Brady Hoke should have Michigan in the mix for a BCS bowl.
After recording an 11-2 record in Brady Hoke’s first season, Michigan slid to an 8-5 mark in 2012. A challenging schedule certainly hurt the Wolverines’ win total, as they lost to Alabama, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State and South Carolina.
With a lighter slate coming for 2013, Michigan should have a chance to get back into the mix for 10 victories.
Michigan’s most decorated lineman of the post-Schembechler era, Jake Long was one of the nation’s most dominant linemen for two years. In 2006-07, the last two seasons for title-winning coach Lloyd Carr, Long was a two-time consensus All-American, two-time Big Ten lineman of the year and a finalist for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy (LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey won both in 2007). In 2008, Long was second to none in the NFL draft when he was the first offensive lineman to go No. 1 overall since Orlando Pace in 1997.
Steve Hutchinson is one of two Wolverines to be named first-team All-Big Ten all four seasons (the other was defensive tackle Mark Messner). As a freshman, Hutchinson started for the 1997 national champions. After his rookie season, Hutchinson only became more dominant. He didn’t allow a sack in his final two seasons and was a consensus All-American, Lombardi Award finalist and Big Ten lineman of the year in 2000. Hutchinson was the key blocker for running back Anthony Thomas, who left school as Michigan’s all-time leading rusher.
Edwards ably stepped into the shoes of Anthony Carter and Desmond Howard and topped them, at least as far as the record books are concerned. Edwards left Michigan with school records for career receiving yards (3,541, breaking Carter’s record) and three of the top 10 single-season receiving marks in school history. His school-record 1,330 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2004 earned him the Biletnikoff Award, a trophy that had yet to be established when Howard and Carter played. Edwards also finished his career with a Big Ten record 39 touchdown catches.
Canton, Ohio, was a fitting birthplace for an offensive tackle who landed in both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was one of Michigan’s key players early in Bo Schembechler’s tenure in Ann Arbor, earning All-Big Ten honors in Schembechler’s first two seasons of 1969-70. Along with All-American guard Reggie McKenzie, Dierdorf anchored a line that led Michigan to a 17-4 overall record and 12-2 in the Big Ten his final two seasons. A consensus All-American in 1970, Dierdorf led an offense that averaged 30.5 points and 248 rushing yards per game in 1969-70.
Standing apart from Michigan’s history of productive running backs is a tall task, but Hart manages to do so. Hart finished his career as one of four Big Ten backs to rush for 5,000 yards in his career – the other three are Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne, Ohio State’s Archie Griffin and Indiana’s Anthony Thompson. A four-year starter, Hart averaged 117.2 yards per game in his career as one of only two Michigan players to average 100 rushing yards per game. Hart was a two-time finalist for the Doak Walker award, but he had the poor luck of playing at the same time as Arkansas’ Darren McFadden, who twice beat out Hart for the award.
Rick Leach started 48 consecutive games, including three Rose Bowls and an Orange Bowl. Although Michigan lost all four of those bowl games, Leach ended a four-game winless streak against Ohio State with a 22-0 win in Columbus in 1976. A three-time All-Big Ten selection, Leach finished his career as one of Michigan’s most prolific quarterbacks with 4,284 passing yards and 2,176 rushing yards. Leach’s 34 rushing touchdowns were the most in school history for a quarterback until Denard Robinson broke the record with 35 last season. Leach’s mark is still No. 6 on Michigan’s all-time list. Leach also remains fifth in Michigan history in total offense, ahead of Jim Harbaugh, Tom Brady and Brian Griese.
Brown was one of the key players on Michigan’s most dominant defensive teams. Twice during Brown’s tenure, the Wolverines allowed the fewest points in the country. In Brown’s three seasons, only one team scored more than 16 points (Wisconsin with 20 points in 1974). Brown’s defenses shut out more teams (11) than it allowed teams to score in double figures (seven). Brown finished his career with nine passes and four special teams touchdowns (three punt returns, one kickoff return). In 1973-74, Brown became Michigan’s first two-time consensus All-American since 1956. A three-time All-Big Ten selection, Michigan went 30-2-1 with Brown at safety. Alas, the 0-2-1 part was against Ohio State.
