Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Classic College Football: 1995 Nebraska vs 2008 Florida

Welcome to our first installment of our College Football Classic Games Series. The concept is simple, we use our football simulator to match up two college football teams from the past. The games we play our games that our podcast listeners have suggested. For our first game we are going to match up Tommie Frazier vs Tim Tebow. Two of the most decorated college football quarterbacks in recent memory. They both also wore #15. Who is better? That is up for debate but it is a team game and the most important question is who will win between the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers and the 2008 Florida Gators.

The game will be played at the old Orange Bowl and the opening point spread is Nebraska -3

Can Nebraska beat the Gators in their home state?

The Cornhuskers boast an impressive ground attack with Lawrence Phillips and Ahmon Green in the backfield. They also have that guy Tommie Frazier, who is a very dangerous runner. Can the Gators stop the Nebraska running game? The 1995 Gators led by Steve Spurrier couldn't do it.

The Gators seem to have the more versatile offense, Tim Tebow is in command with Aaron Herandez and Percy Harvin as his weapons. Does the Nebraska defense have the speed to keep up with this Florida offense?

Let's find out.

First Quarter

There wasn't much action in the first quarter as both offenses struggled to move the ball. Would this really be a low scoring defensive game? The pace and play of the first quarter definitely suggests that is what we might have on hand. Nebraska 0 Florida 0

Second Quarter

Nebraska began to establish the running game the Florida defense started to look soft. Nebraska had it first and goal from the Gator two yard line but could not get across the goal line. The Gator defense came up big and held the Nebraska to a 20 yard FG to make it Nebraska 3 Florida 0

The Gators offense then started to get it going as Tebow started making plays with his arm and his legs. The drive would stall at the Nebraska 32 yard line. The Gators opted to go for it on fourth down rather than attempt a field goal and they were stopped.

Nebraska's offense took over and went right back to work. They drove down to the Gator 3 yard line where they had first and goal again. Nebraska couldn't get it in on the ground and on 3rd and Goal, Tommie Frazier rolled right and fired a pass in the endzone. Florida CB Janoris Jenkins went up for the interception and looked like he had caught it but Nebraska WR Mark Gilman ripped the ball away from Jenkins and a potential interception turned into the first touchdown of the game. Nebraska 10 Florida 0

As Coach Urban Meyer clutched his chest, Tim Tebow went back to work and drove right down the field and this time the drive did not stall. Tebow found David Nelson for a 23 yard scoring strike with just two minutes left in the half. Nebraska 10 Florida 7

On the ensuing kickoff, Nebraska's Damon Benning returned the kick 31 yards to the Florida 44 yard line. Frazier moved the Nebraska offense to the Gator 21 yard line with three seconds left in the half setting up a 38 yard FG attempt from Kris Brown. He missed it and the teams would go into the half with Nebraska leading 10-7

Third Quarter

Nebraska got back to attacking the Gators on the ground in the second half and it paid off and they also got a bit of good fortune. Nebraska had moved the ball to the Gator 9 yard line when Lawrence Phillips was stripped. The loose ball bounced into the hands of fullback Joel Mackovicka who ran it the rest of the way for a touchdown. Nebraska 17 Florida 7

Tim Tebow would lead the Gator offense to a First and Goal from the Nebraska 10 yard line and after a 6 yard run by Jeff Demps, Tebow was sacked on consecutive plays. The Gators would have to settle for a field goal. Nebraska 17 Florida 10 as the third quarter would come to a close as Nebraska was driving deep in Florida territory.

Fourth Quarter

One minute into the fourth quarter, Tommie Frazier would hit Brendan Holbein for a 17 yard touchdown strike giving Nebraska a 24-10 lead.

Do you think Tim Tebow and the Gators will fold? No way. Tebow put the Gator offense on his back yet again and drove them right down the field. They got inside the Nebraska 5 yard line and once again it seemed like the drive would stall. Not this time, Tim Tebow would scramble on Third and Goal and score from the 3 yard line and the Gators would close the gap. Nebraska 24 Florida 17 with 8 minutes left in the game.

