2005 Miami Hurricanes football team
|2005 Miami Hurricanes football|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|2005 record||9–3 (6–2 ACC)|
|Head coach||Larry Coker (5th year)|
|Defensive coordinator||Randy Shannon (5th year)|
|Base defense||4–3 Cover 2|
|Home stadium||Miami Orange Bowl
|2005 ACC football standings|
|#23 Florida State xy$||5||–||3||8||–||5|
|#18 Boston College x||5||–||3||9||–||3|
|#7 Virginia Tech x||7||–||1||11||–||2|
Championship: Florida State 27, Virginia Tech 22
The 2005 Miami Hurricanes football team began the 2005 season ranked #8/9 (USA Today Coaches Poll/AP Poll) after a 9–3 campaign in 2004 that ended with a 27–10 win over rival Florida in the 2005 Peach Bowl.
Miami dropped its first game of the season at archrival Florida State, 10–7, when punter/holder Brian Monroe fumbled the snap on a 28-yard game-tying field goal attempt by kicker Jon Peattie with 2:16 left to play in the fourth quarter. Despite gaining 313 yards of offense to Florida State's 170, Miami lost to its archrival for the first time since 1999 (6 straight wins by Miami). The three turnovers, two missed field goals, and a muffed hold on the game-tying field goal attempt were also a contributing factor in the outcome for Miami.
The Hurricanes rebounded by winning 8 straight games (including a 27–7 win over previously unbeaten Virginia Tech in Blacksburg) and climbed to the #3 spot in both polls. However, any hopes of a sixth national championship were dashed when the 'Canes were upset, 14–10, by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at the Orange Bowl on November 19 (the game was originally scheduled for October 22, but was postponed in the wake of Hurricane Wilma). The Miami offense, which had problems all season, sputtered badly against Georgia Tech and quarterback Kyle Wright was booed continuously during the second half of the game by the Orange Bowl crowd for his ineffective play. The loss also knocked Miami out of a spot in the inaugural ACC Championship Game.
Miami finished the regular season at 9–2 (6–2 ACC), ranked #9 in both polls, and received an invitation to return to the Peach Bowl to face the 10th-ranked LSU Tigers. However, this trip to Atlanta was much different from the Hurricanes last, as Wright and the Miami offense struggled, and the defense, which had been the top-ranked defense in Division I-A for most of the season, was shredded by the LSU offense. Miami was routed, 40–3, in the worst-bowl loss in the program's history. The 'Canes finished the 2005 campaign with a 9–3 record and ranked #18/17 (USA Today/AP).
Coker's three-loss seasons at Miami were viewed as failures, and the season-opening loss to FSU and the bowl loss to LSU made the 2005 campaign particularly difficult for alumni and fans of the proud program to swallow. The Hurricane offense had been the center of criticism all season long (as well as during the two previous seasons). In particular, offensive coordinator Dan Werner, offensive line coach Art Kehoe, and quarterback Kyle Wright were assigned most of the blame. In the aftermath of the Peach Bowl loss, head coach Larry Coker fired four assistants: Werner, Kehoe, running backs coach Don Soldinger, and linebacker coach Vernon Hargreaves. The firing of Kehoe was particularly controversial, as he had been with the program as a player and then a coach for over 25-years and took part in all five of Miami's national championships.
With Miami failing to win a conference championship or go to a BCS bowl the previous two years and not having won a national championship since 2001, it was widely assumed that Coker would enter the 2006 season on the hot seat and need to take Miami to a BCS bowl to keep his job.
|September 5||8:00 PM||at No. 14 Florida State||No. 9||Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, FL||ABC||L 7–10||84,347|
|September 17||3:30 PM||at No. 20 Clemson||No. 13||Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC||ABC||W 36–30 3OT||79,135|
|September 24||12:00 PM||Colorado*||No. 12||Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL||ABC||W 23–3||51,228|
|October 1||8:00 PM||South Florida*||No. 9||Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL||ESPNU||W 27–7||58,308|
|October 8||3:30 PM||Duke||No. 9||Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL||ESPNU||W 52–7||40,314|
|October 15||1:00 PM||at Temple*||No. 7||Lincoln Financial Field • Philadelphia, PA||FSN||W 34–3||23,129|
|October 29||12:00 PM||North Carolina||No. 6||Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL||ESPN2||W 34–16||30,618|
|November 5||7:45 PM||at No. 3 Virginia Tech||No. 5||Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA||ESPN||W 27–7||65,115|
|November 12||3:30 PM||at Wake Forest||No. 3||Groves Stadium • Winston-Salem, NC||ABC||W 47–17||27,106|
|November 19||7:45 PM||Georgia Tech||No. 3||Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL||ESPN||L 10–14||53,764|
|November 26||3:30 PM||Virginia||No. 10||Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL||ABC||W 25–17||37,629|
|December 30||7:30 PM||vs. No. 10 LSU*||No. 9||Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA (Peach Bowl)||ESPN||L 3–40||65,620|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.|
Awards and honors
- Kelly Jennings, CB (Sports Illustrated)
- Brandon Meriweather, FS (Football Writers Association of America, ABC Sports)
- Eric Winston, LT (Walter Camp Foundation, American Football Coaches Association, Sports Illustrated)
All-ACC Selections (First Team)
- Devin Hester, KR/PR
- Kelly Jennings, CB
- Tyrone Moss, RB
- Eric Winston, LT
Bold indicates winners
- Eric Winston, LT - Jacobs Trophy (Top ACC Lineman)
Jack Harding University of Miami MVP Award
- Eric Winston, LT