Burns for the block

Seminoles sophomore defensive end Brian Burns continues to have a nose for disrupting punts.

Although he barely got a piece of the ball, Burns was credited for the block of a Zach Feagles punt in the second quarter, his second of the season and third in his career. The punt still traveled 40 yards and was downed at the FSU 12. Feagles and Tyler combined for 11 punts in the first half. Feagles averaged 44.8 yards and Tyler 44.2.

FSU tight end found

The Seminoles completed a pass to a tight end for the first time since the opening game against Alabama on Sept. 2 when Blackman found Ryan Izzo for a 16-yard gain in the first quarter. Izzo had three receptions for 46 yards against the Crimson Tide but FSU tight ends were blanked against N.C. State and Wake Forest. Mavin Saunders, who had 10 catches for 192 yards last season, is still looking for his first catch of 2017.

Etc.

Representatives of the TaxSlayer Bowl and Florida Citrus Sports were at the game, as well as scouts for nine NFL teams: the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers, Oakland, Baltimore, Buffalo, the New York Jets, Tennessee, Indianapolis and Cleveland. … Former FSU players and Miami natives Fred Jones (1983-86) and his brother Marvin Jones (1990-92) were honorary captains. Fred Jones’ son Fredrick is a defensive tackle for the Seminoles. The family has combined for 10 FSU-Miami games. … Also serving as honorary captains were two more ex-Seminoles with Jacksonville ties, Walker and Greg Jones, who played for the Jaguars from 2004-12. Walker is a rookie with the Denver Broncos, who have a bye this week.