Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of Nebraska’s 1997 National Championship win over Tennessee in the Orange Bowl. Here’s a treat: Some highlights from the game, Tom Osborne’s last as Nebraska’s head coach:
Ending a perfect season to send Coach Osborne out a National Champion one more time…
Twenty years ago today.
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The video features all the highlights you’d want, from new Nebraska coach Scott Frost piloting the option and pitching to Ahman Green to Osborne getting doused with water with the game in hand. USA Today and ESPN awarded the National Championship to Nebraska, though the AP gave it to Michigan.
That’s a debate not lost on former Nebraska players, either. Land of 10’s Sean Keeler talked to a few in October:
If anything, as the decades pass, the holes get wider. The hits get harder, Scott Frost and Ahman Green get faster, and the scoreboard looks prettier. He’s played the Nebraska-Michigan game in his head something like 10,000 times now, and the outcome never changes. Ever.
“It’s amazing,” Matt Hoskinson, the former Cornhuskers guard, says with a laugh. “The older we get, the better we are.”
Although they were pretty freaking good then, weren’t they? Hoskinson was one of the blockers on the 1997 co-national championship team that’ll be honored Saturday at Memorial Stadium when the Huskers entertain the ninth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers under the lights. The Big Red that season went 13-0 and wound up splitting the title with 12-0 Michigan. Nebraska was the choice in the coaches’ poll; the Wolverines were given the crown by the Associated Press.
And ne’er the twain.
“It’s one of those fun things about old college football,” Hoskinson says. “It’s the never-ending argument, and there’s no winner at the end.”
Want to relive the whole thing? Right here: