Florida St. 18
Nebraska 16

Jan. 1, 1994 - 7 p.m. Central
Orange Bowl | Miami, FL | NBC
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Florida St. 0 6 9 3 18
Nebraska 0 7 0 9 16
William Floyd fumble touchdown
William Floyd scores Florida State’s touchdown … or did he?
Second quarter
FS: Bentley 34 field goal, 7:54
NU: Baul 34 pass from Frazier (Bennett kick) 5:59 
FS: Bentley 25 field goal, 0:29
Third quarter
FS: Floyd 1 run (pass failed) 12:50
FS: Bentley 39 field goal, 3:06
Fourth quarter
NU: Phillips 12 run (run failed) 14:55
NU: Bennett 27 field goal, 1:16
FS: Bentley 22 field goal, 0:21
 
                            NU      FSU
First Downs ............... 20       22
  Rushing .................. 8        4
  Passing ................. 11       12
  Penalty .................. 1        6
Rushes-Net Yards ...... 44-183    24-47
  Yds Gained Rushing ..... 212       96
Net Passing Yards ........ 206      286
  Att-Comp-Int ....... 25-13-2  43-24-0
Total Offense ......... 69-389   67-333
  Avg. Per Play .......... 5.6      5.0
Return Yards .............. 18       21
Fumbles-Lost ............. 2-0      0-0
Penalized-Yards ....... 11-115    10-69
Interceptions-Yards ...... 0-0     2-21
Punts-Average ......... 7-38.4   6-45.2
Punt Returns-Yards ...... 4-18      0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yds .... 5-111     3-81
Possession Time ........ 32:57    27:03
Third-Down Conv. ........ 7-16     1-12
Fourth-Down Conv. ........ 0-0      1-1
Sacks By-Yards Lost ..... 5-39      1-4

Attendance: 81,536 (Orange Bowl game record)

RUSHING
FS: Floyd 7-53, Dunn 1-3, Ward 8-minus-3, Jackson 8-minus-6.

NU: Frazier 14-77, Phillips  13-64, C. Jones 9-28, Makovicka 2-7, Benning 5-5, Dixon 1-2.

PASSING
FS: Ward 24-43-0 286.
NU: Frazier 13-24-2 206; C. Jones 0-1-0 0.

RECEIVING
FS: Vanover 6-48, Knox 5-99, McCorvey 5-70, Frier 5-46, Dunn 2-30, Floyd 1-minus-7.

NU: Bell 4-75, Dixon 3-50, Johnson 3-40, Baul 1-34, Muhammad 1-14, C. Jones 1-minus-7.

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FSU’s touchdown

Huskers fall just short of national championship

Byron Bennett’s 45-yard field goal try with one second left sailed wide left, and Florida State won an Orange Bowl thriller, 18-16, for the Seminoles’ first national title.

Nebraska, a 17½-point underdog, earned the nation’s respect and finished No. 3 in both polls, its highest final ranking since 1983.

Set up by Lawrence Phillips’ 17-yard scamper and Tommie Frazier’s 32-yard sprint to the 4-yard line, Bennett appeared to have kicked the game-winning field goal with 1:16 remaining. But with Nebraska up 16-15, FSU began its game-winning drive at its own 35, and Scott Bentley kicked his fourth field goal of the game with 21 seconds left to give FSU an 18-16 lead.

Nebraska’s final drive started at its 43 with about 15 seconds on the clock after Barron Miles returned the FSU kickoff 23 yards. Frazier missed tight end Trumane Bell at the sideline but hit Bell on a second try over midfield for a 29-yard gain to the FSU 28. Nebraska immediately called time out as one second remained.

Bennett waited to set up for his second field goal of the game as officials cleared the field of those who thought the game was over, but his kick was wide left.

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Shatel

Don‘t forget the Huskers‘ valor, their effort, their heart and soul. ... They lost a game but won their respect back.

Omaha World-Herald
Babcock

Nebraska's detractors, and there were plenty, have to reconsider now. They have to.

Lincoln Journal Star
Pucin

Nebraska had the guts. The heart. The Cornhuskers played harder and better. ... And should have won.

Philadelphia Inquirer
Downey

Nebraska was defeated, then victorious, then defeated. It was as good a football game as most of the Cornhuskers were capable of playing. It is a game it will take them a lifetime to forget.

Los Angeles Times
Lowitt

Ultimately, it was Tommie Frazier‘s night, even if it wasn't his championship.

Tampa Bay Times
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