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Official recap

The Crimson Tide exploded dramatically in the second quarter to open a 24-7 halftime lead and then rolled for a shocking 39-28 decision in the Orange Bowl.

The stage had been set for all the national marbles. No. 1 Michigan State had been upset by UCLA and No. 2 Arkansas had been upset by LSU, leaving No. 3 Nebraska as the only unbeaten power.

When the firing stopped, the Cornhuskers had become the third unbeaten team of the day to fall, and Alabama was able to jump from its pre-game No. 4 ranking to a second straight national title.

Alabama led 7-0 midway through the first quarter as quarterback Steve Sloan warmed up for a brilliant aerial performance with a 21-yard TD pitch to Ray Perkins. Nebraska countered early in the second quarter as Bobby Churchich came off the bench to launch a brilliant aerial show of his own. Churchich tossed a 33-yard TD strike to All America end Tony Jeter to even the count at 7-7. Nebraska's defense forced Alabama to punt from its own 10, but a roughing-the-kicker penalty gave the Tide a new lease and Alabama used the break to good advantage — Sloan passing the Tide the length of the field for the go-ahead TD.

It was the same story the next time the Tide got the ball, a 93-yard aerial drive that gave Alabama a 21-7 lead with 1:42 left in the half. This set the stage for two straight successful Alabama on-side kicks, the first setting up an 18-yard field goal to give the Tide a 24-7 halftime bulge that the Cornhuskers simply couldn't overcome.

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'65 HONORS | '65 STATS

Alabama 39
Nebraska 28

Jan. 1, 1966
Miami, FL
Alabama      7   17    8    7  -  39
Nebraska     0    7    6   15  -  28

First Quarter
ALA - Ray Perkins 32 pass from Steve Sloan
     (Dave Ray kick) 9:36
Second Quarter
NEB - Tony Jeter 33 pass from Bob Churchich
     (Larry Wachholtz kick) 12:15.
ALA - Les Kelley 4 run (Ray kick) 7:11
ALA - Perkins 11 pass from Sloan (Ray 
      kick) 1:42
ALA - FG Ray 18, 0:34
Third Quarter
NEB - Ben Gregory 49 pass from Churchich
     (pass failed) 9:35.
ALA - Steve Bowman 1 run (Perkins pass 
      from Sloan) 4:29
Fourth Quarter
NEB - Churchich 1 run (Wachholtz kick) 14:58
ALA - Bowman 3 run (Ray kick) 8:13
NEB - Jeter 14 pass from Churchich
     (Gregory pass from Churchich) 2:50

Attendance: 74,214.
 
ALA                                   NEB
 14    First downs rushing              6
 12    First downs passing             10
  3    First downs penalties           1
 29*** Total first downs               17
 57    Rushing plays                   24
225    Yards gained rushing           146
  3    Yards lost rushing               1
222    Net yards gained rushing       145
 29    Forward passes tried            19
 20    Forward passes completed        12
296    Yards gained passing           232
518    Net yards rushing & passing    377
  2    Own forward passes intercepted   1
  0    Yards returned int. passes      16
  5    Number of punts                  3
 31.2  Average yards punts           41.7
 62    Yards returned all kicks       138
  0    Fumbles                          4
  0    Fumbles Lost                     4
  8    Number of Penalties              8
 62    Yards penalized                 86
 25    Long Rushing play               27
 39    Long passing play               49
***Orange Bowl Record


RUSHING
ALABAMA       No.   Gained   Lost   Net   Avg.  Long
Kelley         26     118      0    118    4.5    25
Bowman         21      86      1     85    4.0    19
Canterbury      7      19      0     19    2.7     7
Sloan.          3       2      2      0    0.0     2
NEBRASKA
Kirkland        7      67      0     67    9.6    27
Solich          4      27      0     27    6.8    12
Wilson          5      19      1     18    3.6     8
Duda            2      12      0     12    6.0     9
Gregory         2      12      0     12    6.0     7
Tatman          1       4      0      4    4.0     4
Winters         1       4      0      4    4.0     4
Churchich       2       1      0      1    0.5     1


PASSING
ALABAMA      Att.   Cmp.   Int.  Yards    Long    TD
Sloan         28     20**   2     296**     39     2
NEBRASKA
Churchich     17     12     1     232       49     3+
Duda           2      0     0       0        0     0


PASS RECEIVING
ALABAMA        No.  Yds    Long   TD
Perkins         9   159      39    2+
Cook            3    34      15    0
Duncan          3    32      17    0
Homan           2    37      31    0
Bowman          1    21      21    0
Kelley          1     8       8    0
Tolleson        1     5       5    0
NEBRASKA
White           4    61      20    0
Jeter           3    73      33    2+
Gregory         2    55      49    1
Winters         2    42      22    0
Solich          1     1       1    0


PUNTING      No.   Yds   Avg.   Long
Davis (A)     5    156   31.2     40
Kuehl (N)     3    125   41.7     48


PUNT RETURNS     No.    Yds     Long
Kelley (A)        1      23       23
Moseley (A)       1      11       11
Wachholtz (N)     1       3        3
Poggemeyer (N)    1       5        5


KICKOFF RETURNS   No.    Yds    Long
Kelley (A)         1      17      17
Homan (A)          1      11      11
Solich (N)         4     130      66


MISC. PLAYS      Type of Play    Yds
Wachholtz (N)    Interception     16
Carstens (N)     Interception      0
Crane (A)        Interception      0

**Orange Bowl Game Record
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PARTICIPATION
ALABAMA
(Offense)
Ends—Perkins, Cook, Tolleson, Brewer, Shankles
Tackles—Duncan, Dowdy, Thompson (L.), Johnson, Rustin
Guards—Calvert, Stephens, Bruce, Carroll
Centers—Crane, Killgore
Backs—Sloan, Kelley, Homan, Bowman, Busbee, Stabler, Davis (Steve), Raburn
(Defense)
Ends—McLeod, Gilmer, Harris, Newbill 
Tackles—Sullivan, Cole, Sides 
Guards—Somerville, Byrd, Harpole, Morris
Linebackers—Trimble, Bates, Sherrill,
Chatwood, Moss, Bedwell, Stewart 
Backs—Ray, Johns, Mosley, Reitz, Canterbury, Propst, McLeod
NEBRASKA
(Offense)
Ends—Jeter, White Richnafsky
Tackles—Carlson, Brown, Brichacek, Taucher
Guards—Allers, Osberg, Kudrna, McCord
Centers—Peterson, Drum 
Backs—Duda, Kirkland, Wilson, Solich, Churchich, Wachholtz, Gregory, 
 Tatman, Kuehl, Weber, Winters
(Defense)
Ends—Janik, Coleman (L.), Patton, Zimmer
Tackles—Czap, Barnes, Strohmyer, Stith
Guards—Meylan, Murphy
Linebackers—Kennedy, Senkbeil, Alvarez, Coleman (R.)
Backs—Johnson, Carstens, Mueller, Poggemeyer, Vactor, Thorell

OFFICIALS
Morris Harrison, Atlanta, referee; George Morris, Columbus (Ga.), linesman;
Jack Langford, Atlanta, timer; John Miskovsky, Oklahoma City, umpire; Marcus
Rosky, Des Moines, field judge; Kenneth Pryor, Bartlesville (Okla.), back judge.