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Nebraska's unrelenting Cornhuskers marched 67 yards into immortality to climax a brilliant Orange Bowl victory, 17-12 over Louisiana State. Trailing 12-10 as the fourth quarter opened — after leading early, 10-0 — Coach Bob Devaney's Huskers passed and ran over and through the defensive titans of the nation for the winning touchdown.

It came with 6:10 gone in the final quarter when Jerry Tagge, the engineering genius of the night, clinched the Most Valuable Back Trophy by plunging over from the one and then extended his arms high over the pile — just to make sure.

With victory came the certainty that Nebraska would be voted No. 1 by AP and almost all of the other pollsters. No. 1 Texas and No. 2 Ohio State both lost their bowl games, leaving the door open to Nebraska.

Full recap here.

VIDEO: TAGGE TD,
WINNING DRIVE, WHOLE GAME
 
OWH STORY & PHOTOS
MIAMI NEWS: 1, 2, 3, 4, PREGAME
PALM BEACH POST: 1, 2, 3
AP: 1, 2, 3, 4
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR: 1, 2, 3
BOLDING SPORTS RESEARCH
 
NU BOWLS
SERIES HISTORY | SEASON STATS
NU ROSTER | FINAL POLLS | HONORS
champs (3K) Nebraska 17
LSU 12

Jan. 1, 1971
Miami, FL
Nebraska      10   0   0   7   —  17
LSU            0   3   9   0   —  12

First Quarter
NEB — Rogers 25 yd field goal 2:40
NEB — Orduna 3 yd run (Rogers kick) 2:06
Second Quarter
LSU — Lumpkin 36 yd field goal 0:49
Third Quarter
LSU — Lumpkin 25 yd field goal 11:49
LSU — Coffee 31 yd pass from Lee 0:00
 (Lumpkin kick wide)
Fourth Quarter
NEB — Tagge 1 yd run (Rogers kick) 8:50 video clip

ATTENDANCE: 80,699 (Orange Bowl Record)

                              NEB      LSU
First Downs .................. 18       20
 By Rushing .................. 12        7
 By Passing ..................  6       11
 By Penalty ..................  0        2
Rushes-Net yards ......... 48-132    45-51
 Yards Gained Rushing ....... 173      158
 Yards Lost Rushing .........  41      107
 Long Rushing Play  .........  14       25
Passing net yards ........... 161      227
 Att-Comp-Int ........... 28-14-1  32-17-2
 Long Passing Play  .......... 27       31
Total Offense ............ 76-293   77-278
Int. returns-yards .......... 1-0      2-3
Punts-average ............ 6-37.7   8-32.5
Punt returns-yards .........  1-3      0-0
Kickoff returns-yards ...... 4-54     3-22
Fumbles-lost ...............  4-3      4-3
Penalties-yards ............ 8-67     4-27
Time of possession ........ 30:06    29:54
 1st quarter ..............  9:30     5:30
 2nd quarter ..............  4:39    10:21
 3rd quarter ..............  6:14     8:46
 4th quarter ..............  9:43     5:17
 
 

 
 
NEBRASKA

RUSHING  Att Gain Lss  Net   Avg  Long  TD
Kinney    13   33   0   33   2.5    7    0
Orduna    13   63   0   63   4.8   12    1
Brownson   2    9  10   -1  -0.5    9    0
Schneiss   1    0   3   -3  -3.0   -3    0
Rodgers    3    3   3    0     0    3    0
Tagge     16   65  20   45   2.8   14    1


PASSING  Att   Comp  Int   Yds   Long   TD
Tagge     25     12    1   153     27    0
Brownson   3      2    1    8      10    0


RECEIVING       No.    Yds     Long     TD
Ingles           2      22      13       0
List             4      63      17       0
Rodgers          4      45      27       0
Schneiss         2       4       6       0
Kinney           2      27      17       0



PUNTING         No.    Yds     Avg.   Long
Hughes           6     226     37.7     41