Bo Schembechler called Anthony Carter the best player he ever coached. That’s with good reason. Carter was such an impressive wide receiver, he forced Schembechler’s hand in embracing the passing game. Michigan had never passed for 2,000 yards in a season until Carter stepped on campus in 1979. Although Carter was third on the team in receiving as a rookie that year, the best was yet to come. Carter was a two-time consensus All-American in 1981-82 and left school as the league’s first 3,000-yard receiver (3,076 yards). Although Carter is now 10th on the Big Ten’s career receiving list, eight of the nine ahead of him caught at least 210 career passes. Carter caught 161 passes with an average of 19.1 yards per catch.
Howard’s Heisman pose following a punt return for a touchdown against Ohio State is one of college football’s most iconic images, but Howard didn’t stop at the Heisman for postseason hardware. Howard swept major national awards, picking up the Maxwell and Walter Camp awards and UPI and Athlon Sports player of the year. Michigan’s first Heisman winner since Tom Harmon in 1940, Howard earned the award with one of the most lopsided votes in Heisman history. The 5-foot-9, 176-pound receiver also became the first wideout to lead the Big Ten in scoring (90 points in 1991), caught 30 touchdown passes his final two years (19 in 1991, 11 in 1990) and went 13 consecutive games with a touchdown catch. Howard’s 23 touchdowns in 1991 remains a school record.
Woodson remains the last defensive player to win the Heisman trophy, beating out Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning in 1997. Woodson didn’t win the Heisman on his cover skills alone. He won the award thanks to a punt return for a touchdown and an interception against Ohio State in the final game of the regular season. In his Heisman-winning year, Woodson accounted for four touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing, one on a punt return) for Michigan’s only undefeated team since 1973 and only national title since 1948. The Wolverines won the Associated Press national title that season after defeating Washington State 21-16. Woodson intercepted eight passes in 1997 and 18 in his three seasons at Michigan. In addition to the Heisman, Woodson won the Walter Camp, Nagurski, Bednarik and Thorpe awards.
Michigan is tied with huge underdog Indiana, 21-21, with 0:06 remaining, when QB John Wangler connects with freshman wideout Anthony Carter on a crossing pattern at the Hoosier 20. Carter avoids two defenders immediately after the catch, eludes another at the five-yard line and scores to give Michigan a 27-21 victory.
Desmond Howard returns a punt 93 yards for a touchdown in Michigan’s 31-3 rout of visiting Ohio State and strikes the Heisman pose in the end zone. The victory gives U-M the Big Ten title and puts an exclamation point on Howard’s Heisman Trophy-winning season.
Game MVP Butch Woolfolk rushes for 182 yards and scores a TD to lead Michigan to a 23-6 win over Washington, giving Bo Schembechler his first Rose Bowl victory after five unsuccessful tries. The Wolverines do not allow a touchdown for the fifth straight game.
Brian Griese throws three TD passes, and Michigan’s defense holds Washington State’s high-powered offense to its lowest point total of the season in a 21-16 Rose Bowl victory that gives the Wolverines its 11th national title and first since 1948.
Thanks to a pair of Garvie Craw touchdowns and a defense that intercepts six Ohio State passes, Michigan rolls to a 24-12 victory over the top-ranked and heavily favored Buckeyes, winning the Big Ten title and snapping visiting OSU’s 22-game winning streak before the largest crowd ever to see a college football game.
Wisconsin had three different quarterbacks make a start last season.
Maryland transfer Danny O’Brien was thought to be the answer, but he struggled early in the year, which prompted the coaching staff to turn to Joel Stave. The former walk-on was solid in his performances, until suffering a broken collarbone against Michigan State.
Not many players own school records for two different programs, but Wilson excelled in both the ACC and Big Ten. He posted the single greatest season by a Wisconsin quarterback in history en route to a league crown and near national title berth. He owns the NCAA record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass (38 — 14 of which took place as a Badger) and set the NCAA single-season mark for passing efficiency at 191.8 during his time in Madison. Had he even played just two seasons for the Big Red, he might be No. 2 on this list. His single year for Wisconsin might be the single greatest season by any Badger player at any position, and therefore, he warrants inclusion.
