Nebraska, a day after being pounded by Oklahoma, yesterday accepted a bid to play in the Citrus Bowl Jan. 1 in Orlando, Fla., against Georgia Tech.

The Cornhuskers are 9-2 overall and 5-2 in the Big Eight Conference following Friday's 45-10 defeat at Oklahoma. Georgia Tech is 9-0-1 with one regular season game remaining.

"Well, I'm kind of speechless today, obviously," said Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne, referring to the loss. "We feel badly about yesterday, I know everybody in the room does, but there's nothing we can do about it now. We hope we can do a good job come January 1."

Indiana used a 28-14 victory over Purdue yesterday to secure its second appearance in the Peach Bowl.

The Hoosiers (6-4-1), seventh-place finishers in the Big Ten, will meet a Southeastern Conference opponent, probably the Alabama-Auburn loser, in the Dec. 29 game at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

Indiana was in the Peach Bowl three years ago, dropping a 27-22 decision to Tennessee in a game that drew a record crowd of 58,737.

The SEC reached agreements to send four of its teams to bowls -- the Sugar, which draws the conference champion, the Fiesta, Gator and Peach.

Tennessee can clinch at least a tie for the SEC title by beating Vanderbilt next week and likely would go to the Sugar. Alabama takes on Auburn in Birmingham next Saturday with the winner probably going to the Fiesta and the loser to Atlanta to face Indiana. Ole Miss is believed headed for the Gator Bowl.

The Big Ten race finished in an improbable four-way tie, with Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Illinois posting 6-2 records. Iowa, the only one of the four to lose yesterday on the closing day of play in the conference, earned the Rose Bowl berth against Washington, because it defeated the other three contenders.

There were no surprises in the bowl picture yesterday, with the Sugar Bowl accepting three-time loser Virginia and the other bowls adhering to agreements made as early as two weeks earlier.

The University of Louisville officially accepted a bid Saturday to play in the 20th annual Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 in Tempe, Ariz.

The invitation is the first New Year's Day bowl the Cardinals have been invited to and is the university's first postseason invitation in 13 years.

About 100 fans gathered for the announcement.

The Cardinals finished the regular season with a 9-1-1 record and will face the SEC runner-up in the Fiesta Bowl.

Bowl.............Date, time.......................Teams

California.....Dec. 8, 4 p.m.....Central Michigan vs.

........................................San Jose State

Independence...Dec. 15, 8 p.m.....Maryland vs. Louisiana Tech

Aloha..........Dec. 25, 3:30 p.m.....Arizona vs. Syracuse

Liberty........Dec. 27, 8 p.m.....Air Force vs. Ohio State

All American...Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m.....North Carolina State vs.

..........................................Southern Mississippi

Sunshine.......Dec. 28, 8 p.m.....Penn State vs. Florida State

Peach..........Dec. 29, 12:30 p.m.....Indiana vs. Auburn, Tenn.,

.......................................Miss. or Alabama

Holiday........Dec. 29, 7:30 p.m.....Brigham Young vs. Texas A&M

Freedom........Dec. 29, 8 p.m.....Colorado State vs. Oregon

John Hancock...Dec. 31, 2:30 p.m.....Southern California vs.

......................................Michigan State

Copper.........Dec. 31, 5 p.m.....California vs. Wyoming

Gator..........Jan. 1, 11:30 a.m...Michigan vs. Auburn, Tenn.,

.............................Miss. or Alabama

Hall of Fame...Jan. 1, 1 p.m.....Clemson vs. Illinois

Citrus.........Jan. 1, 1:30 p.m.....Georgia Tech vs. Nebraska

Cotton.........Jan. 1, 1:30 p.m.....Miami vs. Texas

Fiesta.........Jan. 1, 4:30 p.m.....Louisville vs. Auburn,

...................................Tenn., Miss. or Alabama

Rose...........Jan. 1, 5 p.m.....Iowa vs. Washington

Orange.........Jan. 1, 8 p.m.....Notre Dame vs. Colorado

Sugar..........Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m.....Virginia vs. Auburn,

................................Tennessee or Mississippi