It was rare for Dalvin Cook to hear a rambunctious crowd at Sun Life Stadium.
It was rare for anyone to hear any sort of crowd at Sun Life Stadium.
On November 15, 2014, it was rocking.
Things were going in their favor, too.
Until Dalvin Cook took over.
Dalvin Cook’s 26-Yard TD Run vs. Miami
The Florida State Seminoles entered the game as the No. 3 college football team in the country and in the midst of a 25-game NCAA winning streak. That streak included the last ever BCS National Championship, two Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) titles and a Heisman Trophy for quarterback Jameis Winston.
None of that mattered to the Hurricanes.
Led by head coach Al Golden, who sweated through so many white dress shirts he probably had Men’s Warehouse on speed dial, Miami jumped out to a 16-0 advantage. By the end of the second quarter, the lead was 23-10.
The Tallahassee team remained cool. FSU football head coach Jimbo Fisher knew how to keep his players calm under pressure.
In the third quarter, FSU cut the lead to six on an 11-yard pass from Winston to running back Karlos Williams. Kicker Roberto Aguayo tied the game at the start of the fourth quarter with a 27-yard field goal.
With their lead dwindling, Miami answered with a field goal of their own to reclaim a 26-23 lead.
*Queue the opening credits to the Dalvin Cook show*
Florida State started on their own 38. They couldn’t afford a blemish if they wanted a spot in the College Football Playoff.
The offense drove down to their own 45 thanks to a 17-yard Winston pass to Rashad Greene.
Winston found Cook for a 14-yard pass. Then Cook broke loose for a 15-yard run. The finale was a 26-yard touchdown run we’ve become oh so familiar with while watching the NFL‘s Minnesota Vikings.
Cook received the handoff from the shotgun, ran through feeble Miami defenders trying to bring him down, found a crease on the sideline and took it to the house with 3:06 left on the clock.
The ‘Noles defense held on to secure the 30-26 win.
Cook proved that when the game is on the line, he deserves to have the ball.