This Date in Hurricanes History...November 30 1985

This Date In Hurricanes History…November 30, 1985
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The 4th ranked Miami Hurricanes closed out the 1985 regular season with a 58-7 victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish...the largest margin of defeat ever for the Irish !  UMSHoF member Coach Jimmy Johnson's squad tied a then school record with their 10th regular season victory in front of an Orange Bowl crowd of 49, 236 and a national television audience.  The Canes would be ranked #2 in the final regular season polls and accept a bid to play in their first ever Sugar Bowl game against Tennessee.

It was total domination on both sides of the football.  Miami scored on EVERY possession, except when time expired at the end of each half.  Seven of the Irish drives went for five plays or less and the best field position Notre Dame had to start a drive was their own 22 yard line.

Some critics claimed that Miami ran up the score in Coach Gerry Faust's last game as coach of the Irish, but Hurricane halfback and UMSHoF member Melvin Bratton summed it up best..."We have a lot of depth and we played a perfect game-everything went our way."

UMSHoF member Vinny Testaverde enjoyed a sensational game, going 22 of 32, throwing for 356 yards, two TD's and carried one into the end zone himself from the 1 yard line.   The Hurricanes rolled up 534 yards in total offense, 399 in the air...the most ever given up in Notre Dame history.  The Canes had eight players rush the ball and 11 different receivers caught passes.  Tight end and UMSHoF member Willie Smith caught 6 passes for a then school record career total of 114.

UMSHoF member Daniel Stubbs led the defensive assault with three sacks as the Canes constantly harassed Irish QBs Steve Beuerlein and Terry Andrysiak.  Free safety and UMSHoF member Bennie Blades upped the Miami lead to 20-0 in the 2nd quarter when he picked off a Beuerlein pass and raced 61 yards for a score.

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