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Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers erased all possible doubts about his claim to national pre-eminence with a devastating one-man attack on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame as the Nebraska Cornhuskers confiscated their third consecutive Orange Bowl Trophy with a 40-6 victory.

With his teammates also performing in magnificent fashion, Rodgers astounded 80,010 fans in familiar Orange Bowl Stadium as well as millions of TV fans on New Year's Night by scoring four TDs and passing for a fifth against the shell-shocked Irish.

No Heisman Trophy winner in history ever concluded his collegiate career in such sensational fashion. Plagued by a tarnished off-the-field reputation, Rodgers feverishly wanted to assure the nation that he really did merit the Heisman as the outstanding player in the United States. Few who watched the 1973 Orange Bowl game would dispute his claim.

In a master stroke of strategy, Coach Bob Devaney shifted Rodgers from Wingback to I-Back. It was a simple move, yet the results were explosive.


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Nebraska 40
Notre Dame 6

Jan. 1, 1973
Miami, FL
Notre Dame    0      0      0     6   -   6
Nebraska      7     13     20     0   -  40

First Quarter
NU - Rodgers 8 yard run (Sanger kick) 11:19
Second Quarter
NU - Dixon 1 yard run (Sanger kick) 14:29
NU - F. Anderson 52 yard pass from Rodgers 
    (Sanger kick blocked) 12:20
Third Quarter
NU - Rodgers 4 yard run
    (D. Humm pass for 2 pts. failed) 11:17
NU - Rodgers 5 yard run (Sanger kick) 7:33
NU - Rodgers 50 yard pass from D. Humm
    (Sanger kick) 6:00
Fourth Quarter
ND - Demmerle 5 yard pass from Clements
    (Clements pass for 2 pts. failed) 13:51

ATTENDANCE: 80,010

                                          NU       ND 
First Downs ............................. 30       13
  By Rushing ............................ 20        6
  By Passing ............................. 9        5
  By Penalty ............................. 1        2
Net Yards Gained Rushing ............... 300      104
  Rushing Plays ......................... 64       44
  Yards Gained Rushing ................. 328      145
  Yards Lost Rushing .................... 28       41
  Long Rushing Play ..................... 36       21
Yards Gained Passing ................... 260      103
  Comp-Att-Int ..................... 17-26-1   9-23-3
  Long Passing Play ..................... 52       29
Total Offense ....................... 90-560   67-207
Forward Passes Intercepted By ............ 3        1
Yards Returned Intercepted Passes ........ 0        0
Punts-Average ....................... 4-38.3   6-37.2
Yards Returned Punts ..................... 3       18
Yards Returned Kickoffs ................. 34       84
Fumbles-Lost ........................... 1-1      3-0
Penalties-Yards ....................... 5-68     1-15


