Nebraska 41
Virginia Tech 21

December 31, 1996 – Pro Player Stadium
OB Game Moves to Pro Player
The 63rd annual Orange Bowl, played for the first time in Pro Player Stadium, saw the Nebraska Cornhuskers defeat the Hokies of Virginia Tech, 41-21, on New Year’s Eve.
The No. 10 Hokies jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a 19-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Jim Druckenmiller to Marcus Parker. However, it was short lived, as the No. 6 Huskers posted a 17-point second quarter and a 14-point third quarter on their way to their third consecutive bowl victory.
The Cornhuskers would score the final 17 points of the game. They answered with 20 seconds remaining in the third quarter to increase their lead back to 10 on Benning’s 6-yard touchdown run. Benning, Nebraska’s gam eMOP finished with 95 yards rushing on 15 carries.

First Downs 25 22
Rushing Attempts 49 39
Rushing Yards 279 193
Passes Attempted 22 33
Passes Completed 11 16
Had Intercepted 0 0
Passing Yards 136 214
Total Offense 415 407
Punts/Avg. 2/44.5 5/34.2
Fumbles/Lost  1/0 1/1
Penalties/Yards 3/16 5/89


Nebraska 0 17 14 10 - 41
Virginia Tech 7 7 7 0 - 21

VT: Parker 19-yard pass from Druckenmiller (Graham kick); NEB: Brown 25-yard FG; NEB: Frost 5-yard run (Brown kick); NEB: Peter 31-yard fumble recovery (Brown kick); VT: Scales 6-yard pass from Druckenmiller (Graham kick); NEB: Benning 33-yard run (Brown kick); VT: White 33-yard pass from Druckenmiller (Graham kick); NEB: Benning 6-yard run (Brown kick); NEB: Brown 37-yard FG; NEB: Frost 22-yard run (Brown kick) MOP: Ken Oxendine (Virginia Tech), Damon Benning (Nebraska)
Nebraska Head: Tom Osborne
Virginia Tech Head Coach: Frank Beamer



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