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    by Published on 09-09-2015 11:42 PM  Number of Views: 16186 
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    OK, admittedly thatís a red meat headline pandering for clicks from a fan base drawing lines in the sand faster than Oprah biking after the lone ice cream cart on Maui, but thatís exactly the point. After a mere game in the Riley era, that NU won by most metrics other than the final score, the Ghostbusters ...
    by Published on 09-07-2015 08:55 PM  Number of Views: 2693 

    Each week after every game, I'm going to be doing a new feature called tweets of the game, featuring some of the best tweets ...
    by Published on 09-07-2015 03:01 PM     Number of Views: 5196 

    "The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat..."
    ABC's "Wide World Of Sports" slogan

    Saturday's last-second loss to BYU, as heartbreaking as it was, came as the result of a perfect storm. And as perfect as that storm was, the Huskers came within one second of getting Mike Riley his first win as a Husker.

    What am I talking about? Consider the following. Nebraska:
    by Published on 09-06-2015 09:47 AM  Number of Views: 1377 
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    Cornhuskers Crushed as Cougar Comeback Creates a Calamitous Conclusion

    What a heart wrenching tragedy that ...
    by Published on 09-06-2015 04:26 AM     Number of Views: 8404 
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    Prior to his hiring at Nebraska, 62-year-old Mike Riley had coached 40 years for 10 different teams. But admittedly, none of his previous stops could prepare him for Lincoln. Not the San Diego Chargers, not the New Orleans Saints, not the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Oregon State? Please. Mike Riley is now the head coach for one of the most storied programs in all of college football: 874 wins (5th all-time), ...
    by Published on 09-05-2015 08:55 PM  Number of Views: 15036 

    Itís hard to have persistent forward vision when you just saw your season-opener and your nationís-best opening day win streak ruined by a Hail Mary touchdown pass with the clock at 0:00. But thatís just what Mike Riley and Nebraska need right now, and Riley was anxious to look ahead after the game. ...
    by Published on 09-05-2015 07:15 PM     Number of Views: 7875 

    What's most disappointing about BYU beating Nebraska on a Hail Mary is that Nebraska had three guys around Mitch Matthews, ...
    by Published on 09-04-2015 02:17 AM  Number of Views: 11436 
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    Life turned upside down at the same time NU football turned upside down, but itís time for NU to saddle-up again and on a much, much more insignificant note, me too. I donít cheerlead in my columns, and this inaugural 2015 piece is my prognostication as to whether Mike Riley has the sauce to lead NU back to national prominence, but make no ...
    by Published on 09-04-2015 01:13 AM  Number of Views: 9470 
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    In taking an in-depth look at what to expect for the 2015 season, we've covered some reasons to be optimistic and reasons to be pessimistic. Between them, you'd think we have a pretty good gauge on how things will go this fall.

    But yet, lingering questions remain.

    Some of these may be evident by the end of the BYU game, while others may not be known until January. Here are some lingering questions, along with my best guess on how they'll be answered:

    Does Mike Riley fully understand what he's gotten himself into? This is a question that I've thought about many times this off-season. As you and I know, Nebraska is a unique place* and our singular focus and passion for the football team can catch outsiders by surprise. For an example, consider the two previous head coaches. I'm guessing each of them had a moment when they thought "Holy crap, what have I done?". ...
    by Published on 09-03-2015 03:22 PM  Number of Views: 459 
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    This is my countdown of the greatest Nebraska Cornhuskers to wear each jersey number, 1-99. For background on the project, click here. We're going to start at #99 and work our way down to #1. For each number, I'll list the best player to wear that number, some of the other memorable Huskers to don that jersey, as well as a personal favorite of mine.

    I love the disparity of numbers 39 - 30. At one end (39) is a fairly bleak field of candidates, while on the other end (30) you have two of the greatest I-Backs in school history. And with another mixed back of I-Backs, fullbacks, linebackers, corners, safeties, kickers, wingbacks, and others, it makes the picking rather difficult.


    Best Player: Andra Franklin, Fullback, 1978 - 1980
    Other notables: None
    Personal Favorite: Jeff Souder, Safety, 2005

    Comments: A starter in three different seasons, Andra Franklin was a mainstay at fullback in the late 70s. A gifted runner, Franklin averaged over 5 yards a carry during his Nebraska career, while also proving himself as an excellent blocker. Franklin earned All Big 8 honors in 1980.

    Jeff Souder only played one season at Nebraska, and did not do much more than cover kickoffs. But, oh, were those fun to watch. Souder was generously listed at 200 pounds, but that was 200 pounds of excitement, energy, and desire to go blow somebody up. I remember before kickoffs how he would jump around and excite the crowd like it was 4th and Goal with a national championship on the line. Even though his career didn't go as planned, that excitement was real.


    Best Player: Barrett Ruud, Linebacker, 2002 - 2004
    Other notables: Dan Alexander, Steve Forch, Bruce Pickens
    Personal Favorite: Dan Alexander, I-Back, 1996 - 2000

    Comments: RUUUUUUUD!!!! Nebraska's all time leader in tackles, second to Grant Wistrom is tackles for loss, and is on the short list of greatest linebackers in school history. A three year starter, Ruud was a force all over the field. He had a nose for the football on running plays, but also excelled in pass coverage, recording 12 break ups and two interceptions in his career. While he strangely only earned first team All Big XII honors once, he was a three time academic All Big XII performer.

    When I think of Dan Alexander, I think of two things: First, was amazing potential - the gifted athlete, seemingly chiseled from marble who captivated a fan base with his spring game performances - before knee injuries derailed him. And secondly, there is

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