Flashback to the Gridiron
On the first day of the New Year the No. 1 ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers came from behind to beat No. 3 Miami (FL) 24-17 on their home turf in the Orange Bowl to win the national title. The '95 regular season saw Nebraska running the table while Eddie George ran all over Columbus to win the Heisman.
At the pro ranks, Super Bowl 29 was an all-California affair. Joe Montana's protégé (and replacement) Steve Young led the 18.5 point favorite 49ers to an appropriately scored blowout win of 49-26. Young tossed 6 TDs to finally elevate himself to superstar status. The following '95 regular season saw the inaugural games of two franchises still yearning for their own Super Bowl titles.The Carolina Panthers and the Jacksonville Jaguars combined to go 13-19 with young expansion quality rosters.
Both the Rams and Raiders exited the nation's second-largest market for St. Louis and Oakland in the hopes of actually getting a damn sellout for once. Jerry Rice set a single season receiving record with 1,848 yards (broken last year by Megatron) and established career records he built upon for another decade in career receptions and receiving yards. Dan (The Boy) Marino also set NFL career marks in total passing yards as well as touchdown passes. Emmitt Smith scored 25 touchdowns (a record broken in 2003 by Priest Holmes). And Brett Favre won his first of three straight MVPs.