The Hurricanes managed to mount up 320 yards in the first half, but then got nothing after halftime, with two punts and a fumble on their first three possessions after returning from the locker room.
The Hurricanes (6-4, 3-3), were eliminated from the ACC's Coastal race, while the Seminoles (10-0, 7-0), who clinched the ACC's Atlantic Division title earlier in the day when Clemson lost, remained unscathed.
Miami coach Al Golden summed up the proceedings afterwards:
''I'm real proud of the effort,'' Golden said. ''I think there's no question that they prepared believing and knowing they were going to win. We were just a couple plays short at the end of the day.''
TOP-RANKED TEAMS TUMBLE: There is going to be a new #1 this coming week, as #1 Mississippi State lost to Alabama. Other upsets included: Arizona State, who lost to Oregon State, LSU's loss to Arkansas, Auburn to Georgia, Notre Dame to Northwestern, Nebraska to Wisconsin, Clemson to Georgia Tech, and Duke to Virginia Tech.
CAVS SLOWLY PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: The Cleveland Cavaliers may just be serving up notice about what's to come. If the 127-94 drubbing over the Hawks is any indicator, the rest of the NBA is in for real trouble. The Cavaliers, who have won four straight, scored 41 points in the first quarter alone. The onslaught was such that LeBron James wasn't needed in the fourth quarter, finishing with 13 of 20 from the field for 32 points. Kyrie Irving added another 20.
Interesting statistics in the game:
• The Cavs set a team record by going 19 for 31 on 3s.
• The 19 is a league season high.
• Made 49 baskets on 39 assists, an NBA season-high.
• The Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to go 9 for 9 or better from behind the arc in one quarter.
WEEK 11 IN THE NFL: All eyes will be focused on Indianapolis this evening, as the New England Patriots fly into town to pay the locals a visit. The Colts' are coming off a 40-24 win over the New York Giants on Nov. 3, which led to their bye. Luck went 25 of 46 for 354 yards with four scores to give Indianapolis (6-3) a sixth win in seven games. The Patriots, also coming off a bye week, have a nice string of victories themselves (5) for their 7-2 record, most recently and noticeably against Payton Manning and the Broncos.
Local interest: Miami will be just one game behind, should the Patriots stumble.