1989 Orange Bowl

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1989 Federal Express Orange Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Miami 7 13 0 3 23
Nebraska 0 0 3 0 3
Date January 2, 1989
Season 1988
Stadium Miami Orange Bowl
Location Miami, Florida
Referee Jimmy Harper (SEC)
Attendance 79,480
United States TV coverage
Network NBC
Announcers Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
Orange Bowl
 < 1988  1990

The 1989 Orange Bowl was a college football bowl game that was played on January 1, 1989. The 55th edition of the game was the first that had an official corporate sponsor, FedEx (who would continue to sponsor the bowl until 2010). The second-ranked Miami Hurricanes defeated the sixth-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers. Despite the high rankings of both teams, the game was not determining of the national title since top-ranked and undefeated Notre Dame (which had defeated Miami earlier in the season) won the Fiesta Bowl earlier in the day. The game was a rematch of the 1984 Orange Bowl, in which Miami had won its first national championship.

Game summary[edit]

The rematch did not turn out to be as close as the 1984 game, with Miami leading 20-0 at halftime. Nebraska would finally score with a field goal in the third quarter, but Miami would respond with its own in the fourth. Hurricanes quarterback Steve Walsh would also set a new Orange Bowl record with 44 attempted passes, completing 23 of them.


The game would be Jimmy Johnson's last with the Miami Hurricanes, as he would leave the team to become head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

Nebraska and Miami have since faced off again in the post-season three times, twice in the Orange Bowl in 1992 and 1995, and once in the Rose Bowl in 2002.