by CFP Staff
December 31, 2010
The Sun Bowl was rather bleak for Miami as it got ran over 33-17 by Notre Dame. The Irish opened a 30-3 lead before the Hurricanes got off the bus and scored two touchdowns in the 4th quarter to make the score look more respectable.
This was the first meeting between these once fierce rivals since 1990 when it was billed as "Catholics vs. Convicts", but this game never came close to matching that level of intensity.
Jacory Harris started the game at quarterback for Miami but was replaced by Stephen Morris in the 2nd quarter after his first four drives resulted in a punt and three interceptions. It didn't go much better for Morris who was intercepted on his 7th play and the next drive ended in with a punt.
Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith snared Harris' last two interceptions and Morris' first - all in the 2nd quarter.
While the 'Canes were imploding, Notre Dame was exploding for a 27-0 lead. Tommy Rees threw TD passes of 3 and 34 yards to Michael Floyd, Cierre Wood had a 34-yard touchdown run and David Ruffer kicked field goals of 40 and 50 yards.
Miami didn't get its first points until Matt Bosher kicked a 47-yard field goal on the last play of the first play. Morris would later throw a pair of 4th quarter TD passes, but it was the proverbial case of too little, too late.
The Hurricanes were led by interim head coach Jeff Stoutland, the offensive line coach under Randy Shannon who was fired on the evening of November 27 after a 23-20 overtime loss at home to USF. Temple head coach Al Golden was hired as Shannon's permanent replacement on December 12.
Miami finished the season 7-6 and on a 3-game losing streak. It was also the third consecutive loss in a bowl game, dropping to 16-18 in postseason classics. The Hurricanes are just 3-5 in bowl games since winning the 2001 BCS title with a 37-14 defeat of Nebraska in the 2001 season Rose Bowl.
The Irish won consecutive bowls after losing 9 in-a-row from 1994-2006 and improved their overall bowl record to 15-15. This season's 8-5 record in Brian Kelly's first season in South Bend represents Notre Dame's best mark since going 10-3 under Charlie Weis in 2006. The Irish will open the 2001 season on a 4-game winning streak.
This was the first-ever Sun Bowl appearance for both teams and the first time they have ever met in any bowl game.
Overall, Miami and Notre Dame have played 24 times with the Irish holding a 16-7-1 advantage. The Hurricanes had won six of the previous nine meetings while Notre Dame took 11 straight from 1967-1980.