Miami Takes Rose Bowl, National Championship
PASADENA, Calif. (Reuters) - The top ranked Miami Hurricanes capped off a perfect season with a 37-14 win over fourth-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Rose Bowl on Thursday, giving college football the undisputed national champion it desperately wanted.
Fears that a strange season would end in controversy and a split championship proved unfounded as the Rose Bowl turned into a blowout with 12-0 Miami collecting its fifth national title.
Ken Dorsey turned in a clinical performance throwing three touchdowns but it was Miami's top rated defense that took credit for the victory shutting down the Cornhuskers' Heisman trophy winning quarterback Eric Crouch and Nebraska's vaunted running game.
A fumble by Crouch in the first quarter led to Miami's opening score, Dorsey hitting Andre Johnson with a 49 yard touchdown strike on the first snap after the turnover.
Clinton Portis capped off a five play drive with a 39 yard run to open the second quarter before the Canes defense went back to work, James Lewis picking off Crouch and returning the ball 42 yards for the touchdown.
In control, the Hurricanes refused to let up, Dorsey adding to his record setting night with touchdown strikes to Jeremy Shockey and Johnson again to send Miami into the break with a commanding 34-0 lead.
Late touchdowns from Judd Davies and DeJuan Groce on a 71 yard punt return helped keep the score respectable for the Cornhuskers who finished the season with their first back-to-back losses since 1990.
Nebraska Postgame Notes
Pasadena, Calif. -- Playing in front of the largest crowd to ever see a Nebraska football game, the No. 4/4/2 (AP/Coaches/BCS) Huskers fell to No. 1 Miami, 37-14, in the 88th annual Rose Bowl Thursday evening. Miami totaled 472 yards of total offense, including 362 yards passing by Ken Dorsey, to complete a perfect 12-0 season, while the Huskers (11-2) were held to a season-low 239 yards. The Hurricanes capitalized on a trio of first-half turnovers, converting them into 14 points, as UM built a 34-point halftime lead. After exchanging punts on their first possessions, the Huskers forced a turnover on the Hurricane