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A big day for the D
Jack McCallum
December 05, 1983
Nebraska remained unbeaten and No. 1 by holding off Oklahoma
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December 05, 1983

A Big Day For The D

Nebraska remained unbeaten and No. 1 by holding off Oklahoma

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Rozier's long romp came on a play called "41 sprint option pitch." Steinkuhler and Right Tackle Scott Raridon, both All-Big Eight selections this season, were practically drooling when they arrived at the line of scrimmage and saw Oklahoma's defensive alignment—one man on each blocker and no one outside. Steinkuhler, the probable Outland Trophy winner as lineman of the year, simply mowed down his man, and Raridon backed his man up and then got a linebacker. Meanwhile, Schellen sent Cornerback Bryan Hall flying with a vicious block in the backfield. "He tried to jump over the top," said Schellen, "and he paid the price."

When Rozier picks up his Heisman on Dec. 3, the highlight films will again show his inspired change-of-direction touchdown run against UCLA; it already has had more airings than I Love Lucy. Fine, But remember less spectacular plays like "41 sprint option pitch" and the blocking of teammates like Steinkuhler, Raridon and Schellen, because that's what really earned Rozier his Heisman and the slew of records he broke this season. They included most rushing touchdowns (29) in NCAA history and highest average per carry (7.16).

After the game Fryar summed up Nebraska's success as only Fryar could. "See, what counts is doing what you gotta do when you gotta do it," he said. "That's what we've been doing." And what they'll have to do in the Orange Bowl against Miami, another tough and hungry home team.

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