Niles to go The distance: 100 yards
The star: Niles Paul
The date: Oct. 23, 2010
The outcome: Huskers 51, Oklahoma State 41
The video: Here

A jolt from Joe The distance: 99 yards
The star: Joe Walker
The date: Aug. 29, 1998
The outcome: Huskers 56, La. Tech 27
The video: Here

Jet-fueled The distance: 98 yards
The star: Johnny Rodgers
The date: Sept. 25, 1971
The outcome: Huskers 34, Texas A&M 7
The video: Here

Francis returns The distance: 97 yards
The star: Sam Francis
The date: Oct. 3, 1936
The outcome: Huskers 34, Iowa State 0

Rohrig run The distance: 96 yards
The star: Herm Rohrig
The date: Oct. 29, 1938
The outcome: Missouri 26, Huskers 20

Crouch strikes a pose The distance: 95 yards
The star: Eric Crouch
The date: Sept. 29, 2001
The outcome: Huskers 36, Missouri 3
The video: Here

Roger runs wild on Noles The distance: 94 yards
The star: Roger Craig
The date: Sept. 19, 1981
The outcome: Huskers 34, Florida State 14

The beginning of The Triplets The distance: 93 yards
The star: Mike Rozier
The date: Oct. 17, 1981
The outcome: Huskers 49, Kansas State 3

A run through Yankee Stadium The distance: 92 yards
The star: Willie Ross
The date: Dec. 15, 1962
The outcome: Huskers 36, Miami 34

On the lookout The distance: 91 yards
The star: Jack Dodd
The date: Oct. 1, 1938
The outcome: Minnesota 16, Huskers 7

Jones goes the distance The distance: 90 yards
The star: Calvin Jones
The date: Oct. 10, 1992
The outcome: Huskers 55, Oklahoma State 0
The video: Here

Redwine waves bye-bye The distance: 89 yards
The star: Jarvis Redwine
The date: Nov. 22, 1980
The outcome: Oklahoma 21, Huskers 17

Running alongside The distance: 88 yards
The star: Noel Martin
The date: Nov. 3, 1962
The outcome: Missouri 16, Huskers 7

Butter it up The distance: 87 yards
The star: Dave Butterfield
The date: Sept. 25, 1976
The outcome: Huskers 64, TCU 10

Wake-up call The distance: 86 yards
The star: Bobby Newcombe
The date: Oct. 30, 1999
The outcome: Huskers 24, Kansas 17
The video: Here

Wake-up call The distance: 85 yards
The star: Niles Paul
The date: Sept. 6, 2008
The outcome: Huskers 35, San Jose State 12
The video: Here

Rathman scores one The distance: 84 yards
The star: Tom Rathman
The date: Oct. 26, 1985
The outcome: Huskers 17, Colorado 7
The video: Here

DeJuan doubles down The distance: 83 yards
The star: DeJuan Groce
The date: Aug. 31, 2002
The outcome: Huskers 31, Troy State 16

Jinx hits Huskers, not Berns The distance: 82 yards
The star: Rick Berns
The date: Nov. 18, 1978
The outcome: Missouri 35, Huskers 31

Nebraska's All-American boy The distance: 81 yards
The star: Bobby Reynolds
The date: Oct. 14, 1950
The outcome: Colorado 28, Huskers 19

Phillips steps on gas The distance: 80 yards
The star: Lawrence Phillips
The date: Aug. 31, 1995
The outcome: Huskers 64, Oklahoma State 21

Off with their helmets The distance: 79 yards
The star: Mike Fullman
The date: Oct. 21, 1995
The outcome: Huskers 49, Kansas State 25
The video: Here

Bell makes most of it The distance: 78 yards
The star: Richard Bell
The date: Oct. 3, 1987
s The outcome: Huskers 30, South Carolina 21

How to humble a bear The distance: 77 yards
The star: Johnny Rodgers
The date: Jan. 1, 1972
The outcome: Huskers 38, Alabama 6
The video: Here

Fischer helps NU beat Bevo The distance: 76 yards
The star: Pat Fischer
The date: Sept. 17, 1960
The outcome: Huskers 14, Texas 13
The video: Here

Frazier frees self from Gators The distance: 75 yards
The star: Tommie Frazier
The date: Jan. 2, 1996
The outcome: Huskers 62, Florida 24
The video: Here

Asante lookin' good The distance: 74 yards
The star: Larry Asante
The date: Sept. 26, 2009
The outcome: Huskers 55, Louisiana-Lafayette 0
The video: Here

Besting Barry Sanders The distance: 73 yards
The star: Ken Clark
The date: Oct. 15, 1988
The outcome: Huskers 63, Oklahoma State 42

