To "Respond to Randy" click on the above link and choose "Randy York's N-sider" under "Area of Interest" on the new screen. Please include your name and hometown and tell us where you were and how you remember Matt Davison’s miracle catch that kept top-ranked Nebraska on track for its third national championship in four years. Your ideas may be published on "Randy York's N-sider" page on Huskers.com. Please check back for updated comments.
Where were you when the Miracle in Missouri happened? I was on the edge of my seat in a red recliner in my basement in Overland Park, Kan.
I wasn’t the only one glued to a 50-inch TV that seemed more like a drive-in theater screen for this nationally televised classic. My wife, Linda, a fellow Nebraska graduate, was also zeroed in on the action. So were Bill and Kathy Werner, Missouri alums who live a few houses up the street.
The Huskers, 29-point favorites, had just fallen behind, 38-31 with 62 seconds left and 67 yards of Faurot Field to cover.
“Nebraska’s going to win,” Bill predicted.
“Bill,” I said, “we’re a run-oriented team, and we don’t have any timeouts left.”
“Mark my words,” he replied. “Nebraska will go right down the field because that’s what they do.”
With apologies to Paul Harvey and everyone reading this, you know the rest of the story. On one of the most remembered plays in college football history, Matt Davison made a game-saving touchdown catch that preserved the Huskers' national championship season.
Scott Frost threw into a crowd of Nebraska and Mizzou players, and the Huskers’ Shevin Wiggins kept the ball alive with a desperation kick that fell into the hands of a diving Davison. This is the 10th anniversary of that famous play, and I remember it like it was yesterday.
“I’m leaving,” my neighbor told me the instant he figured out what had happened.
“Why?” I asked.
“Because the game is over,” he said.
“We haven’t even tied you guys yet,” I reminded him. “What about overtime?”
My usually mild-mannered friend got up from his chair and stopped at the bottom of the steps. Sensing a volcanic reaction from the Army Ranger that’s still part of his DNA, his wife persuaded Bill to wait. Once Nebraska scored in overtime, he looked at me, shook his head and said: “I’m sorry, Randy. I need to go home. I don’t want to hear Brent Musburger describe something I never want to see or hear again.”
Sorry, Bill. Here’s another chance . . . for you and everyone else to remember the call.
Again, the question of the week awaits your response: Where were you when the Miracle in Missouri happened? Davison says he gets asked about the catch six to 10 times a week.
"If everyone who says they were at Faurot Field that day was really there, the crowd would have been about 200,000 people," said Davison, who won an ESPY Award for that play.
So fess up. I did. And while you're at it, do you think Fox Sports did Davison's catch justice by ranking the "kick play" as the fourth best among the 50 Most Spectacular Plays of all time? Four other Nebraska plays made that list, so check it out.
That’s not all, folks. For this N-sider, we had the chance to sit down with Davison and get his thoughts on his memorable catch. We also talked to him about Saturday’s showdown in Columbia and here's what he had to say about Missouri's home-field advantage.
Husker Q and A: Matt Davision RY: Heading into that final drive, you had not caught a pass in the previous 17 quarters. Did you know going in how much of a role you would eventually play in that drive? How much did you work on the 2-minute offense in practice each week? (Davison).
RY: Going 67 yards in 62 seconds without a timeout. One of the things people forget is that you had to convert a pair of third-downs to keep the drive alive. In fact, your first catch of the day was a 13-yarder on 3rd-and-10. Talk about what was said in the huddle going into that drive and the play you made to help set up the final play. (Davison)
RY:Describe the final play...and is it true that the play (99 double slant) had not been run all season until Scott Frost called it in the huddle? (Davison)
RY:In the days following the catch, you said, "It doesn't seem as big to me as everybody else. If we go on to win the national championship, then it will be a bigger thing." When did you realize how special a moment the catch truly was? Could you have ever imagined that your first college touchdown would be a play that would be one of the greatest plays in college football history? (Davison)
RY: Rumor has it that when Nebraska went back to Missouri two years later, the first place you went was to the same end zone during the team walk-through. Tell us what that was like to be back on that field, and then to score your second touchdown in the same end zone the next day. (Davison)
RY: You’ve probably heard from college fans across the country about that play, especially when is replayed on ESPN Classic. How does it feel to be associated with a play that is etched in the minds of college football fans? (Davison)
RY: People don’t remember that you also hold the school record for most receiving yards in a game and that you finished your career with 93 catches in a run-based offense. Admit it, how many catches would you have if NU ran the West Coast Offense in your playing days? (Davison)
RY: One of the off-chutes of the play was the media attention you received from it. How did that help you eventually turn your career interests to broadcasting and your work now in the broadcast booth? (Davison)
RY: As someone who has gone down to Faurot Field and won twice during your career, what is it going to take for the Huskers to be successful on Saturday? (Davison)
RY:With the 10-year anniversary of the 1997 national championship team next weekend, how special was it to be a freshman and play such a part in not only a national title team, but also the last team that Tom Osborne coached at Nebraska? (Davison)