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1998 FedEx Orange Bowl
National Championship Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 0 3 6 8 17
Nebraska 7 7 21 7 42
Date January 2, 1998
Season 1997
Stadium Pro Player Stadium
Location Miami Gardens, Florida
MVP Nebraska RB Ahman Green
Attendance 74,002
United States TV coverage
Network CBS
Announcers Sean McDonough and Terry Donahue
Nielsen Ratings 13.3
Orange Bowl
 < 1996 (Dec) 1999

The 1998 Orange Bowl a 1997-1998 Bowl Alliance game was played on January 2, 1998. This 64th edition to the Orange Bowl featured the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and the Tennessee Volunteers. Tennessee came into the game with an 11-1 record and #3 AP ranking, whereas Nebraska came into the game with a 12-0 and #2 AP ranking.

Nebraska opened up a 7-0 lead after 1 quarter, and 14-3 lead after 2. Nebraska immediately put the game away 10 minutes into the fourth quarter, through a power running game. Nebraska's lead jumped to 28-3. Quarterback Peyton Manning fired a 5 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Peerless Price to cut the lead to 28-9. The ensuing two point conversion failed and the lead remained at 19.

Nebraska drove 59 yards in 3 plays, before running back Ahman Green later scored on a 22 yard touchdown run to move the lead back up to 35-9. Quarterback Scott Frost later added a 9 yard touchdown run to put the game away for Nebraska. Back-up quarterback Tee Martin threw a touchdown pass in the final minutes, and the ensuing two point conversion was successful, making the final margin 42-17.

Nebraska's running back Ahman Green was named game MVP after rushing for an Orange Bowl record 201 yards, and two touchdowns. Peyton Manning's final game at Tennessee capped a brilliant college career, completing 21-of-31 attempts for only 131 yards passing. The game was also the last for Nebraska head coach Tom Osborne who had been at the helm since 1973.

Aftermath

Despite an undefeated 13-0 season by Nebraska, the Cornhuskers finished the season ranked number 2 in the AP Poll, behind Rose Bowl champion Michigan. The lopsided Nebraska victory and Michigan's lackluster win over Washington State in the Rose Bowl, however, enabled Nebraska a split of the national championship capturing the number 1 spot in the coaches poll. Tennessee finished the season 11-2.

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