Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Yards to Glory: Sooners outrun by Huskers
By David Ubben
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.
Nebraska and Oklahoma's rivalry officially ended in the Big 12 Championship last season, but a 72-yard punt return by Johnny Rodgers in one of the rivalry's best games ever grabs a spot on our countdown.
Nov. 25, 1971: No. 1 Nebraska didn't put away the 35-31 victory against No. 2 Oklahoma until late in the fourth quarter. But Johnny Rodgers' 72-yard punt return remains the iconic play of an iconic game, even though he made it in the first quarter. Rodgers used speed, balance, acrobatics and mojo to get through the Sooners. Their fans insist an illegal block helped, too. If Rodgers hadn't been so mesmerizing, the complaint might have gained traction. It never did.
-- Ivan Maisel