1983 Miami Hurricanes football
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
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 at 10–1, ranked fifth, and were invited to the Orange Bowl. Playing at home on January 2, the underdog Hurricanes upset top-ranked Nebraska 31–30, denying a two-point conversion attempt with less than a minute remaining.[1][2][3][4] They climbed to first in the final polls to win the school's first national championship.[5]

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
NBCW 31–3072,596

Personnel

Roster

1983 Miami Hurricanes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE Glenn Dennison
QB 20 Bernie Kosar
 Fr
RB 30 Alonzo Highsmith Fr
OL 77 Paul O’Connor
WR Stanley Shakespeare
QB 14 Vinny Testaverde Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 53 Jay Brophy Sr
DT 98 Jerome Brown Fr
DT 95 Kevin Fagan So
DL 93 John McVeigh So
LB 99 Julio Cortes
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 3 Jeff Davis
P Steve Minie Jr
RB 16 Albert Bentley Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Rankings

See also: 1983 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

Season summary

at Florida

See also: 1983 Florida Gators football team and Florida–Miami football rivalry


at Houston

See also: 1983 Houston Cougars football team


Purdue

See also: 1983 Purdue Boilermakers football team

Purdue Boilermakers at Miami (FL) Hurricanes
1 2 34Total
Purdue 0 0 000
Miami (FL) 7 21 7035

at Orange BowlMiami, Florida

  • Date: September 17
  • Game attendance: 34,557

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Notre Dame

See also: 1983 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team


at Duke

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Louisville

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at Mississippi State

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at Cincinnati

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West Virginia

See also: 1983 West Virginia Mountaineers football team


East Carolina

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at Florida State

See also: 1983 Florida State Seminoles football team and Florida State–Miami football rivalry

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

Main article: 1984 Orange Bowl

See also: 1983 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team and Miami–Nebraska football rivalry


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Awards and honors

All-Americans

Jack Harding University of Miami MVP Award

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 August 21, 2019.
  9. ^ "MIAMI IS CHOSEN AS NO. 1 AFTER UPSET OF NEBRASKA". The New York Times. January 4, 1984. Retrieved August 21, 2019.