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Tallahassee Jan. 2, 19885D Fiesta Statistics From 1D MM Scoring summary Pasting No. Pet. Yds. TD Int.

28-51 M9 375 1 Player McAAnus Receiving No. Yds. Av. TO 89 17 8 2 54 10.8 0 4 89 22.3 0 4 59 14.8 1 4 47 11.8 0 2 29 14 5 0 17 17.0 0 1 5.0 0 1 -7 0 .1 -7 0 Kickoff returns No. Yds.

Avg. TD 2 51 25.5 0 1 31 31.0 0 1 9 9.0 0 Florida Stat Nebraska 0 21 3 14 0 14 731 028 First Quarter Nebraska Jones 3 run (Dren-nan kick), 5:29. Nebraska Brinson 52 punt return (Drennan kick) 13:45. Second Quarter Florida State Gainer 10 pass from McManus (Schmidt kick), 4:30. Florida State O.Williams 4 run (Schmidt kick), 10:12.

Florida State Gainer 25 pass from McManus (Schmidt kick), 14:16. Third Quarter Nebraska S.Taylor 2 run (Drennan kick), 3:19. Florida State FG Schmidt 32, 7:11. Nebraska Knox 4 run (Drennan kick), 14:20. Fourth Quarter Florida State Lewis 15 pass from McManus (Schmidt kick), 11:53.

Att. 72,112. Team statistics i A It -V K'V -r- -x-, 'JlHt lunmmniinni nn-m MM ida St. Nebr. 24 20 14 19 4 1 0 29 54 104 249 22 7 82 242 375 142 457 384 51 14 28 7 1 1 2-1 4-2 2-20 9-78 1-3 1-35 4-118 4-142 29.5 35.5 2-12 3-89 4-97 3-68 31:07 28:53 9ofl7 4of 11 0-0 1-7 When it was over Florida State had outgained Nebraska and its formidable option game, 457 yards to 384.

Against one of the nation's tougher defenses, McManus had Ji made good on nine of 17 third-down conversions. Nebraska man-: aged effectiveness on only four of 11 such. But turnovers, poor punts and worse punt coverage put Florida State in an early hole. Rick Tuten averaged just 29.5 yards on four punts, one a 5-yarder off the side of his foot that put Nebraska in mid-i field position for its final touchdown. i "It was unfair of us to ask him to punt after he got sick," said Bowden.

"It just about caught up with us." The punter on Miami's nation-j al-championship team of 1983, Tu-i ten was stricken by tuberculosis during the summer, and the season was perhaps a bigger struggle for him than any Seminole. Bowden was critical of punt i coverage that was primarily re-i sponsible for Nebraska's first two touchdowns. "Wayne (offensive coordinator McDuffie) had warned me our punting team was not ready to play," said Bowden. "I told them Thursday night 'you guys are gonna win or lose this Danged if they didn't believe me!" FSU's start was very shaky i two fumbles on a game-opening se- ries. After a McManus bootleg for 21 yards paved a first down at the Nebraska 42, a Dayne Williams bobble was grabbed by Nebraska.

The defense held, but a punt put Florida State at its 7. When 'Tuten punted out, Richard Bell spun a 27-yard return to FSU's 18. Keith Jones got the touchdown from the 3 after setting it up with a 17-yard run with a pitchout. Dexter Carter's 42-yard kickoff return got FSU to midfield, and McManus passing led to a first down at the 18. On the next play, I McManus threw badly under pres-; sure, and Brian Washington intercepted.

There followed another punt-; ing exchange, and on Tuten's sec- ond effort of the game, Dana Brin-I son a wingback burner from Valdosta, Ga. sailed 40 yards for a touchdown with the return, and Nebraska led 14-0. Little was going right for FSU. On a following series, the Semi-' noles drove to the Nebraska 18, I but after Herb Gainer dropped an end-zone pass, Derek Schmidt missed a 43-yard field goal. McManus would miss on six of his first seven second-quarter passes, but things started going FSU's way when Deion Sanders in-: tercepted quarterback Steve Tay-, lor's pass, presenting opportunity at the Huskers' 40.

