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1984 Miami Hurricanes football team

The 1984 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Hurricanes' 59th season of football. The Hurricanes were led by first-year head coach Jimmy Johnson and played their home games at the Orange Bowl. They finished the season 8–5 overall. They were invited to the Fiesta Bowl where they lost to UCLA, 39-37.

1984 Miami Hurricanes football
Miami Hurricanes logo.svg
Fiesta Bowl, L 37–39 vs. UCLA
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
APNo. 18
1984 record8–5
Head coachJimmy Johnson (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorGary Stevens (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorBill Trout (1st season)
Home stadiumMiami Orange Bowl
(Capacity: 75,500)
Seasons
← 1983
1985 →
1984 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 Boston College           10 2 0
No. 11 South Carolina           10 2 0
Army           8 3 1
Rutgers           7 3 0
No. 17 Florida State           7 3 2
Virginia Tech           8 4 0
West Virginia           8 4 0
No. 18 Miami (FL)           8 5 0
Notre Dame           7 5 0
Southwestern Louisiana           6 5 0
Penn State           6 5 0
Syracuse           6 5 0
Temple           6 5 0
Memphis           5 5 1
Navy           4 6 1
Southern Miss           4 7 0
Pittsburgh           3 7 1
Tulane           3 8 0
Cincinnati           2 9 0
East Carolina           2 9 0
Louisville           2 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

OverviewEdit

The Hurricanes were the defending national champions from the 1983 college football season. Having defeated number one ranked Auburn, and then Florida, they rose to be ranked number one before their game at Michigan. They remained in the top ten after that loss. They lost again to Florida State. They beat a ranked Notre Dame team in South Bend to return to the top 10. The Hurricanes earned three more wins, but then suffered two of the most notable losses in college football history.

On November 10, 1984 at the Orange Bowl Stadium, The Maryland Terrapins defeated the Hurricanes with the largest (at that time) comeback in college football.[1] Down 31-0 at halftime, Frank Reich, who had been injured, came off the bench and led the comeback. At the start of the third quarter, Reich led the Terrapins on multiple scoring drives. Three touchdowns in the third quarter and a fourth at the start of the final quarter turned what was a blowout into a close game. Maryland completed a 42–9 second half, and won 42–40.[2]

The next week at the Orange Bowl stadium, the Hurricanes faced the Boston College Eagles in a nationally tlevised game that has become known as "Hail Flutie". It has been regarded by FOX Sports writer Kevin Hench as among the most memorable moments in sports.[3] The game is most notable for a last-second Hail Mary pass from quarterback Doug Flutie to wide receiver Gerard Phelan to give Boston College the win.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 279:00 PMvs. No. 1 AuburnNo. 10KATZW 20–1851,131
September 17:30 PMvs. No. 17 FloridaNo. 10ESPNW 32–2072,831
September 81:00 PMat No. 14 MichiganNo. 1KATZL 14–22105,403
September 152:30 PMat PurdueNo. 5W 28–1756,716
September 223:30 PMNo. 15 Florida StateNo. 4CBSL 3–3860,210
September 297:00 PMRiceNo. 16
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 38–320,084
October 67:30 PMat No. 16 Notre DameNo. 14ESPNW 31–1359,075
October 13at CincinnatiNo. 10KATZW 49–2525,642
October 2012:00 PMPittsburgh No. 9
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 27–732,872
November 312:30 PMat LouisvilleNo. 6W 38–2320,113
November 1012:00 PMMarylandNo. 6
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
JPL 40–4231,548
November 232:30 PMNo. 10 Boston CollegeNo. 12
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
CBSL 45–4730,325
January 11:30 PMvs. No. 14 UCLANo. 13NBCL 37–3960,310

RosterEdit

Player Class Pos Summary
Bernie Kosar* QB 262 Cmp, 416 Att, 3642 Yds, 25 TD
Vinny Testaverde QB 17 Cmp, 34 Att, 184 Yds, 0 TD
Alonzo Highsmith* RB 146 Att, 906 Yds, 6.2 Avg
Darryl Oliver* RB 92 Att, 407 Yds, 4.4 Avg
Melvin Bratton RB 49 Att, 279 Yds, 5.7 Avg
Warren Williams RB 29 Att, 140 Yds, 4.8 Avg
Steve Staffier RB 9 Att, 48 Yds, 5.3 Avg
Todd Stanish RB 9 Att, 28 Yds, 3.1 Avg
Eric Ham RB 8 Att, 11 Yds, 1.4 Avg
Eddie Brown* WR 59 Rec, 1114 Yds, 18.9 Avg
Stanley Shakespeare* WR 38 Rec, 621 Yds, 16.3 Avg
David Kintigh WR 4 Rec, 62 Yds, 15.5 Avg
Brian Blades WR 3 Rec, 50 Yds, 16.7 Avg
Kenny Oliver WR 1 Rec, 17 Yds, 17.0 Avg
Willie Smith* TE 66 Rec, 852 Yds, 12.9 Avg
Alfredo Roberts TE 5 Rec, 50 Yds, 10.0 Avg
Charles Henry TE 1 Rec, 1 Yds, 1.0 Avg
Paul Bertucelli* OL
Juan Comendeiro* OL
Dave Heffernan* OL
Ian Sinclair* OL
Alvin Ward* OL
Mike Moore OL
Willie Lee Broughton* DL
Dallas Cameron* DL
Julio Cortes* DL
Kevin Fagan* DL
Joe Kohlbrand* DL
Paul O'Connor DL
John McVeigh* LB
Winston Moss* LB
Bruce Fleming LB
Ken Calhoun* DB
Darrell Fullington* DB
Greg Jones* DB
Willie Martinez* DB
Lucious Delegal DB
Reggie Sutton DB
Rick Tuten P
Steve Minie P
J.C. Penny KR

