40 for 40: Nebraska Football’s Defining Moments – The 1980s Locker Pass Content

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40 for 40: Nebraska Football’s Defining Moments – The 1980s

Oct. 24, 1981 – The Making of Turner Gill

They’ll never let you play quarterback,” Barry Switzer told a young, brilliant quarterback from Texas. “Nebraska doesn’t play black quarterbacks.”

Turner Gill – the first great Husker option quarterback – knew better.

He headed to Nebraska and learned the game under Tom Osborne, who would later be the best man at his wedding. Gill would set his share of records and create his own memories at NU. His first moment might have been a “hell day” victory over Missouri.

It was an incredible defensive struggle.

The Tigers and Huskers were deadlocked at zeroes and headed toward the ugliest of all ties. With 2:36 remaining in the game, Gill, who had been battered and bruised all game by Mizzou’s defense, got the ball on his 36-yard line.

He delivered a game-winning touchdown in less than two minutes, completing passes of 13, 24 and 21 yards to get the Huskers down to the Tigers’ 4-yard line. Phil Bates scored from there and silence 72,000 at Faurot Field.

The legend of Gill was born.

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