1988

Miami 20
Oklahoma 14

January 1, 1988 – Orange Bowl Stadium
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
 
Miami Earns Championship Ring
For the second time in five years, Miami became the national champion in the Orange Bowl, this time knocking off Oklahoma, 20-14.
 
The Miami offense broke quickly from the starting gate and took the first possession 65 yards for a score as Steve Walsh lofted a 30-yard pass to Melvin Bratton. The Hurricane defense, led by linebacker Bernard Clark, set the tone for the day when it forced Oklahoma to punt on its first five possessions.
 
The Hurricanes' first two drives of the second half produced a Greg Cox' Orange Bowl-record 56-yard field goal and then a Walsh-to-Michael Irvin 23-yard touchdown pass. At 11:19 of the fourth, Cox came up with another field goal from 48-yards out. With 2:05 left in the fourth quarter, the Sooners scored on a 29-yard “fumblerooskie,” which gave the Oklahoma faithful a flicker of hope. When the Sooners regained possession, the Hurricane defenders blew it out when they sacked quarterback Charles Thompson and caused a fumble to ensure the victory.
 

  MIAMI OKLA
First Downs 15 13
Rushing Attempts 38 53
Rushing Yards 72 179
Passes Attempted 30 13
Passes Completed 18 5
Had Intercepted 1 0
Passing Yards 209 76
Total Offense 281 255
Punts/Avg. 6/44.7 8/39.0
Fumbles/Lost  0/0 4/2
Penalties/Yards 8/85 5/39

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS            
Miami 7 0 10 3 - 20
Oklahoma 0 7 0 7 - 14

                                      
SCORING SUMMARY
MIAMI: Bratton 30-yard pass from Walsh (Cox kick); OKLA: Stafford 1-yard run (Lashar kick); MIAMI: Cox 56-yard FG; MIAMI: Irvin 23-yard pass from Walsh (Cox kick); MIAMI: Cox 48-yard FG; OKLA: Hutson 29-yard run (Lashar kick) MOP: Bernard Clark (Miami), Darrell Reed (Oklahoma)
 
Miami Head Coach: Jimmy Johnson
Oklahoma Head Coach: Barry Switzer