Miami 37
Nebraska 14

Jan. 3, 2002 • 7:20 p.m. Central
Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA • ABC
1st2nd3rd4th F 

First quarter
UM: A. Johnson 49 pass from Dorsey (Sievers kick) 6:51
Second quarter
UM: Portis 39 run (Sievers kick) 14:33
UM: Lewis 47 int. return (Sievers kick) 12:52
UM: Shockey 21 pass from Dorsey (kick failed) 10:40
UM: A. Johnson 8 pass from Dorsey (Sievers kick) 3:35
Third quarter
NU: J. Davies 16 run (J Brown kick) 2:38
Fourth quarter
NU: Groce 71 punt return (J Brown kick) 14:28
UM: Sievers 37 field goal, 10:04

                        NU        UM 
First downs             16        18 
  By rushing            14         6
  By passing             2        12
  By penalty             0         0
Rushed-yards        49-197    26-110 
Passing yards           62       362 
  Comp-Att-Int      5-15-1   22-35-1 
Total offense       64-259    61-472
  Avg. per play        4.0       7.7
Sacked-yards lost     3-26       0-0 
Return yards            85        84 
Punts               5-40.6    4-35.8 
Fumbles-lost           4-2       2-0 
Penalties-yards       4-26     12-85 
Possession time      34:27     25:33
Third-Down Conv.      5/15      6/13
Fourth-Down Conv.      1/4       0/0
Sacks By-Yards         0-0      3-26

NU: Crouch 22-114, Diedrick 15-47, Judd Davies 5-16, T Collins 6-10, Zajicek 1-10.

UM: Portis 20-104, W McGahee 2-7, Gore 2-3, Team 2-minus 4.

NU: Crouch 5-15-1-62.
UM: Dorsey 22-35-1-362.

NU: W Thomas 3-36, Wistrom 2-26.

UM: A. Johnson 7-199, Shockey 5-85, Beard 4-41, Portis 4-26, Jones 1-7, R Williams 1-4.

Att: 93,781

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Stats & Recap

’Canes whip Huskers, take national title

The top-ranked Miami Hurricanes capped off a perfect season with a 37-14 win over fourth-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Rose Bowl, giving college football the undisputed national champion it desperately wanted.

Fears that a strange season would end in controversy and a split championship proved unfounded as the Rose Bowl turned into a blowout with 12-0 Miami collecting its fifth national title.

Ken Dorsey turned in a clinical performance, throwing for three touchdowns, but it was Miami’s top-rated defense that took credit for the victory, shutting down the Cornhuskers’ Heisman trophy-winning quarterback Eric Crouch and Nebraska’s vaunted running game.

A fumble by Crouch in the first quarter led to Miami’s opening score, Dorsey hitting Andre Johnson with a 49-yard touchdown strike on the first snap after the turnover.

Clinton Portis capped off a five-play drive with a 39-yard run to open the second quarter before the Canes’ defense went back to work, James Lewis picking off Crouch and returning the ball 42 yards for a touchdown.

In control, the Hurricanes refused to let up, Dorsey adding to his record-setting night with touchdown strikes to Jeremy Shockey and Johnson again to send Miami into halftime with a commanding 34-0 lead.

Late touchdowns from Judd Davies and DeJuan Groce on a 71-yard punt return helped keep the score respectable for the Cornhuskers, who finished the season with their first back-to-back losses since 1990.

Recap source:

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Pregame & team info
2001 schedule
04/14Reds 16, Whites 7
08/25TCUW 21-7
09/01Troy St.W 42-14
09/08Notre DameW 27-10
09/20RiceW 48-3
09/29@ MissouriW 36-3
10/06Iowa St.W 48-14
10/13@ BaylorW 48-7
10/20Texas TechW 41-31
10/27OklahomaW 20-10
11/03@ KansasW 51-7
11/10Kansas St.W 31-21
11/23@ ColoradoL 36-62
01/03MiamiL 14-37


Colonel Mustard

Why did we continue to run wide against a defense that is the fastest we’ve faced all year?


Nebraska looked overmatched on the biggest stage in college football, and it made you wonder if they should have been in this game at all. In hindsight, they shouldn’t have been.

Omaha World-Herald

Let there also be no question that Frank Solich’s team was in a mismatch of athletic talent.

Lincoln Journal Star

In the week leading up to the game, you could tell that the Hurricanes were supremely confident. Turns out, it was for good reason.

Grand Island Independent
Red Clad Loon

Nebraska had about as much chance with this Miami Pound Machine as Gerry Faust has in coaching a team to the Super Bowl.


Feeling the weight of an entire state, and seeing just about every one of its citizens at the Rose Bowl on Thursday, Crouch made mistakes. He also made plays that no mortal should make.

Lincoln Journal Star

Here’s what Miami did better than the Huskers in the first half: block, tackle, run, pass, catch, cover kicks and drive the team bus.

Grand Island Independent

You may never see any more instantly rabid attack than UM’s for three touchdowns in a four-minute span in the second quarter.

Miami Herald
Le Batard

There were times you got the feeling poor Crouch was tossing the football to his tailback just because he didn’t really want to be holding it anymore.

Miami Herald

If you’ll just explain to me who would have beaten Miami Thursday night I’ll happily hop aboard the anti-BCS train.

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