The college football season ended beyond disappointingly for two teams on Saturday, while another South Florida team saw its fortunes improve.
First, Lane Kiffin’s Florida Atlantic Owls dropped their final game of the season to the Charlotte 49ers in Boca Raton, 27-24.
Although they were up 21-10 going into halftime, FAU’s (5-7, 3-5 C-USA) offense ultimately fell to the 49ers (5-7, 4-4), who fired their head coach, Brad Lambert, just last week.
Charlotte kicker Jonathan Cruz launched a career-long 56-yard field goal with 25 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
That means the Owls will miss the postseason for the eighth time in nine years after losing four games by just one score this season.
The season ended abysmally in Tallahassee as well, as Florida State (5-7) lost to Florida, 41-14, marking its first losing season since 1976.
That puts an end to FSU’s 37-year streak of consecutive bowl appearances, which was an NCAA record, in addition to a 41-year record of consecutive winning seasons and a five-year winning streak over the Gators (9-3), who are ranked 11th.
In front of an announced crowd of 71,953 at Doak Campbell Stadium, the Seminoles earned 10 penalties and just 289 yards of total offense. They also gave up six plays of 20 yards or more, while the Gators ran for 532 yards.
On the other hand, the Miami Hurricanes (7-5, 4-4 ACC) finally had a reason to celebrate on Saturday.
They ended their regular season by defeating ACC Coastal Division champion Pittsburgh, 24-3, at Hard Rock Stadium.
Travis Homer, who rushed for 168 yards on eight carries, said, “It feels good, especially since the season didn’t go the way we planned it to go.” With Miami leading 10-3 and 2:49 remaining in the third quarter, Homer scored the game’s first offensive touchdown.
Miami’s first touchdown of the game resulted from a 65-yard punt return by DeeJay Dallas.
The Hurricanes will find out next week which bowl game they will be playing in for it all.