UM-Nebraska Bowl History

Miami and Nebraska have developed quite a rivalry through the years in postseason competition (even playing one of those games in the ‘House That Ruth Built'). Although the schools have met nine times, five of those occasions came in bowl games. The Hurricanes have defeated the Huskers twice to cap national championship seasons. Nebraska did the same to Miami seven years ago. A look back ...

1995 Orange Bowl Classic (Nebraska 24, Miami 17)

The Cornhuskers claimed the national championship by overcoming a 17-9 fourth quarter deficit with a pair of touchdowns. After struggling throughout the first half, the Huskers defense sacked UM quarterback Frank Costa four times in the final 30 minutes of the game, including one for a safety in the third quarter. The Hurricanes defense also played big, forcing two Nebraska turnovers including an Earl Little interception in the fourth quarter. But it was the Nebraska offensive-line that wore out the Hurricanes late and paved the way to victory.

1992 Orange Bowl Classic (Miami 22, Nebraska 0)

The No. 1 Hurricanes capped a 12-0 season and their fourth national championship in dominating fashion thanks to a career-high 144 rushing yards from freshman Larry Jones. The Hurricanes defense posted the shutout (the first of Nebraska since 1973) by recording two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and five sacks, four by sophomore Rusty Medearis.

1989 Orange Bowl Classic (Miami 23, Nebraska 3)

Despite knowing that they were not playing for a national title-No. 1 Notre Dame had defeated West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl- the Hurricanes were far from going through the motions. Miami outgained the Huskers 212-29 in total yards and had a 11-2 edge in first downs. It was the first time in four years that the Hurricanes were not playing for the national title in it's New Year's bowl game.

1984 Orange Bowl Classic (Miami 31, Nebraska 30)

In arguably the best college football ever played, the Hurricanes won their first national championship when Kenny Calhoun batted away a Turner Gil pass into the endzone. Nebraska running back Jeff Smith scored on a 24-yard run to bring the Huskers within one when Huskers coach Tom Osborne decided to go for the win with a two-point conversion and not the tie. UM quarterback Bernie Kosar earned MVP honors with a record 300 yards passing.

1962 Gotham Bowl (Nebraska 36, Miami 34): The game was played in freezing 17-degree weather in ice-plagued, snow-banked Yankee Stadium. Both teams combined for 798 yards of offense in a see-saw battle that produced six lead changes. Despite Nebraska hanging on, UM quarterback George Mira was hailed for his performance. Mira completed 24 passes for 321 yards and two touchdowns.

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