A defense led by nose tackle Rich Glover was the nations best. The offense, with quarterback Jerry Tagge, wingback Johnny Rodgers
(pictured) and tailback Jeff Kinney, was no slouch, either. The Huskers waltzed through the regular season with one eye on their November date with Oklahoma, whose newfangled wishbone was proving unstoppable. The No. 1 Huskers and No. 2 Sooners played a Game of the Century
in Norman that lived up to its billing. Nebraska prevailed, 35-31, thanks in part to Rodgers electrifying first-quarter punt return that opened the scoring (video here
). Several weeks later, a dismantling of unbeaten No. 2 Alabama in the Orange Bowl capped the Huskers perfect season.
ALL 1971 GAMES