On November 10, 1984, the Maryland football program pulled off one of the most impressive comebacks in sports history.
After trailing the defending champion Miami Hurricanes 31-0 at the half, the Terrapins outscored Jimmy Johnson's team 42-9 in the second half to win the game. It was the largest comeback in NCAA history at the time.
The hero of the game was undoubtedly quarterback Frank Reich. He entered the game at the start of the second half to replace a struggling Stan Gelbaugh and simply lit up Miami’s defense.
Reich scored three touchdowns in the third quarter (two passing and one rushing) to make it a manageable 34-21 game headed into the final frame. After another Maryland touchdown early in the fourth quarter, the Terrapins ultimately took the lead with less than 10 minutes to go when Reich connected with Greg Hill on a 68-yard touchdown pass that deflected off Miami safety Darrell Fullington’s hands.
Maryland scored once more, but so did Miami and the Hurricanes had a two-point conversion attempt with a chance to tie up the game with a minute left. However, the Terps’ defense stood tall and thwarted the attempt, completing the remarkable comeback.
The victory pushed Maryland to 6-3 and dropped Miami to 8-3 on the season. The Terps would go on to win the remainder of its games that season, including the Sun Bowl against Tennessee, while Miami ultimately dropped its final two games, including the “Hail Flutie” game against Boston College two weeks later.
Fun fact: Reich was also a part of one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history. He led the Buffalo Bills back from a 35-3 deficit against the Houston Oilers in 1993.
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