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     SHARKFEET    1994 Orange Bowl-Florida St. vs Nebraska
Florida State 18...Nebraska 16     
January 1, 1994  Orange Bowl 
The Huskers were the forgotten team. In a year with an epic clash between Notre Dame 
and Florida State, Nebraska came in undefeated but nobody gave them a chance against 
the mighty Seminoles. When you heard in 1999 that the national champion FSU team was 
great but not as talented as past Seminole teams, this is the team they were referring 
to. Little did Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Charlie Ward know what kind of tussle 
they were in for. The defenses were the stars early as it was 0-0 after the first 
quarter. After a Seminole field goal, the Huskers struck. Tommie Frazier, known as a 
running quarterback, tossed a pass into a crowd. It was deflected into the hands of 
Reggie Ball who took it for his first touchdown of the season and the underdog Huskers 
an early lead. But the Noles kicking game kept them in it as Scott Bentley nailed a 
second field goal to put FSU within one at halftime. The second half belonged to Nebraska 
freshman running back Lawrence Phillips who was unstoppable but the Huskers were down 
15-13 with 3 minutes to play. The Huskers' PK Byron Bennett was 0 for 4 since kicking 
his last field goal two and a half months earlier and he missed two field goals in the 
previous year's Orange Bowl. After a great defensive stand by the Noles from the 5 yard 
line, Bennett came in and cooly punched it through the same uprights that were the scene 
of Wide Right II which cost FSU a national title in 1992. With 1:16 to play and down one 
point, the ball was in the hands of Ward who was having an efficient, but unspectacular, 
game. A Ward pass to Warrick Dunn and a personal foul penalty on Nebraska 
(a horrible call) followed by a pass interference call set up a Bentley field goal to give 
FSU the win. Not quite. After a celebration penalty resulted in the Huskers getting the 
ball near midfield with :14 to play, Frazier (after one incompletion) completed a pass 
over the middle and was tackled with one second to go. The clock read :00 and Bowden was 
given a Gatorade bath, he was giving a post-game interview wearing a national champion 
hat and the fans poured onto the field. But no. The fates of the college football world 
wouldn't make it so easy to give Bowden his first national title. The officials put one 
second back on the clock. Bennett would get a final shot to break the hearts of Seminole 
fans. They can't lose another national title on a kick can they? They didn't as Bennett 
badly hooked the 45 yard attempt and FSU finally won their first national title after the 
voters gave them the title over Notre Dame...who beat FSU earlier in the season. 
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