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PROVO -- This week in Cougar Classic, we continue our countdown of the 13 most important wins in BYU history. No. 2 as decided by KSL viewers was a 1990 victory of the (1) Miami Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes were the defending champions and were ranked as the number one team in the country. Few gave BYU a chance of beating Miami in Provo. In fact, BYU was a 13.5 point underdog on their own field.
Many contend that the Hurricanes have been the best team that BYU has ever beaten.
Lead by quarterback Ty Detmer, BYU overcame five turnovers to go up 28-21. With an underrated defense, the Cougars shut down the Hurricanes in the fourth quarter, beating the number one team in the country 28-21.
Detmer was 38 of 54 for 406 yards and three touchdowns. The win made Detmer the leading candidate, and eventual winner of the Heisman Trophy that year.
"Not many people gave us a chance in the game," Detmer said. "They talked like they were going to, but in the back of their minds, they weren't. Hopefully people will take us for real now and not just a fluke game."