1998

Nebraska 41
Tennessee 17

January 2, 1998 – Pro Player Stadium
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
 
Osborne Ends Career on Top
The Cornhuskers rolled up 534 yards of offense, including 409 on the ground, to send legendary head coach Tom Osborne into retirement with his third national title.
 
The ’Huskers’ 42-17 domination of third-ranked Tennessee vaulted Nebraska to the top spot in the rankings, giving it their fifth national title, four of which have been claimed in the Orange Bowl.
 
Senior Terry Fair fumbled a Nebraska punt and it was quickly pounced on by Lance Brown at the Tennessee 15-yard line. Five plays later, Shevin Wiggins scampered in from 10 yards out to give Nebraska a 14-0 lead with 11:28 remaining in the first half.
 
Tennessee, however, refused to surrender. The Volunteers threatened when Jamal Lewis, who broke the Tennessee freshman rushing record with 1,364 yards on the year, ripped off a 23-yard gain down to the Husker five-yard line. On the next play, Payton Manning hit wide out Peerless Price with a touchdown strike to cut the deficit to 28-9.
 
Nebraska closed things out with a touchdown drive consisting of nine consecutive running plays. The victory closed out the Osborne era in grand style.

 

 

- NEB TENN
First Downs 30 16
Rushing Attempts 68 21
Rushing Yards 409 128
Passes Attempted 12 35
Passes Completed 9 25
Had Intercepted 0 1
Passing Yards 125 187
Total Offense 534 315
Punts/Avg. 4/39.0 6/52.3
Fumbles/Lost  3/2 2/2
Penalties/Yards 8/63 5/37

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS            
Nebraska 7 7 21 7 - 42
Tennessee 0 3 6 8 - 17

                                            
SCORING SUMMARY
NEB: Green 1-yard run (Brown kick); NEB: Wiggins 10-yard run (Brown kick); TENN: Hall 44-yard FG; NEB: Frost 1-yard run (Brown kick); NEB: Frost 11-yard run (Brown kick); TENN: Price 5-yard pass from Manning (Manning pass failed); NEB: Green 22-yard run (Brown kick); NEB: Frost 9-yard run (Brown kick); TENN: McCullough 3-yard pass from Martin (Stephens pass) MOP: Jamal Lewis (Tennessee), Ahman Green (Nebraska)
 
Nebraska Head Coach: Tom Osborne
Tennessee Head Coach: Phillip Fulmer