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Recap
Instead of playing for a tie and an almost guaranteed national title, the Huskers went for the win, attempting a two-point conversion that failed in the final minute as Miami stunned one of the greatest Husker teams ever, 31-30, at the Orange Bowl on Jan. 2, 1984.

Trailing 31-17 entering the fourth quarter, the Huskers mounted a furious comeback without Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier, who left the game in the third quarter with a badly bruised ankle. Rozier's replacement, Jeff Smith, scored on a one-yard touchdown run with 6:55 left in the game to trim the deficit to 31-24.

On the Huskers' final drive, Turner Gill completed clutch passes to Irving Fryar (29 yards) and Ricky Simmons (19 yards) to advance the Huskers into Hurricane territory. On a fourth-and-eight play from the Miami 24-yard line, Smith took an option pitch from Gill and scampered 24 yards to the end zone.

Trailing 31-30, the Huskers went for a two-point conversion, but Ken Calhoun deflected a Gill pass intended for Smith to end the comeback threat.

"This was a championship game and (Osborne) went after it like a champion," Miami Coach Howard Schnellenberger said. Nebraska trailed fourth-ranked Miami by 17 points in the first half before pulling within three at halftime.

Miami 31
Nebraska 30

Jan. 2, 1984
Orange Bowl, Miami, FL
Miami           17     0    14     0   —  31 
Nebraska         0    14     3    13   —  30

First Quarter
MIA — Glenn Dennison 2 pass from Bernie Kosar 
      (Jeff Davis kick), 5:42
MIA — FG Davis 45, 10:09
MIA — Dennison 22 pass from Kosar (Davis kick) 14:11
Second Quarter
NEB — Dean Steinkuhler 19 run 
      (Scott Livingston tick) 6:06
NEB — Turner Gill 1 run (Livingston kick) 12:43
Third Quarter
NEB — FG Livingston 34, 1:51
MIA — Alonzo Highsmith 1 run (Davis kick) 5:23
MIA — Albert Bentley 7 run (Davis kick) 10:16
Fourth Quarter
NEB — Jeff Smith 1 run (Livingston kick) 8:05 
NEB — Smith 24 run (Gill pass failed) 14:12

Attendance: 72,549

                           MIA        NU 
First downs                 22        25 
Rushes-yards            28-130    57-306 
Passing yards              300       172 
 Att-Comp-Int          35-19-1   30-16-1
Total offense           63-430    87-478
Sacks by                  2-12       0-0 
Punts                     4-42      3-37 
Fumbles-lost               1-1       6-1 
Penalties-yards          12-99      4-51 
Time of possession       25:53     34:07

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
RUSHING
 MIA: Highsmith 7-50, Bentley 10-46. Keith Griffin 9-41
 NEB: Mike Rozier 25-147. Smith 9-99, Steinkuhler 1-19,
      Gill 11-19.

PASSING
 MIA: Kosar 19-35-1-300.
 NEB: Gill 16-30-1-172.

RECEIVING
 MIA: Ed Brown 6-115, Stanley Shakespeare 3-63,
      Dennison 3-44, Bentley 3-36, Griffin 3-35.
 NEB: Irving Fryar 5-61, Ricky Simmons 2-34,
      Monte Engebritson 2-21, Scott Kimball 2-21,
      Mark Schellen 2-15.

MISSED FIELD GOALS
 MIA: Davis 42.
 NEB: Livingston 44, 47.
 
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