Florida St. 31
Jan. 1, 1988
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.
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