Rodriguez, Coker last met in instant classic between West Virginia, Miami

2013-09-12T18:51:00Z 2013-09-13T22:51:43Z Rodriguez, Coker last met in instant classic between West Virginia, Miami Arizona Daily Star

Arizona and UTSA will meet for the first time today. So instead, we look back at the last time Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez and UTSA Larry Coker went up against each other.

Date: Oct. 2, 2003

What went down: Rodriguez’s Mountaineers traveled to Miami to play the 5-0 Hurricanes, ranked

No. 2. The game, a nationally televised Thursday night ESPN game, was an instant classic.

Miami freshman kicker Jon Peattie hit a 23-yard field goal with 11 seconds left to give the Hurricanes a 22-20 victory.

How it read: We had to dig through The Associated Press archives to find something on this game, which is approaching its 10-year anniversary. Here’s what the wire service wrote:

“The Mountaineers had one final chance with five seconds to play, but Sean Taylor intercepted Rasheed Marshall’s deep pass. Taylor started to run, then dropped to a knee, jumped up and heaved the ball into the air.

“Miami won its 37th straight regular-season game and remained unbeaten heading into a showdown at No. 6 Florida State the next week. Barely.

“You look back at all the national champions, and very seldom will they never have to dodge a bullet,” offensive tackle Eric Winston said. “We played badly, but we won.”

Turning point: Four plays before Peattie’s game-winner, Miami QB Brock Berlin found tight end Kellen Winslow II on fourth-and-13 for 18 yards.

Stats that matter: The 11 starters for the Miami defense combined to play in 14 Pro Bowls after their collegiate careers. That number could still climb. Vince Wilfork, Antrel Rolle, Brandon Meriweather, Jonathan Vilma and D.J. Williams are all still in the NFL.

It’s history: Rodriguez’s WVU team went on to win its next seven games before losing to Maryland in the Gator Bowl to finish 8-5. Miami went 11-2 and finished the season ranked No. 5.

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