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University of Miami Athletics

24. Could Have Been

Jeff Smith gives Nebraska a chance at national title

Jan. 2, 1984: Trailing 31-24 and facing a fourth-and-8 at Miami's 24-yard line with less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter, Nebraska running back Jeff Smith took a Turner Gill pitch around right side for a touchdown. Coach Tom Osborne then decided to go for two and the win, but Gill's pass to Smith was knocked down by Miami's Ken Calhoun, to preserve the 31-30 upset in the 1984 Orange Bowl.

-- Edward Aschoff