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1972 Orange Bowl
Bowl Game
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1 2 3 4 Total
Alabama 0 0 6 0 6
Nebraska 14 14 3 7 38
Date January 1, 1972
Season 1971
Stadium Miami Orange Bowl
Location Miami, Florida
MVP Offense: Nebraska QB Jerry Tagge
Defense: Nebraska LB Willie Harper
Attendance 78,151
Orange Bowl
 < 1971  1973

The 1972 Orange Bowl was played on January 1, 1972, at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. In the final game of the 1971 college football season, top-ranked and defending national champion Nebraska soundly defeated the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide, 38–6.

Nebraska scored first on a 2-yard touchdown run by Jeff Kinney, then Johnny Rodgers scored on a 77–yard punt return on the final play of the first quarter, as Nebraska led 14–0. In the second quarter, Jerry Tagge and Gary Dixon added touchdown runs of one and two yards respectively, as Nebraska led convincingly 28–0 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Bama's Terry Davis scored on a 3–yard touchdown run making the score 28-6, eliminating the shutout. Nebraska's Rich Sanger kicked a 21–yard field goal at the end of the third quarter, and a 1–yard touchdown run by reserve senior QB Van Brownson made the final score 38–6.

With #1 Nebraska winning by 32 points, the 1972 Orange Bowl was one of the most lopsided meetings of #1 vs #2, specifically in a season-ending bowl game.

Nebraska (13-0) was the consensus national champion, having defeated the next three teams in the final AP Poll (released in January 1972): Oklahoma, Colorado, and Alabama.

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