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1990 Fiesta Bowl
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07/09/2002
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Tempe, Ariz., Jan. 1, 1990--Fifth-ranked Florida State rode the arm of quarterback Peter Tom Willis and the talents of a bevy of quick, talented receivers to a 41-17 win over sixth-ranked NU in the 19th Sunkist Fiesta Bowl.

The Huskers had the lead twice in the first half, 7-0 after driving 69 yards for a touchdown on their first possession, helped by a 41-yard Mike Stigge-to-Mark Dowse pass on a fake punt, and 10-7 on a Chris Drennan field goal early in the second period.

From then on, it was all FSU. The Seminoles scored touchdowns on five of their next seven possessions to build a commanding 41-10 lead at the end of three quarters. In the process, Willis had the best passing day ever against Nebraska, completing 25 of 40 passes for 422 yards and five touchdowns. The yardage topped the previous high vs. the Huskers of 375 by the Seminoles' Danny McManus in the 1988 Sunkist Fiesta Bowl, and the five TD passes were the most-ever against NU.

For the second straight year, the Huskers faced a bowl opponent that was probably the best team in the nation, but had virtually no hope of winning the national title because of untimely defeats early in the season. FSU lost its first two games in 1989 to Southern Mississippi and Clemson, then roared back to win its last 10, including 24-10 over eventual No. 1 Miami, Fla.

1990 Fiesta Bowl

Teams

1

2

3

4

Final

Nebraska

7

3

0

7

17

Florida State

0

21

20

0

41


Statistics

NU

FSU

First Downs

18

18

Rushing, Net

115

72

Passes Att., Comp., Int.

26-15-2

41-25-0

Passing, Net

207

422

Total Offense

322

494


Scoring Summary

First Quarter
NU-Morgan Gregory 9 pass from Gerry Gdowski (Gregg Barrios kick), 11:19

Second Quarter
FSU-Terry Anthony 14 pass from Peter Tom Willis (Richie Andrews kick), 13:42
NU-FG Chris Drennan 39, 12:15
FSU-Reggie Johnson 6 pass from Willis (Andrews kick), 6:55
FSU-Dexter Carter 10 pass from Willis (Andrews kick), 0:24

Third Quarter
FSU-Paul Moore 1 run (Andrews kick blocked ), 5:59
FSU-Johnson 8 pass from Willis (Andrews kick), 0:24
FSU-Anthony 24 pass from Willis (Andrews kick), 0:02

Fourth Quarter
NU-Mickey Joseph 2 run (Drennan kick), 1:16

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