Miami, Fla., Jan. 1, 1995 --- Behind a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown runs by fullback Cory Schlesinger, No. 1 Nebraska defeated third-ranked Miami, 24-17, in the FedEx Orange Bowl to capture its first national title since 1971. The title was the first for NU Head Coach Tom Osborne, whose teams fell just short in the 1982, 1984 and 1994 Orange Bowls.
After spotting the Hurricanes a 10-0 advantage at the end of the first quarter, the Huskers got on the board as Brook Berringer found Mark Gilman for a 19-yard touchdown to cap a five-play, 40-yard drive, cutting the UM lead to 10-7 at halftime. Miami extended the margin to 17-7 when Hurricane quarterback Frank Costa completed a 44-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Harris just five plays into the third quarter.
On Miami?s next possession, the Husker defense, ranked in the top 10 in all four categories during the season, turned the momentum of the contest, as Dwayne Harris sacked Costa in the endzone to make the score 17-9. In the fourth quarter, Schlesinger capped a two-play, 40-yard drive with a 15-yard run to pull NU within 17-15. Tommie Frazier, who entered the game on the previous series, found Eric Alford in the end zone for the two-point conversion to tie the score. After forcing a three-and-out on Miami?s next possession, NU marched 58 yards on six plays before Schlesinger?s 14-yard score gave the Huskers a 24-17 lead. Kareem Moss ended any Hurricane comeback with an interception. Frazier ran out the clock giving the Huskers their third national title in school history.
1995 Orange Bowl
Passes Att., Comp., Int.
NU Leading Rusher: Lawrence Phillips, 96 NU Leading Passer: Brook Berringer, 8 of 15--81 Attendance: 81,753
Scoring Summary First Quarter UM -- FG Dane Prewitt 44, 7:54 UM -- Trent Jones 35 pass from Frank Costa (Prewitt kick), :04
Second Quarter NU -- Mark Gilman 19 pass from Brook Berringer (Tom Sieler kick),7:54
Third Quarter MU -- Jonathan Harris 44 pass from Costa (Prewitt kick), 13:19 NU -- Safety, Dwayne Harris sacks Costa in end zone, 11:35
Fourth Quarter NU -- Cory Schlesinger 15 run (Eric Alford pass from Tommie Frazier), 7:38 NU -- Schlesinger 14 run (Sieler kick), 2:46
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