This Date in Hurricanes History...September 17,1988

This Date in Hurricanes History...September 17,1988
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In arguably the greatest comeback in school history, the top ranked Hurricanes scored 17 points in the final 5 minutes and 23 seconds to stun the Michigan Wolverines, 31-30 , in front of 105,834 fans and a national television audience ! 

Led by UMSHoF member Steve Walsh's 335 yards and 3 touchdowns on 24 of 45 passing, the Canes recovered 2 onsides kicks and took the lead with 43 seconds left on UMSHoF member Carlos Huerta's 29 yard field goal, dashing the 15th ranked Wolverines hopes of the upset, and sending over 100,000 stunned and silent fans home !

Cleveland Gary had 9 receptions for 162 yards, and 2 touchdowns, including a 49 yard scamper on a 4th and 1 to make the score 30-28.  He added 44 yards on 11 carries and one more touchdown.  Rob Chudzinski caught 6 passes for 76 yards and 1 touchdown

ALSO, On This In Hurricanes History...September 17, 1955

In the first Miami Hurricanes football game ever televised, and the first ever color telecast by NBC, the 9th ranked Canes fell to 10th ranked Georgia Tech 14-6 before 39,500 fans at Grant Field in Atlanta and the national network audience, back in the days when there was only one game televised each week and all the country was watching !  

Miami entered the game ranked in the pre season polls for the first time, coming off an 8-1 1954 campaign, that finished rank #9, with the only blemish, a 1 point loss to Auburn on the road.

 The Canes were led by 1956 All American fullback and UMSHoF member Don Bosseler, who scored Miami's lone points on a 13 yard run in the third quarter.  Other UMSHoF members to play in the game were quarterback Sam Scarnecchia, and halfbacks Whitey Rouviere and Jack Losch.

The 1956 Canes finished with a 6-3 record and ranked #14 in the polls.  They finished 4th in the country in attendance, averaging 46,000 fans, behind only Michigan, Ohio State and Southern California.  The Canes had home games against Notre Dame, Texas Christian, Boston College, Alabama, Florida State and Florida that drew big crowds...including a then-school record crowd of 75,685 against the Irish.

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