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NEBRASKA 24, MIAMI 17
ORANGE BOWL

The third-ranked Hurricanes’ dream of a fifth national title was dashed in front of a record crowd of 81,753 and a national television audience as the top-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers overcame a 17-9 deficit with two fourth-quarter touchdowns to propel them to a 24-17 victory and the 1994 national championship.

In a tale of two halves, Nebraska’s defense took control after halftime by putting relentless pressure on UM quarterback Frank Costa and sacking him four times in the half (five times in the game), including one for a safety early in the third quarter.

With the offense struggling, Miami’s defense came up big, forcing two Nebraska turnovers, including Earl Little’s end-zone interception early in the fourth quarter. But Nebraska and its bruising offensive line controlled the final quarter of play.

Nebraska starting quarterback, Tommie Frazier, returned from injury in the fourth quarter to lead the Huskers’ punishing rushing attack to two late touchdowns and the victory.

“We had a chance to win a National Championship and we didn’t win,” said UM quarterback Frank Costa in his final game. “We didn’t blow it. Nebraska won it.”


SOURCE: MIAMI MEDIA GUIDE
 
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