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Temple Game Press Release

Oct. 12, 2000

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Covering the Canes
Miami players, excluding quarterbacks, are available up to the start of Thursday’s workout. QB’s are available until the start of Wednesday’s practice. Interviews with UM players and coaches must be arranged at least 24 hours in advance. The best time to interview players and coaches is Monday afternoon. Practices are open to the media for the first 30 and last 15 minutes only. Head Coach Butch Davis will address the media following each practice.

BIG EAST Conference Call
Each Monday – 11:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

BIG EAST Weekly Feed
Each Wednesday – 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. Coordinates – Galaxy 4R, C-Band, Transponder 24, 99 degrees West.

Coach’s Press Conference
Every Tuesday – 12:30 p.m. Team Meeting Room, Hecht Center. Coach Davis conducts weekly press conference. Out-of-town media can call the Miami SID office to hear a recording after 2:00 p.m.

The Game: Miami (4-1, 2-0 BIG EAST) travels to Philadelphia, PA for a BIG EAST Conference game against the Temple Owls (3-4, 0-3 BIG EAST) at Veterans Stadium.

Miami enters the conference road game after a bye week. The Hurricanes last defeated No. 1 Florida State, 27-24, in front of a sold out crowd of 80,905 at the Orange Bowl on Oct. 7.

UM is riding a three-game win streak and has already defeated conference teams West Virginia (47-10) and Rutgers (64-6) on the road earlier this season. The Temple game marks UM’s fourth game played on the road this season. Following the game, UM will play three consecutive at the Orange Bowl, before its final road date at Syracuse on Nov. 18. The Hurricanes then end the season at home against Boston College on Nov. 25.

The Series: Miami and Temple will play the 10th game in the all-time series that dates back to the 1930 season at Veterans Stadium on Oct. 21. The game will also mark the ninth meeting since the creation of the BIG EAST football conference in 1992. The Hurricanes lead all-time series with the Owls, 9-1, with the lone loss occurring 70 years ago in that inaugural match-up. UM is 3-1 vs. Temple in Philadelphia and 3-0 since 1992.

Last season, UM shut out Temple, 55-0, at the Orange Bowl to conclude the regular season. The 1999 game was previously scheduled for Oct. 16, but was moved to Dec. 4 due to the threat of Hurricane Irene off the shores of Florida.

Since the two teams renewed the rivalry in 1992, UM has won all nine meetings by a combined score of 365-81, an average of 40.6-9 (31.6 pt. margin). In the three road games at Temple, UM has out-pointed the Owls 137-47, an average of 45.7-15.7 (30 pt. margin). Last season’s 55-0 shut out of Temple was UM’s first over the Owls since that first BIG EAST meeting in 1992.


ESPN Regional – (Live): Dave Simms (play-by-play), Jeff Bostic (analysis) and Frank Forte (sideline).

Hurricane Radio Network (WQAM 560 AM): Marc Vandermeer (play-by-play), Joe Zagacki (analysis) and Don Bailey, Jr. (analysis). All UM football games will be carried statewide by the Hurricane Radio Network on its flagship station WQAM in Miami.
En Espanol (WACC 830 AM): Jerry del Castillo (play-by-play), Joe Martinez (analysis) and Pepe Campos (studio).

Internet audio broadcasts of Hurricane games are available by accessing and clicking on “internet audio broadcasts” on the athletics home page.

HEAD COACH BUTCH DAVIS: Butch Davis (Arkansas `74) is in his sixth season at Miami. Davis has compiled a 44-20 overall record and a 28-9 mark in BIG EAST games. His record includes a 23-9 record at the Orange Bowl, while going 17-11 on the road. Additionally, Davis’ UM teams are 4-0 in neutral-site games.

Davis is the 18th head coach in UM history. Prior to his appointment in January 1995, Davis served as an assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys from 1989-94 where he helped guide the Cowboys to a pair of Super Bowl championships. Davis also served as an assistant coach at UM from 1984-88 (where he was part of Miami’s 1987 National Championship team) and at Oklahoma State from 1979-83.

ESPN REGIONAL TELEVISION TO SPLIT BIG EAST NOON BROADCAST: ESPN Regional Television will split its noon BIG EAST coverage. The Miami at Temple game will air on the stations listed below, while the remainder of the BIG EAST affiliated networks will carry the noon Boston College at Pittsburgh game.

