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1991 Citrus Bowl
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07/09/2002
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Orlando, Fla., Jan. 1, 1991--Despite a second-quarter rally, Nebraska was unable to overcome a 21-0 deficit as the Huskers fell to undefeated Georgia Tech, 45-21, in the Florida Citrus Bowl. The Yellow Jackets finished 11-0-1 with the victory and edged Colorado for the UPI national title, while the Buffaloes, who had beaten NU, 27-12, in November, claimed the AP crown.

Two freshmen gave Husker fans a ray of hope after Tech took its three TD lead. All-Big Eight tight end Johnny Mitchell hauled in a 30-yard TD pass from Tom Haase, then I-back Derek Brown sprinted 50 yards to cut the margin to 21-14 with 5:07 left in the half. But that was as close as Nebraska would get, and running back William Bell's two fourth-quarter TDs sealed the Huskers' fate.

Mitchell finished the game with five receptions for an NU bowl-record 138 yards, while Brown rushed for 99 yards, and Haase came off the bench to complete 14 of 21 passes for 209 yards and two TDs.

1991 Florida Citrus Bowl

Teams

1

2

3

4

Final

Nebraska

0

14

7

0

21

Georgia Tech

7

17

7

14

45


Statistics

NU

GT

First Downs

14

19

Rushing, Net

126

190

Passes Att., Comp., Int.

25-14-0

23-16-1

Passing, Net

209

277

Total Offense

355

467


Scoring Summary

First Quarter
GT-Stefen Scotten 2 run (Scott Sisson kick), 3:02

Second Quarter
GT-Emmett Merchant 22 pass from Shawn Jones (Sisson kick), 12:23
GT-William Bell 2 pass from Jones (Sisson kick), 7:50
NU-Johnny Mitchell 30 pass from Tom Haase (Gregg Barrios kick), 6:21
NU-Derek Brown 50 run (Barrios kick), 5:07
GT-FG Sisson 37, 1:50

Third Quarter
GT-Jones 1 run (Sisson kick), 5:33
NU-William Washington 21 pass from Haase (Barrios kick), 0:30

Fourth Quarter
GT-Bell 6 run (Sisson kick), 9:43
GT-Bell 57 run (Sisson kick), 7:43

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