[4]

Other: LB #45 George Mira Jr. (FR)

Game summariesEdit

AuburnEdit

#1 Auburn vs. #10 Miami (FL)
1 234Total
Tigers 0 1233 18
Hurricanes 7 706 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–7 1978 W 17–15
  • Bernie Kosar 21/38, 329 Yds, 2 TD
  • Alonzo Highsmith 21 Rush, 140 Yds
  • Eddie Brown 8, Rec 157 Yds

[5][6]

FloridaEdit

#10 Miami (FL) vs. #17 Florida
1 234Total
Hurricanes 3 13313 32
Gators 3 737 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
21–23 1983 L 3–28

[7]

MichiganEdit

#1 Miami (FL) at #14 Michigan
1 234Total
Hurricanes 0 077 14
Wolverines 6 0610 22
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

[8]

PurdueEdit

#5 Miami (FL) at Purdue
1 234Total
Hurricanes 7 7140 28
Boilermakers 10 700 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–1 1983 W 35–0

[9]

Florida StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
15–12 1983 W 17–16

RiceEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Notre DameEdit

#14 Miami (FL) at #16 Notre Dame
1 234Total
Hurricanes 0 71410 31
Fighting Irish 0 1030 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–12–1 1983 W 20–0

[10]

CincinnatiEdit

PittsburghEdit

LouisvilleEdit

#6 Miami (FL) at Louisville
1 234Total
Hurricanes 0 2477 38
Cardinals 0 3713 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–0–1 1983 W 42–14
  • Kosar 22/36, 330 Yds
  • Highsmith 18 Rush, 100 Yds
  • Smith 10 Rec, 124 Yds
  • Brown 5 Rec, 113 Yds

[11]

MarylandEdit

Maryland at #6 Miami (FL)
1 234Total
Terrapins 0 02121 42
Hurricanes 7 2436 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–6 1982 L 17–18

[12]

Boston CollegeEdit

#10 Boston College at #12 Miami (FL)
1 234Total
Eagles 14 14316 47
Hurricanes 7 141014 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–2 1979 W 19–8

[13]

vs. UCLA (Fiesta Bowl)Edit

#14 UCLA vs. #13 Miami (FL)
1 234Total
Bruins 7 15710 39
Hurricanes 14 7313 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Brown, Matt Biggest College Football Comebacks Sports on Earth through MSN.com, September 4, 2017
  2. ^ This comeback from 31 points down has since been exceeded by the Michigan State Spartans' 41–38 comeback win in 2006 over the Northwestern Wildcats during which Michigan State trailed 38–3 in the third quarter.
  3. ^ FOX Sports: Ten Best Damn unforgettable sports moments
  4. ^ "1984 Miami (FL) Hurricanes Roster | College Football at Sports-Reference.com". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  5. ^ Ocala Star-Banner. "Miami Charge Drops Auburn." 1984 Aug 28. Retrieved 2018-Sep-19.
  6. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1984 Aug 28. Retrieved 2018-Sep-19.
  7. ^ College Football Belt. Retrieved 2014-Dec-24.
  8. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1984 Sep 9. Retrieved 2018-Sep-23.
  9. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1984 Sep 16. Retrieved 2018-Sep-29.
  10. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1984 Oct 7.
  11. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1984 Nov 04. Retrieved 2018-Nov-16.
  12. ^ Wilbon, Michael (November 11, 1984). "Down by 31, Md. Stuns Miami, 42-40". Washington Post. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  13. ^ "Flutie's Desperation Pass Beats Miami, 47-45". Washington Post. November 24, 1984. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  14. ^ Reilly, Rick (January 2, 1985). "When the Dust Settles, UCLA Is on Top : Bruins Win Fiesta Bowl Shoot-Out Against Kosar and Hurricanes, 39-37". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 29, 2018.