Orange Bowl

1972

Nebraska 38
Alabama 6

January 1, 1972 – Orange Bowl Stadium
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
 
‘Huskers Win Second Straight Title
A match-up between top-ranked Nebraska and No. 2 Alabama was billed as the "Game of the Century II,” but the 'Huskers proved to be far superior as they handed Alabama and coach Paul “Bear” Bryant a 38-6 defeat.
 
The game followed Nebraska’s 35-31 "Game of the Century I" win over Oklahoma that earned the Big Eight title and Orange Bowl berth.
 
Nebraska jumped to a 14-0 lead on a Jeff Kinney two-yard run and then 'Husker All-American Johnny Rodgers' 77 yard punt return for a touchdown on the final play of the first quarter. Two more 'Husker scores engineered by Jerry Tagge in the second quarter gave Coach Bob Devaney's team a comfortable 28-0 halftime lead. Devaney notched his first win in three tries over Bryant.
 

  NEB ALA
First Downs 15 16
Rushing Attempts 47 58
Rushing Yards 183 241
Passes Attempted 20 13
Passes Completed 11 3
Had Intercepted 0 2
Passing Yards 159 47
Total Offense 342 288
Punts/Avg. 5/42.2 7/43.3
Fumbles/Lost  3/2 5/2
Penalties/Yards 4/50 4/58

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS            
Nebraska 14 14 3 7 - 38
Miami 0 0 6 0 - 6


SCORING SUMMARY
NEB: Kinney 2-yard run (kick failed); NEB: Rodgers 77-yard punt return (Damkroger pass from Tagge); NEB: Tagge 1-yard run (Sanger kick); NEB: Dixon 2-yard run (Sanger kick); ALA: Davis 3-yard run (run failed); NEB: Sanger 21-yard FG; NEB: Van Brownson 1-yard run (Sanger kick) MOP: Jerry Tagge (Nebraska), Rich Glover (Nebraska)
 
Nebraska Head Coach: Bob Devaney
Alabama Head Coach: Paul “Bear” Bryant