Nebraska bowl tidbits

January, 1, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Here's a look back at Nebraska's illustrious bowl history. Today's Konica Minolta Gator Bowl will be the Cornhuskers 45th bowl game, which ranks fifth among all schools in bowl appearances.    

Bowl record: 22-22

Current bowl streak: Lost 1.

Most memorable bowl victory: The Cornhuskers stormed through Florida for 29 second-quarter points and cruised to a convincing 62-24 victory over the Gators in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl to claim its second-straight national championship. Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier rushed for 199 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a scintillating 75-yard run where he broke seven arm tackles en route to the end zone. The 38-point margin of victory was the second-largest ever in a showdown between a No. 1 and No. 2 team.

Most disappointing loss: Miami humbled the Cornhuskers in a 37-14 victory in the 2002 Rose Bowl, cruising to a 34-0 halftime advantage in Eric Crouch's final college game. Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey torched Nebraska for 362 passing yards as the Hurricanes capitalized on three crucial Nebraska first-half turnovers to control the game early. Crouch rushed for 114 yards and DeJuan Groce returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown, but the Hurricanes dominated from the opening snap.

Best individual bowl performance: Johnny Rodgers punctuated his Heisman Trophy season by scoring four touchdowns, sparking the Cornhuskers to a 40-6 victory over Notre Dame in the 1973 Orange Bowl. For good measure, Rodgers led the team in rushing (81 yards), receiving (three catches, 71 yards) and even added a 52-yard TD pass on an option throw to wide receiver Frosty Anderson.

Record against Clemson: Clemson leads 1-0 after winning the 1982 Orange Bowl, 22-15.

Common 2008 opponents: None

The number: 35. Consecutive bowl appearances for Nebraska from 1969 through 2003. It remains the NCAA record.

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