Gainer made two big catches, the second a 10-yarder for a touchdown. Now the Seminoles were cranking. On one of the game's more significant plays, cornerback Eric Williams forced a fumble out of Taylor, with McGowan recovering at the FSU 25. Six plays brought a touchdown. It started with a McManus bootleg for 19, ended on Dayne Williams' 4-yard run for the touchdown that tied it 14-14.

Tough defense once more checked Nebraska, and when John Kroeker punted poorly he averaged just 35.5 on his four the Player Gainer P.Carter D.Carter Lewis Bennett Anthony Dawsey Smith Butts D.Williams Player D.Carter Ross D.Williams Punting Player No. Yds. Avg. Long Tuten 4 118 29.5 40 Punt returns Player No, Yds. Avg.

TD D.Sanders 12 6.0 0 Interceptions. Player No. Yds. Avg. TD D.Sanders 1,3 3.0 0 Nebraska statistics Rushing No.

Yds. Avg. TD Player K.Jones Taylor Knox Brinson Heibel Carpenter 15 20 13 2 3 1 80 75 62 16 7 2 5.3 3.8 4.8 8.0 2.3 2.0 Passing No. Pet. Yds.

TD Int. 7-14 .500 142 0 1 Receiving No. Yds. Avg. TD 3 49 16.3 0 2 32 16.0 0 1 48 48.0 0 1 13 13.0 0 Player Taylor Player Gregory Millikan Banderas Heibel Kickoff returns No.

Yds. Avg. TD 3 68 22.7 0 Punting No. Avg. Long 4 142 35.5 43 Punt returns No.

Yds. Avg. TD 1 52 52.0 1 2 37 18.5 0 Player Brinson Player Kroeker Player Brinson Bell Interceptions Player No. Yds. Avg.

TD Washington 1 .35 35.0 0 Not that Nebraska was through. A 56-yard pass, Taylor to Gregory, reached FSU's 2 but a flag had fallen, and the play was voided, "Our tight end lined up on the wrong side of the field," said Nebraska coach Torn Osborne. "I don't know what happened. Guess he didn't hear the signal. That hurt us badly." Nebraska probed to the FSU 43, but was set back to its 34 following an illegal pass.

Another penalty followed, and it came to fourth-ahd-40. And perhaps not even the Seminoles could have overcome that. IB OVER! FREE! 12 MO 7 First downs Rushing Passing Penalty Rushing attempts Yds gained rushing Yds lost rushing Net yds rushing Net yds passing Total offense Passes attempted Passes completed Intercepted Fumbles-lost Penalties-yds Lost Interceptions-yds Punts-yds Yds per punt Punt returns-yds Kickoff returns-yds Possession 3rd-down conv, Sacks by FSU statistics Rushing No. Yds. Avg.

TD 9 28 3.1 0 5 26 5.2 0 7 16 2.3 0 3 5 1.7 1 4 4 1.0 0 1 3 3.0 0 Player Smith McManus Bennett D.Williams D.Carter Butts jumping with his effective keepers. But the Knox fumble ended it all. McManus throwing, throwing, throwing found Terry Anthony at the 10, Lewis at the 18, Dexter Carter at the 34, Anthony for 21 at the Nebraska 45. And then Dexter Carter for 43 at the 2. But Williams lost a yard, and Dexter Carter was stopped on the play that brought the penalty and placed FSU at the 18.

Pat Carter got just three on a pass over the middle. Fourth down and timeout! Then the golden throw and golden catch by Lewis that capped Florida State's golden season. New Associated Press pass from Danny McManus on fourth ear SALE LOWEST Ronald Lewis catches the winning Seminoles had a shot from their 45. Seven plays brought a 21-14 Florida State lead at halftime. Lewis caught a a key 17-yarder at the Nebraska 28, and 44 seconds before halftime Gainer caught a 25-yard scoring pass.