Stations Airing Miami at Temple:
WABC (ABC) New York
WPVI (ABC) Philadelphia
WJLA (ABC) Washington, DC
WHOT (IND) Atlanta
WFTS (ABC) Tampa/St. Petersburg/Sarasota
WPLG (ABC) Miami/Ft Lauderdale
WRBW (UPN) Orlando/Daytona/Melbourne
WMAR (ABC) Baltimore
WAV (IND) Indianapolis
WPBF (ABC) West Palm Beach/Ft. Pierce
WNGS (UPN) Buffalo
WUPN (UPN) Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem
WXIV (IND) Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem
WSWB (WB) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
WJXX (ABC) Jacksonville/Brunswick
WWRD (IND) Dayton (Ohio)
WRIC (ABC) Richmond/Petersburg
WJPR/WFXR (FOX) Roanoke/Lynchburg
WNYS (UPN) Syracuse
WFTX (FOX) Fort Myers/Naples
WVUP (UPN) Tallahassee, FL/Thomasville, GA
WCGT (UPN) Columbus, GA
WGVP (UPN) Albany, GA
WCJB (ABC) Gainesville, FL
WWTI (ABC) Watertown, NY
ESPN GamePlan

HURRICANE FANS SET RECORD AT FLORIDA STATE GAME: The attendance for the Florida State at Miami game on Oct. 7 was 80,905. The mark placed third all-time for a UM game at the Orange Bowl and second-largest for a regular season crowd. The Miami/Nebraska Orange Bowl Classic drew a record 81,753 in 1995, while the Miami/Notre Dame game in 1989 drew 81,634. Additionally, the 2000 UM/FSU attendance mark was an all-time high for a BIG EAST team. Seats were removed from the Orange Bowl during the 1990’s to accomodate World Cup soccer matches.

HURRICANES DEFEAT A NO. 1 RANKED TEAM: Since the Associated Press began its national collegiate football poll in 1936, the University of Miami has faced the top-ranked team on 16 occassions. Most recently, UM defeated No. 1 Florida State, 27-24, on Oct. 7. Overall, the Hurricanes have gone 9-7 against the AP’s top ranked team. Of the nine wins over No. 1, eight were played at the Orange Bowl. UM’s lone win over a top-ranked team on the road was at Florida State (17-16) on Nov. 16, 1991, which was also UM’s last win over a top-ranked team overall.

HURRICANES PLAY ROLE AS THE SPOILER: While the Hurricanes are seeking their own national championship run in 2000, they have damaged the opportunity for other major national contenders various times since 1983.

Most recently, No. 7 Miami defeated No. 1 Florida State, 27-24, at the Orange Bowl on Oct. 7. The 1999 national champions 17-game win streak and 26-game regular season win streak came to an end.After Hurricane Gheorges cancelled an early season meeting with UCLA, the No. 3 Bruins finally made their way to the Orange Bowl for a make-up game on Dec. 5, 1998. Unranked UM upset Cade McNown and the undefeated Bruins, 49-45, to thwart UCLA’s shot at a national championship game berth in the Fiesta Bowl.In 1991, No. 2 Miami upset No. 1 Florida State, 17-16, in Tallahassee on Nov. 16 for the Seminoles first loss of the season and the Hurricanes final obstacle on the path towards their fourth national championship. FSU followed up with a 14-9 loss at Florida and finished the season 10-2.In 1989, No. 7 Miami beat No.1 Notre Dame, 27-10, in the final regular season game at the Orange Bowl on Nov. 25 to pave its way to the Sugar Bowl and an eventual third national championship over No. 7 Alabama.In 1987, No. 2 Miami beat No. 1 Oklahoma, 20-14, in the Orange Bowl to win its second national championship. Earlier that season No. 3 Miami went into Tallahassee and handed No. 4 Florida State a 26-25 defeat, which would wind up to be the lone blemish on the eventual 11-1 and No. 2 Seminoles.In 1983, No. 5 Miami upset No. 1 Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, 31-30, to win its first national championship.

2000 SEASON, TIED FOR BEST OPENING UNDER BUTCH DAVIS: The Hurricanes 4-1 record in 2000 is tied with 1996 for the best start, after five games, under Head Coach Butch Davis. After falling to Florida State in week 5 in 1996, the Hurricanes then fell to East Carolina to go 4-2. The last time a UM team went 5-1 was the 1994 season.

HURRICANES ARE THE STREAK BREAKERS: Miami ended Florida State’s 17-game win streak, 27-24, on Oct. 7, UM has now ended win streaks of 10 or more games nine times. Of those nine broken streaks, seven where against teams ranked No. 1. Additionally, seven of those streaks were broken in the Orange Bowl.

Over the last 52 years Miami has broken more streaks of 20 or more wins (4) than any other school in the nation. Miami and Princeton are the only schools in NCAA history to break winning streaks of 20 or more games on four occasions.

