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Breakdown: Miami-Nebraska
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For the fourth time, Miami and Nebraska will meet with the national championship on the line. Miami has a 2-1 edge in such games. The first meeting was in the 1984 Orange Bowl when the 'Canes knocked off the Huskers 31-30. Ken Calhoun clinched the victory when he batted Turner Gill's pass to Jeff Smith on a two-point conversion. Eight years later, Miami shut out Nebraska 22-0 in the Orange Bowl to claim a share of the national title. In the 1995 Orange Bowl, Cory Schlesinger's two fourth-quarter TDs helped Tom Osborne win the first of his three national titles.

This year's matchup features the two teams who dominated the polls for most of the season. Eric Crouch will try to become the first Heisman winner since Danny Wuerffel in 1996 to lead his team to the national title. Chris Weinke couldn't do it last year.

Here's a statistical breakdown of the teams as they enter the Rose Bowl Presented by AT&T.

Season record
Miami: 11-0 (7-0 Big East)
Nebraska: 11-1 (7-1 Big 12)

Head-to-head
  • Nebraska leads all-time series 5-4-0.
  • Last meeting -- Orange Bowl (Jan. 1, 1995): Nebraska 24, Miami 17.

    Miami vs. Nebraska
     
    OFFENSE
    Points/G (rank)
    43.2 (3)
    37.4 (6)
    Yards/G (rank)
    454.8 (8)
    451.2 (11)
    Rushing/G (rank)
    204.6 (21)
    314.7 (1)
    Passing/G (rank)
    250.2 (35)
    136.5 (110)
    DEFENSE
    Points/G (rank)
    9.4 (1)
    15.8 (6)
    Yards/G (rank)
    270.9 (6)
    287.2 (8)
    Rushing/G (rank)
    132.7 (40)
    116.9 (21)
    Passing/G (rank)
    138.2 (2)
    170.2 (9)
    Turnover margin (rank)
    +2.36 (1)
    +0.08 (t55)

    Individual leaders
    Passing
    NAME CMP ATT YDS CMP% TD INT RAT
    Ken Dorsey 184 318 2652 57.9 23 9 146.1
    Eric Crouch 105 189 1510 57.1 7 10 124.3

    Rushing
    NAME ATT YDS AVG TD
    Clinton Portis 220 1200 5.5 10
    Dahrran Diedrick 233 1299 5.6 15
    Eric Crouch 203 1115 5.5 18

    Receiving
    NAME REC YDS AVG TD
    Jeremy Shockey 40 519 13.0 7
    Andre Johnson 37 682 18.4 10
    Wilson Thomas 37 616 16.6 3
    Tracey Wistrom 21 323 15.4 2

    Returns
    Kickoffs
    Punts
    NAME ATT YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD
    Andre Johnson 13 254 19.5 30 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    Philip Buchanon 3 90 30.0 60 0 31 464 15.0 59 2
    Josh Davis 25 675 27.0 74 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    DeJuan Groce 0 0 0 0 0 33 469 14.2 60 1

    Kicking
    NAME 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ TOT PCT LNG BLK XPM/A PTS
    Todd Sievers 0/0 5/6 9/11 7/8 0/1 21/26 80.8 48 1 56/58 119
    Josh Brown 0/0 4/4 5/7 1/2 0/1 10/14 71.4 43 1 34/37 64

    Punting
    NAME PUNTS YDS AVG LNG TB IN20 BLK
    Freddie Capshaw 36 1503 41.8 59 8 15 2
    Kyle Larson 56 2381 42.5 68 7 21 0


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    Rose Bowl





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