1995 Orange Bowl

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1995 FedEx Orange Bowl
National Championship Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 0 7 2 15 24
Miami 10 0 7 0 17
Date January 1, 1995
Season 1994
Stadium Miami Orange Bowl
Location Miami, Florida
MVP Nebraska QB Tommie Frazier and Miami WR Chris T. Jones
Referee Ron Winter (Big Ten)
Attendance 81,753
United States TV coverage
Network NBC
Announcers: Tom Hammond and Cris Collinsworth
Nielsen ratings 18.9
Orange Bowl
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The 1995 Orange Bowl a 1994-1995 college football bowl game was played on January 1, 1995, for the national championship. This 61st edition to the Orange Bowl featured the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and the Miami Hurricanes. Nebraska came into the game with a 12-0 and #1 AP ranking, whereas Miami came into the game with a 10-1 record and #3 AP ranking. The game was a rematch of the classic 1984 matchup.

Miami placekicker Dane Prewitt scored the first points of the game with a 44-yard field goal to open up a 3-0 Miami lead. Miami quarterback Frank Costa fired a 35-yard touchdown pass to Trent Jones for a 10-0 Miami lead. Nebraska quarterback Brook Berringer fired a 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end Mark Gilman before halftime, to close the deficit to 10-7. In the third quarter, Frank Costa threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Harris, to open a 17-7 third quarter lead.

Nebraska outside linebacker Dwayne Harris sacked Miami quarterback Frank Costa in the end zone for a safety before the end of the third quarter, and Miami only led 17-9. Fullback Cory Schlesinger scored on a 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to trim the lead to 17-15. Tommie Frazier then found tight end Eric Alford in the back of the end zone to tie the game at 17. A 14-yard touchdown run by Schlesinger gave Nebraska a 24-17 lead, and the defense held on to win the national championship.

Aftermath[edit]

Nebraska finished the season with a 13-0 record, and won the national championship (Coach Tom Osborne's first). Miami finished the season ranked 6th with a 10-2 record . It was Nebraska's first bowl win since the 1987 Sugar Bowl.

Less than two weeks after the game, Dennis Erickson departed the Hurricanes to take the head coaching position with the National Football League's Seattle Seahawks. Miami hired Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Butch Davis as Erickson's successor.

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