Johnny tears 'em loose The distance: 72 yards
The star: Johnny Rodgers
The date: Nov. 25, 1971
The outcome: Huskers 35, Oklahoma 31
The video: Here

Walker shows off his moves The distance: 71 yards
The star: Joe Walker
The date: Oct. 4, 1997
The outcome: Huskers 56, Kansas State 26
The video: Here

Fryarcracker explosion The distance: 70 yards
The star: Irving Fryar
The date: Sept. 17, 1983
The outcome: Huskers 84, Minnesota 13
The video: Here

Davison walks the walk The distance: 69 yards
The star: Matt Davison
The date: Dec. 30, 2000
The outcome: Huskers 66, Northwestern 17

Davison walks the walk The distance: 68 yards
The star: Dennis Claridge
The date: Jan. 1, 1964
The outcome: Huskers 13, Auburn 7
The video: Here

Standoff at Coliseum The distance: 67 yards
The star: Joe Orduna
The date: Sept. 19, 1970
The outcome: Huskers 21, USC 21
The video: Here

Helu's big day The distance: 66 yards
The star: Roy Helu
The date: Sept. 19, 1970
The outcome: Huskers 31, Missouri 17
The video: Here

Childs' play The distance: 65 yards
The star: Clinton Childs
The date: Sept. 16, 1995
The outcome: Huskers 77, Arizona State 28
The video: Here

DeBose avoids doom The distance: 64 yards
The star: Doug DeBose
The date: Sept. 22, 1984
The outcome: Huskers 42, UCLA 3
The video: Here

Gone in a "flash" The distance: 63 yards
The star: Eric Crouch
The date: Oct. 27, 2001
The outcome: Huskers 20, Oklahoma 10
The video: Here

Gill to Fryar, then "D" The distance: 62 yards
The star: Irving Fryar
The date: Oct. 8, 1983
The outcome: Huskers 14, Oklahoma State 10
The video: Here

Laugh before you cry The distance: 61 yards
The star: Ricky Simmons
The date: Sept. 18, 1982
The outcome: Huskers 68, New Mexico State 0
The video: Here

Crouch does it all The distance: 60 yards
The star: Eric Crouch
The date: Sept. 11, 1999
The outcome: Huskers 45, California 0
The video: Here

Green day The distance: 59 yards
The star: Ahman Green
The date: Oct. 4, 1997
The outcome: Huskers 56, Kansas State 26
The video: Here

Not your ordinary Guy The distance: 58 yards
The star: Guy Chamberlin
The date: Nov. 14, 1914
The outcome: Huskers 35, Kansas 0
The video: Here

Green spoils CU's party The distance: 57 yards
The star: Ahman Green
The date: Oct. 28, 1995
The outcome: Huskers 44, Colorado 21
The video: Here

Storming back The distance: 56 yards
The star: Niles Paul
The date: Oct. 8, 2009
The outcome: Huskers 27, Missouri 12
The video: Here

Sauer saves opener The distance: 55 yards
The star: George Sauer
The date: Oct. 8, 1932
The outcome: Huskers 12, Iowa State 6

An avalanche begins The distance: 54 yards
The star: Irving Fryar
The date: Oct. 22, 1983
The outcome: Huskers 69, Colorado 19
The video: Here

Swift's record day The distance: 53 yards
The star: Nate Swift
The date: Oct. 25, 2008
The outcome: Huskers 32, Baylor 20
The video: Here

Final trick for Devaney The distance: 52 yards
The star: Frosty Anderson
The date: Jan. 1, 1973
The outcome: Huskers 40, Notre Dame 6
The video: Here

Setting up a screen The distance: 51 yards
The star: Bryan Carpenter
The date: Nov. 4, 1989
The outcome: Colorado 27, Huskers 21
The video: Here

19th Century TD The distance: 50 yards
The star: A.E. "Big" Yont
The date: Nov. 30, 1893
The outcome: Huskers 20, Iowa 18

Swanson cowboys up The distance: 49 yards
The star: Shane Swanson
The date: Oct. 6, 1984
The outcome: Huskers 17, Oklahoma State 3
The video: Here

Taylor's air show The distance: 48 yards
The star: Rod Smith
The date: Sept. 12, 1987
The outcome: Huskers 42, UCLA 33
The video: Here

NU's Halloween massacre The distance: 47 yards
The star: Calvin Jones
The date: Oct. 31, 1992
The outcome: Huskers 52, Colorado 7
The video: Here

Lighting up the Noles The distance: 46 yards
The star: Von Sheppard
The date: Sept. 6, 1986
The outcome: Huskers 34, Florida State 17
The video: Here

