New York, N.Y., Dec. 15, 1962--Playing under Coach Bob Devaney, Nebraska won its first bowl game in three tries, upsetting Miami and George Mira, 36-34, in the second and last of New York's now-defunct Gotham Bowl. Playing in Yankee Stadium before only 6,166 fans in freezing weather, the Huskers and Hurricanes put on one of the greatest bowl shows ever, trading scores in every quarter.

Willie Ross' 1-yard plunge and Bill "Thunder" Thornton's subsequent two-point run gave the Huskers' the lead for good, 36-27, with 12:10 left. Mira, who passed for 321 yards, led a valiant comeback attempt but was thwarted by a last-minute interception by Husker guard Bob Brown.

1962 Gotham Bowl

Teams

1

2

3

4

Final

Nebraska

6

14

8

8

36

Miami

6

14

7

7

34


Statistics

NU

UM

First Downs

12

34

Rushing, Net

150

181

Passes Att., Comp., Int.

14-9-2

46-24-0

Passing, Net

146

321

Total Offense

296

502


Scoring Summary
First Quarter
NU-Bill Thornton 2 run (Dennis Claridge run failed), 7:21
MU-Ben Rizzo 10 pass from George Mira (Bobby Wilson kick failed), 0:29

Second Quarter
MU-Nick Spinnelli 30 pass from Mira (Mira pass failed), 12:31
NU-Willie Ross 92 kickoff return (Rudy Johnson kick), 12:18
MU-Nick Ryder 1 run (Ryder pass from Mira), 7:20
NU-Mike Eger 6 pass from Claridge (Johnson kick), 0:42

Third Quarter
MU-John Bennett 3 run (Wilson kick), 8:44
NU-Thornton 1 run (Claridge run), 0:08

Fourth Quarter
NU-Ross 1 run (Thornton run), 13:32
MU-Ryder 1 run (Wilson kick), 9:29