Fans who attended the “Game of the Century” in Norman, Oklahoma, barely sat in their seats when No. 20 went to a punt on his line at 28 yards.
And what Johnny Rodgers did next, alas, it continues to contradict the description to this day. But we will try.
After breaking a tackle at 30, planting his hand on the ground to maintain his balance, he pinballed his way upfield, darting right, then left, then right, then left again, leaving faster defenders. with nothing touched but air in his wake.
“Holy turn!” Nebraska play-by-play announcer Lyell Bremser ejaculated after Rodgers crossed the goal line. “Men, women and children made it into the hallways! Johnny ‘The Jet’ Rodgers just tore them off their shoes!”
The punt’s return gave the Huskers a top-flight lead early 7-0 against 2 Sooners towards a thrilling 35-31 victory. It also proved to be the biggest of many big plays, with Sports Illustrated’s Dan Jenkins writing “Overall, the winner was a pearl of a punt return in the first 3 first minutes of the game. Everything balances, more or less… ”