A consensus All-American in 1998, Burke led the nation in sacks with 22 QB stops, earning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors. His 22 sacks, along with his 31.5 tackles for a loss, were Wisconsin single-season school records. Helped lead the Badgers to a conference championship in 1998 – only the school’s second such title since 1960 (1993).
The consensus All-American was a two-time All-Big Ten center in 1993 and 1994. Raymer helped pave the way for the talented duo of Brent Moss and Terrell Fletcher. The 1993 Big Ten Championship was the school’s first title since 1959. The 21-16 win over UCLA in the 1994 Rose Bowl, in which Raymer and the Badgers rushed for 250 yards, was the school’s first victory in the “Granddaddy of them all”.
While at Wisconsin, Toon set school records for career receptions (131), touchdowns (19) and yards (2,103). He was a two time first-team all-conference selection and set a Big Ten record with 252 yards in a game against Purdue in 1983. He was a consummate professional and an outstanding blocker as a receiver. Toon also won three conference triple jump titles and was an All-American in Track and Field as well. Toon led the New York Jets in receiving six straight seasons after being drafted in the first round of the 1985 draft. He career was cut short by a rash of head injuries.
A two-time All-American, Krumrie started all 46 games of his college career, earning All-Big Ten honors three years in a row from 1980 to 1982. He set school records for solo tackles (276) and total tackles by a defensive lineman (444). Also a member of the UW wrestling team, Krumrie was named MVP of the 1982 Independence Bowl win over Kansas State.
One of the three Biletnikoff finalists in 2001, Evans set all kinds of school and conference records during his stay in Madison. He set school marks for receptions (175), touchdowns (27) and yards (3,468). Those 3,468 yards rank him second all-time in Big Ten history, while his 1,545 yards in 2001 set a conference record for receiving yards – becoming the first Badger to lead the league in receiving yards since 1963. He also tied a Big Ten mark with five touchdown catches in one game against Michigan State in 2003. He holds every major single-season receiving school record as well – receptions, touchdowns, yards, 200-yard games. In his 44 game playing career, Evans caught a pass in a school-record 38 straight games.
Fletcher is arguably the best cover corner to ever play at Wisconsin (sorry, Troy Vincent). The two-time all-everything defensive back set a school record with 21 INTs, led the nation in 1998 with seven INTs, won two conference championships, two Rose Bowl titles, the 2000 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award and the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s best defensive back. Fletcher set a Big Ten record for interceptions returned for a touchdown with five, including one in the 1999 Rose Bowl.
The walk-on turned superstar played in every game of his four-year Wisconsin career, earning 39 total starts (every game his final three seasons). The three-time All-American led the nation, and tied a Big Ten record, with 11 interceptions in 2002 as a sophomore. As a junior, Leonhard once again led the league in INTs with seven, while beginning to prove himself as a valuable return man as well. He set a school record for punt return yards in 2002 (434) only to break it his own record in 2003 (470). He finished his career with a school-record 21 INTs – good for fourth all-time in league history. He also is the Big Ten’s all-time punt returner with 1,347 yards. His 105 punt return attempts are also a school record and is third-most in Big Ten history.
Arguably the most talented Wisconsin Badger of all time, Thomas appeared in 48 games, starting 39 of them (including one at DE against Auburn in the 2003 Music City Bowl). The two-time first-team All-American was the school’s first winner of the Outland Trophy – awarded to the nation’s top lineman. He was also a two-time finalist for the Lombardi Award. Thomas was the cornerstone of what was arguably the best overall offense in school history in 2005, a season that culminated in the upset demolition of the Auburn Tigers in the 2006 Capital One Bowl. The 24-10 win was head coach Barry Alvarez’ final game on the Wisconsin sideline. Thomas played some on the depleted defensive line in that game as well, helping the Badgers to out-gain the SEC power 548 to 236 total yards. As a senior, Thomas led the Badgers to a 12-1 record and a return trip to the Captial One Bowl — yet again beating another SEC power. UW won 17-14 over Darren McFadden, Peyton Hillis, Felix Jones and Arkansas.
