Counting down the 'Yards To Glory'

August, 2, 2011
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Today's installment of our "Yards To Glory" project features touchdown plays from 80 to 61 yards.

Once again, there's a distinct SEC flavor.

Here's a look:

79. Dunn Deal
Warrick Dunn silences crowd at The Swamp
Nov. 11, 1993: In front of what was then the largest crowd (85,507) to witness a football game (professional or college) in the state of Florida, and facing third-and-10 from Florida State's 21, freshman Warrick Dunn, who was a second option for quarterback Charlie Ward on the play, silenced The Swamp when his 79-yard catch-and-run put the Seminoles up 33-21 over Florida late in a win that propelled the Noles into the national championship.
-- Edward Aschoff

77. Johnny On The Spot
Johnny Rodgers' punt return leads to national title
Jan. 1, 1972: Defending champion Nebraska entered the game undefeated staring across at No. 2 Alabama and Bear Bryant, carrying an 11-0 record. This one was over quickly, though, courtesy of a Johnny Rodgers 77-yard punt return on the final play of the first quarter that put Nebraska up 14-0 on the way to a 38-6 win for a national title. The Huskers led 28-0 at the half after adding 14 points in the second quarter.
-- David Ubben

75. Tommie Boy
Tommie Frazier breaks tackles and Florida spirits
Jan. 2, 1996: Tommie Frazier's stampede through Florida epitomized Nebraska's physical mauling of the Gators in a Fiesta Bowl matchup that doubled as a de facto title game. It was a simple option right at the end of the third quarter, with Frazier keeping and cutting upfield. He encountered roughly half the Florida defense, but the Cornhuskers quarterback kept his legs driving and broke free for 75 yards. On TV, Jim Nantz sounded as though he'd given up on the play until Frazier suddenly and incomprehensibly was in the clear. "How many tackles can one man break?" Nantz shouted.
-- Pat Forde

71. Bo Knows
Bo Jackson powers Auburn to SEC title
Dec. 3, 1983: A year after leading Auburn to a victory over rival Alabama with a last-minute touchdown run in the Iron Bowl, Tigers running back Bo Jackson ran for 256 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-20 win over the Crimson Tide in 1983. Alabama, in its first season under coach Ray Perkins, took a 20-16 lead late in the second half. But then Jackson scored on a 71-yard touchdown run, giving the Tigers their first SEC title since 1957 and a Sugar Bowl appearance.
-- Mark Schlabach

61. Southern Comfort
Johnny Mack Brown seals Alabama win in Rose Bowl
Jan. 1, 1926: Alabama wasn't the first or even third choice for the 1926 Rose Bowl, and even after Alabama accepted the invitation, many thought bringing a team from the South would hurt the game's tradition. Alabama trailed Washington 12-0 at halftime but scored three touchdowns in the third quarter. Pooley Hubert's 61-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Mack Brown cemented Alabama's 20-19 victory and is considered by some to be the play that elevated Southern football.
-- Edward Aschoff

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