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100 Greatest Plays in Miami History: #1-Kenny Calhoun Deflects Nebraska 2-point Conversion For First Championship

Miami wins its first ever national championship

Miami Nebraska 1984

We’ve made it! 99 plays in 99 days, and we’ve gotten to our number on play in Miami Hurricanes history.

The 1983 season has to go down as the most important in the history of UM, and one that is still reminisced about on a daily basis as a Canes fan.

After an opening week loss to the Florida Gators, the Hurricanes, under head coach Howard Schnellenberger rattled off 10 consecutive wins to close the regular season, earning a bid to play in the Orange Bowl on January 2nd, 1984.

Their opponent? The Nebraska Cornhuskers, with legendary coach Tom Osbone, a program that was riding a 22-game win streak, and dubbed by many to be the greatest team ever assembled in college football.

Miami jumped out to a 17-0 lead early, in front of over 72,000 fans, but Nebraska rallied. Down 31-24 with under a minute to go, the Cornhuskers scored, pulling to within 31-30. Though, instead of settling for a tie at 31, coach Osborne elected to go for two.

Miami roverback Kenny Calhoun deflected a Turner Gill pass, and the ball fell incomplete, accompanied by the roar of the OB. That was it, the Hurricanes had captured their first national championship.