1966

Alabama 39
Nebraska 28

January 1, 1966 – Orange Bowl Stadium
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
 
Sloan Passes Underdog Alabama
Alabama coach Bear Bryant gave quarterback Steve Sloan the green light to throw on any down, and Sloan set Orange Bowl passing records in leading the Tide to a 39-28 victory over powerhouse Nebraska.
 
Sloan completed 20-of-28 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns. A fine three-touchdown performance by Nebraska quarterback Bob Churchich was not enough to overcome four Nebraska fumbles and a 24-7 halftime deficit.
 
In his first offensive series, Sloan took the Tide 69 yards in eight plays, concluding it with a 21-yard scoring pass to Ray Perkins. Nebraska tied the score at 7-7 when Churchich connected with Tony Jeter for 33 yards.
 
Sloan put 'Bama on top 21-7, by engineering drives of 89 and 93 yards. Bryant elected to go with an onside kick and Alabama recovered. Five plays later, his team led 24-7 following an 18-yard David Ray field goal.
 
The teams exchanged touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters. Churchich's 14-yard pass to Jeter and the ensuing two-point conversion closed the final margin to 39-28. The Tide's Perkins caught an Orange Bowl-record nine passes for 159 yards, a mark that stood for 25 years.
 

  ALA NEB
First Downs 29 17
Rushing Attempts 57 24
Rushing Yards 222 145
Passes Attempted 29 19
Passes Completed 20 12
Had Intercepted 2 1
Passing Yards 296 232
Total Offense 518 377
Punts/Avg. 5/31.2 3/41.7
Fumbles/Lost  0/0 4/4
Penalties/Yards 8/62 8/86

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS            
Alabama 7 17 8 7 - 39
Nebraska 0 7 6 15 - 28


SCORING SUMMARY
ALA: Perkins 32-yard pass from Sloan (Ray kick); NEB: Jeter 33-yard pass from Churchich (Wachholtz kick); ALA: Kelley 4-yard run (Ray kick); ALA: Perkins 11-yard pass from Sloan (Ray kick); ALA: Ray 18-yard FG; NEB: Gregory 49-yard pass from Churchich (pass failed); ALA: Bowman 1-yard run (Perkins pass from Sloan); NEB: Churchich 1-yard run (Wachholtz kick); ALA: Bowman 3-yard run (Ray kick); NEB: Jeter 14-yard pass from Churchich (Gregory pass from Churchich) MOP: Steve Sloan (Alabama)
 
Alabama Head Coach: Paul “Bear” Bryant
Nebraska Head Coach: Bob Devaneyoach: Paul “Bear” Bryant