Big 12: Eric Mitchel
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
It was a different era 22 years ago.
How different you might ask? Two Big 12 teams (then Big Eight) were ranked among the top 8 teams nationally. But most impressively, their opponents on that date were both ranked among the nation's top 11 teams.
As we slog through today's morass of nonconference games, those challenges of the past have never looked more appealing.
Sept. 6, 1986 -- No. 1 Oklahoma 38, No. 4 UCLA 3 (Norman, Okla.): The Sooners administered UCLA's worst opening-game loss in 56 years, gashing them for 470 yards. QB Jamelle Holloway ran for a team-high 83 yards and backup QB Eric Mitchel added a pair of TD runs.
Sept. 6, 1986 -- No. 8 Nebraska 34, No. 11 Florida State 17 (Lincoln, Neb.): QB Steve Taylor rushed for 139 yards and two TDs and passed for 130 more yards and two more scores to lead the Cornhuskers to victory in the first night game in Memorial Stadium history. After trailing 14-10 at the half, Taylor fired both touchdowns passes as the Seminoles were limited to minus-2 yards in the second half.