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1990 Fiesta Bowl

Florida State 41 Nebraska 17




Tempe, Ariz. (Jan. 1, 1990) — Peter Tom Willis, the game’s Offensive Most Valuable Player,
threw for five touchdowns and 422 yards to lead Florida State to its second Fiesta Bowl win
over the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 41-17.



Nebraska came on strong in the first quarter with a 69-yard touchdown drive. Capped by a Gerry
Gdowski-to-Brian Gregory pass, the drive took only 3:41.



Florida State followed with a march that ended in a missed 37-yard field goal by Bill Mason.
Three plays later, Nebraska fumbled, but the Seminoles could not capitalize on Errol McCorvey’s
recovery.



Kevin Grant’s interception at the Nebraska 37-yard line provided another scoring chance for FSU,
but at the top of the second quarter, Richie Andrews’ 39-yard field goal attempt missed to the
left.



In the second quarter, Willis completed 12-of-14 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns as the
Seminoles built a 21-10 halftime lead. The first drive began with Odell Haggins’ fumble recovery.
Two plays later, Willis’ pass to Terry Anthony tied the score at seven.



Nebraska followed with a 62-yard kick return and a 39-yard field goal to take a 10-7 lead.



After a Florida State fourth down conversion try failed and Nebraska missed a field goal, the
Seminoles took the lead for good on a five-yard touchdown pass from Willis to Reggie Johnson.



With 24 seconds left in the first half, Willis struck again with a 10-yard pass to Dexter Carter
to put FSU up 21-10.



Florida State continued the flood in the third quarter. Willis’ passing and spectacular catching
by the FSU receivers — Anthony caught six passes for 88 yards, Ronald Lewis five for 106 yards
and Lawrence Dawsey four for 66 — helped the Seminoles to three third quarter touchdowns and a
41-10 lead.



After Paul Moore scored on a one-yard run, Willis connected with Johnson for the second time.
Next came a 24-yard pass to Anthony to give the Seminoles their sixth touchdown of the game.



The win was Florida State’s 10th straight after an 0-2 start to the 1990 season. FSU finished
with its third straight Top Three ranking.


Score By Quarters
     1    2   3   4    F
FSU  0   21  20   0   41
NEB  7    3   0   7   17
Scoring Summary
NEB - Gregory 9 yd. pass from Gdowski (Barrios kick), 11:19
FSU - Anthony 14 yd. pass from Willis (Andrews kick), 13:42
NEB - Drennan 39 yd. field goal, 12:15
FSU - R. Johnson 5 yd. pass from Willis (Andrews kick), :57
FSU - Carter 10 yd. pass from Willis (Andrews kick), :24
FSU - Moore 1 yd. run (Andrews kick), 5:59
FSU - R. Johnson 8 yd. pass from Willis (Andrews kick), 3:37
FSU - Anthony 24 yd. pass from Willis (Andrews kick), :02
NEB - Joseph 2 yd. run (Drennan kick), 1:16
Team Statistics
                         FSU      NEB
First Downs               18       18
Rushes - Yards         24-72   46-115
Passing Yards            422      207 
Comp.-Att.-Int.      25-41-0  15-26-2
Plays-Total Offense   65-494   72-322
Punt Return Yards          0        5
Punts - Average       3-35.7   3-34.3
Fumbles - Lost           0-0      5-3
Interceptions - Yards   2-42      0-0
Penalties - Yards     13-135     6-48
Time of Possession     27:30    32:30   
Third Down Cov.         7-16     7-18
Individual Statistics
Rushing:    FSU - D. Carter 13-72, Bennett 3-3, Moore 4-3, Willis 1-(-8), Dawsey 1-(-4), Lee 2-6; 
            NEB - Clark 16-86, Gdowski 12-1, Bell 1-2, Carpenter 3-6, Flowers 4-25, 
                  Washington 1-(-4), Hughes 1-(-2), Joseph 4-(-2), Rogers 4-3.
Passing:    FSU - Willis 25-40-0, Weldon 0-1-0; 
            NEB - Joseph 1-2-0, Gdowski 13-23-2, Stigre 1-1-0.
Receiving:  FSU - Lewis 5-106, R. Johnson 3-27, Dawsey 4-66, Anthony 6-88, D. Carter 3-47, 
                  Baker 2-49, Bennett 1-30, Lee 1-9; 
            NEB - Dowse 1-41, Gregory 4-67, Bell 3-46, Carpenter 2-6, Bostick 3-27, 
                  Garrett 1-15, Hughes 1-5.


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