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Game 4: Miami

October 4
Doak Campbell Stadium
Tallahassee, FL

General Information

Location: Coral Gables, FL
Stadium: Orange Bowl (74,476)
Surface: Natural Grass
Enrollment: 13,734
Founded: 1926
Colors: Orange, Green & White
Nickname: Hurricanes
Conference: The Big East
Offensive System: Pro Set
Defensive System: 4-3 Multiple
1996 Record: 9-3
1996 Conference Record/Finish: 6-1/T- 1st
1996 National Ranking: 14th AP
President: Edward T. Foote, II
Athletic Director: Paul Dee
Sports Publicist: Bob Burda
Assistant Publicists: Rob Wilson; Sam Henderson
SID Mailing Address: P.O. Box 248167, Coral Gables, FL 33124

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Butch Davis (Arkansas '74)
Record at Miami: 17-6 (2 years)
Overall Record: 17-6 (2 years)
Assistant Coaches: Rob Chudzinski (Tight Ends); Larry Coker (Offensive Coordinator); Art Kehoe (Offensive Line); Rusty Medearis (Graduate Assistant/Defensive Line); Bill Miller (Defensive Coordinator); Chuck Pagano (Defensive Backs); Greg Mark (Defensive Line); Randy Shannon (Linebackers); Don Soldinger (Running Backs); Curtis Johnson (Wide Receivers)

Player Information

Lettermen Returning: (O) 18, (D) 14 Lettermen Lost: (O) 9, (D) 14 Starters Returning: (O) 7, (D) 3 Starters Lost: (O) 4, (D) 8 Specialists Returning/Lost: 2/2 Offensive Starters Returning: Kerlin Blaise (OL); Ryan Clement (QB); Richard Mercier (OL); Magic Wehner (WR); Dyral McMillan (RB); Chris Jones (TE); Nick Williams (FB) Defensive Starters Returning: Denny Fortney (DT); Duane Starks (CB); Michael Lawson (DT) Returning Specialist: Any Croslan(P/PK); Jorge Gaitan (K) All-Star Candidates: Ryan Clement (QB); Jammi German (FLK); Kerlin Blaise (OL); Duane Starks (CB); Denny Fortney (OT)

Game Notes

Miami is FSU's oldest rival as the two schools will meet for the 41st time in 1997...the Seminoles have won the last two tilts, the first time FSU has won two straight since 1978 & 1979...FSU fans hope the Seminoles broke Miami's Orange Bowl mystique last season with their first win, a 34-16 victory, since 1984...Miami leads the series 23-17...Bobby Bowden is 9-14 against the Hurricanes in his career...UM is the only team to shutout the Seminoles in the past 19 seasons, holding FSU scoreless in 1976 and 1988... there have been six one-point games in series history...11 games have been decided by three points or less...Miami is one of six schools who have won a national championship on the Seminoles' schedule...FSU offensive coordinator Mark Richt is a former Miami quarterback...15 Seminoles hail from the city of Miami...Miami SID Bob Burda is a former FSU assistant SID...FSU SID and Miami Assistant SID share the name - Rob Wilson.

Hurricane Schedule & Results

1997 Schedule
August      30   at Baylor
September   13   Arizona State
September   18   at Pittsburgh
September   27   West Virginia
October      4   at Florida State
October     18   at Boston College
October     25   Temple
November     1   Arkansas State
November     8   at Virginia Tech
November    15   Rutgers
November    29   Syracuse

1996 Results (9-3)

                 UM-OPP
at Memphis         30-7
The Citadel        52-6
at Rutgers         33-0
Pittsburgh         45-0
Florida State     16-34
East Carolina      6-31
at West Virginia   10-7
at Temple         57-26
Virginia Tech      7-21
Boston College    43-26
at Syracuse       38-31
vs. Virginia      31-21

All-Time Series

(W-17, L-23)
Year    Site         Score
1951    Miami        13-35
1953    Miami         0-27
1955    Miami         0-34
1956    Miami         7-20
1957    Tallahassee  13-40
1958    Miami         17-6
1959    Tallahassee    6-7
1960    Miami         7-25
1962    Miami          6-7
1963    Miami         24-0
1964    Miami         14-0
1966    Miami        23-20
1969    Miami        16-14
1970    Miami         27-3
1971    Miami        20-17
1972    Miami        37-14
1973    Tallahassee  10-14
1974    Miami        21-14
1975    Tallahassee  22-24
1976    Miami         0-47
1977    Tallahassee  17-23
1978    Miami        31-21
1979    Tallahassee  40-23
1980    Miami         9-10
1981    Tallahassee  19-27
1982    Miami         24-7
1983    Tallahassee  16-17
1984    Miami         38-3
1985    Tallahassee  27-35
1986    Miami        23-41
1987    Tallahassee  25-26
1988    Miami         0-31
1989    Tallahassee  24-10
1990    Miami        22-31
1991    Tallahassee  16-17
1992    Miami        16-19
1993    Tallahassee  28-10
1994    Miami        20-34
1995    Tallahassee  41-17
1996    Miami        34-16

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