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1991 Miami Hurricanes football team

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Conference  Big East Conference
AP  No. 1
Coaches  No. 2
1991 record  12–0 (2–0 Big East)
1991 Miami Hurricanes football team
Head coach  Dennis Erickson (3rd year)
Offensive coordinator  Bob Bratkowski (3rd year)

The 1991 Miami Hurricanes football team were the co-national champions of the 1991 NCAA Division I-A football season, as determined by the AP Poll. 1991 was a split championship year, though, as the Washington Huskies finished #1 in the Coaches' Poll. The national championship was the fourth won by the University of Miami in football, all of which had come in the nine years since 1983, leading some to dub the era, "The Decade of Dominance."


Miami's football program joined a conference for the first time in its history in 1991: this would be their first year in the Big East Conference.


  • Gino Torretta 20/33, 327 Yds
  • Lamar Thomas 5 Rec, 106 Yds
  • Penn State

  • First meeting between the two schools since 1987 Fiesta Bowl
  • Fans watching on television outside of Florida missed two scores when the network switched to United States Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Horace Copeland 5 Rec, 106 Yds
  • First Team All-Americans

  • Leon Searcy, T
  • Darrin Smith, LB
  • Darryl Williams, FS
  • Kevin Williams, KR/PR
  • Carlos Huerta, K
  • Awards Finalists

    Bold indicates winners

  • Darrin Smith, LB - Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year
  • Gino Torretta, QB - Big East Offensive Player of the Year
  • Kevin Williams, KR/PR - Big East Special Teams Player of the Year
  • Jack Harding University of Miami MVP Award

  • Carlos Huerta, K
  • Other Notable Players

  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, DT
  • References

    1991 Miami Hurricanes football team Wikipedia