Trapping the Hurricanes

Fullback Cory Schlesinger breaks a tackle on his way to scoring the winning touchdown against Miami in the 1995 Orange Bowl. The Huskers’ 24-17 victory gave Tom Osborne his first national title.

the Lincoln Journal Star

Jan. 1, 1995

Tom Osborne’s offense wasn’t built entirely around the fullback, but the legendary coach wasn’t afraid to give him the ball.

That was definitely the case when the chips were down in the 1995 Orange Bowl against Miami.

Cory Schlesinger scored twice on fullback traps in NU’s 24-17, come-from-behind victory that gave Osborne his first national championship.

Schlesinger’s first TD, from 15 yards, pulled Nebraska to 17-15 with 7:38 left in the game. A two-point conversion pass tied it.

“We figured it was time for a trap play because they were looking outside for the run, and we got them good with Cory,” NU offensive guard Brenden Stai said.

Schlesinger added the game-winning TD with 2:46 to play on — you guessed it — a fullback trap.

— Julie Koch