1985 Fiesta Bowl

UCLA 39, Miami 37

1985 fiesta bowl
January 1, 1985

Attendance: 60,310

Offensive Player of the Game: Gaston Green, UCLA

Defensive Player of the Game: James Washington, UCLA

Sportsmanship Award: Bruce Fleming, Miami

Head Coaches: Terry Donahue, UCLA - Jimmy Johnson, Miami

Weather: Sunny

Television: NBC

Payout Per Team: $885,931.20

The 1985 Fiesta Bowl was an electrifying shootout as UCLA and Miami combined for 827 yards in total offense, 76 points and six lead changes.

When the smoke finally cleared, the Bruins pulled off the upset, 39-37, over the stunned Hurricanes.

UCLA place kicker John Lee kicked the winning field goal, a 23-yard chip shot, for the Bruins with only 55 seconds remaining in the game. The game-winner capped a 10-play drive that took 2:07 off the clock.

Miami Heisman Trophy candidate Bernie Kosar took the field, hoping for a miracle. But after getting the ball to midfield, Kosar was sacked by Terry Tumey and Eric Smith recovered the fumble, preserving the upset for the Bruins.

There were several heroes on both teams. UCLA freshman Gaston Green earned offensive player of the game honors, rushing for 144 yards on 21 carries. Including the game-winner, Lee scored 13 points for UCLA on the day with three field goals and four PATs.

Kosar led the Hurricanes with 31 completions in 44 attempts for 294 yards and two scores.

Trailing 36-24 in the fourth quarter, Miami put on one of its patented comebacks. Melvin Bratton, who had nine receptions in the game, scored on a 19-yard run midway through the final frame. The two-point conversion attempt was intercepted in the end zone, and Miami pulled within 36-30.

The Hurricanes then forced a punt and utilized an eight play, 79-yard drive that culminated in a three-yard touchdown pass from Kosar to Bratton.

UCLA then went on the winning drive, as Bruin QB Steve Bono completed all three pass attempts before Lee kicked the game-winner.

Quarter Scores

Scoring
1
2
3
4
F
UCLA
7
15
7
10
39
Miami
14
7
3
13
37

Yardstick

UCLA
MIA
20
First Downs
23
44-161
Rushes-Yards
33-129
243
Passing Yards
294
18-27-0
Passes
31-44-1
59
Return Yards
65
7-37.6
Punts
6-37.0
2-0
Fumbles-Lost
3-1
5-35
Penalties - Yards
10-68

How They Scored

UCLA
MIA
7
0
Gaston Green 6 yard run (John Lee kick)
7
7
Darryl Oliver 34 yard run (Greg Cox kick)
7
14
Ed Brown 68 yard punt return (Cox kick)
7
21
Brian Blades 48 yard pass from Bernie Kosar (Cox kick)
14
21
Green 72 yard run (Lee kick)
16
21
Safety. Rick Tuten tackled in end zone
19
21
Lee 51 yard field goal
22
21
Lee 33 yard field goal
22
24
Cox 31 yard field goal
29
24
Mike Sherrard 10 yard pass from Steve Bono (Lee kick)
36
24
Mike Young 33 yard pass from Bono (Lee kick)
36
30
Melvin Bratton 19 yard run (pass failed)
36
37
Bratton 3 yard pass from Kosar (Cox kick)
39
37
Lee 23 yard field goal

Individual Statistics

Rushing
UCLA
Steve Bono 11-(-21), Bryan Wiley 8-28, Gaston Green 21-144, Greg Francois 1-2, James Primus 2-6, Marcus Greenwood 1-2.
MIA
Bernie Kosar 8-(-24), Melvin Bratton 12-56, Darryl Oliver 8-75, Warren Williams 4-23.
Passing
UCLA
Steve Bono 18-27-0-243.
MIA
Bernie Kosar 31-44-1-294.
Receiving
UCLA
Mike Young 4-57, Mike Sherrard 5-94, James Primus 1-9, Gaston Green 5-47, Derek Tennell 3-36.
MIA
Stanley Shakespeare 5-37, Melvin Bratton 9-42, Willie Smith 8-61, Ed Brown 4-54, Brian Blades 4-66, Kenny Oliver 1-34.