Miami lost national title games to terrible QB performances

The Miami Hurricanes have a rich tradition in the football history. The team has played in eight national championship games since 1983 and holds a fairly impressive record of 5-3. However, if you go back and look at history, the three games the Hurricanes lost, the team probably shouldn’t have.

A user on reddit compiled the eye-opeing stats.

In 1987, the team faced off against the Penn State Nittany Lions. While the Nittany Lions have never really been known for having great quarterbacks, I bet no one expected their leader to play as badly as he did in the 14-10 victory.

In the game, Penn State quarterback John Shaffer had a terrible showing. Not only did he throw for just fifty-three yards in the contest, he also lost a fumble that led to a Hurricanes’ touchdown. Shaffer finished the game 5-16 with a dismal fifty-three yards, no touchdowns and an interception, while rushing for -39 yards.

I guess it equals out that Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde has an even worse game throwing for 286 yards, but no touchdowns and five interceptions. The opposing defense playing very well was a common thread in the Miami losses.

In 1993, the Hurricanes again took the field for a national title game, this time against Alabama. In the game, Crimson Tide quarterback Jay Barker had an even worse showing than Shaffer did. He threw for only eighteen yards and an interception, but his defense, much like Penn State’s did Shaffer, bailed him out.

Hurricane quarterback Gino Torreta threw for 278 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions, one of which the Crimson Tide returned for a touchdown.

Ten years later, it was more of the same for the Hurricanes, but at least this time, the game was a much more memorable one.

Miami had just won the 2002 BCS National Championship game in decisive fashion over Nebraska the year before. They looked to become the first team to win back-to-back BCS championships in its short five year history.

The Hurricanes got a much better showing from their quarterback Ken Dorsey that season as he threw for 296 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel had a pretty awful time throwing the ball as he threw for 122 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions.

I guess it was his feet that won him the Offensive MVP award in the game. He rushed for eighty-one yards and a touchdown en route to his team winning the game 31-24 in double overtime.

In short, the Miami Hurricanes didn’t lose because of the opposing quarterbacks being great. It was actually because they went up against some pretty stout defensive units and their guy under center couldn’t live up to the hype.

If Miami is ever to reach another national title game, maybe it would be best for them to face an awesome, number one draft pick type quarterback rather than one who ends up being a dud.

That is probably the only way they are ever winning another national championship.

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