The Miami football team is setting program records for futility. Miami has gone 138:06 without a touchdown. It’s the first time since 1964 that the Hurricanes have not scored a TD in consecutive games. The Miami loss to Florida State was the fourth in a row for the Hurricanes at home. That’s the longest streak since 1973.
Three of those four losses were by double digits. Miami lost its final four home games in 1973. Miami lost 30-7 to number to number 14 Houston, 20-14 to West Virginia, 14-7 to Florida and 44-0 to fifth-ranked Notre Dame in the final game of the season. Miami finished 5-6 in 1973 under first head coach Pete Elliott.
Like Mario Cristobal currently, Elliott had previous experience as a head coach with stops at Nebraska, California and Illinois. Elliott was 4-6 in his one season with the Cornhuskers in 1956, 10-21 with the Bears from 1957-59 that included a Rose Bowl appearance in 1958 and 31-34-1 with the Illini from 1960-66.
Miami began the 1973 season with a 20-15 win over number six Texas at the Orange Bowl and a 14-10 win at Florida State. Following a 24-20 loss at Oklahoma, Miami won its second straight home game in 1973, 15-10 over Boston College. Miami played five ranked teams in 1973 and ended the season with three straight losses.
The streak extended to five games when Miami lost 3-0 to Auburn in its 1974 home opener. Miami ended the five-game home losing streak with a 35-6 win over Pacific who eventually eliminated football following the 1995 season. Miami is on the road for the next two weeks before hosting Pittsburgh on November 26.
Miami needs two more wins to qualify for a bowl game. At 5-4, Pittsburgh needs one more win in its last five games to qualify for a bowl game. Closing the season with a win at home is critical for Miami. The Hurricanes need to start establishing a home-field advantage, especially during night games when they show up.