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1983 Miami Hurricanes football team

The 1983 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 1983 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their 58th season of football, the independent Hurricanes were led by fifth-year head coach Howard Schnellenberger and played their home games at the Orange Bowl.

1983 Miami Hurricanes football
Miami Hurricanes logo.svg
Consensus national champion
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 31–30 vs. Nebraska
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1983 record11–1
Head coachHoward Schnellenberger (5th season)
Offensive coordinatorGary Stevens (1st season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorTom Olivadotti (3rd season)
Base defense5–2
Home stadiumOrange Bowl
(Capacity: 75,500)
Seasons
← 1982
1984 →
1983 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Miami           11 1 0
Virginia Tech           9 2 0
No. 19 Boston College           9 3 0
No. 16 West Virginia           9 3 0
No. 20 East Carolina           8 3 0
No. 18 Pittsburgh           8 3 1
Penn State           8 4 1
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Memphis State           6 4 1
Florida State           8 4 0
Notre Dame           7 5 0
Syracuse           6 5 0
William & Mary           6 5 0
South Carolina           5 6 0
Cincinnati           4 6 1
Southwestern Louisiana           4 6 0
Temple           4 7 0
Tulane           4 7 0
Louisville           3 8 0
Navy           3 8 0
Richmond           3 8 0
Rutgers           3 8 0
Army           2 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

Unranked, Miami lost their opener at Florida by 25 points, but finished the regular season at 10–1, ranked fifth, and were invited to the Orange Bowl. Playing at home on January 2, the underdog Hurricanes upset top-ranked Nebraska 31–30, denying a two-point conversion attempt with less than a minute remaining.[1][2][3][4] They climbed to first in the final polls to win the school's first national championship.[5]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 3at No. 16 FloridaL 3–2873,907
September 10at HoustonW 29–720,000
September 17PurdueW 35–037,150
September 249:00 PMNo. 13 Notre Dame
  • Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
CBSW 20–052,480
October 13:50 PMat DukeNo. 15ABCW 56–1728,750
October 8LouisvilleNo. 12
  • Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 42–1430,073
October 15at Mississippi StateNo. 10W 31–729,456
October 22at CincinnatiNo. 8W 17–714,163
October 29No. 12 West Virginia No. 7
  • Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 20–363,881
November 5East CarolinaNo. 5
  • Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 12–739,225
November 127:00 PMat Florida StateNo. 6WSVNW 17–1657,333
January 2, 19848:00 PMvs. No. 1 NebraskaNo. 5
NBCW 31–3072,596

PersonnelEdit

RosterEdit

1985 Miami Hurricanes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 14 Vinny Testaverde Fr
QB 20 Bernie Kosar   Fr
RB 30 Alonzo Highsmith Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DL 93 John McVeigh So
DT 95 Kevin Fagan So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P Steve Minie Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Seasons Alma mater
Howard Schnellenberger Head Coach 5th Kentucky (1957)
Gary Stevens Offensive Coordinator/Wide receivers 4th John Carroll (1965)
Tom Olivadotti Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers 4th Upsala (19##)
Hubbard Alexander Tight ends 5th Tennessee State (1962)
Joe Brodsky Running backs 6th Florida (1956)
Harold Allen Defensive Line 19th Miami (1953)
Chris Vagotis Offensive Line 4th Alabama (19##)
Marc Trestman Quarterbacks 1st Minnesota (1979)
Bill Trout Defensive Ends 8th Miami (19##)
Mike Archer Defensive Backs 4th Miami (1976)

Support staffEdit

Name Position Seasons Alma mater
Ray Ganong Strength & Conditioning 5th Miami (1977)
Art Kehoe Graduate Assistant Miami (1982)
Bob Maddox Graduate Assistant
George Halas Graduate Assistant
Mike Rodriguez Volunteer Assistant 5th Florida State (1977)

RankingsEdit

Game summariesEdit

FloridaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
21–22 1982 L 3–28

HoustonEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
7–7 1982 W 29–7

PurdueEdit

Purdue Boilermakers at Miami (FL) Hurricanes
1 2 34Total
Purdue 0 0 000
Miami (FL) 7 21 7035

at Orange BowlMiami, Florida

  • Date: September 17
  • Game attendance: 34,557

[6]

Notre DameEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–12–1 1982 L 14–16

West VirginiaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
3–1 1974 W 20–3

Florida StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
14–12 1982 L 7–24

vs. Nebraska (Orange Bowl)Edit

#1 Nebraska at #5 Miami (FL)
1 234Total
Cornhuskers 0 14313 30
Hurricanes 17 0140 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–4 1976 W 31–30

[7][8]

Awards and honorsEdit

All-AmericansEdit

  • Jay Brophy, LB

Jack Harding University of Miami MVP AwardEdit

  • Glenn Dennison, TE

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Miami topples No. 1 Nebraska". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 3, 1984. p. 13.
  2. ^ Smizik, Bob (January 3, 1983). "Miami claims No. 1 after beating Nebraska". Pittsburgh Press. p. D1.
  3. ^ "Hurricanes say there's no doubt". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). wire services. January 3, 1984. p. 1D.
  4. ^ Underwood, John (January 9, 1984). "No team was ever higher". Sports Illustrated. p. 14.
  5. ^ Finder, Chuck (January 1, 1987). "Miami's '83 champions: Where are they now?". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 37.
  6. ^ Gainesville Sun. September 18, 1983.
  7. ^ Wilbon, Michael (January 3, 1984). "Nebraska Falls, 31-30, On Day of Upsets". Washington Post. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  8. ^ "MIAMI IS CHOSEN AS NO. 1 AFTER UPSET OF NEBRASKA". New York Times. January 4, 1984. Retrieved August 21, 2019.