Miami, Fla., Jan. 1, 1971--Playing under the lights in Miami's Orange Bowl for the first time in five years, Coach Bob Devaney's Nebraska Cornhuskers won the first of two straight national titles by virtue of a 17-12 win over LSU and some fortunate circumstances.

Earlier in the day, top-ranked Texas was upset by Notre Dame, 24-11, in the Cotton Bowl, and No. 2 Ohio State was shocked by Stanford, 27-17, in the Rose Bowl. That left the door to the title wide open for No. 3 Nebraska. The Huskers responded by building a 10-0 first-quarter lead on a 25-yard field goal by Paul Rogers and a 3-yard TD run by Joe Orduna. But a pair of Mark Lumpkin FG's and a 31-yard Buddy Lee to Al Coffee TD pass on the last play of the third quarter gave the aroused Tigers a 12-10 lead.

Nebraska showed its grit by driving 67 yards, and after quarterback Jerry Tagge stretched the ball over from the 1-yard line with 8:50 left, the Huskers clinched their first national title.

1971 Orange Bowl

Teams

1

2

3

4

Final

Nebraska

10

0

0

7

17

LSU

0

3

9

0

12


Statistics

NU

LSU

First Downs

18

20

Rushing, Net

132

51

Passes Att., Comp., Int.

28-14-2

32-17-1

Passing, Net

161

227

Total Offense

293

278


Scoring Summary

First Quarter
NU-FG Paul Rogers 25, 2:40
NU-Joe Orduna 3 run (Rogers kick), 2:06

Second Quarter
LSU-FG Mark Lumpkin 36, 0:49

Third Quarter
LSU-FG Lumpkin 25, 11:49
LSU-Al Coffee 31 pass from Buddy Lee (Lumpkin kick failed), 0:00

Fourth Quarter
NU-Jerry Tagge 1 run (Rogers kick), 8:50