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The annual showdown game between Miami and Florida State is starting on a bit of a somber note.

The teams held a moment of silent recognition before kickoff on Saturday night in honor of those affected by deadly Hurricane Matthew, which devastated parts of Haiti before slamming into the southeastern U.S. in the past few days.

 

 

Both teams wore a special sticker on the backs of their helmets _ the Red Cross logo imposed over an image of the state of Florida.

The universities _ represented by their presidents, Miami's Julio Frenk and Florida State's John Thrasher _ presented a $100,000 check in a pregame ceremony for relief efforts, and fans at the game between the 10th-ranked Hurricanes and 23rd-ranked Seminoles were asked to also assist with that cause.

Hurricane Matthew barely affected the Miami area, largely staying over the Atlantic before slamming into the Florida coast.