1966 Orange Bowl-NU vs Alabama


Alabama 39
Nebraska 28 
 Miami, Florida (January 1, 1966) -The third ranked
Nebraska Cornhuskers and the fourth ranked Alabama 
Crimson Tide both entered their Orange Bowl matchup
with longshot aspirations at the National 
Championship.Things looked up by game time as number
one ranked Michigan State was upset by UCLA in the 
Rose Bowl and number two ranked Arkansas fell victim 
to LSU in the Cotton Bowl.The scene was set for the
winner of the Orange Bowl to claim the national crown.
  The Orange Bowl featured two explosive offensive teams 
with different approaches to their attack. Bear Bryant's
Crimson Tide Tide used the accurate throwing arm of
quarterback Steve Sloan to rebound from an early season
loss to Georgia and a tie with Tennessee,while Bob 
Devaney's Cornhuskers hit the ground running averaging
290 rushing yards per game and 32.1 points per game.
  Alabama took the first lead five and a half minutes 
into the game. Sloan guided the Tide on a 61 yard 
drive to score on a 21 yard pass play to Ray Perkins.
Perkins grabbed the scoring pass at the 15 and wiggled 
away from a pair of defenders to skip into the end zone. 
  The Huskers rallied back early in the second to tie the 
score. The first Husker tally came on a 33 yard pass from
quarterback Bob Churchich to end Tony Jeter. Alabama then 
opened up an offensive onslaught to bury the Huskers by 
  Alabama scored two touchdowns and a field goal in the 
second period to post a 24-7 lead by halftime. The first 
score followed a 39 yard Sloan to Perkins pass that took 
the ball down to the NU 13. Leslie Kelley took the ball 
over from 4 yards out for the touchdown. The second score
followed a 93 yard Tide drive, capped by an 11 yard pass
from Sloan to Perkins. A David Ray field goal later in 
the period sent the teams to the locker rooms with the 
Tide sporting a 17 point lead.
  Nebraska pulled back into the game early in the third 
period on a 49 yard touchdown pass from Churchich to Ben
Gregory, but the PAT was missed. The Tide lengthened 
their lead with a 1 yard touchdown run by Steve Bowman 
and a two point conversion to make the score 32-13 after 
three periods.
  Nebraska wasn't ready to give up in the fourth period. 
Churchich scored his first TD of the day on a 1 yard 
plunge.Alabama kept the comeback in check later in the
period by turning in another Bowman touchdown run,this
time from three yards out.Nebraska added a late 14 yard 
touchdown pass from Churchich to Tony Jeter but it wouldn't
be enough as the Crimson Tide claimed the National 
Championship with a 39-28 Orange Bowl win.
  Sloans 20 for 29 passing performance broke the Orange
Bowl pass completion record, set just one year prior by
fellow Tide quarterback Joe Namath.Sloan's 276 yards in 
the air also set a new Orange Bowl standard.Perkins
finished his day with 10 completions for 159 yards. 
  Nebraska was held to 232 yards rushing, almost 60 yards
below their average, and were victimized by four fumbles 
and an intercepted pass.
 The Huskers finished the season 10-1 and ranked number 
five in the nation by the Associated Press.




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