Orange Bowl Score
January 4, 2011 by staff
Orange Bowl Score, In the 1971 Orange Bowl, 10-0-1 and ranked third in Nebraska need lots of help to claim its first national championship. But the Huskers got what they need as No. 1 Texas fell to Notre Dame and second place Ohio State lost to Stanford.
The day was a blur until everyone on the bus to go Fountainebleu the old Orange Bowl Stadium New Years night 1971.
“Everyone knew Texas had lost and we all try to follow the Rose Bowl when we get on the buses,” said Don Bryant, director of the Nebraska sports information at the time. “Indeed, we stuck in traffic. We sit there. Sitting there. And finally, Eddie Periard, our repository east, stands up and shouts, “Let’s get this damn bus goes. Everyone laughed, and yet, you could say there was some tension. ”
The Huskers got the tape, attended meetings pre-game and dressed to go on the field.
“We did not know the final of the Rose Bowl (No. 2 Ohio State and Stanford), but Fox (Bryant) kept checking the score for us because Monte Kiffin wanted to know,” said linebacker Jerry Murtaugh, a co-captain.
Kiffin, the defensive coordinator for the Huskers, finally got the final score, Stanford 27, Ohio State 17. He told his defensive players they had the game of life is coming.
Head coach Bob Devaney said the team a chance to win a national title was on the line against Louisiana State.
“We got a lead of 10-0 and it went very well,” said quarterback Jerry Tagge. “But we had some errors and LSU took the lead at the end of the third quarter. On our second possession of the fourth quarter, Coach Devaney said we had to have something … now. ”
With NU to 12-10, Tagge designed a 67-yard drive, led by two big runs by Jeff Kinney. Tagge, then dove over the center Doug Dumler and reached his arm over the goal line with 8:50 left to give NU the lead.
“The fans went nuts,” Bryant said. “We’re No. 1 and all that. We have a great defensive effort to win and the fans were even louder. He was the pandemonium in the locker room. The Walter Camp people wanted to make a presentation of the national championship trophy and Devaney said, “We’re busy right now. Where were you guys the last month? “Then someone asked if Nebraska was No. 1 and Devaney said:” Even the Pope would have us vote for No. 1, “referring to a chance Our Lady could get No. 1 because he beat UPI regular season champion Texas.
“So they waited. We got the trophy. We named the National Champs in football writers, too. But it took until Tuesday morning we AP writers voted No. 1.”
NU team captain Dan Schneiss said everyone was convinced of being No. 1, but no one was sure.
“We just kind of knew, but we do not celebrate yet,” he said.
Four days later, The Associated Press in Nebraska No. 1.
“It changed a lot because he was setting up a stage Nebraska had never been before,” Bryant said. “Our shipments have increased. Requests for interviews went well. People were calling and asking for interviews with our All-American candidate.
And, unknown to us all, it was the beginning of the race the most remarkable success throughout the football world could imagine. All those years of winning seasons, bowl games, national championships and four league matches on four more.
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