1983 Miami Hurricanes Football Team
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1983 Miami Hurricanes Football Team
1983 Miami Hurricanes football
Miami Hurricanes logo.svg
Consensus national champion
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 31-30 vs. Nebraska
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1983 record11-1
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorGary Stevens (1st season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorTom Olivadotti (3rd season)
Base defense5-2
Home stadiumOrange Bowl
(Capacity: 75,500)
Seasons
← 1982
1984 →
1983 NCAA Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Miami (FL)           11 1 0
Virginia Tech           9 2 0
No. 19 Boston College           9 3 0
No. 16 West Virginia           9 3 0
No. 20 East Carolina           8 3 0
No. 18 Pittsburgh           8 3 1
Penn State           8 4 1
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Memphis State           6 4 1
Florida State           8 4 0
Notre Dame           7 5 0
Syracuse           6 5 0
South Carolina           5 6 0
Cincinnati           4 6 1
Southwestern Louisiana           4 6 0
Temple           4 7 0
Tulane           4 7 0
Louisville           3 8 0
Navy           3 8 0
Rutgers           3 8 0
Army           2 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1983 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 1983 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their 58th season of football, the independent Hurricanes were led by fifth-year head coach Howard Schnellenberger and played their home games at the Orange Bowl.

Unranked, Miami lost their opener at Florida by 25 points, but finished the regular season ranked fifth, and were invited to the Orange Bowl. Playing at home on January 2, the underdog Hurricanes upset top-ranked Nebraska denying a two-point conversion attempt with less than a minute They climbed to first in the final polls to win the school's first

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 3at No. 16 FloridaL 3-2873,907
September 10at HoustonW 29-720,000
September 17PurdueW 35-037,150
September 249:00 pmNo. 13 Notre Dame
  • Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
CBSW 20-052,480
October 13:50 pmat DukeNo. 15ABCW 56-1728,750
October 8LouisvilleNo. 12
  • Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 42-1430,073
October 15at Mississippi StateNo. 10W 31-729,456
October 22at CincinnatiNo. 8W 17-714,163
October 29No. 12 West VirginiadaggerNo. 7
  • Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 20-363,881
November 5East CarolinaNo. 5
  • Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 12-739,225
November 127:00 pmat Florida StateNo. 6WSVNW 17-1657,333
January 2, 19848:00 pmvs. No. 1 NebraskaNo. 5
  • Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
NBCW 31-3072,596

Personnel

Roster

Rankings

Season summary

at Florida


at Houston


Purdue

[6]

Notre Dame


at Duke

Louisville

at Mississippi State

at Cincinnati

West Virginia


East Carolina

at Florida State

Jeff Davis game-winning 19-yard field goal as time expired [7]

Orange Bowl (vs Nebraska)

#1 Nebraska at #5 Miami (FL)
1 234Total
Cornhuskers 0 14313 30
Hurricanes 17 0140 31


[8][9]

Awards and honors

All-Americans

  • Jay Brophy, LB

Jack Harding University of Miami MVP Award

  • Glenn Dennison, TE

References

  1. ^ "Miami topples No. 1 Nebraska". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 3, 1984. p. 13.
  2. ^ Smizik, Bob (January 3, 1983). "Miami claims No. 1 after beating Nebraska". Pittsburgh Press. p. D1.
  3. ^ "Hurricanes say there's no doubt". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). wire services. January 3, 1984. p. 1D.
  4. ^ Underwood, John (January 9, 1984). "No team was ever higher". Sports Illustrated. p. 14.
  5. ^ Finder, Chuck (January 1, 1987). "Miami's '83 champions: Where are they now?". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 37.
  6. ^ Gainesville Sun. September 18, 1983.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Wilbon, Michael (January 3, 1984). "Nebraska Falls, 31-30, On Day of Upsets". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "MIAMI IS CHOSEN AS NO. 1 AFTER UPSET OF NEBRASKA". The New York Times. January 4, 1984. Retrieved 2019.

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