Could Tom Osborne win the big one? This was the big question on everyone’s mind.
Osborne had been the head coach of Nebraska since 1973 when Bob Devaney retired and while the Cornhuskers enjoyed moderate success, they had no national championships to show for it.
They had come close, but enjoyed no cigars.
1994’s quarterback situation mirrors 2010 a bit. There was the flashy Tommie Frazier, reliable backup Brook Berringer and walk-on Matt Turman.
Turman was used versus Kansas State due to injuries much in the same way Cody Green was versus Iowa State was this year: Hand the ball off and let nature take its course.
Nebraska would eventually topple Miami in the Orange Bowl 24-17 for Osborne’s first championship and the school’s first since 1971.
In addition to defeating the No. 3 Hurricanes, Nebraska also defeated No. 2 Colorado, No. 16 Kansas State and No. 24 West Virginia.