The most decorated running back in NCAA history, Ron Dayne is currently the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher with 7,125 yards (6,397 without bowl games). As a freshman, Dayne set an NCAA freshman rushing record with 1,863 yards, although with the bowl game his 2,109 yards made him only the 10th player in history to top 2,000. He claimed Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Copper Bowl MVP honors as a freshman. He rushed for 1,457 yards and 15 TDs in 1997, becoming the first sophomore in history to be a finalist for the Doak Walker. He rushed for 1,525 yards and 15 TDs as a junior. His junior season finished with a Big Ten title and shocking upset Rose Bowl win over previously No. 1 ranked UCLA. As a senior, Dayne again topped the 2,000-yard mark (2,034) and scored 21 TDs en route to the Badgers' second straight Big Ten title. He was only the fourth player in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards in four seasons. He became the Big Ten’s first player to ever lead the league in rushing three different years. He earned two Rose Bowl MVPs and owns every major BCS Bowl rushing record - attempts (34, 2000 Rose Bowl), rushing yards (246, 1999 Rose Bowl) and rushing TDs (4, 1999 Rose Bowl). The consensus All-American won the 1999 Doak Walker, 1999 Maxwell, 1999 Big Ten Player of the Year and the 1999 Heisman Trophy. Dayne finished his career with 1,220 attempts for 7,125 yards and 71 TDs. He left Wisconsin with 48 school records and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2009.
Wisconsin had lost to Michigan by a combined 176-0 in the previous four meetings, but the Badgers shocked the top-ranked Wolverines 21-14 in the 1981 season-opener. Led by Anthony Carter and Butch Woolfork, Michigan carried a nine-game winning streak into the new season, but Jess Cole threw for two touchdowns and Wisconsin limited Carter to just one catch as the Badgers pulled off the upset.
With a 31-yard scamper against Iowa, Ron Dayne became college football's all-time leading rusher, eclipsing the mark set by Texas running back Ricky Williams in 1998. Dayne's run came during a 41-3 rout of Iowa that clinched Wisconsin's second straight trip to the Rose Bowl. Dayne, who still holds the record, went on to win the Heisman Trophy, then ran for 200 yards in a 17-9 Rose Bowl win over Stanford.
Wisconsin jumped all over No. 1 Ohio State and recorded an impressive 31-18 victory before a delirious Saturday night crowd at Camp Randall Stadium. John Clay ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns and David Gilreath ran the opening kickoff back 97 yards for a score. Wisconsin's lead dropped from 21-0 to 21-18, but the Badgers bullied their way to the game's final 10 points before a sea of red-clad fans stormed the field.
An underdog Wisconsin team, called 'the worst team to ever play in the Rose Bowl' by CBS analyst Craig James, outscored high-scoring UCLA 38-31 thanks to a remarkable day from running back Ron Dayne. The burly back scored four touchdowns and ran for 246 yards and Jamar Fletcher returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown to give Wisconsin an 11-1 record and No. 6 final ranking.
Wisconsin capped its first winning season since 1984 with its first Rose Bowl win. The Badgers beat UCLA 21-16 thanks to Brent Moss' 158 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Darrell Bevell's unlikely 21-yard scramble for a touchdown. Coach Barry Alvarez completed his turnaround from 1-10 in his first year to Rose Bowl champions in his fourth.
This elite defensive end is one of very few people to win a championship on every level of play. In fact, Wistrom landed three National Championships while in Lincoln – 1994, 1995, 1997. The Huskers went 49-2 in Wistrom’s tenure in college, and the talented end was one of very few freshman to contribute on the ’94 title team. The two-time consensus All-American was the fourth Lombardi Award winner in school history after his stellar ’97 season. He posted 51 tackles, 8.5 sacks and 17 tackles for a loss that year. Wistrom earned Defensive Player of the Year honors in the Big 12 when he posted 75 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 20 tackles for a loss in 1996. Overall, Wistrom holds the school record for tackles for a loss with 58.5 and ranks second all-time with 26.5 sacks. He was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams and was inducted into the NCAA Hall of Fame in 2009.
College or pro, Shields is one of the greatest blockers in the history of the game. The list of awards and acclaim is long and distinguished. Shields helped the Huskers lead the nation in rushing in three of his four seasons as a starter. He is one of 16 Huskers to have their numbers retired. He was a three-time all-conference performer. But his best season was his final year in Lincoln, when Shields won the prestigious Outland Trophy as the best lineman in the nation. He was a consensus All-American that season and a Lombardi semifinalist as well. Shields fell to the third round, where the Kansas City Chiefs selected the 12-time Pro Bowler.
