1994 Fiesta Bowl

Arizona 29, Miami 0

1994 fiesta bowl
January 1, 1994

Attendance: 72,260

Offensive Player of the Game: Chuck Levy, Arizona

Defensive Player of the Game: Tedy Bruschi, Arizona

Sportsmanship Award: Paul White, Miami

Head Coaches: Dick Tomey, Arizona - Dennis Erickson, Miami

Weather: Sunny

Television: NBC

Payout Per Team: $3,000,000

What was billed as “A Defensive Duel in the Desert,” turned out to be for one team, as the Arizona Wildcats posted the first shutout in Fiesta Bowl history, blanking Miami 29-0.

Both Arizona and Miami entered the IBM OS/2 1994 Fiesta Bowl with defenses ranked among the best in the nation.

But it was the Wildcat defense, the one known as Desert Swarm, that proved just as dominant as its nickname.

The Arizona defense forced two fumbles, had three interceptions, recorded four sacks and, most important, didn’t allow a single point.

The first offensive possession for each team was a strong indication of how the game would be played.

Arizona took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards on eight plays against the best defense in the Big East Conference. Wildcat QB Dan White capped the drive with a 13-yard TD toss to Troy Dickey.

The Hurricanes, meanwhile, went backwards when they first touched the football. After a holding penalty and an incomplete pass, Jim Hoffman sacked Miami QB Ryan Collins on second down, and Tedy Bruschi followed with a near safety and a 16-yard sack on third down.

Miami was forced to punt, as it was a Fiesta Bowl-record 10 times, and the Cats continued to dominate the entire game.

Arizona’s all-purpose back Chuck Levy provided the fireworks with a 68-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that gave the Wildcats a 16-0 lead.

Arizona placekicker Steve McLaughlin connected on three field goals, and White hooked up with Dickey on a 14-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.

Levy rushed for 142 yards on 17 carries to receive the offensive player of the game award.

Quarter Scores

Scoring
1
2
3
4
F
Arizona
9
7
6
7
29
Miami
0
0
0
0
0

Yardstick

MIA
ARIZ
13
First Downs
24
20-35
Rushes-Yards
50-257
147
Passing Yards
152
15-44-3
Passes
12-24-2
13
Return Yards
84
10-37.0
Punts
5-36.0
2-1
Fumbles-Lost
2-0
6-40
Penalties-Yards
2-25

How They Scored

MIA
ARIZ
0
6
Troy Dickey 13 yard pass from Dan White (kick failed)
0
9
Steve McLaughlin 39 yard field goal
0
16
Chuck Levy 68 yard run (McLaughlin kick)
0
19
McLaughlin 31 yard field goal
0
22
McLaughlin 21 yard field goal
0
29
Dickey 14 yard pass from White (McLaughlin kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing
MIA
Ryan Collins 5-(-30), James Stewart 7-35, Donnell Bennett 6-32, Frank Costa 1-(-7), Larry Jones 1-5.
ARIZ
Ontiwaun Carter 17-63, Dan White 3-(-8), Chuck Levy 17-142, Billy Johnson 3-8, Gary Taylor 6-41, Lamont Lovett 2-4, Jason Patterson 1-4, Robert Coulter 1-3.
Passing
MIA
Ryan Collins 5-15-2-50, Frank Costa 10-29-1-97.
ARIZ
Dan White 11-23-2-138, Brady Batten 1-1-0-14.
Receiving
MIA
James Stewart 2-3, Chris T. Jones 6-98, A.C. Tellison 2-13, Jonathan Harris 1-15, Donnell Bennett 2-(-3), Jermaine Chambers 1-12, Larry Jones 1-9.
ARIZ
Troy Dickey 4-62, Roderick Lewis 1-13, Chuck Levy 2-(-8), Lamont Lovett 1-18, Terry Vaughn 2-41, Lamar Harris 1-12, Joe Libman 1-14.