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"He's in the upper echelon of men I've met in my life in terms of being someone who really tries to follow through with what he says," Ron Brown said of Turner Gill, who last week retired from coaching. "He's very detailed about what he says. He writes a lot down. You don't have to keep reminding him of what he said to you. He remembers it and follows through."

NU's game at Missouri in 1981 was scoreless. There was less than a minute left. But fullback Phil Bates came to the rescue, scoring with 23 seconds left to give the Huskers a 6-0 win.

Just about everybody was scoring touchdowns when Nebraska took on Minnesota in the Metrodome on Sept. 17, 1983, but it was Irving Fryar's 70-yard TD reception that signified just what the ’83 Scoring Explosion was all about.

On the day when the Scoring Explosion blew a fuse, the Husker offense did just enough to escape Stillwater, Okla., with a win. That included a 62-yard touchdown hookup between Turner Gill and Irving Fryar.

Colorado head coach Bill McCartney was trying to create a rivalry, and all the Huskers did was show how much distance there was between the two teams — 609 yards, 37 first downs and a 48-point third quarter that started with Irving Fryar's 54-yard touchdown run.

Before that ill-fated two-point conversion attempt in Miami, there was, of course, a touchdown. A rather remarkable touchdown, too. One that’s often overlooked – if not for its importance, certainly for its improbability.

The Huskers were down 17-0 and badly in need of a touchdown in the 1984 Orange Bowl when Tom Osborn went to his bag of tricks — Big Dean Steinkuhler stepping on the gas and the NBC cameras frantically trying to catch up.