Crouch was yo-yoed in and out of the lineup during his first year and nearly left the team after his second season in Lincoln. But in week three of the 1999 season, Crouch took over for good and led the Huskers to a Big 12 championship and a 12-1 record. In 2000, he led the Huskers to a 10-2 mark, setting the stage for a massive 2001 campaign. In only the first game of the season, Crouch passed Tommie Frazier as the school’s all-time total offense leader. Records then began to fall weekly. He became the Big 12’s all-time leading rushing quarterback against Rice. The next week against Mizzou, his 95-yard TD run was the longest in school history. The following week against Iowa State, Crouch broke the record for TDs by a quarterback. After becoming only the fourth player in D-1 history with 3,000 yards rushing and passing, Crouch ran his most famous play, Black 41 Flash Reverse Pass. As both QB and WR, Crouch likely won the Heisman Trophy by catching a 63-yard TD pass against the Sooners. He set school records for wins by a QB (35–7), led the team to an 11–1 record and a berth in the national title game. He claimed the 2001 Heisman, Davey O’Brien and Walter Camp awards.
As one of the school’s most electric players, Rodgers has the honor of being the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner. “The Jet” was a stellar return specialist, receiver and running back totaling 5,586 all-purpose yards, a number that still stands as a career Nebraska record. His 1,983 yards in 1971 were a single-season record until he broke his own mark with 2,011 yards the following year (since broken). Rodgers has been described as the greatest returner in college football history, as his seven career punt return TDs stood as a record for decades. Rodgers also set Nebraska school records for receptions with 143 and yards with 2,479. He played on two National Championship teams (1970, 1971) as NU posted a 32-2-2 mark during his tenure. Despite being drafted in the first round of the 1973 NFL Draft by the Chargers, Rodgers instead signed a contract with the Montreal Alouettes. Rodgers was inducted into the NCAA Hall of Fame in 2000. As a side note, Rodgers is the only player to be convicted of a felony prior to receiving the Heisman Trophy.
After playing alongside arguably the best center to ever play (Dave Rimington), Steinkuhler won the school's third consecutive Outland Trophy as the nation’s top lineman in 1983, after Rimington had claimed the award in 1981 and 1982. Steinkuhler also claimed the Lombardi Award for Nebraska for the second year in a row. Nebraska is the only team that has had consecutive winners of both the Outland and Lombardi awards. Steinkuhler is one of 16 players to have their Nebraska number retired and is the player who made the “Fumblerooski” famous when he picked up Turner Gill’s intentional fumble in the 1984 Orange Bowl and rumbled 19 yards for a touchdown. The Houston Oilers selected the big ugly with the second overall pick in the 1984 NFL Draft.
The list of accolades for Rimington is astounding. He was a two-time consensus All-American (1981, 1982). He won Big-8 Player of the Year in 1981 — the only time an offensive lineman earned such honors. He claimed back-to-back Outland Trophies as the nation’s top lineman — and is the award's only two-time winner. He claimed the Lombardi Award in 1982 as well and finished fifth in the Heisman voting. He is one of 16 Huskers to have his jersey retired and was inducted into the NCAA Hall of Fame in 1997. Rimington was such a dominant force at center that now the award given to the nation’s top center each year carries his name. The stellar hog molly was drafted with the 25th pick in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
“The greatest defensive player I ever saw,” is how former NU coach Bob Devaney described Glover. In 1972, Glover won the program’s first Lombardi Award and the school’s second ever Outland Trophy. He was the first player in school history to win both awards. As a two-time consensus All-American, Glover led the Big Red defense to back-to-back National Championships in 1970 and 1971, leading the team in tackles in with 92 stops in '71. The following year Glover landed Big 8 Defensive Player of the Year honors and finished third in the Heisman voting (teammate Johnny Rodgers won the Heisman that year). He had his number retired by the Huskers and was inducted into the NCAA Hall of Fame in 1995. He was drafted in the third round of the 1973 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.
