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Greatest Games - Miami-Oklahoma, 1986

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Posted Aug 18, 2011


Miami's Greatest Games: Miami 28 … Oklahoma 16 September 27, 1986


CFN's Greatest Games

Miami 28, Oklahoma 16, 1986


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 28 … Oklahoma 16 September 27, 1986


Oklahoma, the defending national champion, was trying to cement itself as the team to beat once again, but Miami, led by lsewhere to keep the NFL stocked for years, was looking to make a big statement. The Hurricanes handed the Sooners their only loss in 1985, but that was against some bum dropback passer named Troy Aikman (before he transferred to UCLA), but things have changed in a big way for OU and its offense. Quarterback Jamelle Holieway and the Sooners had the wishbone rolling, winning their first two games of the 1986 season by a total score of 101-3, but they were about to get tested against a very fast, very good team.

Miami head coach Jimmy Johnson changed how college football was played, taking slightly undersized defensive players that could all run like track stars and making great use of their speed. He bulked up fast linebackers and made them defensive linemen; made fast defensive backs hit the weight room to become speedy linebackers linebackers; and he found players with REAL speed to play defensive back. It was the perfect defense to deal with the wishbone, but the Sooners had some defensive stars of their own.

OU linebacker Brian Bosworth was the marquee name, and he didn’t disappoint with a school record 22 tackles as he was in on seemingly every big play, but it wasn’t enough to slow down the show-stopping performance by Testaverde, who all but won the Heisman with his signature play, avoiding a big loss by running from sideline to sideline before completing a short pass.

Miami was in control for the entire game, but the Sooners had one big moment to flex their muscle a little bit with OU tight end Keith Jackson combining speed and power by taking a pass over the middle and bowling over future NFL star Bennie Blades on the way for a score, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the pumped up Canes.

This might not have been the prettiest or most dramatic game in college football history, but it signified an important swing in style. This was the unofficial end of the dominance of the wishbone as the Sooners found out the one element their offense couldn’t beat: blazing defensive speed.

OU would roll through the rest of the season and finish No. 3 finishing with an 11-1 record, giving up a mere 53 points outside of the loss in Miami, and Nebraska was the only other team to come within 19 points of the juggernaut. Miami destroyed everything in its path before losing to Penn State in the Fiesta 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