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100 Greatest Plays in Miami History: #12-Two Point Break Up Seals Victory vs FSU 1987

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A deflected pass helped keep Miami’s national titles hopes alive in 1987.

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In one of the most memorable games in the Miami Hurricanes and Florida State Seminoles rivalry, Jimmy Johnson and his team were in Tallahassee taking on FSU in 1987.

UM was clinging to a 26-19 lead with less than a minute to play, but Noles quarterback Danny McManus found WR Ronald Lewis in the end zone with 42 seconds left on the clock. Instead of attempting the extra point and going for the tie, coach Bobby Bowden decided to go for two and the win.

Though, unfortunately for the Seminoles but very fortunate for the Canes, the pass was broken up and Miami won the game, 26-25, en route to their second national championship.