1981 Miami Hurricanes football
Miami Hurricanes logo.svg
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
APNo. 8
Record9–2
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorKim Helton (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorTom Olivadotti (1st season)
Home stadiumMiami Orange Bowl
(Capacity: 75,500)
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 NCAA Division I-A independents football records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 4 Pittsburgh       11 1 0
No. 3 Penn State       10 2 0
No. 8 Miami (FL)       9 2 0
Southern Miss       9 2 1
No. 17 West Virginia       9 3 0
Colgate       7 3 0
Virginia Tech       7 4 0
Navy       7 4 1
Cincinnati       6 5 0
Florida State       6 5 0
Holy Cross       6 5 0
Tulane       6 5 0
UNLV       6 6 0
South Carolina       6 6 0
Temple       5 5 0
Boston College       5 6 0
East Carolina       5 6 0
Northeast Louisiana       5 6 0
Louisville       5 6 0
Notre Dame       5 6 0
Rutgers       5 6 0
William & Mary       5 6 0
Syracuse       4 6 1
Richmond       4 7 0
Army       3 7 1
North Texas State       2 9 0
Georgia Tech       1 10 0
Memphis State       1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1981 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Hurricanes' 56th season of football. The Hurricanes were led by third-year head coach Howard Schnellenberger and played their home games at the Orange Bowl. They finished the season 9–2 overall.

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendanceSource
September 5No. 17 FloridaW 21–2073,817
September 19HoustonNo. 16
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 12–732,586
September 26at No. 4 TexasNo. 14L 7–1474,653
October 3VanderbiltNo. 17
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 48–1627,694
October 17at No. 16 Mississippi StateNo. 13L 10–1433,225
October 24at East CarolinaW 31–620,323[1]
October 31No. 1 Penn Statedagger
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
ABCW 17–1432,117
November 7at No. 14 Florida StateNo. 13ABCW 27–1952,685
November 14Virginia TechNo. 12
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL (rivalry)
W 21–1422,257[2]
November 21at NC StateNo. 11W 14–636,500
November 27Notre DameNo. 9
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
ABCW 37–1550,681

Personnel

Roster

1981 Miami Hurricanes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
C 61 Don Bailey So
TE Andy Baratta
OL Clem Barbarino
WR 20 Rocky Belk Jr
RB 16 Albert Bentley So
RB Gary Breckner
WR Larry Brodsky
OT 53 John Canei Jr
WR 19 Keith Cleveland So
OT 78 Mark Cooper Jr
WR David Deakins
TE 86 Glenn Dennison So
OL Frank Frazier
RB Keith Griffin
FB Chris Hobbs
QB 12 Jim Kelly Jr
OL Mike Moore
FB Speedy Neal
QB 9 Mark Richt Jr
RB Smokey Roan
WR Mike Rodrique
RB Mark Rush
OL Dave Stewart
RB Lawrence Thompson
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB Jamie Boone
LB Jay Brophy
DL Danny Brown
LB Greg Brown
DB Ken Calhoun
DT 71 Tony Chickillo Jr
DB Dave Ditthardt
DL Tim Flanagan
DB David Jefferson
CB 17 Ronnie Lippett Jr
DB 31 Fred Marion Sr
DT 91 Bob Nelson Sr
LB Scott Nicolas
DL Isaiah West
DL Lester Williams
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K Dan Miller
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
    Injured
  • Redshirt
    Redshirt

Starters

Offense[edit]

POS Name Name
QB Jim Kelly
HB Smokey Roan Keith Griffin
FB Chris Hobbs Speedy Neal
WR Larry Brodsky
WR Mike Rodrique
TE Glenn Dennison Mark Cooper
T Dave Stewart Bill Welch
G Mike Moore
C Don Bailey
G Clem Barbarino
T John Canei Frank Frazier

Defense[edit]

POS Name Name
DL Isaiah West
DL Lester Williams
DL Bob Nelson
DL Tony Chickillo
DL Tim Flanagan Danny Brown
LB Scott Nicolas Greg Brown
LB Jay Brophy Joe Walker
DB Dave Ditthardt Angelo Holmes
DB Ronnie Lippett
DB David Jefferson Jamie Boone
DB Fred Marion Ken Calhoun

[3]

Coaching staff

Name Position Seasons Alma mater
Howard Schnellenberger Head coach 3rd Kentucky (1957)
Kim Helton Offensive coordinator/offensive line 3rd John Carroll (1965)
Tom Olivadotti Defensive coordinator/linebackers 2nd Upsala (19##)
Gary Stevens Wide receivers 2nd John Carroll (1965)
Hubbard Alexander Tight ends 3rd Tennessee State (1962)
Joe Brodsky Running backs 4th Florida (1956)
Harold Allen Defensive line 17th Miami (1953)
Chris Vagotis Defensive ends 2nd Alabama (19##)
Earl Morrall Quarterbacks 3rd Michigan State (1956)
Bill Trout Defensive line 6th Miami (19##)
Mike Archer Defensive backs 2nd Miami (1976)

Support staff

Name Position Seasons Alma mater
Ray Ganong Strength & conditioning 3rd Miami (1977)
Mike Rodriguez Volunteer assistant 3rd
Marc Trestman Volunteer assistant 1st Minnesota (1979)

[citation needed]

Game summaries

Penn State

See also: 1981 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

Penn State Nittany Lions at Miami (FL) Hurricanes
1 2 34Total
Penn State 0 0 01414
Miami (FL) 6 8 0317

at Orange BowlMiami, Florida

  • Date: October 31
  • Game attendance: 32,117
  • [4]
Game information

at Florida St

See also: 1981 Florida State Seminoles football team

Miami (FL) Hurricanes at Florida State Seminoles
1 2 34Total
Miami (FL) 3 7 31427
Florida St 6 7 0619

at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida

  • Date: November 7
  • Game attendance: 52,685
  • Recap/Box
Game information

Statistics

Passing

Player Comp Att Yards TD INT
Jim Kelly 168 285 2,403 13 14

Rushing

Player Att Yards TD
Smokey Roan 111 388
Chris Hobbs 75 295
Speedy Neal 58 209

Receiving

Player Rec Yards TD
Larry Brodsky 37 631
Mike Rodrique 29 478
Glenn Dennison 29 270

References

  1. ^ "Richt sparks Miami to 31–6 victory". The Palm Beach Post. October 25, 1981. Retrieved December 16, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "'Canes hang on when it counts". St. Petersburg Times. November 15, 1981. Retrieved December 16, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Broyles, Bob and Paul Guido. 50 Years of College Football: A Modern History of America's Most Colorful Sport.
  4. ^ Ocala Star-Banner. 1981 Nov 01. Retrieved 2019-Feb-16.