Rozier covers field on 2-yard run, 1983

Mike Rozier UCLA 1983

the Lincoln Journal Star

Sept. 24, 1983

Mike Rozier filled his Heisman Trophy-winning season in 1983 with many highlights, but the most memorable may have been the 2 yards he ran for a touchdown against UCLA on Sept. 24, 1983, at Memorial Stadium.

With the Huskers holding a 14-10 lead against the Rick Neuheisel-led Bruins, Rozier took a pitch from Nebraska quarterback Turner Gill and headed for the corner of the end zone only to find a wall of UCLA defenders. He reversed his field, doubling back as far as the 19-yard line before picking up some blocks — including two key ones by Gill — and finding daylight on the other side of the field. By the time he crossed the goal line, he covered more like 80 yards instead of 2.

The Huskers went on to win 42-10, with Rozier gaining 159 yards on 26 carries en route to his Husker-record 2,148 rushing yards that season.

— Jeff Korbelik