1990 Fiesta Bowl
|1990 Sunkist Fiesta Bowl|
|Date||January 1, 1990|
|Stadium||Sun Devil Stadium|
|MVP||QB Peter Tom Willis & NG Odell Haggins|
|Referee||Jimmy Harper (SEC)|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Charlie Jones and Merlin Olsen|
The 1990 Sunkist Fiesta Bowl, played on January 1, 1990, was the 19th edition of the Fiesta Bowl. The game featured the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and the Florida State Seminoles. The game was completely dominated in favor of the Seminoles.
Nebraska scored the only points of the 1st quarter, when quarterback Gerry Gdowski threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Morgan Gregory for an early 7-0 lead, with 11:19 left in the quarter. Florida State got on the board in the second quarter following a 14-yard touchdown pass from Peter Tom Willis to wide receiver Terry Anthony, tying the game at 7 with 13:42 left in the second quarter. Nebraska's Chris Drennan responded with a 39-yard field goal, giving the Huskers a 10-7 lead with 12:15 left in the half.
Peter Tom Willis connected with wide receiver Reggie Johnson for a 5-yard touchdown pass, and a 14-10 Seminole lead with 6:55 left in the half. He later connected with Dexter Carter for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 24 seconds left in the half, as the Seminoles took a 21-10 lead into the locker room.
With 6 minutes left in the third quarter, Paul Moore scored for Florida State on a 1-yard touchdown run. A blocked extra point left the score at 28-10. With 3:37 left in the quarter, Tom Willis threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game, an 8-yard strike to Reggie Johnson, widening the gap to 34-10. With 2 seconds left in the quarter, Tom Willis threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Terry Anthony, making the score 41-10. In the second and third quarters, Florida State had outscored Nebraska 41-3. Nebraska scored its final points with 1:16 left on a Mickey Joseph touchdown run.