MIAMI (Ticker) -- Florida State's agony against Miami now extends to both goalposts.
Xavier Beitia was wide left on a 43-yard field goal attempt as time expired as top-ranked Miami rallied from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter and escaped with a 28-27 victory over the 12th-ranked Seminoles.
Jason Geathers scored on an 11-yard run with 5:17 left to give the Hurricanes a one-point lead. Willis McGahee, who carried 26 times for 96 yards, rambled 68 yards with a screen pass from Ken Dorsey on the previous play.
The Seminoles were not done and moved into position for a game-winning field goal following a three-yard punt by Freddie Capshaw. But Beitia, who connected earlier from 45 and 42 yards, hooked his kick to the left, adding another almost identical chapter to one of college football's best rivalries.
"I can't believe we lost the game like this again. I thought we had it," Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said. "I went out to shake (Beitia's) hand. I thought he hit it. I've had that picture so many times before in my career. I can't stand it. Our kids did not deserve to lose this game."
Florida State lost close games to Miami in 1991 and 1992 as shorter field goal attempts sailed wide right in the final seconds.
Two years ago, a 49-yard attempt also was wide right, giving the Hurricanes a three-point win. Beitia joined Gerry Thomas, Dan Mowrey and Matt Munyon in Florida State lore as kickers who failed in the final seconds against the Hurricanes.
"What was going through my head? I was not nervous," Beitia said. "I was thinking, `Just make the kick, just make the kick,' the same thing that always goes through my head. Was it a bad snap or a bad hold? I don't know the answer. It's a blur."
Despite a sluggish performance in which it was penalized 14 times for 109 yards, Miami (6-0) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 28 games and won for the 20th straight time at the Orange Bowl.
The Hurricanes overcame a huge game by Florida State's Greg Jones, who carried 31 times for 189 yards and a score.
"We got exactly what we wanted out of him today," Bowden said. "Whatever we did today we did right because we had a chance to win at the end."
But it was not enough as Florida State (5-2), which hoped to return to college football's elite with a win, lost to Miami for the third straight time.
Dorsey was the victim of several dropped passes but still threw for 362 yards, completing 20-of-42 passes with two interceptions. He took control when the Hurricanes needed him most, throwing a two-yard TD pass to Kevin Beard with 8:10 left to cut the deficit to 27-21.
"I think we realized the game was in jeopardy and we took it upon ourselves to make something happen," Dorsey said. "Thankfully, the defense came up big."
Florida State rolled up 296 yards on the ground behind Jones, who scored on a 12-yard run to increase the Seminoles' lead to 27-14 with 11:44 left.
The Hurricanes have won their first 18 games under Larry Coker, who is off to the best start by any coach in the modern era (post-1950). Miami, which topped Florida last month, passed yet another stiff test. Its next major challenge likely will come November 9 at Tennessee.
"This was a great team victory and we'll remember it for a long time," Coker said. "We never gave up. We made a lot of mistakes. Florida State, as we know, is an excellent football team. They came to play, as we knew they would."
"I know we made a lot more mistakes than Florida State did, but I know a lot of us gave an effort," Miami center Brett Romberg added. "I kind of think we earned it. Some of us think we earned it."
The Hurricanes looked impressive on their opening drive, marching 91 yards in 13 plays and taking nearly eight minutes off the clock before McGahee broke several tackles and scored on a four-yard run.
The teams committed turnovers on consecutive plays in the second quarter when Leon Washington fumbled a punt and Dorsey immediately fumbled. The Seminoles moved downfield and Nick Maddox scored on a 30-yard run to tie it at 7-7.
Beitia kicked a 45-yard field goal to give the Seminoles their first lead.
Florida State continued to move the ball on the ground, as runs of 14 yards by Jones and 17 yards by Maddox set up a 10-yard touchdown pass over the middle from Chris Rix to Talman Gardner.
"I'm speechless. I've never been so tired in all my life," said Rix, who completed just 8-of-19 passes for 83 yards. "One play and we had this game. 'Any given Sunday,' as Al Pacino says. It's a game of inches. That's how we lost, by inches. It's a tough way to lose."
Miami cut it to 17-14 at halftime on a five-yard TD toss from Dorsey to Kellen Winslow with 26 seconds left in the second quarter.
But even with the touchdown, Miami trailed at the half for the first time under Coker.
The Hurricanes were sluggish in the third quarter, where the only scoring was a 42-yard field goal by Beitia. Dorsey had a 52-yard pass to Roscoe Parrish called back by a chop block penalty.