|1982 Orange Bowl|
|Date||January 1, 1982|
|MVP||Homer Jordan (QB, Clemson)|
Jeff Davis(LB, Clemson)
|Favorite||Nebraska by 4½ points |
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Don Criqui and John Brodie|
The 1982 edition of the Orange Bowl was played on January 1 at the Orange Bowl in Miami, It featured the Nebraska Cornhuskers of the Big Eight Conference and the top-ranked and undefeated Clemson Tigers of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Led by head coach Danny Ford, Clemson came into the game unbeaten at and ranked #1, attempting to win its first national championship. Nebraska had started the 1981 season poorly, but then won their next eight games to emerge at and fourth in the polls. Earlier in the day, and had both lost to and to respectively), opening the door for the Orange Bowl victor to claim the national title; Nebraska was favored
Clemson scored first on a 41-yard field goal by Donald Igwebuike to take a 3-0 lead. Nebraska then succeeded with a trick play, as running back Mike Rozier threw a 25-yard halfback pass to Anthony Steels for a touchdown and a Igwebuike kicked a 37-yard field goal to pull Clemson Following a Nebraska fumble, Cliff Austin scored on a 2-yard touchdown run as and Clemson led at halftime.
In the third quarter, Clemson's Homer Jordan threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Perry Tuttle and Igwebuike added another field goal, this time a 36-yarder, and Clemson extended their lead to fifteen points
In the fourth quarter, Roger Craig scored for the Huskers on a 26-yard touchdown run. Following a Nebraska penalty on the first two-point try, Craig then scored from the eight on a two-point conversion attempt which closed the margin The Huskers got the ball back, but penalties ultimately killed the drive and forced them to punt the ball back to Clemson; the Tigers maintained possession for the bulk of the last six minutes and secured their first national championship in They remained atop both final polls, while Nebraska dropped to eleventh (AP) and
|Time of possession||32:22||27:38|