1971

1971

Nebraska 17
LSU 12

January 1, 1971 – Orange Bowl Stadium
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
 
Nebraska Downs LSU for Title
Coach Bob Devaney's Nebraska Cornhuskers won their first of two consecutive national championships by virtue of a 17-12 win over LSU.
 
Earlier in the day, top-ranked Texas was upset by Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl and number two-ranked Ohio State was shocked by Stanford and Jim Plunkett in the Rose Bowl.
 
That left the door to the title wide open for the third-ranked 'Huskers. They responded by building a 10-0 first quarter lead.
 
A pair of Mark Lumpkin field goals and a 31-yard touchdown pass from Buddy Lee to Al Coffee on the last play of the third quarter gave the Tigers a 12-10 lead.
 
Nebraska showed its grit by regaining the lead with 8:50 left in the game. On fourth-and-one, quarterback Jerry Tagge was stopped inches short of the goal, but he stretched the ball over the line for the national title.
 

  NEB LSU
First Downs 18 20
Rushing Attempts 48 45
Rushing Yards 132 51
Passes Attempted 28 32
Passes Completed 14 17
Had Intercepted 2 1
Passing Yards 161 227
Total Offense 293 278
Punts/Avg. 6/37.7 8/32.5
Fumbles/Lost  4/3 4/3
Penalties/Yards 8/67 4/27

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS            
Nebraska 10 0 0 7 - 17
LSU 0 3 9 0 - 12

                                         
SCORING SUMMARY
NEB: Rogers 26-yard FG; NEB: Orduno 3-yard run (Rogers kick); LSU: Lumpkin 36-yard FG; LSU: Lumpkin 25-yard FG; LSU: Coffee 31-yard pass from Lee (kick failed); NEB: Tagge 1-yard run (Rogers kick) MOP: Jerry Tagge (Nebraska), Willie Harper (Nebraska)
 
Nebraska Head Coach: Bob Devaney
LSU Head Coach: Charlie McClendon

 

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