The Top 10 bowl performances by a Husker

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Big Red Report's Shane G. Gilster lists his top-10 best bowl performances by a Husker.




10.) "The Pipeline" - Zach Wiegert, Brendan Stai, Rob Zatechka, Joel Wilks, and Aaron Graham (1995 Orange Bowl – Nebraska vs. Miami, Fla.) )


"The Pipeline" was the nickname for the 1994 Husker offensive line and was the major reason why NU won the 1994 national championship. In one of the most memorable Husker games ever, Nebraska came back from a 10-point deficit, rushing for two fourth quarter touchdowns. The offensive line was simply dominant in that final quarter, as "The Pipeline" hammered Miami's heralded defensive line that featured Warren Sapp, and left them gasping for air in-between plays.

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9.) Paul Rogers (1969 Sun Bowl – Nebraska vs. Georgia) )


Connecting on kicks from 50, 32, 42 and 37 yards, Rogers was a huge spark in an 18-point first quarter explosion by the Big Red, which was almost the icing before the cake as the Huskers pounded the Bulldogs, 45-6. Rogers came out on top in the voting for game MVP. His performance was a team and conference record for most field goals in a single quarter.

8.) Cory Ross (2003 Alamo Bowl – Nebraska vs. Michigan State) )


Cory Ross was only a sophomore, but he set the Nebraska single-game record with 37 carries. The durable I-back rushed for 138 of NU's 229 yards on the ground and added the team's only two touchdowns as NU grinded out a 17-3 win.


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7.) Trev Alberts (1994 Orange Bowl – Nebraska vs. Florida State) )


As the Butkus Award winner, Trev Alberts wrecked havoc from his outside linebacker position against the Seminoles. He had over half as many sacks (3) in the game than FSU had given up all year long. Alberts added three more QB hurries as the Husker defense held Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward to -3 yards rushing.

6.) Ahman Green (1998 Orange Bowl – Nebraska vs. Tennessee) )


I-back Ahman Green finished his NU career in style; with an Orange Bowl and Nebraska bowl game record 206 yards and two touchdowns. He had 159 of those yards on 13 carries in the third quarter alone, as Nebraska completely dismantled the Vols' defense, ranked #8 nationally. Green was unstoppable in that quarter, reeling off runs or 14, 43, 47 and 22 yards, and helping NU capture a share of the national championship.

5.) Craig Sundberg (1985 Sugar Bowl – Nebraska vs. LSU) )


Coming back from an injury quarterback Craig Sundberg finished off his career at Nebraska, winning bowl MVP honors after guiding the Huskers to a 28-10 victory over Louisiana State. Sundberg finished the game 10-for-15 for 143 yards and three touchdowns while adding another score rushing as Nebraska took down the Tigers and finished ranked #3/#4 in the nation.


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4. Bob Churchich (1966 Orange Bowl – Nebraska vs. Alabama) )


Trying to rally the Huskers, Churchich put a little air-pride into the run-happy Big Red and was directly responsible for all of the Huskers' 28 points, running for one TD and throwing for the other three. Churchich finished 12-for-17 through the air for 232 yards but it wasn't enough as NU lost to the Crimson Tide (39-28), costing them the national championship.

3. Dan Alexander (2000 Alamo Bowl – Nebraska vs. Northwestern) )


Alexander's 240 yards rushing still stand as a bowl record for a Nebraska player. Alexander averaged more than 10 yards per carry, scoring twice as the Huskers rolled Northwestern, 66-17.

2. Johnny Rodgers (1973 Orange Bowl – Nebraska vs. Notre Dame) )


Switching from wingback to running back for this game, Rodgers tallied 81 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries, caught a 50-yard TD pass from quarterback Dave Humm and even threw a TD pass, a 52-yard strike to Frosty Anderson. Of the 40 points Nebraska scored in the 40-6 romp over the Fighting Irish, Rodgers had a direct hand in 30 of them.

1. Tommie Frazier (1996 Fiesta Bowl – Nebraska vs. Florida)


Known in this game for "The Run", quarterback Tommie Frazier did a lot more than that, setting an NCAA record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a bowl with 199 yards on the ground. Frazier added 105 yards passing in one of the most memorable individual performances by a Husker, as NU steamrolled the Gators 62-24 for its second consecutive national championship.

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