The Jimmy Johnson coaching era began in 1984 with the 10th ranked Miami Hurricanes 20-18 victory over the top ranked Auburn Tigers and eventual Heisman Trophy winning running back Bo Jackson in the 2nd Kickoff Classic held at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.
The match up featured the defending National Champion Hurricanes and the Tigers who were passed up the previous season as champions when the 5th ranked Canes leapfrogged the 3rd ranked Tigers for the 1983 championship with their 31-30 victory over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.
UM Sports Hall of Fame (UMSHoF) member and game MVP Bernie Kosar passed for 329 yards on 21 of 38 passing and two touchdowns. UMSHoF member Alonzo Highsmith had 140 yards on 21 carries and UMSHoF member Eddie Brown had 8 catches for 157 yards.
TE Willie Smith added 4 catches for 70 yards, Stanley Shakespeare caught Kosar's two touchdown passes and place kicker Greg Cox nailed two 4th quarter field goals for the margin of victory.
Coach Jimmy Johnson will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame tomorrow night, August 28, 2013 in a ceremony at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta.
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