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1979 Miami Hurricanes football
ConferenceIndependent
1979 record5–6
Head coachHoward Schnellenberger
Offensive schemePro style
Home stadiumMiami Orange Bowl
(Capacity: 80,045)
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 Division I-A independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 6 Florida State           11 1 0
No. 7 Pittsburgh           11 1 0
UNLV           9 1 2
No. 17 Temple           10 2 0
Tulane           9 3 0
Rutgers           8 3 0
East Carolina           7 3 1
No. 20 Penn State           8 4 0
South Carolina           8 4 0
Navy           7 4 0
Notre Dame           7 4 0
Southern Miss           6 4 1
Syracuse           7 5 0
Colgate           5 4 1
Boston College           5 6 0
Holy Cross           5 6 0
Memphis           5 6 0
Miami           5 6 0
North Texas State           5 6 0
Villanova           5 6 0
Virginia Tech           5 6 0
West Virginia           5 6 0
Georgia Tech           4 6 1
Louisville           4 6 1
Connecticut           3 6 2
William & Mary           4 7 0
Illinois State           3 8 0
Northeast Louisiana           3 8 0
Army           2 8 1
Air Force           2 9 0
Cincinnati           2 9 0
Richmond           0 11 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami for the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team became known as the "Jet Lag Kids", playing seven times away from home and traveling over 28,000 miles, an NCAA record.[1] It was also the first year under new head coach Howard Schnellenberger and they were responsible for laying the foundation for the school to become a national power in the 1980s and first half of the 1990s.

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 15 Louisville Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL W 24–12   41,129
September 22 at #14 Florida State Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL (Rivalry) L 40–23   47,679
September 29 Louisiana Tech Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL W 6–0   20,069
October 6 at Florida A&M Bragg Memorial StadiumTallahassee, FL L 16–13   34,743
October 13 at San Diego State San Diego StadiumSan Diego, CA L 31–20   40,126
October 20† Boston College Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL W 19–8   15,013
October 27 at Syracuse Rich StadiumOrchard Park, NY L 25–15   7,729
November 3 at #19 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA W 26–10   77,532
November 17 at #1 Alabama Bryant-Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL L 30–0   54,500
November 24 vs. Notre Dame Korakuen StadiumTokyo, Japan (Mirage Bowl) L 40–15   62,674
December 1 Florida Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL (War Canoe Trophy) W 30–24   28,051
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.
[2]

RosterEdit

StartersEdit

QB Mike Rodrique/Jim Kelly

RB Smokey Roan/Mark Rush

FB Chris Hobbs/Gary Breckner

WR Larry Brodsky/Malcolm Simmons

WR Jim Joiner/Pat Walker

T Steve Grady/Frank Frazier

G Art Kehoe

C John Fenton/Don Bailey

G Jim Pokomey/Clem Barbarino

T John Canei

DL Barry Gonzalez/Johnny Daniels

DL Lester Williams

DL Jim Burt

DL Bob Nelson/Tony Chickillo

DL Tim Flanagan

LB Jay Brophy/Scott Nicolas

LB Mozell Axson/Charles Cook

DB John Swain

DB Gene Coleman

DB David Jefferson

DB Fred Marion

K Dan Miller

[3]

Coaching staffEdit

Game summariesEdit

AlabamaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Miami (FL) 0 0 0 0

0

Alabama 10 0 7 13

30

at Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL

StatisticsEdit

PassingEdit

Player Comp Att Yards TD INT
Rodrique 94 201 1,197 2
Kelly 48 104 721 5

RushingEdit

Player Att Yds TD
Hobbs 105 406
Roan 97 307
Breckner 47 179

ReceivingEdit

Player Rec Yards TD
Brodsky 30 495
Walker 24 625
Joiner 24 293

[3]

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Miami Football History - Miami (FL) Official Athletic Site
  2. College Football @ Sports-Reference.com
  3. 3.0 3.1 Broyles, Bob and Paul Guido. 50 Years of College Football: A Modern History of America's Most Colorful Sport.
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