MIAMI (Ticker) -- The first bowl game between Miami and Florida State had a familiar look to it - another Wide Right and another win by the Hurricanes.
Ninth-ranked Miami maintained its intrastate supremacy with a tense 16-14 victory over eighth-ranked Florida State in the Orange Bowl, riding big performances by Jarrett Payton and Jon Peattie and a big play by D.J. Williams.
The Hurricanes (11-2) defeated the Seminoles (10-3) for the fifth straight time, benefiting from a crucial missed field goal for the fifth time in the scintillating series since 1991.
"I don't know any other rivalry that always comes down to a kick," said FSU coach Bobby Bowden, who fell to 12-19 all-time against Miami. "I said that three kicks ago."
"I guess we just have a lot of luck," Miami tight end Kellen Winslow said. "I don't know how it happened. I can't explain it."
Xavier Beitia, who was wide left on a potential game-winning 43-yard field goal in last year's loss at Miami, was wide right on a 39-yarder with 5 1/2 minutes to go.
Florida State's defense held, but in punt formation on 4th-and-1 from its 31, Miami snapped the ball to blocker Williams, who rumbled 31 yards for a key first down that helped take two more minutes off the clock.
"Because of the struggling punting game, we had to do something there," said Miami coach Larry Coker, who improved to 4-0 against FSU.
A senior linebacker who also played running back in high school, Williams ran 61 yards for a touchdown on a similar play against Temple earlier this season. It was a gutsy call by Coker that appeared to come out of Bowden's playbook.
"It took a page out of everyone's playbook," Bowden said. "It was a great call."
Peattie, who kicked three field goals and replaced an ineffective Brian Monroe as punter, had a 45-yarder blocked with 2:18 left. Florida State moved into Miami territory before a succession of penalties and incompletions sealed its fate.
Payton, the son of the late, great Walter Payton who victimized FSU for 97 yards and a touchdown catch in a win in October, ran for 131 on 22 carries in his final college game and was named Most Valuable Player.
"I had this feeling that we could come out and run the ball and be successful at it," Payton said. "We wanted to prove to everyone that we could play better and that the first game wasn't a fluke."
Chris Rix completed just 6-of-19 passes for 96 yards and an interception for Florida State, which does not have to wait long for another shot at Miami. The teams open next season against each other, this time as Atlantic Coast Conference foes.
"This is the way these games are supposed to be," said cornerback Stanford Samuels, a sixth-year senior and one of the few Seminoles who was around for their last win over Miami. "You all grew up playing against each other. It's a healthy battle."
Peattie's career-best 51-yard field goal early in the third quarter was the only scoring in a grueling second half and was set up by an illegal substitution penalty on Florida State, which was flagged 10 times for 85 yards.
Beitia's miss came after FSU's seventh straight three-and-out possession. Miami's Brock Berlin had fumbled trying to sneak for a first down on 3rd-and-1.
"(Beitia) was upset, he had his head down in the locker room," Seminoles center David Castillo said.
Payton's 37-yard run positioned Peattie for a 32-yard field goal on the game's first possession. But an end zone interception by Jerome Carter and a 52-yard pass from Rix to Chauncey Stovall swung the momentum.
A nine-yard TD run by Lorenzo Booker on a direct snap and Rix's seven-yard scoring toss to Matt Henshaw sandwiched an eight-yard punt by Monroe and gave the Seminoles a 14-3 lead midway through the second quarter.
Miami immediately answered, as a 46-yard run by Payton plus a facemask penalty led to a three-yard TD run by Tyrone Moss.
Berlin and Ryan Moore hooked up on a 41-yard screen pass before Peattie kicked a 44-yarder on the final play of the half, making it a one-point game. Berlin was 14-of-29 for 157 yards and two interceptions.