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PREVIEW Rose Bowl



Published: Wed, January 2, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Who: No. 1 Miami (11-0) vs. No. 4 Nebraska (11-1).

When: Thursday, 8 p.m.

TV: ABC.

Coaches: Larry Coker (11-0 in first year at Miami) and Frank Solich (42-8 in fourth year).

Bowl records: Miami is 14-11. Nebraska is 20-19.

Last bowl appearance: Miami beat Florida, 37-20, in last year's Sugar Bowl. Nebraska beat Northwestern, 66-17, in last year's Alamo Bowl.

Series history: Nebraska leads, 5-4. Nebraska won, 24-17, in the 1995 Orange Bowl.

Last game: Miami won at Virginia Tech, 26-24, on Dec. 1. Nebraska lost at Colorado, 62-36, on Nov. 23.

Game facts: Win gives UM undisputed national title, school's fifth in last 18 years. RB Najeh Davenport (broken foot), WR Ethenic Sands (suspended) are both out, but OT Bryant McKinnie (won Outland award) will play despite arthroscopic knee surgery Dec. 3. QB Ken Dorsey (2,667 passing, 23 TDs, 9 ints.) has been steady all year while RB Clinton Portis (1,200 rushing, 10 TDs) is unsung hero. WR Andre Johnson (37 catches, 10 TDs), TE Jeremy Shockey (40 catches, 7 TDs) are downfield threats. CBs Phil Buchanan (5 ints., 2 forced fumbles, 3 TD returns), S Edward Reed (9 ints., 2 TDs), DT William Joseph (10 sacks, 19 tackles for loss) pace aggressive defense (led nation in scoring, 9.3, forced 45 turnovers, scored 7 TDs). Upset gives Cornhuskers 6th national title, fourth since 1994. Heisman-winning QB Eric Crouch (2,625 total offense, 18 TD runs, 7 TD passes, 10 ints.) must throw effectively to open running lanes up for RB Dahrran Dedrick (1,299 rushing, 15 TDs). Defense (6th in nation in scoring, 15.7) has shot at redemption after humiliating effort at Colorado (gave up most points, total yards in school history). Def. coordinator Craig Bohl may use different blitz packages to confuse Dorsey.




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