1985 Miami Hurricanes football team

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1985 Miami Hurricanes football
Miami Hurricanes logo.svg
Sugar Bowl, L 7–35 vs. Tennessee
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 8
AP No. 9
1985 record 10–2
Head coach Jimmy Johnson (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Gary Stevens (3rd year)
Home stadium Miami Orange Bowl
(Capacity: 75,500)
Seasons
« 1984 1986 »
1985 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Penn State           11 1 0
#9 Miami (FL)           10 2 0
Army           9 3 0
#15 Florida State           9 3 0
West Virginia           7 3 1
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Syracuse           7 5 0
Virginia Tech           6 5 0
Pittsburgh           5 5 1
Cincinnati           5 6 0
Notre Dame           5 6 0
South Carolina           5 6 0
Southwestern Louisiana           4 7 0
Navy           4 7 0
Temple           4 7 0
Boston College           4 8 0
Memphis           2 7 2
Rutgers           2 8 1
East Carolina           2 9 0
Louisville           2 9 0
Tulane           1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1985 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season. They were led by head coach Jimmy Johnson and played their home games at the Miami Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 7 No. 5 Florida Miami Orange BowlMiami, Florida L 23–35   80,277
September 14 at Rice Rice StadiumHouston, Texas W 48–20   15,411
September 28 at Boston College Sullivan StadiumFoxborough, Massachusetts W 45–10   31,864
October 5 at East Carolina Ficklen Memorial StadiumGreenville, North Carolina W 27–15   34,511
October 12 Cincinnati Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, Florida W 38–0   30,164
October 19 at No. 3 Oklahoma Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, Oklahoma ABC W 27–14   73,102
October 26 Louisville No. 15 Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, Florida W 45–7   31,761
November 2 at No. 10 Florida State No. 11 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida W 35–27   61,250
November 9 at Maryland No. 8 Memorial StadiumBaltimore, Maryland CBS W 29–22   62,350
November 23 Colorado Statedagger No. 4 Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, Florida W 24–3   35,035
November 30 Notre Dame No. 4 Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, Florida CBS W 58–7   49,236
January 1 vs. No. 8 Tennessee No. 2 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans (Sugar Bowl) ABC L 7–35   77,432
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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

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Game summaries[edit]

Notre Dame[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 0 7 0 0 7
Miami (FL) 13 14 10 21 58

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 of halftime and then they proceeded to score the first four times they got the ball in the second half.

Recruits[edit]

Jimmy Johnson and his staff had several key recruits in the 1985 class including QB Steve Walsh and RB Eric Metcalf. 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]

Roster[edit]

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
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

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