1994

Florida State 18
Nebraska 16

January 1, 1994 – Orange Bowl Stadium
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
 
FSU Wins First National Title
Led by Charlie Ward, Florida State came from behind to defeat Nebraska, 18-16, to secure the school's first-ever national championship.
 
In a game that had two climatic finishes, the Seminoles true freshman place kicker Scott Bentley's 22-yard field goal, his fourth of the day, put FSU on top with :21 left to all but seal a victory.
 
The game seemed to end after Cornhusker quarterback Tommie Frazier hit tight end Trumane Bell with a 29-yard pass as time expired. But officials concurred that :01 had to be placed back on the clock and the field was cleared for another finish. This time it was Nebraska's 45-yard try that sailed wide left, giving FSU its ninth-straight bowl victory.
 
The game set an Orange Bowl record crowd of 81,536 and saw just the 11th meeting ever between the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked teams and just the third ever in the Orange Bowl.
 

- FSU NEB
First Downs 22 20
Rushing Attempts 24 44
Rushing Yards 47 183
Passes Attempted 43 25
Passes Completed 24 13
Had Intercepted 0 2
Passing Yards 286 206
Total Offense 333 389
Punts/Avg. 6/45.2 7/38.4
Fumbles/Lost  0/0 2/0
Penalties/Yards 10/69 11/115

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS            
Florida State 3 0 3 12 - 18
Nebraska 0 7 0 9 - 16

                        
SCORING SUMMARY
FSU: Bentley 34-yard FG; NEB: Baul 34-yard pass from Frazier (Bennett kick); FSU: Bentley 25-yard FG; FSU: Floyd 1-yard run (pass failed); FSU: Bentley 39-yard FG; NEB: Phillips 12-yard run (run failed); NEB: Bennett 27-yard FG; FSU: Bentley 22-yard FG MOP: Charlie Ward (Florida State), Tommie Frazier (Nebraska)
 
Florida State Head Coach: Bobby Bowden
Nebraska Head Coach: Tom Osborne