1992 Orange Bowl
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|1992 Federal Express Orange Bowl|
|Date||January 1, 1992|
|Stadium||Miami Orange Bowl|
|MVP||Miami FB Larry Jones|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Dick Enberg and Bill Walsh|
The 1992 Orange Bowl was a college football bowl game that was played on January 1, 1992. The 58th edition of the Orange Bowl featured the Miami Hurricanes, and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Miami came into the game with an 11–0 record and #1 AP ranking, whereas Nebraska came into the game with a 9–1–1 and #11 AP ranking. The game was a rematch of the 1984 and 1989 Orange Bowls, both of which Miami had defeated Nebraska in. The shutout win gave the Hurricanes their fourth National Championship (having earned their first in 1983), capping the school's "decade of dominance" in the 1980s and early 1990s.
The Hurricanes raced to a quick start in the first quarter when quarterback Gino Torretta threw an 8-yard touchdown to Kevin Williams, followed by two field goals. After a scoreless second quarter, Miami dominated the second half with another touchdown run in by fullback Larry Jones and a third field goal by Carlos Huerta. The defense then successfully held off Nebraska for the remainder of the game.
The win completed a perfect season for the Hurricanes, maintaining their #1 ranking in the AP Poll. However, Miami did not receive the #1 Coaches' Poll ranking as the Washington Huskies had achieved an identical 12–0 record, complete with a win in the Rose Bowl. As a result, the 1991 college football season finished with Miami and Washington splitting the title, which led the major athletic conferences to form the Bowl Coalition in the following year to help better determine a national champion in future seasons.
Nebraska and Miami would face off in yet another Orange Bowl rematch just three years later, during which Nebraska would finally win their first match against Miami in the bowl game.