- 1996 Orange Bowl (December)
Name=63rd FedEx Orange Bowl [This is the 1996-97 season game that usually would be held January 1, 1997. Because of the Bowl Alliance policy that assigned one game to December 31 of the previous season, this game was played December 31, 1996.]
December 31, 1996
Visitor School=Virginia Tech
Visitor Name Short=Virginia Tech
Home School=University of Nebraska
Home Name Short=Nebraska
Damon Benningand Virginia Tech RB Ken Oxendine
Pro Player Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
Sean McDonoughand Mike Mayock
The 63rd Orange Bowl, a 1996-1997
Bowl Alliancegame, was played on December 31, 1996. This 63rd edition of the Orange Bowl featured the Nebraska Cornhuskersand the Virginia Tech Hokies. Virginia Tech came into the game with a 10-1 record and #10 AP ranking, whereas Nebraska came into the game with a 10-2 and #6 AP ranking.
Virginia Tech opened up a 7-0 lead after 1 quarter with a touchdown pass from
Jim Druckenmiller. A Kris Brownfield goal and a Scott Frosttouchdown run gave Nebraska a 10-7 lead. Before halftime, defender Jason Peterrecovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown, and a 17-7 lead. Druckemiller threw a 6 yard touchdown pass to Shawn Scaleswith 19 seconds left in the half to cut the lead to 17-14.
Nebraska scored on a touchdown run to take a 24-14 lead early in the third quarter. A 33 yard touchdown pass to
Cornelius Whitecut the deficit to 24-21. Nebraska ended the game on a 17-0 run to make the final margin 41-21. Virginia Tech's running back Ken Oxendinerushed for 150 yards on 23 carries.
Virginia Tech finished the season 10-2, and Nebraska finished the season 11-2.
* [http://www.orangebowl.org/ Official website of the Orange Bowl]
* [http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=8&SPID=22&DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=169 Nebraska official recap]
* [http://www.hokiesports.com/football/bowls/1996Orange.html Virginia Tech official recap]
* [http://www.roanoke.com/sports/vtfootball/wb/178398 A look back, 12 years later]
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