Miami Hurricanes Lose Heartbreaker to Florida State

There is only one game a season I look forward to, the Florida State game. The atmosphere is different. The crowds are bigger, louder and rowdier. It’s the perfect game to photograph and the only downside to this game was that the Miami Hurricanes lost a heartbreaker to the Florida State Seminoles.

From the time fans lined up at the Canes Walk to when the Florida State Seminoles blocked the extra point attempt to seal the game, the stadium was rocking. I never heard Hard Rock Stadium so loud. Not even when it was Sunlife Stadium, Dolphins Stadium or ever Landshark stadium. It was how a college football game atmosphere should be.

This game always brings out the abundance of media. There were yellow vests lining every inch of the sidelines and endzones. Fighting for real estate to shoot was a necessity. It wasn’t just photographers I had to contend with. My good friends ESPN (sarcasm. Can’t stand those entitled ESPNers) and even Showtime was there for their show A Season With Florida State Football plus all of the media for Florida State. A lot of jostling for positions and people yelling at ESPN for always just running up the sidelines and standing in front of a lens of a photographer as if they’re better than the rest.

The game was everything and then some. I could hear all the hard hits, the trash talking. It was awesome. The back and forth between the teams started at the coin toss and lasted to the end of the game. It just hurts as a Hurricanes fan that the Miami Hurricanes had to lose to Florida State in such a heartbreaking way.

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Hard Rock Stadium before the Miami vs. FSU game
Hard Rock Stadium before the Miami vs. FSU game
Miami Hurricane fans await the team's arrival
Miami Hurricane fans await the team’s arrival
Hurricanes TE, David Njoku, greets fans
Hurricanes TE, David Njoku, greets fans
The Florida State team buses get a police escort
The Florida State team buses get a police escort
Footballs lined up prior to warmups
Footballs lined up prior to warmups
Creative signs by the fans prior to the game
Creative signs by the fans prior to the game
FSU QB Deondre Francois
FSU QB Deondre Francois
Florida State RB, Dalvin Cook
Florida State RB, Dalvin Cook
Former Hurricanes QB and great Gino Torretta throws up the "U"
Former Hurricanes QB and great Gino Torretta throws up the “U”
A Miami fans lets people know what he thinks about FSU
A Miami fans lets people know what he thinks about FSU
Hurricanes fans get excited for the camera crews
Hurricanes fans get excited for the camera crews
Sebastian the Ibis leads the team onto the field
Sebastian the Ibis leads the team onto the field
Hurricanes TE, David Njoku, takes a knee in prayer before the game
Hurricanes TE, David Njoku, takes a knee in prayer before the game
Florida State QB, Deondre Francois, prays before the game
Florida State QB, Deondre Francois, prays before the game
Miami Hurricanes QB, Brad Kaaya, looks downfield
Miami Hurricanes QB, Brad Kaaya, looks downfield
Hurricanes TE, David Njoku, extends a stiff arm on Florida State LB, Jacob Pugh
Hurricanes TE, David Njoku, extends a stiff arm on Florida State LB, Jacob Pugh
Florida State QB, Deondre Francois, lines up under center
Florida State QB, Deondre Francois, lines up under center
Hurricane defenders, Joe Jackson and Gerald Willis, sack Florida State QB, Sean Maguire
Hurricane defenders, Joe Jackson and Gerald Willis, sack Florida State QB, Sean Maguire
Florida State QB, Deondre Francois, attempts a pass
Florida State QB, Deondre Francois, attempts a pass
Miami QB, Brad Kaaya, hands off to Joe Yearby
Miami QB, Brad Kaaya, hands off to Joe Yearby
Deondre Francois, Florida State QB, sits on the ground after a hit from the Miami defense
Deondre Francois, Florida State QB, sits on the ground after a hit from the Miami defense
Hurricanes TE, Christopher Herndon, tries to elude the tackle from a FSU defender
Hurricanes TE, Christopher Herndon, tries to elude the tackle from a FSU defender
Hurricanes DB, Corn Elder, breaks up a pass
Hurricanes DB, Corn Elder, breaks up a pass
Hurricanes TE, David Njoku, tries to break through two FSU defenders
Hurricanes TE, David Njoku, tries to break through two FSU defenders
A crazy amount of photographers on the sidelines for the big game
A crazy amount of photographers on the sidelines for the big game
Miami Hurricanes fans
Miami Hurricanes fans
Hurricanes punt returner, Braxton Berrios, returns a punt
Hurricanes punt returner, Braxton Berrios, returns a punt
Hurricanes WR, Stacy Coley, runs after a pass from Brad Kaaya
Hurricanes WR, Stacy Coley, runs after a pass from Brad Kaaya
Miami Hurricanes Lose Heartbreaker to Florida State
Miami Hurricanes line up against Florida State
Bottles and beer cans line the field after Miami Hurricanes fans threw them in protest to a whistle by the officials
Bottles and beer cans line the field after Miami Hurricanes fans threw them in protest to a whistle by the officials
Hurricanes DL, Chad Thomas, gets up close and personal with Florida State QB, Deondre Francois
Hurricanes DL, Chad Thomas, gets up close and personal with Florida State QB, Deondre Francois
Hurricanes WR, Stacy Coley, catches a touchdown pass from Brad Kaaya
Hurricanes WR, Stacy Coley, catches a touchdown pass from Brad Kaaya
Mark Walton and Brad Kaaya help Stacy Coley celebrate his touchdown
Mark Walton and Brad Kaaya help Stacy Coley celebrate his touchdown
Dalvin Cook celebrates after Florida State beats Miami
Dalvin Cook celebrates after Florida State beats Miami

I photobombed Jimbo Fisher’s post game interview with ESPN. Check for #52 in a yellow vest.

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