This was a matchup that had many people intrigued at it pitted two 13-0 teams and two crafty players together for all the marbles. Stanford had a lot to prove going into this game as they have come close a few times but faltered at the end of the season while Nebraska had already realized Championship dreams before. In their last meeting in the 2015 regular season, the Nebraska defense harassed QB John Darby into 4 INTs and thoroughly dominated the game. Nebraska won the toss and elected to kick to Stanford to begin the game. Stanford quickly worked their way down the field into the redzone and were in position to score when a miscommunication between QB Joey Robison and HB Adam Cooper led to an interception. Nebraska would make their way down the field but QB Jeff Lindsey would be picked off by FS Eddie Craft. On first play of the ensuing drive Robison would hit Brendan Brown on the deep PA pass for a 74 yard TD to put Stanford up 7-0. Nebraska was having a hard time on offense early thanks to great coverage and a relentless pass rush, particularly by All-American DT Tate Ostrander. Early in the 2nd quarter, Stanford woud put together another great drive and HB Bobby May punched in a 3 yd TD run to give the Cardinal a 14-0 lead. After a few stops by each defense, Stanford would get the ball back with a minute remaining in the half. A poor read led to the second INT of the half for Robison and put Nebraska in scoring position. The Huskers would take advantage of the gift and score on a 28 yd pass from Lindsey to Erik Morris and the score at the half was 14-7. In the third quarter, Nebraska tied the game up on a 3 yard TD run by Sterling Vincent and momentum felt like it was shifting. Stanford would keep their composure and drive down the field for another TD as Joey Robison would evade the pass rush and run 17 yds into the endzone making it 21-14 Stanford. The 4th quarter saw the Stanford defense dominate as Tate Ostrander played like a man possessed notching 2 big sacks and putting pressure on frequently. The Stanford defensive backs also played well not letting up much space with excellent coverage. After an INT by SS Brian Cannon, Stanford would drive down the field and run off a lot of clock and kick a short FG to make it a two possession game. Nebraska wouldn't threaten for the rest of the game and Stanford would kneel it out and celebrate their National Championship. Tate Ostrander was the player of the game as he had 4 sacks and a forced fumble. He finished out the season with 23.5 sacks and will be a top 5 pick in the NFL draft.