Advertisement

COL FB: Nebraska 26, Clemson 21

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Joe Ganz highlighted a big third quarter with two touchdown passes Thursday that helped rally Nebraska to a 26-21 win over Clemson in the Gator Bowl.

The Cornhuskers faced an 11-point deficit at the half, but stormed back to bring a successful end to the first year as Nebraska coach for Bo Pelini.

Advertisement

Nebraska won its final four games of the year to finish 9-4 and boosted the Big 12 Conference bowl record this season to 3-1 with three more games to play.

Ganz completed 19-of-36 passes for 236 yards with an interception and Quentin Castille rushed 18 times for 125 yards.

Clemson owned a 14-3 halftime advantage, but Ganz guided Nebraska 54 yards in five plays on its opening possession of the third quarter en route to a 17-yard scoring pass to Nate Swift.

After the Tigers scored on a Cullen Harper throw, Ganz drove Nebraska 75 yards in just four plays and tossed a 19-yarder to Todd Peterson for the score.

Alex Henery added two 28-yard field goals in the third period to give the Cornhuskers a 23-21 lead going into the fourth. Henery kicked a 22-yarder with 5:24 to play to boost the Nebraska advantage to five points and Clemson's ensuing drive ran out of downs on the Cornhuskers' 26-yard line.

Advertisement

Harper threw for 206 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted twice.

Clemson (7-6) won four of its last six games in the regular season under Coach Dabo Swinney, who took over after Tommy Bowden resigned in October.

Latest Headlines

Advertisement
Advertisement

Follow Us

Advertisement