2000 SEASON HAS A 1994 DEJA-VU FEEL: Through week six of the 2000 season, numerous variables resemble the feel of UM’s 1994 season.

UM started the 1994 season with a 56-0 rout over Division I-AA Georgia Southern. The Hurricanes began the 2000 season with a 61-16 win over I-AA McNeese State.In 1994, UM lost in game three to Washington, 38-20, in the first ever meeting. In 2000, UM fell to the Huskies, 34-29, in the second-ever meeting during game two.Miami defeated a solid Arizona State team, 47-10, in game two of 1994, while UM defeated a solid West Virginia team by the same score in game 3 of the 2000 season.UM defeated Rutgers, 24-3, in the week leading up to the Florida State game in 1994. UM defeated Rutgers, 64-6, in the week leading up to the Florida State game in 2000.The Hurricanes beat No. 3 FSU, 34-20, at the Orange Bowl in 1994, while UM defeated No. 1 Florida State, 27-24, at the Orange Bowl in 2000.Following the 1994 and 2000 FSU games was a BIG EAST road trip.Looking ahead, both UM teams were to play a nationally-ranked Virginia Tech squad for a claim of the BIG EAST title.

UM HAS BEEN THE FIRST LOSS FOR COACH BOWDEN: In Head Coach Bobby Bowden’s 25 seasons at Florida State, the Hurricanes have delivered the Seminoles their first loss of the season nine times.

HOLD ON TO YOUR HAT: If the Miami-Florida State final score is close, history has favored the Hurricanes. Since 1973, the Hurricanes are 8-0 against FSU in games decided by four points or less.

PAIN IN THE %@#: Seven of Florida State’s last 18 losses, dating back to the 1987 season, have been delivered by the Hurricanes. The seven wins are the most by any team in the nation versus FSU over the last 14 seasons. Miami is one of only two schools to defeat FSU more than once since 1987 (4 – Florida). In addition, FSU has had eight one-loss seasons since 1987 with five of the losses at the hands of the Hurricanes.

DORSEY HAS “THE DRIVE” TO BEAT NO. 1 FLORIDA STATE: The Hurricanes led Florida State nearly the entire game (58:23) until FSU’s Heisman contending quarterback Chris Weinke put the top-ranked Seminoles ahead for the first time, 24-20, with a 29-yard TD pass to Atrews Bell with 1:37 remaining in the game. UM quarterback Ken Dorsey, a first-time starter against FSU, then porceeded to lead the Hurricanes down field in 51 seconds to regain the lead, 27-24, with a 13-yard scoring pass to Jeremy Shockey with 46 ticks left. FSU kicker Matt Munyon missed a distant 49-yard field goal as time expired to secure Dorsey’s drive as one of the most memorable at UM.

The drive to defeat No. 1 FSU
FSU kicker Chance Gwaltney 66-yard kickoff to Daryl Jones at the Miami 0. Jones returns the kickoff 32 yards.

IMPRESSIVE FSU STREAKS COME TO AN END: With the Hurricanes 27-24 win over No. 1 Florida State, UM ended three significant national streaks held by the Seminoles:

The nation’s longest win streak (17 games).The nation’s longest regular season win streak (26 games)Chris Weinke’s 25-game win streak as the FSU starting quarterback, longest of any active signal-caller.

UM SHUTS DOWN EFFECTIVE SEMINOLE RUNNING ATTACK: Florida State averaged 229.7 yards per game rushing over its last three contests entering the Miami game. The Hurricanes held the Seminoles to 69 yards rushing. FSU tailback Travis Minor, who was third in the ACC with a 78.4 rushing per game average, was held to 36 net yards.

SEMINOLE “D” DOES NOT SCORE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2000: The heralded Florida State defense had an impressive streak of scoring points in six straight games dating back to the 1999 regular season. The Hurricane offense did not allow FSU to score in the game, ending the streak. FSU defense end Jamal Reynolds, who led the nation in sacks (10), was held to zero sacks and just one tackle. Reynolds was blocked by UM offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie.

FSU SCORELESS AT THE HALF: The Miami defense held FSU scoreless in the first half, marking the first time in 151 games the Seminoles were scoreless going into halftime. Miami was the last team do record this feat in its 31-0 victory over FSU in 1988.

FLORIDA STATE SCORING HELD WAY UNDER SEASON AVERAGE: No. 1 FSU entered the game having scored 208 points over its first five games, an average of 41.6 per game. On the other side of the ball, the Seminole defense had allowed just 45 points over five games (9.0 per game). UM defeated FSU 27-24, a difference of -17.6 on offense and +15 on defense.