Forty seconds remained in this afternoon's Florida-Miami game. The Hurricanes, who had the ball, were trailing by two points and it was fourth down and 14 yards to go at the Gators' 38.
Miami Coach Howard Schnellenberger said he was thinking pass but Danny Miller was thinking kick. "I think I can make it, coach," said Miller, a senior. "Go ahead and kick it," said Schnellenberger.
Miller's 55-yard field goal hit the left upright and bounced through, giving Miami a 21-20 victor over 17th-ranked Florida.
"As soon as I hit it, I knew I had hit it good," said Miller, who last November kicked a field goal as time expired in a 31-7 Miami victory over the Gators.
"I knew it was long enough. I just hoped it was straight enough," he said.
Asked if he was confident Miller could make the kick, Schnellengerger replied, "We're in front of 70,000 fans, we're losing, I pull my entire offensive unit off the field and put my specialty unit in. What do you think?"
Miller, who kicked a 53-yard field goal while in high school, was mobbed at midfield by teammates as a season-opening crowd of 73,817 cheered wildly.
Trailing, 20-11, in the fourth period, Miami cut the margin to 20-18 when quarterback Mark Richt threw a 55-yard scoring pass to junior wide receiver Rocky Belk, formerly of Fort Hunt School in Fairfax County, Va.
Richt, a junior who replaced injured starter Jim Kelly (bruised calf) in the third quarter, directed the game-winning drive, which began at the Miami 36-yard line with 2:48 remaining.
A key play in the drive that reached the Florida 34 was a 20-yard completion to reserve tight end Glenn Dennison. Three plays later, Miller came on and kicked the winning field goal.