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Posted Aug 18, 2011


Miami's Greatest Games: Maryland 42 … Miami 40 November 10, 1984



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Maryland 42, Miami 40, 1984


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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Maryland 42 … Miami 40 November 10, 1984

On a beautiful sunny November Miami day, the Hurricanes were enjoying a laugher up 31-0 over the outmatched Terrapins going into halftime. Quarterback Bernie monster afternoon throwing for 240 yards and three touchdowns in the first half alone, and then it appeared to be time to coast. Little did the Canes know that their sunny day would turn really, really ugly, thanks to Frank Reich.

Reich got Maryland on the board with a 39-yard touchdown pass, and then he ran for a one-yard score to cut the lead to 31-14. The Terps were able to add a third touchdown at the end of the third quarter, and all of a sudden, the lead was down to ten.

After trading scores and down 34-28, Maryland got its big play. Reich threw it deep, the ball was tipped and Greg Hill grabbed it and took it in for a 68-yard touchdown and the lead as the Canes sat stunned.

Miami fumbled the kickoff, and Maryland took it in for a touchdown capping a 42-3 scoring run and the greatest comeback in college football history at the time. Miami would add a final touchdown, but it wasn’t enough.

Things couldn’t get any worse for Miami, right? Two weeks later some guy named Flutie would come into town and had a pretty decent game.

The Canes blew a 31-point lead to the Terps, but was the just the beginning of what would be a string of crushing losses. Miami had won the 1983 national championship, but struggled a bit in 1984 under first-year head coach Jimmy Johnson starting out 8-2 before going on a nice five-game run. After this loss and the loss to Boston College in the Hail Mary game, many were beginning to question Johnson and whether or not he was the right man for the job, and the howls got louder after losing to UCLA in the Fiesta Bowl to end the season on a three-game slide. The 1985 Hurricanes were a monster, but a 35-7 loss to Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl killed any outside hopes for the national title. The 1986 team was one of the best ever, but a loss to Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl tagged Johnson as a coach that couldn’t take Miami to a title, but that all changed in 1987. For Maryland, this win might have given Reich the confidence to pull off the greatest comeback in NFL history, leading Buffalo over Houston in a classic 1993 playoff game.

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