The No. 16 Irish, playing in a heavy rain, led by six early in the third period, but Alonzo Highsmith scored two of his four touchdowns in the quarter to rally the 14th-ranked Hurricanes to their first victory at Notre Dame Stadium in seven tries.
Highsmith scored on a three-yard pass from Bernie Kosar in the second quarter, ran for two touchdowns in the third quarter and scored on a one-yard pass from Kosar with 1:13 left.
"The last touchdown made me feel like jumping out of the stadium," Highsmith, a sophomore, said. "It was the greatest victory of my young college career."
Notre Dame (3-2) scored on a safety, a pass by Steve Beuerlein and a two-point conversion in the first half to take a 10-7 lead, but failed to get a first down in the third quarter although it scored quickly on a 39-yard field goal by John Carney.
Miami (5-2) then took over. Led by the passing of Kosar, the Hurricanes put together a 79-yard touchdown drive ended by Highsmith's one-yard run and went ahead, 14-13.
The Hurricanes followed with a 61-yard drive on their next possession, with Highsmith taking it over from the two. Notre Dame never seriously threatened again and Miami put the game beyond reach midway in the fourth quarter on a 27-yard field goal by Mark Seelig before Highsmith's final touchdown. Seelig made his first collegiate field goal as a replacement for Greg Cox, suspended for this game by Coach Jimmy Johnson for missing a team meeting.