Colorado offered to triple Tom Osborne’s salary, and the Nebraska head coach took a long look at the job. Here’s why he remained in Lincoln.
James Palmer Jr.’s last-second 3 to beat Illinois took Mike Babcock back to the NU Coliseum and Nebraska’s buzzer-beater against No. 1 Michigan in 1964 as well as a few other stops along the way.
Nebraska was poised to play for a national title in 1978. All the Huskers had to do was beat Missouri. When they didn’t, Oklahoma awaited in the Orange Bowl.
Bob Devaney and Bear Bryant’s teams played one another three times. The first, following the 1965 season, ended up being a title game, though it didn’t look that way entering the day.
Was the 1978 Oklahoma team Barry Switzer’s best? He thought so, but the Sooners couldn’t overcome the Huskers (and fumbles) as Tom Osborne finally snapped his Sooner losing streak.
For a school with as good a draft history as Nebraska has, the program hasn’t had that many early departures. Mike Babcock updates the all-time list.
Iowa State took a two-game winning streak into its game with Nebraska in 1978. The Huskers responded with a shutout, the start of a 14-game winning streak in the series.
Dave Rimington didn’t think Nebraska should run the “bounceroosky” against Oklahoma in 1982. Tom Osborne thought differently and one of the most memorable plays in Husker history was the result.
Nebraska’s walk-on tradition is long, but the rise of I-back I.M. Hipp, a walk-on from South Carolina, may have been the moment it started getting national attention.
Nebraska opened 1976 as the No. 1 team in the country, but an 8-3-1 regular-season record had some believing Tom Osborne really need a win over Texas Tech in Houston.