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Greatest Games - Miami-Notre Dame, 1989

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Posted Aug 18, 2011


Miami's Greatest Games: Miami 27 … Notre Dame 10 November 25, 1989


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Miami 27, Notre Dame 10, 1989


Miami's Greatest Games
- 1984: Miami 31, Nebraska 30 | CFN All-Time Miami Team
- 1989: Miami 27, Notre Dame 10 | 1993: Alabama 34, Miami 13
- 1987: Penn State 14, Miami 10 | 1986: Miami 28, Oklahoma 16
- 1988: Notre Dame 31, Miami 30 | 1984: BC 47, Miami 45
- 1984: Maryland 42, Miami 40 | 1991: Miami 17, Florida St 16
- 1987: Miami 26, Florida St 25 | 2003: Ohio St 31, Miami 24 2OT

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Miami 27 … Notre Dame 10 November 25, 1989

While this might not have been the greatest game in Miami history, it’ll always be remember for one epic play that ending up propelling the Hurricanes to the national title.

Miami got up 10-0 over Notre Dame, the defending national champion, helped by a Craig Erickson connection to Dale Dawkins for a 55-yard touchdown, but up 10-3 and trying to start a drive late in the first half, Erickson got picked off by linebacker Ned Bolcar, who took it 49 yards for a game-tying score. The Canes got back up 17-10 just before halftime on a Stephen McGuire run following a Bernard Clark interception of Tony Rice.

And then came the third quarter, and in the end, it’s what gave Miami the national title.

Looking to go on a long, time-consuming drive, Miami was penalized and had to start out first and 25 from its own 26. After an Erickson fumble, which the Canes recovered, and a run which netted little yardage, it became third and 44 from the seven, and with Notre Dame thinking that it was about to change the game around.

Getting time, Erickson connected with Randall Hill for a shocking 44-yard gain to keep the drive alive and take the win out of Notre Dame’s sails. With all the momentum, Miami’s drive culminated with a touchdown pass to Dawkins to cap off a third quarter drive lasting 22 plays and covering 80 yards chewing off 10:47 of the clock.

The fresh Miami D was able to shut down the Irish in the second half to close out the win and stop a 23-game winning streak. Notre Dame finished the season 11-1 ranked No. 2, while Miami finished 11-1 and won the national championship.

While Notre Dame lost, Lou Holtz had his precedent to call on a few years later, but it didn’t work.

The 1989 Hurricanes lost to Florida State 24-10 but with one loss, still ended up winning the national title. Four years later, Notre Dame beat Florida State but narrowly lost to Boston College the week after. The 1993 Irish, like in 1989, finished 11-1, while Florida State, who lost to the Irish and finished 11-1 ended up winning national title.

Miami's Greatest Games
- 1984: Miami 31, Nebraska 30 | CFN All-Time Miami Team
- 1989: Miami 27, Notre Dame 10 | 1993: Alabama 34, Miami 13
- 1987: Penn State 14, Miami 10 | 1986: Miami 28, Oklahoma 16
- 1988: Notre Dame 31, Miami 30 | 1984: BC 47, Miami 45
- 1984: Maryland 42, Miami 40 | 1991: Miami 17, Florida St 16
- 1987: Miami 26, Florida St 25 | 2003: Ohio St 31, Miami 24 2OT