A 6-foot 3-inch, 205-pound senior, Torretta was the key man in the extraordinary success of his team. The one attribute shared by all great quarterbacks is the ability to lead their team to victory week after week. It is extremely difficult to go undefeated for one season, but it is a truly amazing accomplishment to do it twice in succession. Against archrival Florida State, one of the strongest teams in the nation, it all came down to the fourth quarter. On the crucial third down and long yardage play, that meant the difference between victory and defeat, it was Torretta once again coming through with a thrilling 14-yard run that left the Florida State defense awestruck. Torretta, as clever a quarterback as college football has seen in years, quickly exploited his advantage and threw the touchdown pass that won the game. "Gino showed everybody he is the best quarterback in college football," said his delighted coach Dennis Erickson.
Florida State's coach Bobby Bowden captured the essence of the day when he noted: "I can sum this game up in one word-Torretta was great." Torretta is the latest in a long line of standout Miami quarterbacks and has eclipsed all other Hurricane quarterbacks when it comes to the record book with his 7,000 aerial yards.
Gino Torretta became the second Miami player to win the Heisman and the first senior in five years. Torretta won four of the six sections
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