On that big second quarter, FSU seemed poised for a rout. It had controlled the football, 48 plays to 26, had held it for 18:10 of the 30 minutes while running up 272 yards to Nebraska's 112. Gainer had pulled in five passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns, and though he would catch no more, his second-quarter effort would stand as a memorable factor in the this outcome. Nebraska had not completed a pass, and FSU had drawn no penalty. yards on a counter play.

Two plays later, the Sooners were at the Hurricane 40 with 10 yards remaining for a first down. Thompson completed a pass to Jackson for an apparent first down. However, Jackson fumbled the ball and Miami's Randy Shannon recovered at the 23. With 3:41 left in the game, Cox made a 48-yard field goal for a 20-7 Miami lead. On the ensuing drive, Oklahoma went 79 yards on eight plays to close the gap to 20-14.

The drive ended when Mark Hutson scored on a tackle-eligible after picking But, on the opening series of that last half, Taylor struck with a big pass a 48-yarder to tight end Tom Banderas at the FSU 19. On a draw, Brinson sped to the 2, and Taylor kept for the touchdown that tied it 21-21. After Keith Ross returned the kickoff 32 yards to FSU's 42, the Seminoles scored on their fourth straight possession the Schmidt field goal that again put FSU in front, 24-21. On its last turn in the third quarter, Nebraska moved, following the 5-yard punt, 52 yards in 9 plays for a 28-24 advantage. Again a Taylor pass a 23-yarder to Morgan Gregory was a key.

On fourth-and-one at the 4, Knox slammed up the middle for an easy touchdown. the ball up off the turf after it was fumbled on purpose, Huston ran 29 yards around right end for the score with 2:05 left. Oklahoma's chances of winning decreased sharply, though, when Miami's Leonard Conley recovered the onside kickoff following the score. Miami couldn't move the ball, however, and was forced to punt. Someone's discard may be the 100 v.

FINANCING FOR QUALIFIED BUYERSys-A 1 2,000 Mi. Power Train and goal from the 15 And on its first series of the final quarter, Nebraska was ready to wrap this one up with a pretty ribbon. It drove 71 yards in 13 plays to a first down at the FSU 2 With the start of the drive. FSU drew its first penalty of the game, a 5-yarder for offsides. It would receive only one other all day the late 15-yarder on Dexter Carter.

Nebraska was flagged nine times tor 78 yards. "I couldn't believe how the game was called today," said Neil Smith, the Nebraska tackle acclaimed the game's most valuable defender. All of the officiating crew was from the Southwest Conference, and there seemed inconsistency with puzzling delays in calls for both teams. Eating up' the clock on that drive to the 2, Taylor kept FSU After the punt, the Sooners took over at their 23 with 56 seconds left. Two penalties pushed the Sooners back to their 9.

Then Thompson was hit trying to pass and fumbled. Bernard Clark recovered for Miami, insuring the Hurricanes of the national championship. This story was supplemented by Democrat news-service reports. items you want. Read Classified! 3rd D.m.

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Again, Miami's offense scored. Starting at its 36, the Hurricanes repeatedly escaped Oklahoma's attempts to slow their drive. On third and four, Warren Williams took a delayed handoff and somehow fought his way for a first down to the 47. Two plays later, Walsh found Bratton for a 21-yard gain to the Sooners' 35. On third and 16, Walsh completed a 13-yard pass to Blades at the 28.

Miami coach Jimmy Johnson went for the first down, although the Hurricanes were 3 yards short. Walsh then completed a 5-yard pass to Bratton, who was falling backwards. That gave Miami the first down at Oklahoma's 23. Once more, Miami was faced with a third and long. This time the Hurricanes needed 10 yards.

Walsh dropped back and completed a 23-yard touchdown pass to Ir-vin for a 17-7 lead. Oklahoma was finally able to move the ball. A late-hit penalty on Miami's Dan Stubbs gave the Sooners a first down at their 47. Otherwise, Oklahoma would have been forced to punt. On the next play, Patrick Collins gained 13 Financing Available for Qualified Buyers.

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