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Florida St. 31
Nebraska 28

Jan. 1, 1988
Tempe, AZ
Florida State    0  21   3   7  -  31
Nebraska        14   0  14   0  -  28

First Quarter
NU: Keith Jones 3 run (Chris Drennan kick) 9:31
NU: Dana Brinson 52 punt return (Drennan kick) 1:15
Second Quarter
FS: Herb Gainer 10 pass from Danny McManus (Derek Schmidt kick) 10:30
FS: Dayne Williams 4 run (Schmidt kick) 4:48
FS: Gainer 25 pass from McManus (Schmidt kick) 0:44
Third Quarter
NU: Steve Taylor 2 run (Drennan kick) 11:41
FS: FG Schmidt 32, 7:49
NU: Tyreese Knox 4 run (Drennan kick) 0:40 
Fourth Quarter
FS: Ronald Lewis 15 pass from McManus (Schmidt kick) 3:07

A-72,112
                           FSU     Neb.
First downs                 26       20
Rushes-yards             29-82   54-242
Passing yards              375      142
Passes                 28-51-1   7-14-1
Plays-Total Offense     80-457   68-384
Sacks by                   0-0      1-7
Punts                   4-29.5   4-35.5
Punt Return Yards           12       89
Interceptions-Yards        1-3     1-35
Fumbles-lost               2-1      4-2
Penalties-yards           2-20     9-78
Time of possession       31:07    28:53

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing:
• Florida State, Sammie Smith 9-28, McManus 5-26, D. Williams 3-5, D. Carter 4-4, Bennett 7-16, Butts 1-3.
• Nebraska, Jones 15-80, Taylor 20-75, Knox 13-62, Brinson 2-16, Micah Heibel 3-7, Bryan Carpenter 1-2. Passing:
• Florida State, McManus 28-51-1-375.
• Nebraska, Taylor 7-14-1-142. Receiving:
• Florida State, Gainer 5-89, Pat Carter 5-54, Dexter Carter 4-89, Lewis 4-59, Edgar Bennett 4-47, Terry Anthony 2-29.
• Nebraska, Morgan Gregory 3-49, Todd Millikan 2-32, Todd Banderas 1-48, Heibel 1-13. Missed field goals:
• Florida State, Schmidt 43.

Fumble sparks Seminoles’ rally

Florida State won a heart-stopping Fiesta Bowl, 31-28, when quarterback Danny McManus hit flanker Ronald Lewis with a fourth-down, 15-yard touchdown pass with 3:07 left in the game.

McManus' third TD pass of the day capped a 97-yard, 11-play drive that started just after the Huskers failed to deliver the knockout blow.

Leading by 28-24 midway in the fourth quarter, Nebraska had driven from its 26-yard line to the FSU 2, where alternate I-back Tyreese Knox appeared headed for the end zone and a clinching touchdown. But a Seminole defender reached up from the pile and stripped the ball loose.

After FSU's go-ahead score, Nebraska and quarterback Steve Taylor still had life. Starting at his 20, Taylor completed passes to Morgan Gregory for a 10 yards and Todd Millikan for 12, then came up with what would have been the play of the game. However, his 56-yard pass to Gregory to the FSU 2 was called back on an illegal-procedure penalty because Nebraska had lined up with not enough men on the line of scrimmage — effectively ending Nebraska's hopes.

The Husker loss came in spite of an early 14-0 lead that had been set up by the kicking game. A 27-yard punt return by Richard Bell led to an 18-yard scoring drive in the first six minutes of the game, capped by Keith Jones' 1-yard touchdown run. Later in the period, Dana Brinson ripped the Seminoles with a 52-yard punt-return touchdown.

Full recap here.

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