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UM Canes to Honor 1987 National Champions -- and how about College World Series bound Stony Brook?

As the Hurricanes continue to prepare in the weight room and on their own during seven-on-sevens for the 2012 football season, the University of Miami announced Monday that it will honor the 1987 Canes at halftime of the homecoming game against Florida State on Oct. 20 at Sun Life Stadium.

The 1987 national champion Canes were coached by Jimmy Johnson and finished 12-0, defeating top-ranked Oklahoma 20-14 in the Orange Bowl for UM's second national title.

The Hurricanes, then ranked No. 3, defeated then-No. 4 Florida State at Tallahassee on Oct. 3, 1987, after being behind 19-3 late in the third quarter. UM's memorable comeback encompassed three quick scores: a 49-yard reception from Steve Walsh to Melvin Bratton; a 26-yard completion from Wash to MIchael Irvin (plus a two-point conversion to tie it at 19); and a 73-yard touchdown from Walsh to Irvin to put UM ahead with 2:22 left.

The Canes stopped an FSU attempt at a two-point conversion and finally won 26-25.

I like the homecoming game being against a heavy-duty opponent. It shows moxie.

NOW, FOR BASEBALL

By now, I'm sure you know that Stony Brook shocked the college baseball world by defeating No. 7 National Seed LSU in a super regional to advance to the College World Series for the first time in its history. Stony Brook is the No. 4 seed that made UM look bad (in addition to UM making itself look bad, actually) in the opening game of the Coral Gables regional.

I was sure after that tournament that Stony Brook was the real deal, but it's hard to convince anyone that a no-name school from Long Island in the the America East Conference is a team with which to be reckoned.

 "They outplayed us really in every phase of the game,'' LSU coach Paul Mainieri told reporters after the Seawolves clinched with a 7-2 victory over LSU (winner of six national titles). "The people in the South haven't heard much about Stony Brook, but they know who they are now.''

  Stony Brook defeated LSU in two of three games and trailed only once in those games: when LSU's Mason Katz hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th in the super regional opener. The Seawolves outhit LSU 15-3 in the series finale.

  According to the Associated Press, the Seawolves are the first team from New York State to reach the College World Series since 1980, and the first team from the Northeast since Maine did it in 1986.

  Stony Brook became the second team to open the NCAA Baseball Tournament as a No. 4 seed in a regional and reach the College World Series. The first was Fresno State in 2008. Fresno State went on to win the title that year -- the last time UM was in the College World Series.

  I didn't mean to go on and on about Stony Brook (52-13), but in light of what happened to UM in Coral Gables, I thought it was telling that a similar fate awaited LSU (47-18).

  SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

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