Tempe, Ariz., Jan. 2, 1996--In one of the greatest performances in college football history, top-ranked Nebraska became only the second team ever to post perfect back-to-back national championship seasons with its 62-24 victory over No. 2 Florida in the 1996 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The 38-point margin was the second largest in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown.
The Huskers trailed 10-6 at the end of the first period before striking for 29 unanswered points in the second quarter. Lawrence Phillips's 42-yard score gave NU a 13-10 advantage. On Florida's next possession, Jamel Williams sacked Danny Wuerffel for a safety. Nebraska capitalized on the ensuing possession as freshman Ahman Green scored from 1-yard out. After Kris Brown's field goal made it 25-10, Michael Booker intercepted a Wuerffel pass and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown, giving the Huskers a 32-10 cushion. Brown's second field goal of the quarter extended the lead to 35-10 at halftime.
In the second half, NU quarterback Tommie Frazier ended all hopes for a Gator comeback, scoring a pair of touchdowns to give NU a 49-18 lead after the third quarter. Frazier, who rushed for 199 yards en route to MVP honors, raced 35 yards for the first score and capped the evening with his second score, a 75-yard performance as he broke seven tackles. NU rushed for an NCAA bowl-record 524 yards in the performance and held UF to minus 28 yards on the ground.
1996 Fiesta Bowl
Passes Att., Comp., Int.
Scoring Summary First Quarter UF--Bart Edmiston 23 field goal, 11:06 NU--Lawrence Phillips 16 pass from Tommie Frazier (Kris Brown kick blocked), 8:10 UF--Danny Wuerffel 1 run (Edmiston kick), 1:17
Second Quarter NU--Phillips 42 run (Brown kick), 14:28 NU--Jamel Williams sacks Wuerffel for a safety, 12:42 NU--Ahman Green 1 run (Brown kick), 9:13 NU--Brown 26 field goal, 3:46 NU--Michael Booker 42 interception return (Brown kick), 2:40 NU--Brown 24 field goal, :08
Third Quarter NU--Frazier 35 run (Brown kick), 2:21 UF--Ike Hilliard 35 pass from Wuerffel (Reidel Anthony pass from Wuerffel), :52 NU--Frazier 75 run (Brown kick), :01