Jan. 2, 1998
Nebraska had crushed Texas A&M in the Big 12 Championship Game, then squashed Peyton Manning-led Tennessee in the Orange Bowl 42-17 to finish 13-0.
Husker quarterback Scott Frost gave an emotional postgame speech over the Orange Bowl PA system that was carried on national TV. Many believe it helped get Nebraska the necessary votes for a third national title in four years.
“I don’t think there’s anyone out there that can say with a clear conscience that Nebraska, and especially Tom Osborne, that great man, doesn’t deserve a national championship,” Frost said. “At least a share.”
Frost’s words became prophetic a few hours later when the USA Today coaches poll came out with the Huskers No. 1.
— Ken Hambleton