The Miami football program has had different experiences playing in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville and the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. Miami earned its first bowl win against a now major program, 14-0 over Clemson in the 1952 Gator Bowl. The 2000 Gator Bowl was an important step in the resurgence of the Miami football program.
The 1952 Gator Bowl was the first postseason appearance for Miami other than the Orange Bowl. Harry Mellios scored two touchdowns for Miami to account for all of the scoring versus Clemson. Miami Sports Hall of Famer Jim Dooley was the MVP of the game with four interceptions. Miami finished the season 8-3.
Georgia Tech and Miami combined for 909 total yards in the 2000 Gator Bowl. James Jackson and Clinton Portis each had over 100 yards rushing and Ken Dorsey and Kenny Kelly split time at QB as Miami had 447 total yards in a 28-13 win over Georgia Tech. Miami linebacker Nate Webster was the 2000 Gator Bowl Defensive MVP.
The 2010 Sun Bowl was the first meeting between Miami and Notre Dame since 1990. Notre Dame scored the first 27 points of the game in the first half. Trailing 30-3 at the end of the third quarter, Miami pulled within 30-17, but it was too late. Notre Dame added a field goal for the final margin of 33-17.
Miami finished the 2015 regular season 8-4. Interim coach Larry Scott was 4-2 after Al Golden was fired. Miami and Washington State traded scores before the Cougars took control in the second quarter. Washington State led 20-7 at halftime. Miami closed the scoring on a Mark Walton fourth-quarter TD but lost 20-13.