Florida A&M 16, Miami (FL) 13

October 6, 1979

Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida

A: 34,743

Miami (1-2)...10th in nation in rushing defense (97.7 ypg)...Schnellenberger said it was a "pivotal" game for A&M early in the week

FA&M (3-0) ran for 296 yds and 2 TD...won 11 in a row and 28 of 29...#1 in I-AA

A&M was held inside its own 30 on first two possesions...Dan Miller kicked 47-yd FG and Miami drove to A&M 13 on next possession but Mike Rodrique was INT'd by CB Donald Shockley in the end zone...six plays later, QB Sammy Knight broke a lace in his shoulder pads and came out for a play, soph QB Eric Truvillon took snap from center and ran 38 yds for the score

Early in 2nd, Miller kicked 22 yd FG...MG Jim Burt INT a pass and returned it eight yards to Rattler 20...five plays later, HB Lorenzo Roan ran in from the one (Miller XP)...just before half, Knight (30 car/100 yds) tied game with nine-yd run

"Some of us they never bothered to talk to," says A&M Lineman Kenny Parker, who played high school ball in Miami. "Some of the other guys, like me, they said were too small. But A&M showed interest, and Ruby Hubbard had confidence in us."

The score remained tied until Vince Coleman's 34-yd FG with 3:49 left...with :49 left, Miami was first and goal at Rattler 3...Roan was stopped for no gain and two passes were batted down by lineman (DT ALgie Hendrieth got second one) ...Miller 20-yd attempt with :27 left was wide left

FA&M huddled under goalpost near scoreboard for prayer...Hubbard hugged Knight and then was carried off the field


  • "It's So Easy to Get Rattled." Archdeacon, Tom. Sports Illustrated. 15 Oct 1979

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