1983 NCAA Division I-A football season

1983 NCAA Division I-A Football Season

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1983 NCAA Division I-A football season

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The 1983 NCAA Division I-A football season ended with the University of Miami winning their first national championship over perennial power Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.

The 31-30 win over Nebraska is still talked about as one of the greatest games of all time, not only for its last minute finish, but for its role in changing the face of college football. Miami came into the game ranked #5, but losses by Texas in the Cotton Bowl Classic and Illinois in the Rose Bowl launched them into the #1 spot.

Nebraska scored a touchdown with 48 seconds remaining, putting them within one point of the Hurricanes. Despite knowing a tie would still give Nebraska the national title, Coach Tom Osborne courageously decided to go for two points and the win rather than one point and the tie. Miami was able to hold, snapping Nebraska's 22 game winning streak and launching Miami as a powerhouse program. This is often regarded as one of the most questionable coaching decisions in history, as a tie would have likely kept Nebraska above Miami in the polls and therefore they would have won the national championship.

This Miami team was the first to win a national title without a single player voted to the first team All-Americans and only the second to win a national title gaining more passing yards than rushing.

The Auburn Tigers, featuring Bo Jackson also had a stellar season going...
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