PUNT               
RETURNS  No Yds Lng
Rodgers   1   3   3


   
KICKOFF            
RETURNS  No Yds Lng
Rodgers   2  34  27
Kinney    1  13  13
Carstens  1   7   7
MISC. PLAYS Type of Play No. Yds Terrio Interception 1 0 DEFENSE TACKLES ASSISTS Murtaugh 9 1 Periard 7 2 Blahak 7 1 Terrio 5 1 Walline 4 2 Jacobson 4 1 Morock 4 0 Harper 3 3 Kosch 3 1 Adkins 3 3 Anderson 2 1 Rodgers 2 0 Olds 1 0 Ingles 1 0
PARTICIPATION
Offense
SE—Ingles, Cox
LT—Newton, Grenfell
LG—Rupert, Wortman
C—Dumler
RG—McGhee, Weber
RT—Winter, C. Johnson
TE—List
QB—Tagge, Brownson
IB—Kinney, Orduna
RHB—Rodgers, Hughes
FB—Schneiss, Carstens, Olds   
PUNTER—Hughes
KICKOFF—Rogers
PLACEKICKER—Rogers

Defense
LE—Adkins
LT—Jacobson
MG—Periard, M. Johnson
RT—Walline
RE—Harper, D. Johnson
SLB—Murtaugh
WLB—Terrio, Morell
Mon—Morock, Jennings
LCB—Blahak, Decker
RCB—Anderson
S—Kosch
LSU

RUSHING  Att Gain Lss  Net   Avg  Long  TD
Dantin    20   86   7   79   3.9   25    0
Cantrelle  2    3   0    3   1.5    2    0
Walker     5   30   0   30   6.0   14    0
Lee        9   35  42   -7   -.8   10    0
Jones      8    4  58  -54  -6.8    3    0
Coffee     1    0  12  -12 -12.0  -12    0


PASSING  Att   Comp  Int   Yds   Long   TD
Lee       23     12    0   182     31    1
Jones      9      5    1    45     31    0


RECEIVING       No.    Yds     Long     TD
Michaelson       2      19      16       0
Hamilton         9*    146      31       0
Walker           2       6      10       0
Keigley          1       9       9       0
Coffee           2      39      31       1
Kavanaugh        1       8       8       0
*Ties Orange Bowl Record   

PUNTING         No.    Yds     Avg.   Long
Dickinson        8     260     32.5     45


PUNT               
RETURNS  No Yds Lng
none               

   
KICKOFF            
RETURNS  No Yds Lng
Coffee    2  22  13
Lyons     1   0   0
MISC. PLAYS Type of Play No. Yds Norsworthy Interception 2 3 DEFENSE TACKLES ASSISTS Sage 11 3 Anderson 8 1 Cascio 7 2 Norsworthy 5 3 Burns 5 2 Casanova 5 0 Picou 4 1 Frye 4 0 Estay 4 0 Davis 2 2 Millican 2 1 Smith 1 2 Wood 1 1 Staggs 1 0 Doyle 1 0 McCann 1 0 Hamilton 1 0 Martin 1 0
PARTICIPATION
Offense
SE—Keigley, Coffee
LT—Alexander, Hesselman
LG—Elkins, Daniel, Martin
C—Jaubert
RG—Demarie, McCann
RT—Murray, Wright, Stuart
TE—Michaelson, Kavanaugh, Toms
QB—Lee, Jones
TB—Cantrelle, Dantin
FB—Benglis. Shorey, Walker
SB—Hamilton, LeDoux
PUNTER—Dickinson
KICKOFF—Lumpkin
PLACEKICKER—Lumpkin

Defense
LT—Davis, Doyle
LT—Sage, Weinstein
RT—Estay, King
RE—Millican, Wood
LLB—Anderson, Frye
MLB—Cascio, Smith, Perry
RLB—Picou, Rutland
LCB—Casanova, Lyons
RCB—Earley, Nagle
LS—Norsworthy, Staggs
RS—Burns
 
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