18 yards: Touchdown, Tokyo style

2012-07-28T23:40:00Z 2012-08-03T17:22:56Z 18 yards: Touchdown, Tokyo styleBy BRIAN ROSENTHAL / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

The distance: 18 yards

The star: Corey Dixon

The date: Dec. 5, 1992

The outcome: Huskers 38, Kansas State 24

Tom Osborne said his first instinct when approached about playing Kansas State in Japan “was ambivalence.”

His coaching staff didn’t know what to think, either.

“We talked to the players … players are always enthusiastic to try something new, so they said they’d like to do it,” Osborne said, shortly before Nebraska headed overseas.

“Now, there’s a few of them probably wondering whether they did the right thing or not.”

And that’s the short version of why Nebraska once won a Big Eight Conference championship in Tokyo.

The teams were originally scheduled to play that October in Manhattan, Kan., but had agreed that spring to move the game, in what Japan was calling the Coca-Cola Bowl.

Each team was guaranteed $200,000 (minus the approximate $9,000 spent on passports). Entourages from both schools left on the same plane the Tuesday before the game for the 13-hour flight. They also shared the same return flight.

Osborne joked about using the same ticket prices — $230 for one of the best seats in the Tokyo Dome — for Nebraska’s home game the following year against K-State.

About 500 Nebraska fans attended game, and some 100 from K-State. The rest of the sellout crowd of 50,000 were locals.

“Can you imagine that? … $230 and then not even understand what you’re seeing out there,” Osborne said. “It’ll be a little bizarre.”

Nebraska opened the scoring on freshman quarterback Tommie Frazier’s fake handoff to Lance Lewis and roll-out pass to wingback Corey Dixon deep in the end zone. The 18-yard touchdown — the first in NU history outside U.S. soil — came with 6:35 to play in the first quarter.

The Huskers stretched the lead to 21-0 and were never seriously threatened. Those who stayed up and listened to the radio broadcast — the game kicked off at 10 p.m. in Lincoln and wasn’t televised — heard Nebraska win its first Big Eight crown since 1988.

A loss would’ve given the title to Colorado, which went 5-1-1. NU finished 6-1 in conference play.

Reach Brian Rosenthal at 402-473-7436 or brosenthal@journalstar.com. You can follow him on Twitter @HuskerExtraBR.

Copyright 2015 JournalStar.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.




Latest Husker Videos

Your Nebraska football fix

Steven M. Sipple and Brian Christopherson ponder four intriguing storylines heading to the summer months.

Video: Miles discusses Petteway's possibilities in the NBA

Video: Miles discusses Petteway's possibilities in the NBA

Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles talks about the obstacles ahead of Terran Petteway in th…

Video: Tim Miles talks departures, program's future

Video: Tim Miles talks departures, program's future

Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles talks about the recent departures of staff, and players …


Follow us

Follow us on Twitter



On Twitter