TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona's heralded "Desert Swarm" defense lived up to its name, and the Cats' offensive attack nearly named its own price as the UA thumped No. 10 Miami, 29-0, in IBM OS/2 Fiesta Bowl XXIII.
The convincing victory was the bowl's only shutout in its 23-game history.
The Wildcats ran for 257 yards and one touchdown, passed for 152 yards and two touchdowns, had three Steve McLaughlin field goals and held Miami to 182 yards in total offense. The Wildcats' swarming defense limited the Canes to Fiesta Bowl record-lows of 22 rushes and 35 yards, plus picked off three Miami passes and sacked the quarterback four times.
Tedy Bruschi was named defensive MVP.
Arizona jumped to a quick lead on its first possession, driving 75 yards with Dan White throwing a 13-yard TD pass to Troy Dickey. Arizona never looked back.
The Cane's total offense was the second-lowest in Fiesta Bowl history, and the Arizona margin of victory was the second-largest in bowl history. Arizona enjoyed a time of possession advantage of 37:20 to 22:40 for Miami, another bowl record. Miami's frustration was typified by its first possession, starting at its own 37-yard line. Three plays later the Canes punted on fourth-and-41 from their own 6-yard line.
The game gave the UA its first 10-victory season in 90 years of football, and its strong showing earned the Cats a No. 9 final ranking in the coaches poll and No. 10 in the media poll.
Score by Quarters
UA- Troy Dickey 13-yard pass from Dan White (kick failed)
UA- Steve McLaughlin 39-yard field goal
UA- Chuck Levy 68-yard run (McLaughlin kick)
UA- Steve McLaughlin 31-yard field goal
UA- Steve McLaughlin 21-yard field goal
UA- Troy Dickey 14-yard pass from Dan White (McLaughlin kick)
|Fumbles - Lost||2-1||2-0|
|Penalties - Yards||6-40||2-25|
Ariz.: Levy 17-142, TD; Carter 17-63; G. Taylor 6-41; Johnson 3-8; White 3-(-8).
Miami: Stewart 7-35; Bennett 6-32; Jones 1-5; Collins 5-(-30); Costa 1-(-7).
Ariz.: White 12-24-138-2, 2 TD; Batten 1-1-14-0.
Miami: Costa 10-29-97-1; Collins 5-15-50-2.
Ariz.: Dickey 4-62, 2 TD; Vaughn 2-41; Levy 2-(-8); Lewis 1-13; Lt. Lovett 1-18; L. Harris 1-12; Libman 1-14.
Miami: C. Jones 6-98; Stewart 2-3; Tellison 2-13; Bennett 2-(-3); Chambers 1-12; L. Jones 1-9, Harris 1-15.
Ariz.: Peyton 5-180, 36.0, 3 inside 20.
Miami: Crissy 10-370, 37.0, 1 inside 20.