Monday, August 8, 2011
Yards to Glory: Famed Flea Kicker
By ESPN.com staff
Last Monday, we began a week-long project looking at the most famous touchdowns from 100-plus yards down to 1 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.
Missouri and Nebraska fans alike have very different memories of this play. For the Huskers, it was a stroke of fortune that signaled the 1997 team was truly one of destiny. For the Tigers, it fed the perception that the program was resigned to ultimate disappointment.
Nov. 8, 1997: On third down from the Missouri 12-yard line with seven seconds left, Nebraska quarterback Scott Frost threw to Shevin Wiggins at the goal line. Wiggins couldn't make the play, but he kicked the ball into the air, and a diving Matt Davison made the alert grab in the end zone, which tied the score at 38 and capped a 67-yard drive in the final minute. The Cornhuskers, playing in their first overtime game, won 45-38, then went on to finish 13-0 and win the national championship, their third in four years. It was Tom Osborne's final season.
-- Ted Miller