Husker Look Back: Rozier runs on Gophers

The score said it all, as it was a total mismatch of epic proportions. The No. 1 Nebraska Cornhuskers played its entire 60-man travel roster and scored at will against the unranked Minnesota Golden Gophers, putting up 21 points in each of the four quarters in route to an 84-13 in 1983.

Sept. 17th, 1983

Minneapolis, MN

The score said it all, as it was a total mismatch of epic proportions. The No. 1 Nebraska Cornhuskers played its entire 60-man travel roster and scored at will against the unranked Minnesota Golden Gophers, putting up 21 points in each of the four quarters in route to an 84-13 win.

It was the largest total Nebraska ever scored against an NCAA Division I-A team, and the most since a 100-0 victory over Nebraska Wesleyan in 1917.

In contrast, the 71-point margin was the worst defeat suffered by Minnesota in their 100 years.

The stars of the game for the Cornhusker offense were the "Triplets," I-back Mike Rozier, wingback Irving Fryar and quarterback Turner Gill.

All three had phenomenal games, but it was Fryar who stole the show, scoring three touchdowns, two on pass receptions of 70 and 68 yards and one on an option run of 41 yards.

Fryar set a Nebraska wingback record for reception yards with 138 on those two touchdown catches, the longest receptions of his career. He also rushed for 92 yards on only three carries.

Meanwhile Rozier, who played just three quarters, ran for 196 yards on just 15 carries, averaging 13 yards each time he got the ball.

Not to be outdone, Gill bettered Rozier's average by rushing for 100 yards on just four carries, an average of 25 yards per carry. He also threw for 136 yards.

Here is the scoring breakdown of the Huskers' record-setting offensive performance.

FIRST QUARTER

NU 6-0: Fullback Mark Schellen scores on a trap play up the middle for 27 yards. Extra point fails.

NU 14-0: Wingback Irving Fryar splits out wide on the left with nobody covering him. He catches a quick pass from quarterback Turner Gill and runs for a 68-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion is good (Gill to Fryar pass).

NU 21-0: Fryar catches a pass from Gill over the middle and runs untouched for a 70-yard touchdown. Extra point is good by Dave Schneider.

SECOND QUARTER

NU 28-7: Fryar goes in motion in the backfield and takes the option pitch from Gill on the right side and runs for a touchdown from 41 yards out. Extra point is good by Schneider.

NU 35-7: I-back Jeff Smith takes the option pitch from quarterback Nate Mason on the left side for a 12-yard touchdown. Extra point is good by Schneider.

NU 42-10: I-back Mike Rozier takes the handoff from Gill and runs up the middle for a seven-yard touchdown. Extra point is good by Schneider.

THIRD QUARTER

NU 49-10: Rozier takes the handoff from Gill and dives over the top for a one-yard touchdown. Extra point is good by Scott Livingston.

NU 56-10: Gill fakes the handoff to Rozier, rolls around the left side, and muscles through two Gopher defenders for a 12-yard touchdown run. Extra point is good by Livingston.

NU 63-13: Rozier takes the handoff and breaks to the outside down the sideline for a 71-yard touchdown run. Extra point is good by Livingston.

FOURTH QUARTER

NU 70-13: Quarterback Craig Sundberg throws a short pass over the left side in the flat to Jeff Smith. Smith eludes four tacklers down the field for a 51-yard touchdown play. Extra point is good by Livingston.

NU 77-13: Sundberg rolls right on the option and runs the remaining 44 yards untouched for the score. Extra point is good by Livingston.

NU 84-13: Sundberg calls a quarterback sneak and rams it up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown. Extra point is good by Livingston.

NEBRASKA'S FINAL OFFENSIVE GAME STATS


First downs: 25

Rushes-yards: 55-595

Passing yards: 195

Total yards: 790

Passes: 5-15-1

Punts: 3-44

Fumbles-lost: 2-2

Time of possession: 22:35


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