Suh was arguably the most dominant defensive lineman of the last twenty seasons in all of college football; there are fewer awards that he didn't win than those he earned. He earned freshman all-league honors as a redshirt freshman. As a junior, Suh became the first defensive tackle to lead the team in tackles (76) since 1973. He also led the team in tackles for a loss (19.0), posted 7.5 sacks and returned two INTs for touchdowns. He also caught a TD while moonlighting as a fullback. In 2009, Suh made 85 stops, 12 sacks, 24 tackles for a loss, three blocked kicks and one very huge interception against Mizzou. Suh dominated awards night that season, earning the Nagurski Trophy for top defensive player in the nation, the Outland Trophy for best interior lineman, the Lombardi for the top lineman or linebacker and Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation’s top defensive player. The unanimous All-American was a Heisman finalist in 2009, finishing fourth. Suh was taken with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions and took home NFL Rookie of the Year honors.
In just three seasons, the two-time All-American became Nebraska’s all-time leading rusher with 4,780 yards. As a junior, he set the Big Red single-season rushing record with 1,689 yards while leading the Huskers to a second straight outright Big 8 championship. As a senior, Rozier posted mind-boggling numbers with 2,486 all-purpose yards, 2,148 rushing yards, 29 total TDs and 174 total points — all of which are still Nebraska single-season records. He became the school’s second Heisman Trophy winner that season leading the Huskers into the 1984 Orange Bowl against Miami for the national title. The 31-30 loss was marked by a Rozier ankle injury that kept the Heisman winner out of the fourth quarter after 138 yards at halftime. Rozier also won the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year award in 1983. He was selected in the first round of both the NFL and USFL Drafts in 1984 and was inducted into the NCAA Hall of Fame in 2006.
Despite not joining Eric Crouch in winning the prestigious Heisman Trophy, Frazier is easily the greatest quarterback to ever play for Nebraska — a program with a long list of elite quarterbacks. Frazier posted a 33-3 record as a starter and won back-to-back National Championships in 1994 and 1995. It would have been three straight championships had NU managed to convert a last-second field goal in the 1994 Orange Bowl. Despite blood clots in his leg in 1994, Frazier brought the Huskers back to the title game and claimed his second straight bowl MVP award and, this time, claimed his first national title game. These first two years under center merely set the stage for the 1995 campaign, in which Frazier led what many consider the best football team in NCAA history back to its third straight title game. The greatest run in college football history — Frazier’s seven broken tackle, 75-yard TD run against Florida — capped a 62–24 romp over the vaunted Gators and gave Big Red its second straight title. Frazier was once again took home the MVP, making him the only player in history to win three MVPs in national championship games. He finished second in the Heisman balloting that season but won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and was a consensus All-American.
Down seven points with 1:02 left and with its national title hopes waning, Nebraska drove to the Missouri 12-yard line. On the last play of regulation, Scott Frost tossed a pass into the end zone that glanced first off the hands and then off the feet of Shelvin Wiggins. As the ball floated toward the turf, Matt Davison caught it, forcing overtime. The Cornhuskers prevailed, 45-38, and went on to claim a share of the national crown.
Tom Osborne had lost his first five games in a row to Oklahoma, and many in Lincoln were wondering whether he had been the right choice to succeed Bob Devaney when the top-ranked Sooners came to Lincoln to face the fourth-rated Cornhuskers. But Nebraska forced nine fumbles and recovered six en route to a stirring, 17-14 win fueled by the nasty Black Shirts defense and 113 yards rushing and a touchdown from Rick Berns.
After having lost the last seven bowl games they played against teams from Florida, number-one Nebraska took on third-rated Miami in the Orange Bowl and secured coach Tom Osborne’s first national title with a 24-17 win. The Cornhuskers spotted Miami a 17-7 lead but stormed back and clinched the win when fullback Cory Schlessinger rumbled 14 yards for a touchdown.
Number two Oklahoma invaded Lincoln for “The Game of theCentury” with the top-ranked Cornhuskers, and the contest lived up to its name. Johnny Rodgers’ 72-yard punt return opened the scoring, but Jeff Kinney’s two-yard run with 1:38 left was the decisive play in a 35-31 Nebraska triumph.
Can Kain Colter lead Northwestern to a Legends Division title?
With Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Northwestern each deserving of consideration for the No. 1 spot, the Big Ten Legends Division should be one of the most competitive conference title races in college football.