The Top 10 Moments in Nebraska Football History
Greetings Husker fans. I began putting this slideshow together thinking it was going to be easy. Well, a few hours later told me a completely different story.
As with any top 10 list, there are going to be disagreements, and I am certain some of you will have a difference of opinion with my choices.
I have to say that I didn't put this list totally together as a ranking, but only of my favorites as I remember them.
I hope you enjoy—on with the show!
10. The Glove covers Boomer Sooner
In 1971 Rich Glover, a Lombardi award finalist, records 22 total tackles in the game of the century against Oklahoma in a 35-31 Husker win in Norman. Coach Tom Fairbanks thought Rich was the Sooners' 12th man that day.
9. When it is better to receive than give?
Sophomore wide receiver Matt Davidson set the Huskers' single-season mark for receiving yards in a game with 167 in a 28-21 loss to Texas A&M.
The loss snapped the Huskers' 19-game win streak, as well as their 40-game regular season conference winning streak dating back to 1992. The conference streak was the second longest in NCAA history at the time.
Even though they lost, Davidson was awesome in the clutch, gaining 112 of his yards in the fourth quarter.
8. Just Kicking It!
Junior placekicker Dale Klein on Oct. 19, 1985 kicked an NCAA-record seven field goals in the game to help the Huskers past a winless Missouri team by the score of 28-21.
Klein, who outscored the Tigers by a single point in the game, made his seven field goals without a miss, overshadowing fellow Husker Doug DuBose’s 199 yards rushing for the game.
7. One for the Team
On Sept. 18, 1982, in their second home game of the season and facing New Mexico State, the Huskers set four NCAA records.
In a 68-0 shelling, the Huskers rolled up 883 total yards, including 677 rushing yards without a single loss rushing in the game. They gained an astounding 36 rushing first downs and a total of 43 first downs.
Six Husker backs rushed for 49 yards or more in this dominating performance.
6. Then along came Jones
In a Nov. 9, 1991 Big 8 game against Kansas, Kansas jumped out to an upset-minded 17-0 second quarter lead, and Husker star running back Derrick Brown had to leave the game because of blurred vision.
Enter redshirt freshman Calvin Jones. Three quarters later Jones had the Nebraska record of 294 yards rushing and a Big 8 record six touchdowns. Oh yeah, the Huskers won the game 59-23.
5. When you need a Crouch to win!
Eric Crouch led the Huskers to a 20-10 victory over Oklahoma in the first ever matchup of BCS No. 1 and 2 teams. It was Crouch who provided the biggest highlight of the day for the Big Red faithful, as he caught a 63-yard touchdown pass from true freshman Mike Stuntz to put the game out of reach with six minutes remaining in the contest.
In this game Crouch became just the third player in NCAA I-A history to pass for over 4,000 yards and rush for over 3,000 in a career. Crouch went on to win the Heisman Trophy that season.
4. Jeff is clutch when it counts
Back to November 1971 again.
In the “game of the century," Husker running back Jeff Kinney rushed for four touchdowns, including the game winner seen in the picture with 1:38 left in the game, and 171 yards in the 35-31 game of the century victory.
3. Not just your average Joe
On senior day, Nov. 10, 2007, it was junior quarterback Joe Ganz who shattered both Nebraska's single-game total offense (528 yards) and single-game passing records (510 yards), while also adding a school record for the most touchdown passes thrown in a game with seven.
For the game, Ganz was 30-40 with no interceptions and seven touchdowns as the Huskers defeated Kansas State 73-31 in Bill Callahan’s final season in Lincoln.
2. A rush to the record book
On Oct. 13, 2001 against the Baylor Bears, four different Huskers rushed for 100 yards or more in same game, which tied the NCAA record for most players rushing for 100 or more yards in a game.
For the game Thunder Collins rushed for 165 yards; Dahrran Diedrick, 137; Eric Crouch, 132; and Judd Davies, 119.
The Huskers won the game 48-7 in Waco, Texas. The Huskers had a total of 73 carries for 641 yards for the game.
1. Sometimes the Grass is Greener!
Running back Ahman Green was awesome in the 1998 Orange Bowl pitting the Huskers against Tennessee and Peyton Manning.
This was Dr. Tom Osborne’s final game, and what a way to go out. The Huskers dominated the third-ranked Volunteers by a score of 42-17, recording another 13-0 season and a share of their fifth national championship.
The record in this game goes to running back Ahman Green, who rushed for a then Orange Bowl record 203 yards, including 159 yards on 13 carries in the third quarter, a Husker and Orange Bowl single quarter record.
Well, there you have it—my top 10 favorite moments in Husker History. Hope you enjoyed it, and GBR!