Couldn't stop the run.
Couldn't stop the pass.
Couldn't stop a taxi and hitch an early ride out of Doak Campbell Stadium.
And so all Miami could do Saturday night as the second half went on, and on, was watch Florida State slip into the next gear and put up the kind of aggressive numbers it does against everyone.
Florida State 41, Miami 14.
"We have to play so much better than that, and we didn't,'' Miami coach Al Golden said.
Oh, it was fun for a while. And there were healthy signs of the rivalry that once was. A record crowd. A first-half of trading big plays. And some of the hardest hitting you'll find in college football.
But as the game went on, as Florida State's talent and depth took over, this became an understandable reality check for Miami. It has a good team. Just not this good. It's assembling a nice season. Just not this nice.
Golden is putting Humpty Dumpty back together again in Coral Gables. But Jimbo Fisher already has the Florida State program there as two previous months showed and Saturday confirmed.
Forget the loss. Miami's season can handle that. The more far-reaching consequence was star running back Duke Johnson squished on a failed fourth-down rush in the third quarter and carted off with an ankle injury.
That's a loss this season can't handle. Johnson is the energy to this offense, the man who makes everything move. To that point Saturday he already had a staggering 23 carries for 97 yards.
They fed him, and fed him, until his body couldn't take it anymore. Just like they kept battling, even going on a fourth-and-10 late in the fourth quarter that failed, until the night gave out.
Again, no shame in this loss. Miami played a representative game early of who it is and how it entered this game ranked No. 7 and undefeated. It fought, scratched, made timely plays and wouldn't bend to the circumstance.
Florida State scored on its first possession. An interception by safety Deon Bush and a 33-yard Stephen Morris touchdown pass to Allen Hurns tied it.
Florida State went up by two touchdowns in the second quarter. But an interception by safety Rayshawn Jenkins, a fourth-and-1 conversion and Morris' second touchdown pass to Hurns made it a seven-point game at half.
Every time you heard the flood waters coming and thought Florida State would pull away like it had all year, Miami came up with an answer. Or maybe, early on, it was just super-freshman quarterback Jameis Winston playing like a freshman for the first time this year.
That, really, was Miami's best chance for an upset — its quarterback playing like a senior and Florida State's quarterback playing young for once. But in the second half, it was Morris who threw two interceptions and Winston was back to himself.
"You watched him make mistakes, face adversity, then put it behind him in the second half,'' Fisher said of Winston. "That defines your growth."
Miami's defense gave up season highs in points, total yards (517), third-down percentage (11 of 15) and contributed to a nearly two-to-one time of possession in favor of Florida State. The sort-of bright side: Florida State scored its fewest points this year.
Miami's defense came up with big plays early. It couldn't get off the field after that. And the offense had 105 total yards in the second half.
"We lost to a very good football team,'' Golden said. "We just have to accept it and move on and get better. These guys are fighters."
They went through years of stale Saturdays for an atmosphere like this, the one Miami and Florida State got even before kickoff. You could sense the hope the season's start brought Miami and the swagger it did Florida State.
But Las Vegas knew in making Florida State a staggering 21-point favorite what everyone really did: Florida State has the better talent, the more dynamic team. Saturday night confirmed that.
Miami made it interesting for a while. It might make it more interesting on a neutral field if they meet in the ACC Championship Game next month.
But Miami has to get there first. Maybe it has to get there without Johnson. This result shouldn't linger. That injury will.