We'll call it 45 The distance: 45 yards
The star: Frank Dailey
The date: Oct. 3, 1925
The outcome: Huskers 14, Illinois 0

Twice as nice The distance: 44 yards
The star: Junior Miller
The date: Nov. 4, 1978
The outcome: Huskers 63, Kansas 21
The video: Here

Tornado on the loose The distance: 43 yards
The star: Tony Davis
The date: Sept. 8, 1973
The outcome: Huskers 40, UCLA 13
The video: Here

Strutting past Gators The distance: 42 yards
The star: Lawrence Phillips
The date: Jan. 2, 1996
The outcome: Huskers 62, Florida 24
The video: Here

Solich to the rescue The distance: 41 yards
The star: Frank Solich
The date: Sept. 25, 1965
The outcome: Huskers 27, Air Force 17
The video: Here

Bummerooski bums Mizzou The distance: 40 yards
The star: John O’Leary
The date: Nov. 1, 1975
The outcome: Huskers 30, Missouri 7
The video: Here

Polk finds end zone The distance: 39 yards
The star: Carlos Polk
The date: Nov. 24, 2000
The outcome: Huskers 34, Colorado 32
The video: Here

Wilson clinches perfection The distance: 38 yards
The star: Harry Wilson
The date: Nov. 25, 1965
The outcome: Huskers 21, Oklahoma 9
The video: Here

America the Beautiful The distance: 37 yards
The star: Tracey Wistrom
The date: Sept. 20, 2001
The outcome: Huskers 48, Rice 3
The video: Here

Blocking Sooners' path The distance: 36 yards
The star: LeRoy Zentic
The date: Oct. 31, 1959
The outcome: Huskers 25, Oklahoma 21
The video: Here

Blocking Sooners' path The distance: 35 yards
The star: Tommie Frazier
The date: Jan. 2, 1996
The outcome: Huskers 62, Florida 24

Baul hauls in tip The distance: 34 yards
The star: Reggie Baul
The date: Jan. 1, 1994
The outcome: Florida State 18, Huskers 16
The video: Here

Zigging, zagging, scoring The distance: 33 yards
The star: Bobby Reynolds
The date: Nov. 4, 1950
The outcome: Huskers 40, Missouri 34
The video: Here

Hurricane warning The distance: 32 yards
The star: Chuck Malito
The date: Oct. 2, 1976
The outcome: Huskers 17, Miami 9

Peter runs in fumble The distance: 31 yards
The star: Jason Peter
The date: Dec. 31, 1996
The outcome: Huskers 41, Virginia Tech 21
The video: Here

Suh-weet return The distance: 30 yards
The star: Ndamukong Suh
The date: Nov. 28, 2008
The outcome: Huskers 40, Colorado 31
The video: Here

Bad movie for Cowboys The distance: 29 yards
The star: Rod Smith
The date: Oct. 17, 1987
The outcome: Huskers 35, Oklahoma State 0
The video: Here

Jackson scores two The distance: 28 yards
The star: Julius Jackson
The date: Sept. 18, 1999
The outcome: Huskers 20, Southern Miss 13

Putting on his cape The distance: 27 yards
The star: Rex Burkhead
The date: Oct. 29, 2011
The outcome: Huskers 24, Michigan State 3
The video: Here

Reynolds does it all The distance: 26 yards
The star: Bobby Reynolds
The date: Oct. 22, 1950
The outcome: Huskers 19, Penn State 0

Buildup to body blow The distance: 25 yards
The star: Nate Swift
The date: Oct. 21, 2006
The outcome: Texas 22, Huskers 20
The video: Here

Thrill before heartbreak The distance: 24 yards
The star: Jeff Smith
The date: Jan. 2, 1984
The outcome: Miami 31, Huskers 30
The video: Here

Garrett in air show The distance: 23 yards
The star: Chris Garrett
The date: Nov. 18, 1989
The outcome: Huskers 42, Oklahoma 25

Early knockout The distance: 22 yards
The star: John Gibson
The date: Sept. 8, 2001
The outcome: Huskers 27, Notre Dame 10

Statement run The distance: 21 yards
The star: Eric Crouch
The date: Sept. 4, 1999
The outcome: Huskers 42, Iowa 7
The video: Here

Determined Makovicka The distance: 20 yards
The star: Joel Makovicka
The date: Aug. 30, 1997
The outcome: Huskers 59, Akron 14
The video: Here

The Fumblerooski The distance: 19 yards
The star: Dean Steinkuhler
The date: Jan. 2, 1984
The outcome: Miami 31, Huskers 30
The video: Here

