Undefeated Nebraska took on one-loss Florida State in the Orange Bowl on January 1, 1994.
The Seminoles were ranked No. 1 in the country and favored by 17 1/2 points over Nebraska.
Both teams featured high-powered offenses with the Cornhuskers averaging 38.3 points and 425 yards per game, while the Seminoles were gashing their opponents for 43.2 points and 548 yards per game.
That said, it was the defenses that took center stage on this night, as both teams struggled to find an offensive groove. By halftime, the score was 7-6, and it didn't seem like either team was going to be able to move the ball as they had hoped.
Early in the fourth quarter, Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips scored on a 12-yard run, making the score 15-13 Noles. Nebraska went for two but failed to convert.
The Huskers defense kept the Noles at bay on the next possession and drove to the FSU 10-yard line, where they would be held and forced to settle for another field goal, giving them a 15-16 advantage with 1:18 left in the game.
On the kickoff, Nebraska sailed the ball out of bounds, giving FSU excellent field position to start. Charlie Ward, that year's Heisman winner, would take over from there, as he drove his team within field goal range, where kicker Scott Bentley would make the score 18-16 with 21 seconds to go in the game.
The FSU sideline went nuts, as both coaches and players celebrating wildly, causing the refs to call an excessive celebration on the team. The 15-yard penalty was assessed on the kickoff and gave the Huskers good field position.
With time winding down, freshman quarterback Tommie Frazier hit tight end Trumaine Bell for 29 yards and put Nebraska in field goal range with no time left on the clock - or so FSU thought.
Referee John Soffey ruled Bell down with one second to go, and Nebraska had a chance to win the game with a 45-yard field goal. The kick by Byron Bennett sailed wide left, and the Noles won the game 18-16, giving Bobby Bowden his first national championship.
Game MVPs: Tommie Frazier (Neb) and Charlie Ward (FSU)