Fans attending the Game of the Century in Norman, Oklahoma, had barely settled into their seats when number 20 hit the 28-yard line.
And what Johnny Rodgers did next is, he continues to oppose the description to this day. But we will try.
After breaking a 30’s device, putting his hand on the ground to keep his balance, he stuck his way up, throwing himself to the right, then to the left, then to the right, then to the left again, leaving the defenders earlier not to they catch nothing but the air after it.
“Holy pray!” Nebraska game announcer Lyell Bremser exclaimed as Rodgers crossed the goal line. “A man, a woman and a child did this by putting them in the aisles! Johnny “Jet” Rodgers just ripped them off their shoes! “
The return of the shot gave the top ranked Huskers an early lead of 7: 0 against number 2 Sooner on the road to an exciting 35-31 victory. It also turned out to be the greatest of many great plays in the game, with Dan Jenkins of Sports Illustrated writing: “Essentially, what he won was a pearl of punt return in the first three minutes of the game. Everything else is balanced, more or less … ”