Miami, Fla., Jan. 1, 1982--Coach Tom Osborne's Cornhuskers went into their 13th consecutive bowl game hoping New Year's magic would work the same wonders for them as it had for their Big Red counterparts 11 years earlier, and for a while, it looked like it would. First, Texas toppled No. 3 Alabama, 14-12, in the Cotton Bowl, and while fourth-ranked Nebraska battled top-ranked Clemson, Pitt was knocking off No. 2 Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, leaving it up to the Huskers and Tigers to settle the national title.

The dream of a third national championship in 12 years was not to be for the Huskers, as their own errors and standout performances by Clemson quarterback Homer Jordan and the Tiger defense gave the South Carolina school its first national title and a 12-0 season with a 22-15 victory.

The Tigers scored first on a 41-yard Donald Igwebuike field goal to take a 3-0 lead, but Nebraska came back with a bit of razzle-dazzle and took a 7-3 lead midway in the first quarter on a 25-yard TD pass from I-back Mike Rozier to wingback Anthony Steels.

For the next two-and-a-half quarters, it was all Clemson as the opportunistic Tigers took advantage of Husker errors to score 19 unanswered points and led 22-7 after three periods. Early in the fourth quarter, the Huskers came back on a 26-yard TD run and a two point conversion by Roger Craig, cutting the margin to 22-15, but an eighth untimely penalty stopped another promising drive moments later, and the elusive Jordan ate up all but six seconds of the last 5:24.

1982 Orange Bowl

Teams

1

2

3

4

Final

Nebraska

7

0

0

8

15

Clemson

6

6

10

0

22


Statistics

NU

Clemson

First Downs

13

17

Rushing, Net

193

155

Passes Att., Comp., Int.

17-6-0

22-11-1

Passing, Net

63

134

Total Offense

256

289


Scoring Summary

First Quarter
CU-FG Donald Igwebuike 41, 11:39
NU-Anthony Steels 25 pass from Mike Rozier (Kevin Seibel kick), 6:43
CU-FG Igwebuike 37, 1:03

Second Quarter
CU-Cliff Austin 2 run (pass failed), 3:56

Third Quarter
CU-Perry Tuttle 13 pass from Homer Jordan (Bob Paulling kick), 6:12
CU-FG Igwebuike 36, 2:36

Fourth Quarter
NU-Roger Craig 26 run (Craig run), 9:15