1985 Miami Hurricanes football team

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1985 Miami Hurricanes football
Miami Hurricanes logo.svg
Sugar Bowl, L 7–35 vs. Tennessee
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 9
1985 record10–2
Head coachJimmy Johnson (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorGary Stevens (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorPaul Jette (1st season)
Home stadiumMiami Orange Bowl
(Capacity: 75,500)
← 1984
1986 →

The 1985 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Hurricanes' 60th season of football. The Hurricanes were led by second-year head coach Jimmy Johnson and played their home games at the Orange Bowl. They finished the season 10–2 overall. They were invited to the Sugar Bowl where they lost to Tennessee, 35-7.


September 7No. 5 FloridaL 23–3580,277
September 14at RiceW 48–2015,411
September 28at Boston CollegeW 45–1031,864
October 5at East CarolinaW 27–1534,511
October 12Cincinnati
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 38–030,164
October 19at No. 3 OklahomaABCW 27–1473,102
October 26LouisvilleNo. 15
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 45–731,761
November 2at No. 10 Florida StateNo. 11ABCW 35–2761,250
November 9at MarylandNo. 8CBSW 29–2262,350
November 23Colorado StatedaggerNo. 4
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 24–335,035
November 30Notre DameNo. 4
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
CBSW 58–749,236
January 1vs. No. 8 TennesseeNo. 2ABCL 7–3577,432
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Miami's 600th game in school history was against Colorado State.




Player Class Pos Summary
Vinny Testaverde* QB 216 Cmp, 352 Att, 3238 Yds, 21 TD
Geoff Torretta QB 11 Cmp, 16 Att, 263 Yds, 3 TD
Alonzo Highsmith* RB 117 Att, 451 Yds, 3.9 Avg
Warren Williams* RB 89 Att, 522 Yds, 5.9 Avg
Melvin Bratton RB 67 Att, 285 Yds, 4.3 Avg
Darryl Oliver RB 66 Att, 264 Yds, 4.0 Avg
J.C. Penny RB 21 Att, 181 Yds, 8.6 Avg
Todd Stanish RB 11 Att, 31 Yds, 2.8 Avg
Steve Staffier RB 2 Att, 8 Yds, 4.0 Avg
Michael Irvin* WR 46 Rec, 840 Yds, 18.3 Avg
Brian Blades* WR 30 Rec, 657 Yds, 21.9 Avg
Brett Perriman WR 14 Rec, 263 Yds, 18.8 Avg
Kenny Oliver WR 5 Rec, 125 Yds, 25.0 Avg
Andre Brown WR 2 Rec, 23 Yds, 11.5 Avg
Willie Smith* TE 48 Rec, 669 Yds, 13.9 Avg
Charles Henry TE 4 Rec, 48 Yds, 12.0 Avg
Alfredo Roberts TE 1 Rec, 4 Yds, 4.0 Avg
Dave Alekna* OL
Paul Bertucelli* OL
Ed Davis* OL
Paul O'Connor* OL
Greg Rakoczy* OL
John O'Neill OL
Matt Patchan OL
Jerome Brown* DL
Kevin Fagan* DL
Derwin Jones* DL
John McVeigh* DL
Victor Morris DL
Dan Sileo DL
Daniel Stubbs DL
Rod Carter* LB
Bruce Fleming* LB
Randy Shannon* LB
Winston Moss LB
Tolbert Bain* DB
Selwyn Brown* DB
Donald Ellis* DB
Darrell Fullington* DB
Bennie Blades DB
Jeff Feagles P

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


Jimmy Johnson and his staff had the key recruit in the 1985 class QB Steve Walsh Jimmy also continued collecting talent from Florida, "Ten of the 19 signees are from Florida. Last year, 18 of the 25 high school players who signed letters were from Florida (11 from Dade and Broward), and 19 of 26 who signed in 1983 were from Florida (nine from Dade and Broward)."[2]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons Alma mater
Jimmy Johnson Head coach 2nd Arkansas (1965)
Gary Stevens Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks 6th John Carroll (1965)
Paul Jette Defensive Coordinator/defensive backs 1st Texas (1977)
Hubbard Alexander Wide receivers 7th Tennessee State (1962)
Joe Brodsky Running backs 8th Florida (1956)
Butch Davis Defensive line 2nd Arkansas (1973)
Art Kehoe Assistant offensive line 1st Miami (1982)
Don Soldinger Tight ends 2nd Memphis (1967)
Tony Wise Offensive line 1st Ithaca (1972)
Mike Knoll Linebackers 2nd Missouri Western State (1975)

Support staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons Alma mater
Bill Foran Strength & conditioning 1st Central Michigan (1977)
Tom Ciskowski Volunteer assistant
Mark Gibson Volunteer assistant

[citation needed]

Game summaries[edit]


Overall record Last meeting Result
22–23 1984 W 32–20


1 234Total
Miami (FL) 7 7130 27
#3 Oklahoma 7 007 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 1975 L 17–20


Notre Dame[edit]

Notre Dame at Miami (FL)
1 234Total
Fighting Irish 0 700 7
Hurricanes 13 141021 58
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–12–1 1984 W 31–13

Miami scored the most points in a game since 1967. The Hurricanes scored on their first four possessions, the fifth was ended when time ran out at halftime, and then they scored the first four times they got the ball in the second half.


  1. ^ 2011 Miami football record book.
  2. ^ http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1985-02-14/sports/8501050814_1_corey-johnson-broward-dade
  3. ^ "MIAMI BEATS SOONERS, 27-14". The New York Times. October 20, 1985. Retrieved October 12, 2017.