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1993 Orange Bowl

Florida State 27 Nebraska 14

Miami, Fla. (Jan. 1, 1993) — The Orange Bowl provided the perfect setting for a reunion. After
all, the bowl itself was one Florida State had not visited since 1981, and FSU had never won
the game. In addition, the matchup between Big Eight champ Nebraska and Florida State provided a
chance for the two teams to get reacquainted.

Before the coin toss, the outcome seemed a foregone conclusion. Nobody, including the Nebraska
school newspaper, believed the Cornhuskers stood a chance against Charlie Ward and Florida State’s
high-powered offense, while the FSU defense appeared up to the challenge of stopping Nebraska’s

By the second quarter, the foun-dation of a rout had been built. The Tribe scored 20 unanswered
points and the Cornhuskers were flailing in monsoon conditions that had hit the Orange Bowl.
However, the torrential downpour affected FSU’s style of play more, forcing the offense to replace
the shotgun with a safer and slower I-formation rushing attack.

Florida State tallied its first points of the contest midway through the first quarter. After
Nebraska hit a brick wall on a fourth-and-one attempt on an early drive, the Seminole offense got
the ball on its own 24-yard line.

Charlie Ward quickly directed a drive to the Cornhusker 25. From there, the FSU signal-caller
calmly hooked up with Tamarick Vanover for the first score of the game.

After an exchange of punts, an interception, and a missed field goal by Nebraska, FSU got going
again. Vanover’s 29-yard pickup on a reverse and Sean Jackson’s 28-yard pass completion to Ward
highlighted an FSU drive that resulted in a 40-yard field goal by Dan Mowrey. With 10:54 left in
the half, the Tribe held a 10-point advantage.

A Nebraska mistake proved costly on the following series. Cornhusker quarterback Tommy Frazier
attempted a late pitch. The ball sailed and FSU’s Dan Footman recovered it on the two-yard line.
Three plays later, Ward hit Kez McCorvey with a four-yard strike for a 17-0 FSU lead.

Mowrey added another field goal in the period, this one from 24 yards out. With a first half
shutout looming, Nebraska went to the air. Frazier soon connected with Corey Dixon, who made a
circus grab in the end zone for a 41-yard touchdown.

As the rain poured down, Florida State and Nebraska played a quiet final half, offensively. The
two teams traded touchdowns, with the Seminoles putting the game away in the third quarter. At
the end of an 85-yard, 16-play drive that took nearly eight minutes off the clock, Jackson rattled
and rolled 11 yards into the end zone, giving the Tribe a 20-point lead once again.

The Cornhuskers put the last points on the board with 10 minutes left in the game. Tight end
Gerald Armstrong snared a one-yard pass from Frazier.

Ward was named Florida State’s Orange Bowl MVP with 210 yards of total offense and two touchdown
passes. Jackson also had an excellent outing, gaining 101 yards on 17 carries and catching four
passes for 61 yards. Jackson gained 73 of his 101 yards in the second half as he passed the
100-yard mark for the second consecutive bowl game.

Score By Quarters
            1   2   3   4    F
FSU         7   13  7   0   27
Nebraska    0    7  0   7   14
Scoring Summary
FSU - Vanover 25 yd. pass from Ward (Mowrey kick), 7:41
FSU - Mowrey 40 yd. field goal, 10:54
FSU - McCorvey 4 yd. pass from Ward (Mowrey kick), 9:22
FSU - Mowrey 24 yd. field goal, 2:34
NEB - Dixon 41 yd. pass from Frazier (Bennett kick), 1:03
FSU - S. Jackson 11 yd. run (Mowrey kick), 4:52
NEB - Armstrong 1 yd. pass from Frazier (Bennett kick), 10:24
Team Statistics
                        FSU     NEB
First Downs              23      13
Rushes - Yards       48-221  34-144
Passing Yards           215     146
Comp.-Att.-Int.     16-31-1 10-22-2
Plays-Total Offense  79-436  56-290
Punt Return Yards        10      18
Punts - Average      6-35.8  4-44.8
Fumbles - Lost          3-0     5-1
Interceptions - Yards   2-0    1-12
Penalties - Yards      6-71    6-50
Time of Possession    36:53   23:07
Third Down Cov.        8-16    3-12    
Individual Statistics
Rushing:    FSU - Jackson 17-101, McMillon 9-23, Floyd 4-5, Ward 14-23, 
                  Wimberly 1-19, Vanover 3-50; 
            NEB - Jones 19-76, Lewis 3-19, Brown 4-13, Frazier 7-1, Dixon 1-35.
Passing:    FSU - Ward 15-30-1, Jackson 1-1-0; 
            NEB - Frazier 10-21-2, Bell 0-1-0.
Receiving:  FSU - Jackson 4-61, Baker 3-32, Vanover 3-40, McMillon 1-7, 
                  McCorvey 3-23, Ward 1-28, Ellison 1-24; 
            NEB - Dixon 5-123, Hawkins 2-18, Jones 1-0, Armstrong 1-1, Muhammad 1-4.

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