1992 Federal Express Orange Bowl
58th Orange Bowl
1234 Total
Miami 13090 22
Nebraska 0000 0
DateJanuary 1, 1992
StadiumOrange Bowl
LocationMiami, Florida
MVPLarry Jones (Miami FB)
FavoriteMiami by 10 points (44.5) [1][2]
RefereeRon Winter (Big Ten)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersDick Enberg and Bill Walsh
Orange Bowl
 < 1991  1993

The 1992 Orange Bowl was the 58th edition of the college football bowl game, played at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, on January 1. Part of the 1991–92 bowl game season, it matched the top-ranked Miami Hurricanes of the Big East Conference and the #11 Nebraska Cornhuskers of the Big Eight Conference. Favored Miami won 22–0.[3][4][5]

It was a rematch of the 1984 and 1989 editions, both Miami wins. This shutout win gave the Hurricanes their fourth national championship (1983, 1987, 1989), capping their "decade of dominance."


Main article: 1991 NCAA Division I-A football season


Main article: 1991 Miami Hurricanes football team

Miami won all eleven games in the regular season; it was their first season in the Big East.


Main article: 1991 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The Huskers lost at home to Washington in September and tied Colorado on the road in early November.

Game summary

Playing on their home field, the Hurricanes raced to a quick start as quarterback Gino Torretta threw an 8-yard touchdown to wide receiver Kevin Williams, which was followed by two 24-yard field goals by Carlos Huerta. After a scoreless second quarter, it was 13–0 at halftime. Miami dominated the second half with a touchdown run by fullback Larry Jones and a third field goal by Huerta, this one from 54 yards. The score was 22–0 after three quarters, and the Miami defense successfully held off Nebraska, as the fourth quarter was scoreless.[3]

During the game, the studio for the American feed caught fire, and had to switch to a Japanese feed.


First quarter
Second quarter
No scoring
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
No scoring


Statistics     Miami     Nebraska
First Downs 25 9
Rushes–yards 44–182 38–82
Passing yards 257 89
Passes 19–41–2 7–19–2
Total Offense 81–439 57–171
Return yards 66 3
Punts–average 5–33 8–39
Fumbles–lost 3–0 3–2
Turnovers by 2 4
Penalties-yards 12–143 6–36
Time of possession 34:29 25:31

NBC Control Room Fire

During coverage of the final quarter, two power feeder cables that were originating coverage into NBC's main production truck accidentally caught itself on fire, forcing all 12 cameras and all NBC stations to knock off the air with an identification slide for 18 seconds. After the video portion returned, NBC was forced to switch to a scrambled Japanese feed of the game off of JOTX, with Japanese audio for 30 seconds before silencing their audio portions with a voiceover, "Ladies and Gentlemen, we are experiencing technical difficulties. Please stand by". A teletext was then shown afterwards, "Sorry for the inconvenience, we have been experiencing transmission difficulties due to atmospheric conditions".

While the teletext remained on screen, NBC Sports announcers Gayle Gardner and Paul McGuire then returned back on air with an announcement before describing an action between both teams from NBC's studios in New York. 14 minutes later, Dick Enberg apologized to its viewers that a major power failure has knocked out their cameras. At that point, NBC was forced to borrow one camera from Japanese network JOTX for parts of the game.


The win completed a perfect season for the Hurricanes, maintaining their #1 ranking in the AP Poll, but they did not receive the top ranking in the Coaches' Poll, which went to Washington of the Pac-10 Conference. The Huskies, second in the AP, had achieved an identical 12–0 record, completed with a 34–14 win over #4 Michigan in the Rose Bowl. For a second consecutive year, major college football finished with two teams splitting the title,[6][7][8] which led the major athletic conferences to form the Bowl Coalition in the following year to help better determine a national champion.

A fantasy article in Sports Illustrated titled "The Dream Game" had Washington narrowly defeat Miami in a playoff.[9]

The shutout was the first for Nebraska in over eighteen years (and remains their only shutout in a bowl); they dropped to fifteenth in the final AP poll.[6][7] It was the Huskers' fifth consecutive bowl loss, a streak that extended to seven.

Nebraska and Miami faced off in another Orange Bowl rematch three years later, and Nebraska finally won. It broke the Huskers' seven-game losing streak in bowls and vaulted them to the first of two consecutive national titles. A four-game winning streak in bowls began, with three national championships (1994, 1995, 1997) in four seasons at the end of head coach Tom Osborne's career in Lincoln.

See also


  1. ^ "Orange Bowl Odds". Orange Bowl Odds.
  2. ^ "Betting line". Orange Bowl Odds. p. D7.
  3. ^ a b c d Walker, Ben (January 2, 1992). "Miami makes its pitch with Orange Bowl shutout". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 1B.
  4. ^ Moran, Malcolm (January 2, 1992). "'Canes win easily..." Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). (New York Times). p. 6B.
  5. ^ "Blackout Forces NBC to Call an Audible in Orange Bowl". Los Angeles Times. January 2, 1992. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Wojciechowski, Gene (January 3, 1992). "Huskies, Miami share title". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (Los Angeles Times). p. 1B.
  7. ^ a b Warner, Rick (January 3, 1992). "Washington, Miami share No. 1 rating". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). Associated Press. p. 1C.
  8. ^ "Coaches, scribes aren't unanimous". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). wire reports. January 3, 1992. p. C1.
  9. ^ Murphy, Austin (January 13, 1992). "The Dream Game". Sports Illustrated. p. 34.