1989 Miami Hurricanes football
Miami Hurricanes logo.svg
Consensus national champion
Sugar Bowl champion
Sugar Bowl, W 33–25 vs. Alabama
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
Record11–1
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorBob Bratkowski (1st season)
Offensive schemeOne-Back Spread
Defensive coordinatorSonny Lubick (1st season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumMiami Orange Bowl
(Capacity: 75,500)
Seasons
← 1988
1990 →
1989 NCAA Division I-A independents football records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 Miami (FL)     11 1 0
No. 2 Notre Dame     12 1 0
No. 3 Florida State     10 2 0
Northern Illinois     9 2 0
No. 15 Penn State     8 3 1
No. 17 Pittsburgh     8 3 1
No. 21 West Virginia     8 3 1
Syracuse     8 4 0
Southwestern Louisiana     7 4 0
Akron     6 4 1
South Carolina     6 4 1
Virginia Tech     6 4 1
Louisiana Tech     5 4 1
Army     6 5 0
Louisville     6 5 0
East Carolina     5 5 1
Tulsa     6 6 0
Southern Miss     5 6 0
Tulane     4 8 0
Navy     3 8 0
Rutgers     2 7 2
Boston College     2 9 0
Memphis State     2 9 0
Cincinnati     1 9 1
Temple     1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1989 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 1989 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Hurricanes' 64th season of football. The Hurricanes were led by first-year head coach Dennis Erickson and played their home games at the Orange Bowl. They finished the season 11–1 overall. They were invited to the Sugar Bowl where they defeated Alabama, 33-25, to win the school's third national championship.

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 9at WisconsinNo. 3ABCW 51–338,646
September 16CaliforniaNo. 3ESPNW 31–356,931
September 23at MissouriNo. 2PrimeW 38–743,293
September 30at Michigan StateNo. 2ABCW 26–2076,217
October 7CincinnatiNo. 2
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 56–048,597
October 14San Jose StateNo. 2
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 48–1645,122
October 28at No. 9 Florida StateNo. 2ESPNL 10–2462,602
November 4East CarolinaNo. 7
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 40–1035,159
November 11at No. 14 PittsburghNo. 7CBSW 24–352,528
November 18San Diego StatedaggerNo. 7
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 42–642,362
November 25No. 1 Notre DameNo. 7
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
CBSW 27–1081,634
January 1vs. No. 7 AlabamaNo. 2ABCW 33–2577,425
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Personnel

Roster

1989 Miami Hurricanes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 14 Gino Torretta Fr
WR 37 Doyle Aaron So
TE 93 Randy Bethel Jr
WR 81 Wesley Carroll Jr
TE 84 Rob Chudzinski Jr
RB 28 Leonard Conley Jr
OL 72 Mario Cristobal Fr
FB 20 Shannon Crowell Jr
WR 11 Dale Dawkins Sr
QB 7 Craig Erickson Jr
QB 9 Bryan Fortay Fr
C 50 Bobby Garcia Sr
RB 25 Kevin Gibbs
Redshirt.svg
 Fr
G 66 Darren Handy Jr
WR 3 Randal Hill Jr
C 64 Rod Holder Sr
RB 21 Alex Johnson Jr
WR 88 Dennis Kelleher
Redshirt.svg
 Fr
RB 30 Stephen McGuire Fr
G 68 Barry Panfil So
OL 73 Leon Searcy So
WR 18 Pee Wee Smith Sr
WR 35 Darryl Spencer So
G 79 Mike Sullivan Jr
WR 36 Lamar Thomas Fr
RB 33 Russell Sapp So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 1 Jessie Armstead Fr
CB 23 Robert Bailey Jr
LB 56 Micheal Barrow Fr
CB 6 Kenny Berry Sr
DB 8 Hurlie Brown So
LB 57 Bernard Clark Sr
LB 49 Maurice Crum Jr
DL 44 Shane Curry Jr
DB 39 Bobby Harden Sr
DL 63 Jimmie Jones Sr
DT 96 Cortez Kennedy Sr
DT 94 Greg Mark Sr
DT 67 Russell Maryland Jr
CB 47 Ryan McNeil Fr
LB 38 Richard Newbill Sr
DE 58 Willis Peguese Sr
DB 2 Charles Pharms So
LB 45 Darrin Smith
Redshirt.svg
 Fr
DB 16 Roland Smith Jr
DB 31 Darryl Williams Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 1 Edgar Benes Sr
K 27 Carlos Huerta So
P 19 Tim Kalal Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Coaching staff

Name Position Seasons Alma Mater
Dennis Erickson Head Coach 1st Montana State (1969)
Bob Bratkowski Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers 1st Washington State (1978)
Sonny Lubick Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs 1st Western Montana (1960)
Gregg Smith Offensive Line 1st Idaho (1969)
Dave Arnold Special Teams/Tight Ends 1st
Bob Karmelowicz Defensive Line 1st Bridgeport (1972)
Art Kehoe Assistant Offensive Line 5th Miami (1982)
Ed Orgeron Defensive Line 1st Northwestern State (1984)
Tommy Tuberville Linebackers 1st Southern Arkansas (1976)
Alex Wood Running Backs 1st Iowa (1978)

Support staff

Name Position Seasons Alma Mater
Brad Roll Strength & Conditioning 1st Stephen F. Austin (1980)
Carmen Grosso Graduate Assistant
Ronnie Lee Graduate Assistant
Scott Runyan Graduate Assistant
Pete Savage Graduate Assistant
Dan Werner Volunteer Assistant 3rd Western Michigan (1983)

