20 years ago today it was time for T.O.!

Tom Osborne and Nebraska came close a couple of times before the 1995 Orange Bowl when it came to winning a national title. Finally on January 1, 1995 everything went right for Nebraska.

Nebraska entered the game with a No. 1 ranking and were undefeated and faced the No. 3 Miami Hurricanes who had just one loss. The game completely resembled the match-up between the same two teams in 1983.

Those that watched that game that night will never forget the storylines going into the game. Tommie or Brook? How will Nebraska deal with Miami’s team speed on defense? Can Nebraska overcome the home field advantage for the Hurricanes?

And as the game went on Nebraska fans saw an oh so familiar story unfolding. Miami’s defense grabbed an interception from Tommie Frazier. The Huskers had problems blocking Warren Sapp. Ray Lewis was running with the Nebraska running backs. It was scary.

Miami was up 10-0 when Brook Berringer caught Mark Gilman for touchdown pass bringing the score to 10-7. In the third, Miami came out and struck quickly and were up 17-7.

In the 4th quarter, some of the things that Tom Osborne had to tell his team at halftime like tiring out Miami and keeping their hands down at the time of a critical penalty would lead to some big plays for Nebraska.

Frazier returned to the game and led two touchdown drives with both capped by runs from fullback Cory Schlesinger. When the defense had to play disciplined ball it was by one of the players that played the hottest, Christian Peter. Peter let the Hurricane lineman hit him and drew the personal foul penalty.

If you watched the broadcast you remember feeling great for Coach Osborne. Bob Costas had some great commentary following the game talking about the situation for Nebraska, Penn State and had some great words for Dr. Tom.

The National Championship would be the Huskers third and was actually the first of a back-to-back national championship run for the Huskers who repeated the next year in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.

Nebraska 0 7 2 15 – 24
Miami 10 0 7 0 – 17

First Quarter
UM — Dane Prewitt, 44 field goal, 7:54
UM — Trent Jones, 35 pass from Frank Costa
(Prewitt kick), :04
Second Quarter
NU — Mark Gilman, 19 pass from Brook Berringer
(Tom Sieler kick), 7:54
Third Quarter
UM — Jonathan Harris, 44 pass from Costa
(Prewitt kick), 13:19
NU — Safety, Dwayne Harris sacks Costa
in end zone, 11:35
Fourth Quarter
NU — Cory Schlesinger 15 run (Eric Alford pass
from Tommie Frazier), 7:38
NU — Schlesinger 14 run (Sieler kick), 2:46

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