The hit of the day belonged to Barrow, who read a look-in pass to Vanover and unloaded as the ball arrived. Thirty minutes after the game, Vanover was still groggy. Barrow and several other Hurricanes took particular delight in tormenting Vanover—and not just because he had staked Florida State to its early lead. A native of Tallahassee, Vanover had been intensively recruited by Miami. He had been offered the opportunity to become a "family member," as the Hurricanes call their own, and had spurned it.
No wonder, then, that in the fourth quarter Barrow and outside linebacker Jessie Armstead could be seen giving Vanover a rough time as he tried to make his way back to the Seminole huddle. "We crowded him a little, shoved him around," says Barrow, grinning wickedly. "I told him, 'It's a good thing you didn't come here—you're soft!' He didn't say anything. He was very quiet."
Also chattering at Vanover was cornerback Ryan McNeil, who had been Vanover's host during Vanover's recruiting visit last winter. Should Miami win another national title, Vanover is likely to remember the phrase McNeil kept repeating to him all afternoon: "You should have come here."