The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on January 2, 1993 · 12
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Page 12 Lincoln Journal-Star - v4p "prrr4 ' U SSA iff i T . " 7filtH ; l r- - ' - - "fjjr n... .w . Nebraska's Corey Dixon (2) concentrates on the football on a 41 rau a vuiey oawyci. Nebraska l-back Calvin Jones is in i carries. Orange swered when Frazier hit Corey Dixon on a 41-yard touchdown pass that bounced off the hands and helmet of defender Corey Sawyer in the end zone with 1:03 left in the half. It was Nebraska's first touchdown in seven quarters of Orange Bowl play and its first touchdown in any bowl game since the third quarter of the 1991 Citrus BowL 1 thought we had a chance," Frazier said. "We got something done, and we finally didn't shoot ourselves in the foot We thought we could win the game with a good showing in the third quarter." Florida State had other plans. Scoring Summary FSU-NU How FIRST QUARTER 7-0 Vanover 25 past from Ward 3:22 Drive: 75 yards in eight plays. Set up by Seminole defense holding NU , on fourth-and-1 at FSU 24. Highlighted by Ward 2 pass to Baker, 6 , pass to Vanover, 7 pass to McMiilon, 6 pass to McCorvey. Aided by offsides, facemask and roughing-the-passer penalties against Nebraska. Conversion: Mowrey kick. SECOND QUARTER 10-0 Mowrey 40 field goal 10:54 Drive: 58 yards in seven plays. Set up after NU missed field goal. Highlighted by Vanover reverse for 29 yards, Jackson 28 pass to Ward. 17-0 McCorvey 4 pass from Ward 9:22 Drive: 2 yards in three plays. Set up by Footman recovery of NU fumble. Conversion: Mowrey kick. 20-0 Mowrey 24 field goal 2:34 Drive: 70 yards in 10 plays. Highlighted by Jackson 9, 7 runs, Ward 20 pass to Baker, 24 pass to Ellison. Aided by facemask penalty against Nebraska. 20-7 Dixon 41 pass from Frazier 1:03 Drive: 63 yards in five plays. Highlighted by Frazier 18 pass to Dixon. Conversion: Bennett kick. THIRD QUARTER - 27-7 S. Jackson 11 run 4:52 Drive: 85 yards in 16 plays. Highlighted by Ward 14 pass to Jackson, 10 pass to Baker, Ward 8. 8 runs. Aided by facemask penalty against Nebraska. Conversion: Mowrey kick. FOURTH QUARTER 27-14 Armstrong 1 pass from Frazier 10:24 Drive: 70 yards in seven plays. Highlighted by Frazier 16 run, 37 pass to Dixon to FSU 1 . Conversion: Bennett kick. 1 t a 2 tackled for a loss in the first quarter. Jones rushed for 76 yards The Comhuskers, NCAA rushing champions eight of the last 13 years, managed just 14 yards of offense in the third quarter, while FSU tacked on an 11-yard touchdown run by Jackson to cap an 85-yard drive in the heavy rain. "I still thought we could get back in it," Frazier said. "We weren't playing that bad." FRAZIER HIT DIXON on a 37-yard pass to the FSU 1, and on the next play, he connected with tight end Gerald Armstrong to cut the score to 27-14 with 10:24 left in the game. But Clifton Abraham picked off scored Time left HUS1CERS -yard touchdown reception just Ion DortmusLlncoin Journal-Star From Page 9 Frazier's pass on Nebraska's next possession, Florida State ground out enough of the clock, and Nebraska's final hopes washed away as time ran out "We played so hard to get this one, and I think we got some respect back because we did play so hard," said Hill, who missed most of the fourth quarter with a knee injury. "We just didn't execute, but we played the hardest we could." Osborne said that was an important point "I thought we were competitive at the highest level of college football," he said. "I was disappointed we didn't execute better. Our athletes were good enough, and our effort was good enough to wia "We didn't execute missing those two field goals, losing three turnovers and giving up some big gains on a few plays." FLORIDA STATE middle linebacker Marvin Jones said he appreciated Nebraska's effort "They were trying so hard, and that got me and the guys so up to beat them even worse," he said. "This is the level where you talk, and you have to back up your talk or somebody will stick it to you. "We stuck it to them and