New Orleans, La., Dec. 31, 1974--Rallying from a 10-0 deficit, Nebraska scored three times in the fourth quarter to defeat the tough Florida Gators 13-10. It was the Cornhuskers' sixth straight bowl victory.

From the start, it was an uphill climb for the Huskers. Florida scored once in the first quarter and kicked a field goal in the second, while holding Nebraska's usually strong offense to 138 total yards.

But in the second half, fullback Tony Davis, quarterback Terry Luck, kicker Mike Coyle and the Blackshirt defense led Nebraska to victory, even though the Huskers didn't get rolling until the fourth quarter.

Freshman sensation, I-back Monte Anthony, scored the Huskers' first touchdown with 13:24 left in the game, when he ran straight up the middle for two yards and a score. Coyle's kick was good, and the Huskers trailed 10-7.

Davis set up Coyle's two deciding field goals with inspired running, as he picked up 126 yards on 17 carries, including the longest run of the game for 40 yards. For his performance, Davis was named the game's most valuable player, an award which he also had received in the Cotton Bowl the previous year. Coyle tied the score on a 37-yard boot with 7:13 left in the game. With only 1:46 remaining, his 39-yard kick gave the Huskers their sixth consecutive postseason win.

1974 Sugar Bowl

Teams

1

2

3

4

Final

Nebraska

0

0

0

13

13

Florida

7

3

0

0

10


Statistics

NU

UF

First Downs

18

13

Rushing, Net

304

178

Passes Att., Comp., Int.

14-2-4

10-5-1

Passing, Net

16

97

Total Offense

320

275


Scoring Summary

First Quarter
UF-Tony Green 21 run (Dave Posey kick), 9:49

Second Quarter
UF-FG Posey 40, 0:02

Fourth Quarter
NU-Monte Anthony 2 run (Mike Coyle kick), 13:24 NU-FG Coyle 37, 7:13
NU-FG Coyle 39, 1:46