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4th quarter comebacks.

Huskerfan69

Junior Varsity
2 Year Member
This was quite the fourth-quarter comeback. Trailing 16-7 with 12 minutes left and then scoring 30 unanswered.



Oh man, this game was fun, at least the 4th quarter was. I was the only one in my family that stayed up to listen to this game. I was 13 at the time.
 
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Uncle Buck

Heisman
20 Year Member
Oh man, this game was fun, at least the 4th quarter was. I was the only one in my family that stayed up to listen to this game. I was 13 last the time.
I mean, what else you gonna do? The Huskers are playing!
Those were the days we'd suffer any inconvenience to watch or listen
 

Husker Country Doc

Heisman
15 Year Member
In another thread, I mentioned there were rare 4th quarter comebacks during TO's tenure. That made me curious. How many were there? Here's what I found, with one score wins, and NU scoring last with the go ahead in the 4th.

1973 - KU - 10-9, FG with 12:28 left.
1974 - Florida - 13-10, FG with 1:46 left
1976 - Miami - 17-9, 10 points in final 6:24
1976 - OSU - 14-10, TD with 11:57 left
1977 - BAMA- 31-24, TD with 7:12 left
1977 - UNC - 21-17, TD with 3:16 left
1978 - OU - 17-14, FG with 11:51 left
1979 - Iowa - 24-21, FG with 5:52 left
1979 - MIZZOU - 23-20, FG with 3:15 left
1981 - MIZZOU - 6-0, TD with 6 secs left
1983 - OU - 28-21, TD with 14:25 left
1986- So. CARO - 27-24, TD with 1:26 left
1987 - ASU - 35-28, TD with 3:37 left
1991 - KSU - 38-31, TD with 2:47 left
1991, OU - 19-14, TD with 2:57 left
1994 - Miami- 24,17, TD with 2:46 left
1997 - MIZZOU, TD in OT

My memory comes into focus about 1978, but TO and DONU were RARELY behind in the 4th, and when they were, didn't typically get a score to win, to my recollection. However, your research proves it happened. Not usually in the last

Not like my gestalt watching Dallas Cowboys and Roger Staubach on Sundays.
 

Husker Country Doc

Heisman
15 Year Member
That 6-0 Missouri one had me a little intrigued so I went to the game page and watched the end.

NU had it 1st and gaol at the 5. Handed off up the middle to the 3. FG attempt would be almost exactly an extra point for the win.

Missouri calls time out instead of letting the clock run down to a final FG.

FB up the middle for a TD.

NU misses the XP.
I threw up after that game.
 

HuskerWeatherman

Feral Cat
20 Year Member
I was 12, and I recall it being VERY late (3a?) when that game ended?

Kickoff for the game in Honolulu was 11:30PM Central.

I stayed up 'til the wee hours in the morning listening on the radio. And it was a nail biter until the 4th quarter. We were behind 10-0 at halftime, still behind after 3, then outscored Hawaii 30-0 in the 4th to pull away.

Turner Gill didn't start that game, as he was having back spasms in the pregame. Bruce Mathison started on short notice. Gill did play some that day, but it was really the combination of Rozier and Craig that carried us to victory.
 

HuskerWeatherman

Feral Cat
20 Year Member
Regarding the '81 Missouri game in Columbia, when we pulled out a 6-0 win with the late score ... Warren Powers gave Nebraska and the fan base plenty of stress back in the day.

Powers was a very good head coach at Missouri. He got the Tigers into a bowl game in 5 of his 7 seasons -- when there were far fewer bowls. He also had Missouri ranked in the top 20 (there was no top 25 then) at the end of 3 of his 7 seasons. And his only losing season was his last in '84.

As most know, Warren Powers played for Nebraska, with his senior year being Devaney's first season. He then was an assistant under both Devaney and Osborne (after several years playing for the Oakland Raiders). His first head coaching gig was at Washington State in 1977. He took Wazzu into Lincoln and beat Nebraska. After one season at WSU, Powers went on to coach Missouri starting in '78. And what did he do in '78? His Tigers upset Nebraska the week following our huge win over #1 OU (which is why we ended up playing and losing to the Sooners in a rematch in the Orange Bowl). Also, Warren Powers was commonly called a dirty coach by Nebraska fans during his time in Columbia.
 

KleinTxHusker

All Legend
15 Year Member
In another thread, I mentioned there were rare 4th quarter comebacks during TO's tenure. That made me curious. How many were there? Here's what I found, with one score wins, and NU scoring last with the go ahead in the 4th.

1973 - KU - 10-9, FG with 12:28 left.
1974 - Florida - 13-10, FG with 1:46 left
1976 - Miami - 17-9, 10 points in final 6:24
1976 - OSU - 14-10, TD with 11:57 left
1977 - BAMA- 31-24, TD with 7:12 left
1977 - UNC - 21-17, TD with 3:16 left
1978 - OU - 17-14, FG with 11:51 left
1979 - Iowa - 24-21, FG with 5:52 left
1979 - MIZZOU - 23-20, FG with 3:15 left
1981 - MIZZOU - 6-0, TD with 6 secs left
1983 - OU - 28-21, TD with 14:25 left
1986- So. CARO - 27-24, TD with 1:26 left
1987 - ASU - 35-28, TD with 3:37 left
1991 - KSU - 38-31, TD with 2:47 left
1991, OU - 19-14, TD with 2:57 left
1994 - Miami- 24,17, TD with 2:46 left
1997 - MIZZOU, TD in OT
If you are a really good football team, you don't need fourth quarter comebacks.

I once recall reading a comment on Elway's leading fifty something comebacks, and the comment was that Reeves held him back so much and the Bronc's were sucky in a lot of areas, that he had to have all those comebacks. A better head coach and a better team, and he wouldn't have needed to make those.

So, comebacks are great, but it isn't a great stat. More of a backhanded complement.

Still you remember the Staubachs, Stablers, Elway and Montana. Those comebacks are spectacular and they were in big games. Elway just had to do it much more than most.
 
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