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Nebraska's Bowl History
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
01/07/2014
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All-Time Bowl Appearances
Alabama 61
Texas 52
NEBRASKA 50
Georgia 49
Tennessee 49

Nebraska boasts one of the richest bowl game traditions in the history of college football. The Huskers appeared in their first bowl game at the 1941 Rose Bowl. In 2014, Nebraska appeared in its 50th bowl game, becoming only the third program in college football history to play in 50 bowl games. The Huskers appeared in an NCAA-record 35 consecutive bowl games from 1969 to 2003. Following a win over Georgia in the 2014 Capital One Bowl, Nebraska owns a 25-25 all-time record in bowl games. The Huskers have appeared in 14 different bowl games in school history, including 29 appearances in what were previously considered BCS bowl games (Fiesta, Sugar, Rose, Orange). Nebraska has played in 13 bowl games where either the Huskers or their opponent were crowned national champions, including national-title clinching wins for Nebraska in the 1971, 1972, 1995 and 1998 Orange Bowls and the 1996 Fiesta Bowl.

Nebraska participated in its 50th all-time bowl game with its appearance in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl on Jan. 1, 2014. Nebraska joined Alabama (60) and Texas (52) as the only schools to play in 50 bowl games in school history. The Huskers have played in the postseason in 43 of the past 45 seasons, including an NCAA-record 35 straight years from 1969 to 2003. Nebraska owns a 25-25 all-time bowl record. NU’s 25 all-time bowl victories rank seventh nationally. Nebraska played the first of its 50 bowls in the Rose Bowl, when No. 7 Nebraska lost to No. 2 Stanford, 21-13, following the 1940 season. NU’s 35 consecutive bowls began with a 45-6 win over Georgia in the 1969 Sun Bowl, and ended in 2004. The Huskers have won 11 of 18 bowl games since the 1994 season.

Year

 

Bowl

Opp.

Result

Score

1941

Rose

Stanford

L

13-21

1955

Orange

Duke

L

7-34

1962

Gotham

Miami

W

36-34

1964

Orange

Auburn

W

13-7

1965

Cotton

Arkansas

L

7-10

1966

Orange

Alabama

L

28-39

1967

Sugar

Alabama

L

7-34

1969

Sun

Georgia

W

45-6

1971

Orange

Louisiana St.

W

17-12

1972

Orange

Alabama

W

38-6

1973

Orange

Notre Dame

W

40-6

1974

Cotton

Texas

W

19-3

1974

Sugar

Florida

W

13-10

1975

Fiesta

Arizona St.

L

14-17

1976

Astro-BB

Texas Tech

W

27-24

1977

Liberty

North Carolina

W

21-17

1979

Orange

Oklahoma

L

24-31

1980

Cotton

Houston

L

14-17

1980

Sun

Mississippi St.

W

31-17

1982

Orange

Clemson

L

15-22

1983

Orange

Louisiana St.

W

21-20

1984

Orange

Miami

L

30-31

1985

Sugar

Louisiana St.

W

28-10

1986

Fiesta

Michigan

L

23-27

1987

Sugar

Louisiana St.

W

30-15

1988

Fiesta

Florida St.

L

28-31

1989

Orange

Miami

L

3-23

1990

Fiesta

Florida St.

L

17-41

1991

Citrus

Georgia Tech

L

21-45

1992

Orange

Miami

L

0-22

1993

Orange

Florida St.

L

14-27

1994

Orange

Florida St.

L

16-18

1995

Orange

Miami

W

24-17

1996

Fiesta

Florida

W

62-24

1996

Orange

Virginia Tech

W

41-21

1998

Orange

Tennessee

W

42-17

1998

Holiday

Arizona

L

20-23

2000

Fiesta

Tennessee

W

31-21

2000

Alamo

Northwestern

W

66-17

2002 Rose Miami L 14-37
2002 Independence Ole Miss L 24-27
2003 Alamo Michigan State W 17-3
2005 Alamo Michigan W 32-28
2007 Cotton Auburn L 14-17
2009 Gator Clemson W 26-21
2009 Holiday Arizona W 33-0
2010 Holiday Washington L 7-19
2012 Capital One South Carolina L 13-30
2013 Capital One Georgia L 31-45
2014 Gator Bowl Georgia W 24-19

Huskers Bowl-by-Bowl

Orange Bowl Appearances

1955

1964

1966

1971

1972

1973

1979

1982

1983

1984

1989

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1998

Fiesta Bowl Appearances

1975

1986

1988

1990

1996

2000

 
Sugar Bowl Appearances

1967

1974

1985

1987

 
Cotton Bowl Appearances

1965

1974

1980

2007

 
Alamo Bowl Appearances 2000  
Holiday Bowl Appearances

2009

2010

 
Rose Bowl Appearances

1941

2002

 
Sun Bowl Appearances

1969

1980

 
Capital One Bowl Appearances 2012  
Gator Bowl Appearances

2009

2014

 
Independence Bowl Appearances 2002  
Citrus Bowl Appearances 1991  
Liberty Bowl Appearances 1977  
Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl Appearances 1976  
Gotham Bowl 1962  

 

  • Orange - 17
  • Fiesta - 6
  • Sugar - 4
  • Cotton - 4
  • Alamo - 3
  • Holiday - 3
  • Rose - 2
  • Sun - 2
  • Capital One - 2
  • Gator - 2
  • Independence - 1
  • Citrus - 1
  • Liberty - 1
  • Astro-Bluebonnet - 1
  • Gotham - 1
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