They're the Miami Sound Machine, and the Hurricanes marched into Jazz Country blowing their own horn. Miami bragged about its string of hits - four No. 1's - and the 'Cane theme was mouthy intimidation in search of a fifth.
Miami quarterback Gino Torretta, a badgered Heisman Trophy winner, seemed to finally get lucky. Alabama led 27-6, but the lithe [Lamar] Thomas gloved a Torretta pass and went busting up the Superdome sideline. Nothing but green turf between him and the end zone.
Torretta is a Heisman Trophy quarterback who shouldn't be. He was hurried into bad throws and bad decisions by 'Bama rushers and seemingly suffocated by Superdome crowd noise. Torretta's passes too often hung like plums on a Sugar Bowl tree, there for Tide bandits named [George] Teague, Casey Greer, Tommy Johnson and Sam "Evening" Shade to pick for interceptions.