On Saturday, March 19th, I attended my second consecutive "Hunt With The Huskers" event that is held each March at the Oak Creek Hunting Lodge near Brainard, Nebraska. The event gives rabid Husker fans (and you know who you are) the opportunity to rub hunting elbows with some of your favorite former Husker football greats. This year's crop of veterans included Terry Connealy (DT '91-'94), Erik Wiegert (OL '89-'91), Aaron Graham (C '92-'95), Ricky Henry (OL '09-'10), Dr. Rob Zatechka (OL '91-'94), Jeremy Slechta (DT '98-'01), Joel Makovicka (FB '95-'98) and Adrian Fiala (LB '67-'69). Fiala was the program's master of ceremonies.
Event creator Gerry Gray of Great Plains Marketing also invited Dillon Rotherham and his family as special guests. Dillon, a fifth grader in the Millard Public District and his service dog, Flyer, were accompanied by Dillon's parents Jerry and Karen, his brother, Connor and big sister Brooke. Connor, who plays football and wears size 12 shoes, is only in the eighth grade! (Carl Pelini and Barney Cotton, are you listening?)
Before the "Hunt" program, Adrian Fiala was telling a true story about a lady who years ago was listening on the radio to Lyell Bremser describe an exciting play by one of the Nebraska running backs.
Bremser said, "He's to the 30, the 35, to the 45, the 50, the 45, the 40, the 35..." All of a sudden, the lady stands up and yells, "Why is he running backwards?!"
And no, he didn't say what color her hair was.
HUSKER TRIVIA ANSWERS
As I was doing some research on the Huskers a couple of months ago, I found that for the only time in school history (1995), the Nebraska football team had two consecutive regular season wins over teams that were ranked in the AP Top Ten at the time the Huskers played them (Kansas and Colorado). And by beating Florida in the Fiesta Bowl that season, Nebraska notched three wins over Top Ten ranked teams for only the second time in school history (1971). (Prior to 1936, there were no AP rankings.)
Then I got to wondering if any team had broken Nebraska's 3-0 record and if so, when, by how much and who were the teams? Many of you responded, but Doug from Spokane, Washington (formerly of Nebraska) was kind enough to send me some college football links that had the answers. Thanks, Doug!
1.) What is the record number of single season wins by a D-1 college football team over teams rated in the Top Ten when the games were played?
2.) How many teams share the record?
Oklahoma-2000, Miami-1987 and Notre Dame-1943
3.) How many teams have four such wins in a single season?
Alabama ('09), Florida ('08), Tennessee ('98), Michigan ('97), Notre Dame ('88), Alabama ('78), Michigan ('64), Army ('45), Southern Cal ('67), Iowa ('60 at 4-1) and Pitt ('36).
4.) How many teams are tied with Nebraska's '95 team with three such wins in a season?
Auburn ('10), LSU ('07), Florida ('06), Texas ('05). Southern Cal ('03), LSU ('03), Ohio State ('02), Florida State ('99 and '93), Miami and Washington ('91), Penn State ('82), Clemson ('81), Notre Dame ('77), Oklahoma ('75), Southern Cal ('72 and '74), Nebraska ('71), Texas ('69), Ohio State ('68), Notre Dame ('66 at 3-1), Alabama ('64), Southern Cal ('62), Mississippi ('59) and Iowa ('58 and '56).
4.) What is the record number of wins by a team in a season over teams ranked in the Final AP Top Ten?
5.) How many teams hold that record?
Oklahoma (2000), Nebraska ('95), Notre Dame ('88), Army ('45) and Minnesota ('40)
You can see that the Huskers are among a very elite group of college football teams. Of course, we already knew that.
From left: Erik Wiegert, Rob Zatechka, Ricky Henry and Aaron Graham
Terry Connealy and Adrian Fiala
Dillon with family members, including sister Brooke,
dad Jerry, brother Connor and mom Karen (right)
Dillon and Flyer
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