Maryland/Miami- Classic Games

TSR looks back at two classic games between the Terps and Hurricanes, 1984 and 1996.

A look at the Terps’ most recent and most memorable matchups with Miami:

2006: In the teams’ only meeting as ACC foes, the Terps held off the Hurricanes 14-13 at Byrd Stadium. Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was the game’s offensive star, grabbing 5 receptions for 175 yards, including touchdowns of 65 and 96 yards from quarterback Sam Hollenbach. The rest of the Terps’ offense accounted for only 83 yards.

Miami ran a total of 73 offensive plays compared to Maryland’s 37 and held the ball for 14 more minutes than the Terps. However, two Canes turnovers, including corner back Trey Covington’s pick of Kirby Freeman with just over four minutes remaining, helped Maryland’s defense hold on for the win.

The victory improved the Terps’ record to 8-2 and evened Miami’s at 5-5 in what would be Larry Coker’s final year at the helm of the Hurricanes.

1984: The Comeback: The Terps trailed the defending national champion Miami Hurricanes 31-0 at the half when head coach Bobby Ross made a change a quarterback, sitting Stan Gelbaugh in favor of senior Frank Reich. Reich validated Ross’s decision, completing 12 of 15 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Terps to a 42-40 win and the greatest comeback in college football history.

The Terps’ senior quarterback twice connected for touchdowns with wide receiver Greg Hill. The second was a 68-yard strike that deflected off the hands of Miami defensive back Darrell Fullerton into Hill’s to give the Terps a 35-34 lead and put them on top for good.

Trailing 42-34 late in the game, Canes quarterback Bernie Kosar led his offense down the field and connected with Eddie Brown for a 5-yard score. Kosar finished the day 30 for 50 for 363 yards. However, the Terps denied the Canes on a two-point conversion attempt to hold on for the improbable victory.

During his pro career, Reich would go on to orchestrate the greatest comeback in NFL history. Filling in for an injured Jim Kelly (a former Hurricane), Reich helped the Buffalo Bills erase a 35-3 deficit against the Houston Oilers in a 1992 AFC Wild Card game.

The Terps’ impressive win was the highlight of the 1984 season in which they finished 9-3. The Canes went on to lose another heartbreaker two weeks later in their season finale on one of the most memorable plays in college football history when Boston College’s Doug Flutie completed a Hail Mary to receiver Gerard Phelan to give the Eagles a 47-45 victory.

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