Nebraska 38
Alabama 6

Jan. 1, 1972
Orange Bowl | Miami, FL | NBC
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Nebraska 14 14 3 7 38
Alabama 0 0 6 0 6
First Quarter
NEB: Jeff Kinney 2 run (Rich Sanger kick wide) 2:01
NEB: Johnny Rodgers 77 punt return (Maury Damkroger, pass from Jerry Tagge) 0:00 
Second Quarter
NEB: Tagge 1 run (Sanger kick) 12:43
NEB: Gary Dixon 2 run (Sanger kick) 8:49  
Third Quarter
ALA: Terry Davis 3 run (run failed) 5:49 
NEB: Sanger 21 field goal 0:00
Fourth Quarter
NEB: Van Brownson 1 run (Sanger kick) 4:45

                             ALA      NEB 
First Downs ................. 16       15  
  Rushing ................... 13        9
  Passing .................... 3        5 
  Penalty .................... 0        1 
Rushes-Net Yards ........ 58-241   47-183
  Yards Gained ............. 290      201 
  Yards Lost ................ 49       18 
Net Yards Passing ........... 47      159 
  Passes Att-Comp-Int.... 13-3-2  20-11-0 
Total Offense plays-yds.. 71-288   67-342 
Interception returns-yds.... 0-0     2-30 
Punts-average ........... 7-43.3   5-42.4 
Punts returns-yards ......  4-36    6-136
Kickoff returns-yards .... 7-128      0-0 
Fumbles-lost ............... 5-2      3-2 
Penalties-yards ........... 4-58     4-50 

LEADING NU RUSHER: Jeff Kinney 20-99. 
LEADING NU PASSER: Jerry Tagge 11 for 19-159. 
LEADING NU RECEIVER: Johnny Rodgers 4-84. 
ATTENDANCE: 78,151

COMPLETE STATS

 

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Huskers swamp Tide for title

The national championship showdown between No. 1 Nebraska and No. 2 Alabama barely got started before the powerful Cornhuskers erased all doubt.Nebraska led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter and 28-0 at halftime, en route to a 38-6 thrashing of the Crimson Tide.

Taking advantage of a Tide error, NU marched 47 yards in five plays for a 6-0 lead with 12:59 gone in the game. On the last play of the first quarter, Johnny Rodgers recorded another of his sensational punt returns, this time for 77 yards and a 14-0 lead.

Alabama fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and NU had to march only 27 yards to make it 21-0 with 2:17 gone in the second period.

Read more of the official recap here.

 Omaha World-Herald

 Lincoln Journal Star: 123

 Associated Press

 Scoring summary

 Gadsden Times: 12

 Tuscaloosa News

 Toledo Blade: 12

 Sports Illustrated: 12

 Bolding Sports Research

 Video: Full game & highlights

 Program cover

 Pregame: 123

 Season retrospective

 
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