|1984 Miami Hurricanes football|
|Offensive coordinator||Gary Stevens (2nd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Bill Trout (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Miami Orange Bowl|
|1984 NCAA Division I-A independents football records|
|No. 5 Boston College||–||–||10||–||2||–||0|
|No. 11 South Carolina||–||–||10||–||2||–||0|
|No. 17 Florida State||–||–||7||–||3||–||2|
|No. 18 Miami (FL)||–||–||8||–||5||–||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.
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. 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.
Two weeks later at the Orange Bowl stadium, the Hurricanes faced the Boston College Eagles in a nationally televised 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. 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.
|August 27||9:00 pm||vs. No. 1 Auburn||No. 10||KATZ||W 20–18||51,131|
|September 1||7:30 pm||vs. No. 17 Florida||No. 10||ESPN||W 32–20||72,831|
|September 8||1:00 pm||at No. 14 Michigan||No. 1||KATZ||L 14–22||105,403|
|September 15||2:30 pm||at Purdue||No. 5||W 28–17||56,716|
|September 22||3:30 pm||No. 15 Florida State||No. 4||CBS||L 3–38||60,210|
|September 29||7:00 pm||Rice||No. 16||W 38–3||20,084|
|October 6||7:30 pm||at No. 16 Notre Dame||No. 14||ESPN||W 31–13||59,075|
|October 13||at Cincinnati||No. 10||KATZ||W 49–25||25,642|
|October 20||12:00 pm||Pittsburgh||No. 9||W 27–7||32,872|
|November 3||12:30 pm||at Louisville||No. 6||W 38–23||20,113|
|November 10||12:00 pm||Maryland||No. 6||JP||L 40–42||31,548|
|November 23||2:30 pm||No. 10 Boston College||No. 12||CBS||L 45–47||30,325|
|January 1||1:30 pm||vs. No. 14 UCLA||No. 13||NBC||L 37–39||60,310|
|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|
|Willie Lee Broughton*||DL|
Other: LB #45 George Mira Jr. (FR)
- Bernie Kosar 21/38, 329 Yds, 2 TD
- Alonzo Highsmith 21 Rush, 140 Yds
- Eddie Brown 8, Rec 157 Yds
- Bernie Kosar 25/33, 300 Yds
- Willie Smith 11 Rec, 152 Yds
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- Kosar 22/36, 330 Yds
- Highsmith 18 Rush, 100 Yds
- Smith 10 Rec, 124 Yds
- Brown 5 Rec, 113 Yds
vs. UCLA (Fiesta Bowl)
- Brown, Matt Biggest College Football Comebacks Archived 2017-09-05 at the Wayback Machine Sports on Earth through MSN.com, September 4, 2017
- 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.
- FOX Sports: Ten Best Damn unforgettable sports moments
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- Eugene Register-Guard. 1984 Aug 28. Retrieved 2018-Sep-19.
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- Gainesville Sun. 1984 Nov 04. Retrieved 2018-Nov-16.
- Wilbon, Michael (November 11, 1984). "Down by 31, Md. Stuns Miami, 42-40". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
- "Flutie's Desperation Pass Beats Miami, 47-45". The Washington Post. November 24, 1984. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
- 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.