Nebraska would get the ball back and go right back to the ground game and they would batter a tired Gator defense and less than four minutes later running back Clinton Childs would score on the ground from 5 yards out to put Nebraska up 31-17.

The Gators would get the ball back with just four minutes left in the game and down 14 points. Urban Meyer was clutching his chest and thinking about what job to take next but Tim Tebow was thinking about football. He refused to give up. The Gators would go three and out on their next series and curiously would decide to punt with 3:32 left int he game and down by 14. The strategy worked though as Mike Fullman of Nebraska would muff the punt and Janoris Jenkins would recover at the Nebraska 29 yard line.

Three plays later Tebow would hit Riley Cooper on a 21 yard touchdown pass. It was now 31-24 Nebraska with 2:42 left in the game.

The Gators had three timeouts left and decided to kick it deep instead of attempting an onside kick. The strategy didn't pay off as the Nebraska ground attack would run out the clock and Nebraska would win 31-24

Final Analysis

The Nebraska running game as just too much as was their commitment to the run. Nebraska would run the ball 55 times compared to Florida who ran it just 29 times. Nebraska would rush for 266 yards compared to Florida's 89 yards. Frazier and Tebow were both great. The difference was Florida struggling inside the red zone and the touchdown Nebraska scored early in which Janoris Jenkins of the Gators could have made the interception.

Scroll down to see all the stats from the game. If you have suggestions for future games you can reach us on our Rob and Conrade Facebook page or you could tweet Rob at @RobSoundsGood or Comrade @thepeskypole

'08 Florida0731424
'95 Nebraska01071431

Scoring Plays'08 FLO'95 NEB
2nd Quarter
'95 NEB11:01Brown 20 yard field goal ( 17-77, 8:02 )03
'95 NEB5:19Gilman 3 yard pass from Frazier ( Brown kick ) ( 8-68, 3:00 )010
'08 FLO2:07Nelson 23 yard pass from Tebow ( J.Phillips kick ) ( 7-65, 3:12 )710
3rd Quarter
'95 NEB5:13Mackovicka 4 yard fumble return ( Brown kick )717
'08 FLO2:15J.Phillips 33 yard field goal ( 6-49, 2:58 )1017
4th Quarter
'95 NEB13:54Holbein 17 yard pass from Frazier ( Brown kick ) ( 8-69, 3:21 )1024
'08 FLO8:16Tebow 3 yard run ( J.Phillips kick ) ( 11-72, 5:38 )1724
'95 NEB4:28Childs 5 yard run ( Brown kick ) ( 8-68, 3:48 )1731
'08 FLO2:42Cooper 21 yard pass from Tebow ( J.Phillips kick ) ( 3-29, 0:50 )2431

MVP: Tommy Frazier (Nebraska)
Passing: 176 Yds, 2 TD, 176 Rating, Rushing: 60 Yds

'08 Florida'95 Nebraska
Tim Tebow15332.2121Ahman Green13483.790
Jeffrey Demps4256.380Tommy Frazier11605.5120
Kestahn Moore420.520Lawrence Phillips8394.980
Chris Rainey22412.0170Clinton Childs5387.6131
Percy Harvin155.050Jeff Mackovicka5275.490
Emmanuel Moody144.040James Sims3134.370
Joel Mackovicka3279.0121
Damon Benning284.040
Brian Schuster2105.060
Reggie Baul100.000
Tim Tebow29182473172360156Tommy Frazier1912176002410176

Percy Harvin710515.0340Brendan Holbein34314.3221
Aaron Hernandez46516.3360Mark Gilman3258.3121
David Nelson22512.5231Reggie Baul34013.3190
Brandon James188.080Clester Johnson36822.7410
Jeffrey Demps199.090
Tate Casey166.060
Louis Murphy188.080
Riley Cooper12121.0211

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