Miami's 1991 defense ranked amongst best defenses in college football history
Miami’s defense led the Canes to a National Championship in 1991 and now it is being honored as one of the top defenses in the history of college football.
ESPN released a story on Friday comparing the top 50 defenses in the sport’s history. Miami’s 1991 unit, which peaked with a shutout win over Nebraska in the national title game, was ranked No. 11.
Here’s the analysis from ESPN’s Bill Connelly:
“The Canes lost No. 1 pick Russell Maryland after the 1990 season and somehow improved, thanks to the likes of safety Darryl Williams and one of the deepest, nastiest linebacking corps of the era. They held five opponents to a field goal or less, allowed barely eight points per game despite playing four opponents ranked 11th or better and wrapped up a fourth national title with a 22-0 thumping of Nebraska.”
That Miami defense produced a staggering 19 interceptions and led the way to Dennis Erickson’s only undefeated campaign with Miami. The Hurricanes have run the table just once since this season — Larry Coker’s 2001 squad that also won the national title.
Miami faced 3 ranked opponents in 1991 — No. 10 Houston, No. 1 Florida State, No. 9 Penn State and No. 11 Nebraska. The Canes allowed a total of 46 points in those 4 contests.
The Nittany Lions managed to put up 20 points, which was 4 more than any other team scored on the Canes in that season.
Alabama’s 2017 defense was named the top defense of all-time by ESPN.