1982

Clemson 22
Nebraska 15

January 1, 1982 – Orange Bowl Stadium
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
 
Clemson Perfect in Title Game
Top-ranked Clemson won its first national championship and finished with its third perfect season in its 88-year history with a 22-15 win over Nebraska.
 
After Clemson took a 22-7 lead into the fourth quarter behind three Donald Igwebuike field goals and a Homer Jordan-to-Perry Tuttle score, Nebraska engineered a final run at the Tigers. A 26-yard touchdown by Roger Craig capped a 69-yard drive and Craig's two-point conversion made it a seven-point game with nine minutes to play.
 
But the Clemson defense, led by All-American safety Terry Kinard and 295-pound freshman defensive tackle William Perry, shut down the Big Red on its final drive and the Tiger offense held the ball for over five minutes as time expired.
 
Craig and Mike Rozier rushed for 161 of Nebraska's 193 yards. Rozier also passed 25 yards to Anthony Steels for a touchdown.
 

  CLEM NEB
First Downs 17 13
Rushing Attempts 52 40
Rushing Yards 155 193
Passes Attempted 22 17
Passes Completed 11 6
Had Intercepted 1 0
Passing Yards 134 17
Total Offense 11 6
Punts/Avg. 4/45.8 6/43.0
Fumbles/Lost  3/1 3/2
Penalties/Yards 7/57 8/64

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS            
Clemson 6 6 10 0 - 22
Nebraska 7 0 0 8 - 15

     
SCORING SUMMARY
CLEM: Igwebuike 41-yard FG; NEB: Steels 25-yard pass from Rozier (Seibel kick); CLEM: Igwebuike 37- yard FG; CLEM: Austin 2-yard run (pass failed); CLEM: Tuttle 13-yard pass from Jordan (Pauling kick); CLEM: Igwebuike 36-yard FG; NEB: Craig 26-yard run (Craig run) MOP: Homer Jordan (Clemson), Jeff Davis (Clemson)
 
Clemson Head Coach: Danny Ford
Nebraska Head Coach: Tom Osborne