1992 Orange Bowl
|1992 Federal Express Orange Bowl|
|Date||January 1, 1992|
|MVP||Larry Jones (FB, Miami)|
|Favorite||Miami by 9 points |
|Referee||Ron Winter (Big Ten)|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Dick Enberg and Bill Walsh|
The 1992 Orange Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1 in Miami, Florida. The 58th edition of the Orange Bowl featured the Miami Hurricanes of the Big East Conference and the Nebraska Cornhuskers of the Big Eight Conference. Played at night, it was the final game of the bowl season and the 1991 NCAA Division I-A football season.
Top-ranked Miami entered with an 11–0 regular season record and eleventh-ranked Nebraska was at 9–1–1. It was a rematch of the 1984 and 1989 editions, both Miami wins. This shutout win gave the Hurricanes their fourth national championship (1983, 1987, 1989), capping their "decade of dominance."
Playing on their home field, the Hurricanes raced to a quick start as quarterback Gino Torretta threw an 8-yard touchdown to wide receiver Kevin Williams, which was followed by two 24-yard field goals by Carlos Huerta. After a scoreless second quarter, it was 13–0 at halftime. Miami dominated the second half with a touchdown run by fullback Larry Jones and a third field goal by Huerta, this one from 54 yards. The score was 22–0 after three quarters, and the Miami defense successfully held off Nebraska, as the fourth quarter was scoreless.
The shutout was the first for Nebraska in over eighteen years, and they dropped to fifteenth in the final AP poll. It was the Huskers' fifth consecutive bowl loss, a streak that extended to seven.
- Miami – Kevin Williams 8 pass from Gino Torretta (Carlos Huerta kick), 11:04
- Miami – Field goal, Huerta 24, 5:04
- Miami – Field goal, Huerta 24, 4:02
- No scoring
- Miami – Larry Jones 1 run (Torretta pass failed), 11:19
- Miami – Field goal, Huerta 54, 2:33
- No scoring
Statistics Miami Nebraska First Downs 25 9 Rushes–yards 44–182 38–82 Passing yards 257 89 Passes 19–41–2 7–19–2 Total yards 439 171 Punts–average 5–33 8–39 Fumbles–lost 3–0 3–2 Turnovers by 2 4 Penalties-yards 12–143 6–36 Time of possession 34:29 25:31
The win completed a perfect season for the Hurricanes, maintaining their #1 ranking in the AP Poll, but they did not receive the top ranking in the Coaches' Poll, which went to Washington of the Pac-10 Conference. The Huskies, second in the AP, had achieved an identical 12–0 record, completed with a 34–14 win over #4 Michigan in the Rose Bowl. For a second consecutive year, major college football finished with two teams splitting the title, which led the major athletic conferences to form the Bowl Coalition in the following year to help better determine a national champion.
Nebraska and Miami faced off in another Orange Bowl rematch three years later, and Nebraska finally won. It broke the Huskers' seven-game losing streak in bowls and vaulted them to the first of two consecutive national titles. A four-game winning streak in bowls began, with three national championships (1994, 1995, 1997) in four seasons at the end of head coach Tom Osborne's career in Lincoln.
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- HuskerMax – 1992 Orange Bowl