It happened in the following blurry order for Miami (2-0). Steve Walsh threw a scoring pass of seven yards to tight end Rob Chudzinski with 5:23 to go, made a two-point conversion pass to Dale Dawkins, hit Cleveland Gary on a 48-yard scoring pass with 2:58 to go, and failed to complete the two-point pass. Miami's Bobby Harden recovered the ensuing onside kick at his 47, and Walsh trotted back on to drive them to the 16. Carlos Huerta then waltzed off the sideline and made a 29-yard field goal for a victory that, at that point, almost seemed nonchalant.
Michigan (0-2) had this game won. Employing a combination of its usual righteous conservatism with a startlingly effective passing game, the Wolverines incited an overflow crowd of 105,834 in the broad, intimidating sweep of Michigan Stadium by outright dominating the Hurricanes, the defending national champions, for most of four quarters. A mulish, persistent quarterback named Michael Taylor threw scoring passes of five, 18 and 16 yards, the latter to take a 30-14 lead with 10:32 left.
So the idea that this one got away sickened the Wolverines. They had moved 68 yards in 11 plays to Taylor's final scoring pass that appeared to put the game out of reach. On third and 13 at the Miami 16, Taylor arched a perfect pass to split end Chris Calloway, who had run a flag pattern to the corner. He turned just as the ball arrived for the touchdown, beating defensive back Bubba McDowell by two steps. But on the ensuing kickoff, Miami began its 80-yard scoring drive to Walsh's pass to Chudzinski, catalyzing the comeback.
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