1984 Miami Hurricanes football team

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1984 Miami Hurricanes football
Miami Hurricanes logo.svg
Fiesta Bowl, L 37–39 vs. UCLA
Conference Independent
Ranking
AP No. 18
1984 record 8–5
Head coach Jimmy Johnson (1st season)
Offensive coordinator Gary Stevens (2nd season)
Defensive coordinator Bill Trout (1st season)
Home stadium Miami 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

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.

Overview[edit]

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.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 27 9:00 PM vs. No. 1 Auburn No. 10 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ (Kickoff Classic) KATZ W 20–18   51,131
September 1 7:30 PM vs. No. 17 Florida No. 10 Tampa StadiumTampa, FL (Rivalry) ESPN W 32–20   72,831
September 8 1:00 PM at No. 14 Michigan No. 1 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI KATZ L 14–22   105,403
September 15 2:30 PM at Purdue No. 5 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 28–17   56,716
September 22 3:30 PM No. 15 Florida State No. 4 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL (Rivalry) CBS L 3–38   60,210
September 29 7:00 PM Rice No. 16 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL W 38–3   20,084
October 6 7:30 PM at No. 16 Notre Dame No. 14 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN ESPN W 31–13   59,075
October 13 at Cincinnati No. 10 Nippert StadiumCincinnati, OH KATZ W 49–25   25,642
October 20 12:00 PM Pittsburghdagger No. 9 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL W 27–7   32,872
November 3 12:30 PM at Louisville No. 6 Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY W 38–23   20,113
November 10 12:00 PM Maryland No. 6 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL JP L 40–42   31,548
November 23 2:30 PM No. 10 Boston College No. 12 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL CBS L 45–47   30,325
January 1 1:30 PM vs. No. 14 UCLA No. 13 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ (Fiesta Bowl) NBC L 37–39   60,310
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Roster[edit]

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

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Game summaries[edit]

Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Miami (FL) 3 13 3 13 32
Florida 3 7 3 7 20

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Coaching staff[edit]

Support staff[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ College Football Belt. Retrieved 2014-Dec-24.