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Sunday, June 07, 2009

The Best of Eric Crouch

Alright, I'll come clean right away. I'm stealing this idea straight from Brian Christopherson's great 'life in the red' blog at the Lincoln Journal Star website. Since he doesn't have the liberty that I have, I thought I'd give him a hand with his 'Top 5 Eric Crouch Highlights.' I'll keep his 'Top 5' in the same order and I'll add a 6th - enjoy...

#6 Paddle Ball Wiz

Jeffie Husker first broke this story in May of '08 right here at DXP.

Said Jeffie:
"As if winning the Heisman Trophy and busting out of the NFL wasn't enough. Eric Crouch has now turned his attention to the little-known sport of paddle ball. You know that paddle with a ball connected to it by a thin piece of elastic. Anyway, the guys at Secret Penguin, a design boutique in the NoDo district of Omaha, Nebraska, are taking on all-comers in their Paddle Battle. Their first contestent? You guessed it, Nebraska's own Eric Crouch."
You'll have to - click here - to watch Eric dominate Secret Penguin. Awesome.

#5 Kansas State Beheading

In 1998, #11 Nebraska travelled to the Little Apple to take on #2 Kansas State and Michael Bishop. The Huskers would lose the game 30 -40. If you remember, this Kansas State team was defeated in two overtimes in the Big 12 Championship game vs. Texas A&M, which would cost them a shot at undefeated and eventual national champion Tennessee (who defeated Florida State 23 - 16 in the Fiesta Bowl.) Nebraska had two losses before this game - @ Texas A&M 28-21 and Texas 20 - 16. Crouch became the starting QB this season after Bobby Newcombe's injury in the first game.

#4 Game Winning TD vs. Notre Dame

In 2000 at South Bend, #1 Nebraska squared off against #23 Notre Dame, who had QB Arnaz Battle and RB Tony Fisher. The Huskers would win 27 -24 in an OT thriller. Crouch had 80 yards rushing with 3 TDs and threw for 103 yards. For the complete game highlights, click here. Gotta love the ball spin at the end.

#3 Forearm Shiver vs. Iowa

In 1999, #5 Nebraska travelled to Iowa in the first game of the season and would win 42-7. Crouch would have 92 yards rushing on 5 attempts and was 3 for 5 passing for 68 yards - while splitting time with Bobby Newcombe. The Iowa player that is abused here is Mikkel Brown and I could not reach him for a comment.

#2 95 Yard TD Run vs. Missouri

In 2001, #4 Nebraska travelled to Columbia and defeated the Tigers 36-3. Crouch would rush 17 times for 191 yards and was 8 for 14 with 120 yards passing. His 95 yard TD run would go down as one of the greatest runs ever...

It's better with sound...

@ the 3:59 mark, you'll see the Iowa shoulder play.

@ the 4:05 mark, you'll see the Mizzou play and hear the play-by-play guy say - "See you later. That may be one of the most unreal runs I have ever seen." Awesome.

#1 TD Catch vs. Oklahoma

The play known as 'Black 41 Flash Reverse' is no doubt the very best of Eric Crouch's highlight reel. On October 27, 2001, #3 Nebraska would defeat #2 Oklahoma 20-10 in a game where Crouch had only 21 yards rushing on 13 attempts to go along with 102 yards passing. However, Crouch caught a 63-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Mike Stuntz with 6:17 remaining that would end Oklahoma's 20 game winning streak. This game would also be the last time Nebraska defeated a Top 10 team. Could November 7th, 2009 vs. Oklahoma be the next?