Today’s Throwback Thursday is a pretty cool one. The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame has posted a video of Florida A&M’s 16-13 win over Miami from 1979.
Watching this game footage, it’s clear that the talent gap between the two schools was non-existent at the time. FAMU was coming off the first-ever Division I-AA (FCS) title, while Miami was still just Miami and not “The U.” FAMU QB Sammy Knight was a top-notch athlete, the kind that Miami would get in droves just half a decade later. Same story with guard Tyrone McGriff, who would go on to play in the NFL and USFL in the 80s.
When you look at this game and think of how lopsided most of the recent matchups between the two teams have been, it’s pretty telling. TV money and better scouting have made the talent gap at most PWIs and HBCUs pretty wide, even at the FCS level.