The 1990s

January 1, 1990

Notre Dame Stampedes Colorado 


Notre Dame    21    Colorado    6

Notre Dame took advantage of three first-half missed scoring opportunities by Colorado and handed the 11-0 top-ranked Buffs a 21-6 defeat.

January 1, 1991

Buffs Hang On To Win Title

Colorado    10    Notre Dame    9

The 1991 Colorado Buffaloes, a team of comebacks and controversy, overcame the loss of top quarterback Darian Hagan to earn its first national championship with a 10-9 victory over Notre Dame.

January 1, 1992

Shutout Gives ‘Canes Third Title

Miami    22    Nebraska    0

For the third time in five years, and the fourth in seven, the FedEx Orange Bowl was the cream of the proverbial crop of New Year's Day bowl games as Miami soundly defeated Nebraska, 22-0, to take a share of the national championship. Miami finished No. 1 in the Associated Press poll while the University of Washington got the nod from the coaches' poll. 

January 1, 1993

Seminoles Capture First Orange Bowl Win

Florida State    27    Nebraska    14

Florida State won its first Orange Bowl game, 27-14, with a 13-point second quarter that proved too much for Nebraska. Florida State finished second in the AP Poll while Nebraska dropped to 14. It was the fourth No. 2 finish for the Seminoles since 1987. The halftime show was cancelled for the first time in history due to flooding prior to the game.

January 1, 1994

Florida State Wins First National Title

Florida State    18    Nebraska    16

Led by Charlie Ward, Florida State came from behind to defeat Nebraska 18-16 to secure the school's first-ever national crown. An Orange Bowl-record crowd of 81,536 witnessed just the 11th meeting ever between the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams and just the third ever in the Orange Bowl.

January 1, 1995

Osborne Wins First Title

Nebraska    24    Miami    17

Two fourth-quarter touchdowns helped No. 1 Nebraska overcome a 17-9 deficit, giving Coach Tom Osborne a 24-17 win over the University of Miami and his first national championship as a head coach.

January 1, 1996

Florida State Wins 11th Straight Bowl Game


Florida State    31    Notre Dame    26

Florida State rallied to score 17 late fourth-quarter points in Orange Bowl Stadium, beating Notre Dame, 31-26.

December 31, 1996

Orange Bowl Moves To Pro Player Stadium

Nebraska    41    Virginia Tech    21

The 63rd annual FedEx Orange Bowl, played for the first time in its new home of Pro Player Stadium, saw the Nebraska Cornhuskers defeat the Hokies of Virginia Tech, 41-21, on New Year’s Eve.

January 2, 1998

Osborne Ends Career On-Top


Nebraska    42    Tennessee    17

The Cornhuskers rolled up 534 yards of offense, including 409 on the ground, to send legendary head coach Tom Osborne into retirement with his third national title. Nebraska closed things out with a touchdown drive consisting of nine consecutive running plays. The victory closed out the Osborne era in grand style.

January 2, 1999

Game Returns to Orange Bowl Stadium


Florida    31    Syracuse    10

Returning to the Classic for the first time since 1967, the Florida Gators used a 28-point first half and a stingy defense to put the finishing touches on the Orangemen 31-10. The 65th annual FedEx Orange Bowl also made a curtain call to the stadium it called home for more than 60 years, Orange Bowl Stadium.

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