1989

Miami 23
Nebraska 3

January 2, 1989 – Orange Bowl Stadium
 
‘Canes Pass Test, Finish #2
Second-ranked Miami, with no chance to repeat as national champion after undefeated Notre Dame won earlier in the day, overwhelmed Nebraska 23-3 in the 55th annual Orange Bowl.
 
On Miami’s second possession, quarterback Steve Walsh found halfback Leonard Conley down the middle for a 22-yard touchdown pass.
 
Conley scored again in the second quarter, catching a 42-yard pass from Walsh, and Carlos Huerta added a pair of field goals to give the Hurricanes a comfortable 20-0 halftime lead. The Miami defense held Nebraska's No. 1 rushing offense to just 31 yards in the first half.
 
Walsh set an Orange Bowl record for passes attempted with 44. It was Head Coach Jimmy Johnson's last game at Miami before moving on to the NFL.

 

 

  MIAMI NEB
First Downs 20 10
Rushing Attempts 28 38
Rushing Yards 69 80
Passes Attempted 48 22
Passes Completed 23 8
Had Intercepted 3 3
Passing Yards 285 55
Total Offense 354 135
Punts/Avg. 4/39.5 9/37.2
Fumbles/Lost  1/0 0/0
Penalties/Yards 7/60 5/45

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS            
Miami 7 13 0 3 - 23
Nebraska 0 0 3 0 - 3

                                    
SCORING SUMMARY
MIAMI: Conley 22-yard pass from Walsh (Huerta kick); MIAMI: Huerta 18-yard FG; MIAMI: Conley 42-yard pass from Walsh (Huerta kick); MIAMI: Huerta 37-yard FG; NEB: Barrios 50-yard FG; MIAMI: Huerta 37-yard FG MOP: Steve Walsh (Miami), Charles Fryar (Nebraska)
 
Miami Head Coach: Jimmy Johnson
Nebraska Head Coach: Tom Osborne