Touchdown, Tokyo style The distance: 18 yards
The star: Corey Dixon
The date: Dec. 5, 1992
The outcome: Huskers 38, Kansas State 24

Bear down The distance: 17 yards
The star: Curtis Craig
The date: Sept. 17, 1977
The outcome: Huskers 31, Alabama 24
The video: Here

Thunder rolls The distance: 16 yards
The star: Bill “Thunder” Thornton
The date: Sept. 29, 1962
The outcome: Huskers 25, Michigan 13

Skating to Miami The distance: 15 yards
The star: Calvin Jones
The date: Nov. 29, 1991
The outcome: Huskers 19, Oklahoma 14
The video: Here

Championship run The distance: 14 yards
The star: Cory Schlesinger
The date: Jan. 1, 1995
The outcome: Huskers 24, Miami 17
The video: Here

Remember the Alamo The distance: 13 yards
The star: Terrence Nunn
The date: Dec. 28, 2005
The outcome: Huskers 32, Michigan 28
The video: Here

The Fleakicker The distance: 12 yards
The star: Matt Davison
The date: Nov. 8, 1997
The outcome: Huskers 45, Missouri 38, OT
The video: Here

Berringer arrives The distance: 11 yards
The star: Brook Berringer
The date: Oct. 1, 1994
The outcome: Huskers 42, Wyoming 32

A nation mourns The distance: 10 yards
The star: Rudy Johnson
The date: Nov. 23, 1963
The outcome: Huskers 29, Oklahoma 20

Mo's redemption The distance: 9 yards
The star: Maurice Purify
The date: Nov. 11, 2006
The outcome: Huskers 28, Texas A&M 27
The video: Here

Hipp to beat OU The distance: 8 yards
The star: I.M. Hipp
The date: Nov. 11, 1978
The outcome: Huskers 17, Oklahoma 14
The video: Here

Red in South Bend The distance: 7 yards
The star: Eric Crouch
The date: Sept. 9, 2000
The outcome: Huskers 27, Notre Dame 24, OT
The video: Here

Improbable comeback The distance: 6 yards
The star: David Horne
The date: Oct. 26, 2002
The outcome: Huskers 38, Texas A&M 31

Jump start The distance: 5 yards
The star: Tommie Frazier
The date: Oct. 24, 1992
The outcome: Huskers 34, Missouri 24
The video: Here

Johnny's farewell The distance: 4 yards
The star: Johnny Rodgers
The date: Jan. 1, 1973
The outcome: Huskers 40, Notre Dame 6

Better late than never The distance: 3 yards
The star: Phil Bates
The date: Oct. 24, 1981
The outcome: Huskers 6, Missouri 0
The video: Here

More than 2 yards The distance: 2 yards
The star: Mike Rozier
The date: Sept. 24, 1983
The outcome: Huskers 42, UCLA 10
The video: Here

Leaning for glory The distance: 1 yard
The star: Jerry Tagge
The date: Jan. 1, 1971
The outcome: Huskers 17, LSU 12
The video: Here

Introducing The 100 Club

Wasn’t it you once? Lost to your imagination in the backyard. That worn football tucked inside your arm just like Reynolds or Rodgers or Rozier or Frazier or Crouch or whoever it was that loomed larger than life when you were young and dreamed so many things, sometimes that you were breaking free, stiff-arming first, then high-stepping later, to the 40, the 35, the 30, the 20….


No one ever caught you, did they?


Not then. Even the youngest of us knows the power of the touchdown, the feat of eluding all obstacles in a given path — of being a step faster, a hair smarter, a football hero not just for one day but all the days after when strangers might stop you on a street corner and tell you they were there, they saw you standing in that end zone.


Of course, not all touchdowns are created equal.


Johnny tearing them loose from their shoes. Schlesinger barreling past Hurricanes. Tommie breaking one, two, three, four, five, six, all those tackles, laughing as he strolled in the final 5 yards.


Those touchdowns, we assure, will be on the list we will present this spring/summer.


But so will some touchdowns you likely won’t recognize – like that one against Iowa in 1893, or that time a Nebraska defensive back scored one off Red Grange.


What is this list? The most memorable Husker touchdowns for every yard on the field, from 1 to 100. Or, as we’ve decided to orchestrate it, from 100 to 1.


There are even a select few distances — like 96 and 97 yards — in which Nebraska has never scored a touchdown, at least as far as the athletic department’s records and our best research efforts show.


But as we make our way from goal line to goal line, we hope to tell stories you perhaps did not know — about the men who found the end zone, about what it meant to their teams and this passionate fan base at that time and place in Husker history.


-- Brian Christopherson