National champs again: Huskers run over Vols
One of the most successful eras in college football came to a close as the Huskers defeated Tennessee, 42-17, in the 1998 Orange Bowl to win a share of their third national title in four seasons.
The win was the final one for head coach Tom Osborne, who retired after compiling a 255-49-3 record in 25 seasons.
In a showdown between two of the nation’s top offenses, the Nebraska defense stole the spotlight early on, forcing a pair of Vol turnovers that led to a pair of touchdowns and a 14-3 halftime lead.
The Huskers took command after intermission by scoring touchdowns on all three of their third-quarter possessions — drives of 80, 73 and 80 yards. Ahman Green rushed for 159 yards during the quarter on his way to an Orange Bowl and NU bowl-record 206 yards.
Overshadowed in the offense’s effort was a defense that held UT quarterback Peyton Manning to a season-low 134 yards in the air.