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We've all had 'em -- those sinking, sick in the gut feelings as you watch something really horrible happen to your team. I thought it would be interesting, since we are all now extremely optimistic about out teams' chances this year, to bring ourselves down a peg and remember those bad times!

My Miami low point might well have been in 1987, my sophomore year of college. It was the year after our MAC championship season. We had some real players on the 1987 team -- Gary Gussman was an All-American kicker, Sheldon White went on to play in the NFL, Andy Schillinger was a stud at WR....

Anyway, I went up to Toledo for the game and to visit my grandfather. I took the bus, stopping at every crappy town along the way...Troy, Piqua, Findlay, Bowling Green....UGHHHH! No kidding, I think the bus ride took 8 hours! And let me tell you, you always meet the finest people travelling to Toledo via bus!

It was a night game in the @ss Bowl, and it started pouring down rain about midway through the 2nd quarter. I'm surrounded by unemployed auto workers who are becoming increasing vocal, hostile, and intoxicated as the game wears on.

It really was a pretty good game. Mike Bates was 38-65 with 341 yds. Andy Schillinger had 13 receptions for 156 yards. All these were Miami records.

Alas, it was all for naught. We lost 25-37, as I was continuously insulted, taunted, and harassed. Towards the end of the game, the guys behind me (who evidentily still thought the AMC Pacer deserved to be manufactured) took umbrage to my Red and White and began to try to decorate my outfit with beer. I swear to god, one full beer can caught me in the head. Meanwhile, my grandfather just sat there chuckling.

A great game, you say! Sure.

However, it was the beginning of the "Dark Ages" of Miami football. From that point forward, we managed only to beat Bowling Green and Kent for the next two and one half years.

Should I mention that we got embarrassed 54-3 a couple weeks later at Coral Gables?

Naahh...probably not.

Oh, and should I mention that Ball State beat us 45-14 the next year at Yeager?

No....that's too painful, too.

Perhaps now you see why we are so hunger for a MAC Championship.

<small>[ August 21, 2002, 07:57 PM: Message edited by: Dodo ]</small>
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In '98 UCF got a conditional offer to be in a Christmas Day Bowl game. The condition was Miami needed to beat UCLA. Miami was 10 point favorites in the game. Well, we didn't go bowling that year at 9-2 with "Culpepper".

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First quarter. Indiana at the Glass Bowl. First game of the season for a team that went undefeated the year before. Heisman candidate Wasean Tait bobbles a pitch in the backfield, recovers and tries to make the corner. He gets caught in the backfield. Wasean goes one way, his leg goes two other ways.

By the end of the season, Toledo had lost so many RBs that they were converting linebackers to RBs just to have someone to play the position.
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CMU versus Florida. 1997. 'Nuff said.

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08-21-2002 07:57 PM
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The 1994 MAC championship game, for obvious reasons.
08-21-2002 07:58 PM
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Thanks RF! After the Florida memory, I needed that...

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I think the worse for me was the 1995 Ball State game.....my brother (a BSU grad) had a buddy who was a radio sports broadcaster in Ft. Wayne, and he got us field passes at Yager for the game. Miami fans here know that Miami led throughout, but BSU's big back (I forget his name) broke out on a 50 yard type gallop on a 4th and 1 play.....BSU scored to go ahead by a couple points with around a minute or so to play.

Miami drove the ball up the field, and our FG kicker hit the right upright with a long kick as time expired and we lost. That was the season we finished 2nd to Toledo, who was unbeaten (but tied by us), and beat Big Ten champ Northwestern. We lost to Michigan (in a respectable game that was 31-19 in the 4th quarter before we lost 38-19) to finish 8-2-1, and miss another MAC title and bowl opportunity. That kick meant we lost a MAC co-title.

Being right on the field and "taking it" from the BSU guys made this a very tough loss for me.

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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Oddball:
First quarter. Indiana at the Glass Bowl. First game of the season for a team that went undefeated the year before. Heisman candidate Wasean Tait bobbles a pitch in the backfield, recovers and tries to make the corner. He gets caught in the backfield. Wasean goes one way, his leg goes two other ways.

By the end of the season, Toledo had lost so many RBs that they were converting linebackers to RBs just to have someone to play the position.</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">You beat me to it Oddball. That just wasn't fair to Tait. He would have turned a lot of heads that year and we would still be talking about how great he is in the NFL. I don't think I have seen the fans at the Glass Bowl more shocked and quiet than right after that play.
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Up 32-12 in 2000 in Ypsi-****ing-lanti, our D falls completely apart in the 4th quarter. EMU's QB just tore us up, and it was like our DBs weren't even on the field. We were 5-4 going in, looking for NIU's first winning season in 10 years, and we give up 27 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to EMU.

Close second are two losses to Vandy - one in Dekalb in '97 - a tight game, we have the ball, and our QB gets hit in the pocket, fumbles, bounces right into a DE's hands for a 40 yard TD and a 17-7 loss. The other was down there in '99, and we were up 24-7 in the third. We couldn't catch a cold after that, losing 34-31.

I don't have to go back very far for my misery....so fresh..... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Mad]" src="mad-flaming.gif" />
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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Oddball:
First quarter. Indiana at the Glass Bowl. First game of the season for a team that went undefeated the year before. Heisman candidate Wasean Tait bobbles a pitch in the backfield, recovers and tries to make the corner. He gets caught in the backfield. Wasean goes one way, his leg goes two other ways.

By the end of the season, Toledo had lost so many RBs that they were converting linebackers to RBs just to have someone to play the position.</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Yup...was thinking the same thing...that image will not leave my head. I was sitting behind the uprights and when I saw Weseans leg go funny...I knew something was wrong. Mann he had a promising future in the NFL...I still think Wasean was a better back(before injury) then Chester
08-22-2002 01:20 AM
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