Rankings

Further information: 1989 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
( ) = First place votes.
Week
PollPre123456789101112131415Final
AP4 (4)3 (4)3 (5)2 (3)2 (3)2 (3)2 (4)2 (3)2 (3)77774 (3)2 (4)2 (4)1 (38)
Coaches5 (1)5 (1)2 (2)2 (3)2 (4)2 (2)2 (5)2 (5)2 (3)67773 (3)2 (4)1 (36)

[1]

Game summaries

at Wisconsin

#3 Miami (FL) at Wisconsin
1 234Total
Hurricanes 13 21107 51
Badgers 3 000 3

See also: 1989 Wisconsin Badgers football team

[2]

California

California at #3 Miami (FL)
1 234Total
Golden Bears 3 000 3
Hurricanes 0 1777 31

See also: 1989 California Golden Bears football team

at Missouri

#2 Miami (FL) at Missouri
1 234Total
Hurricanes 7 17014 38
Tigers 7 000 7

See also: 1989 Missouri Tigers football team

[3]

at Michigan State

#2 Miami (FL) at Michigan State
1 234Total
Hurricanes 3 7106 26
Spartans 3 737 20

See also: 1989 Michigan State Spartans football team

[4]

Cincinnati

Cincinnati at #3 Miami (FL)
1 234Total
Bearcats 0 000 0
Hurricanes 7 3577 56

See also: Cincinnati Bearcats football

[5]

San Jose State

San Jose State at #3 Miami (FL)
1 234Total
Spartans 0 808 16
Hurricanes 10 71714 48

See also: 1989 San Jose State Spartans football team

Backup Gino Torretta, making his second consecutive start for the injured Craig Erickson, threw for a school-record 468 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Hurricanes picked up their 48th win in 49 games.[6]

at Florida State

See also: 1989 Florida State Seminoles football team and Florida State–Miami football rivalry

#2 Miami (FL) Hurricanes at #9 Florida State Seminoles
1 2 34Total
Miami (FL) 10 0 0010
Florida St 14 0 7324

at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida

Game information

[7]

Prior to the Miami-Florida State game, University of Miami mascot Sebastian the Ibis was tackled by a group of police officers for attempting to put out Chief Osceola's flaming spear. Sebastian was wearing a fireman’s helmet and yellow raincoat and holding a fire extinguisher. When a police officer attempted to grab the fire extinguisher, the officer was sprayed in the chest. Sebastian was handcuffed by four officers but ultimately released. Miami quarterback Gino Torretta, who started the game in place of injured Craig Erickson, told ESPN, "Even if we weren't bad boys, it added to the mystique that, 'Man, look, even their mascot's getting arrested.'"[8]

East Carolina

See also: 1989 East Carolina Pirates football team

at Pittsburgh

#7 Miami (FL) at #14 Pittsburgh
1 234Total
Hurricanes 10 392 24
Panthers 0 003 3

See also: 1989 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

[9]

San Diego State

See also: 1989 San Diego State Aztecs football team

[10]

Notre Dame

#1 Notre Dame at #7 Miami (FL)
1 234Total
Fighting Irish 0 1000 10
Hurricanes 10 773 27

See also: 1989 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The Hurricanes avenged a close loss from the previous year in South Bend. This game marked the seventh time in seven attempts that Miami defeated a #1 ranked team during the 1980s.[11][12][13]

vs. Alabama (Sugar Bowl)

#2 Miami (FL) at #7 Alabama
1 234Total
Hurricanes 7 1367 33
Crimson Tide 0 1708 25

Main article: 1990 Sugar Bowl

See also: 1989 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

1990 NFL Draft

Main article: 1990 NFL Draft

Player Position Round Pick Team
Cortez Kennedy Defensive Tackle 1 3 Seattle Seahawks
Jimmie Jones Defensive Tackle 3 64 Dallas Cowboys
Bernard Clark Linebacker 3 65 Cincinnati Bengals
Willis Peguese Defensive End 3 72 Houston Oilers
Greg Mark Defensive End 3 79 New York Giants
Richard Newbill Linebacker 5 126 Houston Oilers
Dale Dawkins Wide receiver 9 223 New York Jets
Kenny Berry Defensive back 10 256 San Diego Chargers
Bobby Harden Defensive back 12 315 Miami Dolphins

[14]

References

  1. ^ "Miami (FL) 1989 AP Football Rankings". collegepollarchive.com. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  2. ^ "Miami Overwhelms Wisconsin by 51-3". The New York Times. September 10, 1989. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  3. ^ "Miami 38, Missouri 7". United Press International. September 23, 1989. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  4. ^ "Hurricanes Survive Scare : Miami Loses Erickson, Beats Michigan State". Los Angeles Times. October 1, 1986. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  5. ^ "'CANES MAKE IT A CINCH EARLY VS. CINCINNATI IN 56-0 BLOWOUT". Orlando Sentinel. October 8, 1989. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  6. ^ "Miami 48, San Jose State 16". United Press International. October 14, 1989. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  7. ^ "Six Turnovers by No. 2 Miami Give Game to No. 9 Florida St". Los Angeles Times. October 29, 1989. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  8. ^ "The true story of Sebastian the Ibis, a fire extinguisher and a near arrest". 30 October 2019.
  9. ^ "COLLEGE FOOTBALL". Chicago Tribune. November 12, 1989. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  10. ^ "Loses Grow for SDSU After Miami Defeat". Los Angeles Times. November 22, 1989. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  11. ^ "Miami Exacts Its Revenge, 27-10". Los Angeles Times. November 26, 1989. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  12. ^ "Miami Snaps Streak By Irish". The New York Times. November 26, 1989. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  13. ^ "Miami Shuts Down No. 1 Notre Dame". The Washington Post. November 26, 1989. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  14. ^ "1990 NFL Draft Listing - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Archived from the original on 2007-12-20.