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Husker History Highlights - October 7

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Calvin Jones vOSU

Nebraska I-back Calvin Jones (44) eludes Oklahoma State defensive back Todd Fisher during a 90-yard touchdown run in the first quarter of a game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 10, 1992. Jones carried seven times for 176 yards and two TDs. (LJS file photo)

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90 yards: Jones goes the distance

Oct. 10, 1992 (Huskers 55, Oklahoma State 0)

Oklahoma State trailed by a touchdown in Lincoln and had Nebraska backed up at its 10-yard line in the first quarter. The Huskers were going into the teeth of a very strong north wind on a sunny October day.

The Cowboys were hoping for a three-and-out, then maybe a poor punt into that wind, then maybe great field position, then maybe ...

Or maybe not.

Sophomore I-back Calvin Jones busted through a hole in the middle of the line, then darted to his left — in the general area of where an Oklahoma State cornerback would’ve been, had he not blitzed.

Jones was gone. Oh, one defender grazed the back of his jersey near the OSU 45-yard line in a desperate dive, but to no avail.

“Calvin Jones hits air, and this is why they’re so dangerous,” OSU coach Pat Jones recounted on his weekly television show.

Jones had another touchdown run of 48 yards in the Huskers’ 55-0 rout, part of his 176-yard day.

On seven carries.

“You miss a tackle on these people and they’re on you so rapidly," Jones said. "They’re powerful.”

Jones was named the Big Eight offensive player of the week. His 90-yard scamper — the sixth-longest run in Nebraska history — was the longest run in the Big Eight that season, and earned Jones the AT&T long play of the week honor.

(Oh, and how strong was the wind that day? NU's Mike Stigge got a punt into the jet stream, and the ball traveled 87 yards — the longest punt in NU history.)

Jones and his “We-back” counterpart, Derek Brown, helped Nebraska to the 1992 NCAA rushing title with a 328.2 yard-per-game average. Except for the season finale against Kansas State (in Tokyo, when Brown had a shoulder injury) Jones never played more than two quarters in a game that season. He still rushed for 1,210 yards.


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