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Greatest Games - Alabama-Miami, 1993

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Posted Aug 18, 2011


Miami's Greatest Games: Alabama 34 … Miami 13 January 1, 1993 Sugar Bowl



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Bama 34, Miami 13, 1993 Sugar Bowl


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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Alabama 34 … Miami 13 January 1, 1993 Sugar Bowl

Ho-hum. Another year, another national title for Miami. Led by Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Gino Torretta, the heavily favored Hurricanes were going for their fifth championship in ten years and a second consecutive title. Little did anyone know of the defensive buzzsaw they were about to run into.

With an efficient but plodding offense, Alabama seemingly didn’t have much of a chance against the high-octane Canes who came in on a roll. The two teams entered the Sugar Bowl with the nation’s longest winning streaks, with Miami winning 29 straight while the Tide had won 22 in a row.

Alabama went up 13-6 at halftime, but it seemed like Miami just needed to wake up. And then the Tide put on a defensive show in the second half.

Two Bama interceptions led to two touchdowns just 16 seconds apart, and behind the running of Derrick Lassic, the Tide offense was stunningly able to march on the Hurricane defense at will.

In the third quarter, Miami looked like it might mount a comeback as Torretta, who would set a Miami record with 56 pass attempts, connected with Lamar Thomas streaking down the sidelines. Tide DB George Teague chased Thomas down, stripped the ball away, and unofficially ended Miami’s dominant era. The Canes were good at times, especially in 1994, but they didn’t get back to being a true superpower again until the 2000 season.

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