Yards to Glory: Turn back the clock

August, 4, 2011
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Monday we began a week-long project looking at the most famous touchdowns from 100+ yards down to one yard, and we'll be taking a look at each of the Big 12 entrants on the blog throughout the week.

You can see the full project here.

We'll wrap up a pair of historical touchdowns in one big swoop here. First up, Notre Dame nabs the spot for the best 36-yard touchdown, setting off the Sooners' historic winning streak under Bud Wilkinson.

Sept. 26, 1953: Ralph Guglielmi threw two touchdown passes to Joe Heap on a hot day in Norman, Okla., this one putting Notre Dame ahead of Oklahoma for the first time in the third quarter. The Irish held on for a 28-21 victory. It would be four more years before anyone saw the Sooners lose again, as they would go on to win a record 47 straight games before falling to an underdog Irish team in November 1957.

-- Brian Bennett


Next, we have the Longhorns at the 34-yard line, knocking off Alabama in the Cotton Bowl with a gutsy effort.

Jan. 1, 1973: In what turned out to be the final meeting between coaching giants Bear Bryant and Darrell Royal, Texas quarterback Alan Lowry scored on a 34-yard bootleg with 4:22 to play to beat Alabama 17-13 in the Cotton Bowl. Lowry, playing with tonsillitis, hid the ball on his hip after taking the snap and then hugged the left sideline on his way to the end zone. To this day, Alabama fans insist he stepped out of bounds at the 10.

-- Chris Low

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