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No. 6 Nebraska 41, No. 10 Va. Tech 21
December 31, 1996

MIAMI -- The Nebraska Cornhuskers' two-year national championship reign ends this week, and they went out in style on New Year's Eve.

Defensive tackle Jason Peter scored on a 31-yard fumble return and Nebraska scored on its first four possessions in the second half to beat Virginia Tech 41-21 in the Orange Bowl.

The game, sponsored by FedEx, was the first Orange Bowl played in December and the first held at Pro Player Stadium, and the departure from tradition hurt attendance. The crowd of 51,212 was the smallest in 50 years.

No. 6 Nebraska (11-2) earned its third consecutive bowl victory and reached 11 victories for the fourth year in a row. The Cornhuskers' bid for an unprecedented third straight national title ended with an upset loss to Texas in the Big 12 championship game.

No. 10 Virginia Tech (10-2) lost despite Jim Druckenmiller's three touchdown passes and Ken Oxendine's 210-yard effort. Oxendine rushed for 150 yards in 20 carries and added 60 yards on three receptions.

Oxendine was voted the Hokies' most valuable player. Damon Benning, the Cornhuskers' MVP, rushed for 95 yards and scored on runs of 33 and 6 yards.

Nebraska, a 17-point favorite, struck for 17 points in a 10-minute span in the second quarter, including one score by the defense when Tech tried to run the option on third-and-37.

Druckenmiller was about to pitch when he was hit by Mike Rucker, and the ball squirted free. The 285-pound Peter picked it up and ran 31 yards untouched for the touchdown.

Nebraska led 17-14 at halftime, then cranked out scoring drives of 74, 61, 76 and 55 yards in its first four possessions of the second half.

Quarterback Scott Frost scored on runs of 5 and 22 yards, and Kris Brown kicked field goals of 25 and 37 yards for the Huskers, who snapped Tech's seven-game winning streak.

The Hokies closed to within 17-14 at halftime by driving 80 yards in the final 3:36 of the first half. The Hokies scored with 19 seconds left on Druckenmiller's 6-yard pass to Shawn Scales.

Druckenmiller also threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Parker and a 33-yarder to Cornelius White. The quarterback completed 16 of 33 passes for 214 yards.

Copyright 1996 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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MIAMI -- The Nebraska Cornhuskers' two-year national championship reign ends this week, and they went out in style on New Year's Eve.

Defensive tackle Jason Peter scored on a 31-yard fumble return and Nebraska scored on its first four possessions in the second half to beat Virginia Tech 41-21 in the Orange Bowl.

The game, sponsored by FedEx, was the first Orange Bowl played in December and the first held at Pro Player Stadium, and the departure from tradition hurt attendance. The crowd of 51,212 was the smallest in 50 years.

No. 6 Nebraska (11-2) earned its third consecutive bowl victory and reached 11 victories for the fourth year in a row. The Cornhuskers' bid for an unprecedented third straight national title ended with an upset loss to Texas in the Big 12 championship game.

No. 10 Virginia Tech (10-2) lost despite Jim Druckenmiller's three touchdown passes and Ken Oxendine's 210-yard effort. Oxendine rushed for 150 yards in 20 carries and added 60 yards on three receptions.

Oxendine was voted the Hokies' most valuable player. Damon Benning, the Cornhuskers' MVP, rushed for 95 yards and scored on runs of 33 and 6 yards.

Nebraska, a 17-point favorite, struck for 17 points in a 10-minute span in the second quarter, including one score by the defense when Tech tried to run the option on third-and-37.

Druckenmiller was about to pitch when he was hit by Mike Rucker, and the ball squirted free. The 285-pound Peter picked it up and ran 31 yards untouched for the touchdown.

Nebraska led 17-14 at halftime, then cranked out scoring drives of 74, 61, 76 and 55 yards in its first four possessions of the second half.

Quarterback Scott Frost scored on runs of 5 and 22 yards, and Kris Brown kicked field goals of 25 and 37 yards for the Huskers, who snapped Tech's seven-game winning streak.

The Hokies closed to within 17-14 at halftime by driving 80 yards in the final 3:36 of the first half. The Hokies scored with 19 seconds left on Druckenmiller's 6-yard pass to Shawn Scales.

Druckenmiller also threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Parker and a 33-yarder to Cornelius White. The quarterback completed 16 of 33 passes for 214 yards.

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MIAMI -- The Nebraska Cornhuskers' two-year national championship reign ends this week, and they went out in style on New Year's Eve.

Defensive tackle Jason Peter scored on a 31-yard fumble return and Nebraska scored on its first four possessions in the second half to beat Virginia Tech 41-21 in the Orange Bowl.

The game, sponsored by FedEx, was the first Orange Bowl played in December and the first held at Pro Player Stadium, and the departure from tradition hurt attendance. The crowd of 51,212 was the smallest in 50 years.

No. 6 Nebraska (11-2) earned its third consecutive bowl victory and reached 11 victories for the fourth year in a row. The Cornhuskers' bid for an unprecedented third straight national title ended with an upset loss to Texas in the Big 12 championship game.

No. 10 Virginia Tech (10-2) lost despite Jim Druckenmiller's three touchdown passes and Ken Oxendine's 210-yard effort. Oxendine rushed for 150 yards in 20 carries and added 60 yards on three receptions.

Oxendine was voted the Hokies' most valuable player. Damon Benning, the Cornhuskers' MVP, rushed for 95 yards and scored on runs of 33 and 6 yards.

Nebraska, a 17-point favorite, struck for 17 points in a 10-minute span in the second quarter, including one score by the defense when Tech tried to run the option on third-and-37.

Druckenmiller was about to pitch when he was hit by Mike Rucker, and the ball squirted free. The 285-pound Peter picked it up and ran 31 yards untouched for the touchdown.

Nebraska led 17-14 at halftime, then cranked out scoring drives of 74, 61, 76 and 55 yards in its first four possessions of the second half.

Quarterback Scott Frost scored on runs of 5 and 22 yards, and Kris Brown kicked field goals of 25 and 37 yards for the Huskers, who snapped Tech's seven-game winning streak.

The Hokies closed to within 17-14 at halftime by driving 80 yards in the final 3:36 of the first half. The Hokies scored with 19 seconds left on Druckenmiller's 6-yard pass to Shawn Scales.

Druckenmiller also threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Parker and a 33-yarder to Cornelius White. The quarterback completed 16 of 33 passes for 214 yards.

Copyright 1996 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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