1955 Orange Bowl
21st Orange Bowl
1234 Total
Duke 014614 34
Nebraska 0070 7
DateJanuary 1, 1955
StadiumBurdine Stadium
LocationMiami, Florida
FavoriteDuke by 14 points[1]
RefereeCliff Ogden (Big Seven;
split crew: Big Seven, ACC)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersBob Neal
Orange Bowl
 < 1954  1956

The 1955 Orange Bowl was the 21st edition of the college football bowl game, held in Miami, Florida, on Saturday, January 1. It matched the Duke Blue Devils of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the Nebraska Cornhuskers of the Big Seven Conference. Duke, ranked fourteenth in both polls, was favored by two touchdowns,[1] and won, 34–7.[2][3][4]

Unranked Nebraska was the Big Seven runner-up to undefeated Oklahoma, the defending Orange Bowl champions. The Sooners were not invited due to the conference's no-repeat rule for the postseason.[1][3][5]

Included in the record attendance was Vice President Richard Nixon,[2] an alumnus of Duke's law school.


Main article: 1954 college football season

Both teams were making their first Orange Bowl appearance.


Main article: 1954 Duke Blue Devils football team

The Blue Devils won all four of their conference games; they tied Purdue and lost to both Army and Navy. This was Duke's fourth bowl game appearance, and the first in ten years.


Main article: 1954 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The unranked Huskers were making their second bowl appearance, the other was fourteen years earlier. Nebraska had four losses in the regular season, the last was a 55–7 drubbing at #3 Oklahoma.[5]

Scoring summary

First quarter
No scoring
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter


Statistics     Duke     Nebraska
First Downs 23 6
Rushes–yards 64–288 34–84
Passing yards 82 26
Passes (C–A–I) 7–13–0 1–9–2
Total Offense 77–370 43–110
Punts–average 5–26.6 7–28.9
Fumbles–lost 2–1 0–0
Turnovers 1 2
Penalties–yards 2–30 2–20


  1. ^ a b c "Busy scoreboard eyed as Duke, Nebraska tangle". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 1, 1955. p. 8.
  2. ^ a b "Duke loses to Huskers 34-7 in Orange Bowl". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. January 1, 1955. p. 1C.
  3. ^ a b Funk, Ben (January 2, 1955). "Duke rips Huskers 34-7". St. Petersburg Times. (Florida). Associated Press. p. 1C.
  4. ^ "The 1950s | Orange Bowl".
  5. ^ a b "Oklahoma tramples Nebraska, 55 to 7". Pittsburgh Press. United Press. November 21, 1954. p. 2, section 3.
  6. ^ a b "Game-by-game recaps: 1955" (PDF). 2019 Capital One Orange Bowl media guide. January 2019. p. 29.
  7. ^ a b "Bowl games: 1955 Orange Bowl" (PDF). 2005 Nebraska Cornhuskers football media guide. (supplement). 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 23, 2020.