That'll Make The Highlight Reel: Top Plays In Nebraska Football History
Nebraska is a program rich in tradition and success. They have won five national championships and have had three Heisman winners. These are the plays that have defined the success of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
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Mike Rozier's touchdown run against UCLA
Nebraska going for two against Miami in the 1984 Orange Bowl
Roy Helu Jr. racking up over 300 yards rushing against Mizzou
Fumblerooski in the 1984 Orange Bowl
Jerry Tagge's touchdown run against LSU
Bummeroosky against Mizzou in 1975
Suh's sacks of Colt McCoy in the Big XII Title Game
Number 5: Alex Henery's Kick
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The score was 31-30 Colorado with just about two minutes left. A Nebraska drive had stalled out after Joe Ganz took a fifteen yard sack on third down. Facing a punt or long field goal, head coach Bo Pelini opted for the field goal. Sophomore Alex Henery lined up and booted the 57 yard field goal. The record books were rewritten and Nebraska secured the win after Ndamukong Suh picked off Cody Hawkins to put the Huskers up, 40-31. The win gave the Huskers some momentum and they finished the season 9-4 with a win in the Gator Bowl.
Number 4: Matt Davison's Catch
Nebraska raced off to an 8-0 record in 1997. Then came Missouri. Missouri had the Huskers on the ropes when, with seven seconds left, Scott Frost threw a pass intended for Shevin Wiggins in the endzone. The ball bounced off his chest, bounced off a Missouri player's foot and then off Wiggins's foot. Matt Davison came in and made the catch for a touchdown. The game went into overtime and Nebraska won, 45-38. They would go on to win a share of the National Championship by beating Tennessee in the Fiesta Bowl.
Number 3: Eric Crouch's Touchdown
The play was called Black 41 Flash Reverse and it ended up being one of the plays that would define Eric Crouch's Heisman campaign. The opponent was Oklahoma. Nebraska was leading 13-10 in the fourth quarter when Husker head coach Frank Solich called the play. Crouch pitched the ball to Thunder Collins who pitched it to Mike Stuntz. Meanwhile, Crouch took off as a receiver. Crouch caught the ball and ran 63 yards for a touchdown. Nebraska went on to win 20-10.
Number 2: Johnny Rodger's Punt Return
Nebraska was ranked number 1 and the Sooners were number 2. This game is called, "The Game of The Century." But one play from it really sticks out. In the first quarter, Johnny Rodgers caught a punt and dodged numerous OU defenders on the way to a touchdown. It ended up being a 72 yard return and was crucial in the game as Nebraska beat the Sooners 35-31. Legendary Husker announcer, Lyle Bremser, summed it up best by saying, "Man, woman, and child, did that put 'em in the aisle. Johnny "The Jet" Rodgers just tore 'em lose from their shoes." Nebraska would go on to beat Alabama for their second consecutive national title.
Number 1: Tommie Frazier's Run
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It was 1995 and Nebraska was handling Florida in the Fiesta Bowl. In the third quarter, Tommie Frazier took the ball and ran up field. It looked like he was going to tackled, but he broke seven or eight tackles and went 75 yards for the score to put the Huskers up 49-18. The Huskers went on to win the game 62-24 and capture their fourth national title.