showed we are the best team in the country." Ward said he was impressed by the Comhuskers. "We knew they'd play inspired, like nothing could stop them," he said. "That played into our hands a bit That's how the reverses work. That's how a lot of the stuff we did worked. "I wasn't surprised they tried so hard, but I was surprised it worked as well for them as it did. I honestly thought we'd kill them on the field. We beat them the way we should, but we didn't kill them. "I don't think that means much to them, but they should be proud." before halftime. Defending is Ion DortmutLlncoln Journol-Star Huskers played hearts out in valiant defensive effort NU defense proved it could play with FSU. By Ken Hambleton Lincoln Journal-Star MIAMI Travis Hill walked away from the Nebraska dressing room, wiping his eyes. He said it was because of the rain. His limp said it was something else. Hill was hurt and so was Nebraska in a 27-14 loss to Florida State Friday night in the Orange BowL Hill, expected to be one of the top defensive linemen in the next NFL draft will have his knee examined Saturday morning to determine if he tore the anterior cruciate ligament "We did the best we could considering we played as hard as we could," he said. "Maybe that's why it hurts a lot more inside than anywhere else." Nebraska senior defensive tackle John Parrella said he wasn't disappointed by the effort of the NU defense. "I guess the fact we kept them from a 100-point day is something because there were a lot of people who believed that was going to happen," he said. Nebraska, Notes Nebraska outside linebacker Travis Hill suffered a knee injury in the third quarter and will have it examined Saturday to determine the extent of the damage. NU receiverdefensive backreturner Tyrone Hughes suffered a mild concussion in the first half but returned to play in the second half. I-back Calvin Jones had a hip pointer in the first half but finished the game. I-back Derek Brown aggravated the separated shoulder that kept him out of the Kansas State game and was limited to four carries against Florida State. Tyrone Byrd, who intercepted a Charlie Ward pass in the first quarter, finished his career with 11 interceptions. Barron. Miles' kickoff returns (two for 79 yards) were the first of his career. His first for 48 yards came after Hughes was sidelined with the Individual Statistics Nebraska Offense Rushing No, Yds. Ave. C. Jones 19 76 4 0 Dixon 1 35 35 0 Lewis 3 19 63 D. Brown............ 4 13 3.3 Frazier T 1 0.1 Passing No. Co. Yds PI Frazier 21 10 146 2 Be) 10 0 0 Receiving No. Yds. Dixon 5 123 Hawkins ...... 2 18 Muhammad . 1 4 Armstrong 1 1 C.Jones.... 1 0 Punting No. Yds. Ave. Stigge 4 179 44.8 Punt returns No. Yds. Hughes 2 11 Dixon 1 7 Kickoff returns No. Yds. Miles 2 79 It : i. S Td KlrkLlncom Journol-Jtor, FSU kicker Dan Mowrey gives the No. 1 signal after kicking a 40-yard field goal in the second quarter. Parrella and Trev Alberts led the Comhuskers with two tackles for losses. Alberts paced NU with 12 tackles, including eight solo stops. "I guess they caught us on the reverses because we were going so hard on every snap," Parrella said. They really didn't get much done in the second half." FSU had outscored its last three opponents 184-52, but was held to seven points in the second half Friday. "Even with the last play of the game, I thought we were going to come back and win," Parrella said. "If we had scored again there in the fourth quarter, we might have had a good chance. "But if nothing else, we answered that business about we're big and slow, and everybody else is so much faster. I saw Corey Dixon outrun a couple of them. -. "It's a loss, and that hurts. But it's nothing to be ashamed of." NU defensive coordinator Charlie McBride said there is a source of pride in holding Florida State to three touchdowns in light of FSU's phenomenal offensive success this sea- Florida St. concussion. Before his two interceptions Friday, Tommie Frazier had thrown just one interception in 100 previous pass attempts. Gerald