Miami 8, Arizona 7


MIAMI -- Arizona's Steve McLaughlin missed a 51-yard field goal as time expired Saturday, allowing top-ranked Miami to escape with an 8- 7 victory over the Wildcats.

Arizona quarterback George Malauulu had driven the Wildcats from their own 34 to the Miami 33 in the last two minutes before McLaughlin trotted on. The kick, with the wind at McLaughlin's back,had plenty of distance but faded wide right.


The victory was the 21st in a row for the Hurricanes, the longest streak in the country. It was also their 47th straight win in the Orange Bowl Stadium.

Miami's Gino Torretta threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dietrich Clausell in the third quarter for the deciding points.

The Hurricanes, 3-0 going into next weekend showdown with No. 3 Florida State, went into the second half trailing 7-2 after scoring a safety in the first quarter and giving up a 9-yard TD run to Billy Johnson in the second.


The Hurricanes took the ball on the Arizona 39 and drove for the touchdown in 10 plays. The key to the drive was a 19-yard completion by Torretta on third-and-19 to the Arizona 29. Passes to Coleman Bell for 13 yards and Williams for 11 brought the ball into range.

It was the third straight game Arizona, 1-2-1, had lost a lead in the second half.

It looked as though the Miami special teams and defense were in control early. Paul Snyder's punt was downed by Tom Patterson on the 3, and Rusty Medearis tackled Levy in the end zone for a 2-0 lead.

But late in the first quarter, Malauulu entered the game for Heath Bray at quarterback and directed a long drive. Levy had two 15-yard runs in the first three plays of the drive and Ontiwaun Carter took a shovel pass for 12.

With the ball on the Miami 33, Carter circled right end for nine yards and then went the other way for another nine. Levy carried around left end for six and then Johnson took it in from nine yards out for the score.

The Hurricanes had two scoring chances in the first half, advancing to the 11 in the first quarter before stalling and to the 20 in the second period before the Wildcats stiffened.


Dane Prewitt was wide left from 28 yards on his first field goal try and wide right from 37 in the second quarter.

The Hurricanes moved into Arizona territory late in the second quarter, but Torretta's push pass to Lamar Thomas was incomplete on fourth down. The Hurricanes left the field for halftime to boos from the crowd.

The halftime deficit was the first for Miami in the Orange Bowl since Nov. 1, 1986, when Florida State held a 20-14 lead. Miami had been tied three times at the half since then.

The Hurricanes' two first-half points was the lowest for a first half since September 1984 when Miami trailed Florida State 9-0.

Medearis suffered a dislocated knee with torn ligaments in the second half and was scheduled for surgery Sunday. He was expected to be lost for the season.

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