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Miami Hits Bottom 4-Time National Champion Hurricanes Fall To 1-4 With 47-0 Embarrassment

Sun., Oct. 5, 1997

Miami’s once-proud Hurricanes, owners of four national football championships since 1983, hit rock bottom Saturday.

No. 4 Florida State (4-0) handed Miami its worst loss since World War II, routing the Hurricanes 47-0 as Travis Minor scored two TDs and Thad Busby passed for two.

“Miami is down right now,” Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said. “They just do not have the maturity and depth they usually have. We had a lot of advantages.”

Miami, which won its last national championship in 1991, has lost four straight games for the first time since 1977. The Hurricanes (1-4) also have lost three straight to Florida State and it was their worst loss since a 70-14 defeat in 1944 to Texas A&M.;

“If we don’t begin to play better, our last six games are going to be a struggle,” said Miami coach Butch Davis, whose Hurricanes have an open date next weekend.

“The off week is going to be good for us to get a chance to re-evaluate our personnel and look at some other problem areas,” he said. “Hopefully, then we’ll be able to come back and play well.”

Coincidentally, Miami won by the identical 47-0 score in 1976 - Bowden’s first season at Florida State. And the Canes had dominated this series as recently as the early 1990s, winning seven of eight times between 1985 and 1993 - wiping out possible Seminoles championships four times in that span.

Next for Florida State: at Duke.


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