(Ed. Note: This is the 13th in the series of digital postcards commemorating 75 years of the FWAA All-America Team. The first FWAA All-America Team was published in 1944 during World War II and is the second longest continuously published team in major-college football.)
In 1994, O.J. Simpson made headlines by fleeing police in a slow-speed chase in a white Bronco … The Major League Baseball season was suspended on Aug. 12, cancelling the World Series for the first time since 1904 … Lisa Marie Presley married Michael Jackson … Ice skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by Tonya Harding’s bodyguard … Lawrence Taylor retired from the NFL … “Schindler’s List” wins best picture at Academy Awards … Richard Nixon died.
Tom Osborne’s top-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers knocked off No. 3 Miami in the Orange Bowl to wrap up the national title … No. 2 Penn State beat Oregon in the Rose Bowl, but couldn’t reach a split decision for the national championship … Nebraska’s strength was the offensive line with All-Americans Brendan Stai and Outland Trophy recipient Zach Weigert, along with linebacker Ed Stewart … Penn State was represented on the All-America team by quarterback Kerry Collins and running back Ki-Jana Carter … Colorado running back Rashaan Salaam was an overwhelming choice for the Heisman Trophy … Big names on that All-America team were offensive lineman Tony Boselli of USC, defensive lineman Derrick Alexander and linebacker Derrick Brooks of Florida State and Miami defensive lineman Warren Sapp.
COTTON BOWL NUGGET
What a mismatch! In a 55-14 thumping of Texas Tech, USC set Cotton Bowl records for points (55), total offense (578), passing yards (435), points in a quarter (28) and points in a half (34). Trojan receiver Keyshawn Johnson caught eight passes for 222 yards and five touchdowns.
1994 FWAA Selectors
- Andy Bagnato, Chicago Tribune
- Lee Barfknecht, Omaha World-Herald
- Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
- Bob Hammond, Laramie Daily Bommerang
- Charles Hollis, Birmingham News
- Ivan Maisel, Newsday
- Alan Schmadtke, Orlando Sentinel
- Corky Simpson, Tucson Citizen
- Dick Weiss, New York Daily News