Armstrong, who grabbed a touchdown pass, finished the season with nine receptions, eight for touchdowns. Corey Dixon's five catches for 123 yards and a touchdown plus setting up the other touchdown was just short of the NU bowl receiving record 138 yards by Johnny Mitchell in the 1991 Citrus BowL Dixon was named most valuable NU player by NBC. Florida State broke UCLA's record for consecutive bowl games without losing. Their last bowl game loss was to Oklahoma in the 1981 Orange BowL The score was 18-17. Their only non-victory since then was a 17-17 tie with Georgia in the 1985 Citrus Bowl. FSU tailback Sean Jackson had only one 100-yard rushing game this season prior to Friday night's 101 yards on 17 carries. Jackson also rose Hughes 2 35 Interception returns No. Yds. Byrd 1 12 Defense Tackles UT AT TT Alberts 8 4 12 Wright 5 3 8 Parrella ..................... 6 17 White 5 2 7 Conneary ............ 5 1 6 Carmer ....... ...... ........ 5 1 6 m 4 15 Byrd 3 2 5 D. Jones .. 2 3 5 Reece . 3 0 3 WHhite 3 0 3 Anderson... ... 2 0 2 Hughes-. 2 0 2 BeSr 1 0 1 Stewart 10 1 Wertz 1 0 1 Florida St. Offense Rushing No. Yds. Ave. S. Jackson .17 101 5 9 Vanover 3 50 16 7 McMMon 9 23 2 6 Ward .14 23 16 Wimberty 1 19 190 Floyd.'. 4 5 1.3 Passing No. Co. Yds PI Ward 30 15 187 1 Jackson. 1 1 28 0 Receiving No. Yds. S. Jackson 4 61 Vanover- . 3 40 Baker 3 32 Ward ........ - 1 28 Ellison 1 24 McCorvey....................... 3 23 McMMon.. - 1 7 Punting No. Yds. Ave. Wmberty 6 215 35.8 Punt returns No. Yds. Sawyer 1 10 Kickoff returns No. Yds. McMMon 1 6 Vanover- 1 1 Interception returns No. Yds. Fowler . 1 0 1 , Saturday, January 2, 1993 i W ....P1 , Y "J" :-.4 son. "Three touchdowns didn't get 4t done, though, and whether we think; we had the fumble back from them at our 4-yard line, or whether we should have scored on the field goals doesnt cut it" f" McBride said the defense was somewhat limited because the phones in the coaches' booth in the press box stopped working in the sec ond quarter. "You're a little blind be- cause you get a better picture , 6f 3 what's going on from above and you can call the stunts and all the pass coverages," he said. "It doesn't win or lose games, but we wouldn't do it if J we didn't t'ink it helped." NU senior David White, who played inside and outside linebacker, said the fact Florida State moved so well on big plays in the first half hurt the J Comhuskers the most. " ' 3 "We practically gave some scores away by not covering the big reverses ' and by helping them with some dumb ; penalties," he said. "But we didn't ' really have any defensive busts in the second half and we were close enough to challenge for the game." sidelights to the occasion in Florida State's vie tory against Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl last New Year's Day, when he ; rushed for 119 yards on 27 carries and ' was named the MVP. Jackson's four pass receptions, for . 61 yards, were a career high. FSU Coach Bobby Bowden's record in bowl games is now 12-3-1,. giving him a bowl game winning percentage of .781. That's tops in the na- a tion among NCAA Division 1-Al coaches, surpassing previous leader Terry Donahue. Season results Spt t Nebraska 49. Utah 22 Sept 12 Nebraska 48. Middle Tennessee Slate 7 Sept. 19 Washington 29. Nebraska 14 Sept. 26 Nebraska 45. Arizona State 24 ' Oct 10 Nebraska 55, Oklahoma State 0 Oct 24 Nebraska 34, Missouri 24 Oct 31 Nebraska 52. Colorado 7 Nov. 7 Nebraska 49, Kansas 7 Nov. 14 Iowa State 19. Nebraska 10 Nov. 27 Nebraska 33. Oklahoma 9 Dec S Nebraska 38. Kansas State 24 Jan. 1 Florida State 27. Nebraska 14 Abraham 1 0. f Defense Tackles UT AT TT, Palmer ... 5 16 Abraham...... 4 2-6 Smith 3 2 5 Brooks 2 3, 5, Jones 4 0 4, K. Alexander.. 3 0-3 Sawyer..................... 2 1 - 3 Sanders 2 13 Rebol 2 0 2, Footman ... 2 0 2- Freeman...... ...... 2 0 2 Davis 2 0 2 Coes 2 Q Z Clark 2 0-2 Simpson 0 2 2 Mcintosh 1 1 " 2 Nance 1 12' Brown ... 1 1 .2. Fowler 1 12 Fuller 1 0-1 Clark 1 0 T. Henry 1 0 1. Fner 1 0 1

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