NEBRASKA
RUSHING Runner Att Gain Ls Net Avg Lng TD Rodgers 15 84 3 81 5.4 17 3 Goeller 11 52 9 43 3.9 13 0 Dixon 9 69 0 69 7.7 36 1 Bahe 6 33 6 27 4.5 12 0 Damkroger 3 18 0 18 6.0 8 0 Olds 2 5 0 5 2.5 4 0 D. Humm 4 10 3 7 1.8 8 0 Runty 3 24 5 19 6.3 11 0 Moran 4 13 2 11 2.8 6 0 Garson 4 10 0 10 1.5 6 0 Powell 1 9 0 9 9.0 9 0 Westbrook 1 1 0 1 1.0 1 0 PASSING Passer Att. Com. Int Yards Long TD D. Humm 19 13 0 185 50 1 Rodgers 1 1 0 52 52 1 Runty 6 3 1 23 19 0
NOTRE DAME
RUSHING Runner Att Gain Ls Net Avg Lng TD Penick 8 49 1 48 6.0 21 0 Best 7 19 4 15 2.1 7 0 Huff 11 22 0 22 2.0 3 0 Dewan 7 18 0 18 2.6 5 0 Diminick 1 2 0 2 2.0 2 0 Cieszkowski 3 21 0 21 7.0 10 0 Clements 6 14 36 -22 -3.7 11 0 Samuel 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 PASSING Passer Att. Com. Int Yards Long TD Clements 22 9 3 103 29 1 Dewan 1 0 0 0 0 0
NEBRASKA
PASS RECEIVING Receiver No. Yds Long TD List 3 25 11 0 F.Anderson 2 67 52 1 Revelle 3 62 29 0 Rodgers 3 71 50 1 Damkroger 2 13 7 0 Longwell 1 4 4 0 Goeller 1 2 2 0 Garson 2 16 19 0 PUNTING Punter No. Yds Avg. Long Sanger 4 153 38.3 48 PUNT RETURNS Player No. Yds Long Bahe 1 6 6 Rodgers 1 -3 -3 KICKOFF RETURNS Player No. Yds Long Bahe 1 23 23 Rodgers 1 11 11 MISCELLANEOUS PLAYS Player Type of Play No. Yds Blahak Interception 1 0 Pitts Interception 1 0 Thornton Interception 1 0
NOTRE DAME
PASS RECEIVING Receiver No. Yds Long TD Dewan 3 46 29 0 Diminick 1 5 5 0 Creaney 2 28 17 0 Huff 1 4 4 0 Demmerle 1 5 5 1 Roolf 1 15 15 0 PUNTING Punter No. Yds Avg. Long Doherty 6 223 37.2 46 PUNT RETURNS Player No. Yds Long Rudnick 1 15 15 Zanot 1 3 3 KICKOFF RETURNS Player No. Yds Long Diminick 3 48 21 Dewan 2 23 15 Penick 1 13 13 MISCELLANEOUS PLAYS Player Type of Play No. Yds M.Townsend Interception 1 0
DEFENSIVE STATS
NEBRASKA 
Player        Tac  Asst 
Glover          5     5 
Pitts           5     3 
Branch          5     2 
Dutton          4     0 
M.Johnson       4     0 
Mason           3     1 
Bell            3     1 
Harper          3     1 
Yaralian        3     0 
Borg            3     0 
Manstedt        3     0 
Ruud            2     0 
Kyros           1     0 
Sloey           1     1 
A.Johnson       1     0 
Hyland          1     0 
Fischer         1     0 
Austin          1     0 
Alward          1     0
NOTRE DAME 
Player        Tac  Asst 
Mahalic        10     1 
Nosbusch        8     0 
Masuraca        7     5 
Hayduk          6     2 
Barnett         6     0 
O'Malley        5     4 
Schlezes        5     3 
Collins         5     1 
Rudnick         5     0 
Potempa         5     0 
Marx            3     3 
M. Townsend     3     0 
Devine          3     0 
Stock           2     0 
Smith           2     0 
Naughton        1     0 
Best            1     0 
Dewan           1     0
PARTICIPATION
NEBRASKA
OFFENSE
SE — Revelle, F. Anderson,
     Hill, Lackovic
LT — White, Doak, Henrichs
LG — D. Anderson, Alward,
     Leonardi
C  — Dumler, Duda, Kinsel
RG — Beran, Hegener
RT — Crenshaw, Austin, Pavelka
TE — List, Longwell
QB — D. Humm, Runty
IB — Goeller, Dixon, Westbrook
WB — Rodgers, Bahe, Moran,
     Garson
FB — Olds, Damkroger, Powell,
     O'Holleran
Punter, PK — Sanger

DEFENSE
LE  — Manstedt, Hyland, Wieser
LT  — Janssen, M. Johnson
MG  — Glover, Bell
RT  — Dutton
RE  — Harper, Pate
SLB — Branch, Nelson, Schmidt,
      Sloey
WLB — Pitts, Ruud
MON — Mason, Starkebaum,
      Rogers
LCB — Blahak, Fisher
RCB — Borg, Yaralian,
      A. Johnson
S   — Thornton, Kyros
NOTRE DAME
OFFENSE
SE — W. Townsend, Demmerle,
     Roolf  
LT — Casper
LG — Pomarice
C  — Drew, Alvarado
RG — Dinardo
RT — Dampeer
TE — Creaney, Quehl
QB — Clements
LHB — Dewen, Best
RHB — Diminick, Penick
FB — Huff, Cieszkowski
Punter — Doherty
Kickoff — Thomas



DEFENSE
LE — Sullivan, Devine
LT — Nesbusch, Potempa
RT — Marx
RE — Hayduk, Stock
LB — O'Malley, McGraw
OLB — Mahalic
OLB — Masuraca, Smith
DHB — Barnett, Lepienski
DHB — M. Townsend, Zlock
DHB — Schlezes
S — Rudnick, Naughton, Zanet
 
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