It’s a chilly morning in Lincoln with freezing temperatures at field level just 90 minutes away from the scheduled 11 a.m. kickoff in Memorial Stadium between Nebraska and Minnesota. This kicks off a month of important games for the Huskers. Nebraska starts that stretch without its starting quarterback.
Casey Thompson was not dressed during team warm ups on Saturday. Interim head coach Mickey Joseph said during the week that Thompson would be a game-time decision. The junior lobbied coaches throughout the week, insisting he could play. Instead, Nebraska will lean on Chubba Purdy and Logan Smothers against Minnesota.
Saturday’s game serves as Nebraska’s Veterans/Military Appreciation Day, ahead of Veterans Day on Nov. 11. As part of the ceremonies, the Nebraska National Guard stationed military vehicles at the East Stadium Plaza outside of Gate 20. A military humvee was also parked along Stadium Drive to the west of Memorial Stadium.
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots representatives are outside various entrances into Memorial Stadium to collect toys and donations for the less fortunate ahead of the holiday season. Fans were also encouraged by the Nebraska athletic department to visit the Veterans’ Tribune outside of the Pershing Military and Naval Science building on the corner of 14th and Vine streets.
Prior to kickoff, the flyover includes three UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters flown by the Nebraska Army National Guard. Nebraska will honor military members throughout the game. That includes camouflage decorations on the gates surrounding Tom Osborne Field.
Former Husker running back Terrell Newby will lead Nebraska out for the Tunnel Walk. Sgt. Newby is currently a paratrooper and Infantry Team Leader serving in the Nebraska Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 134th Airborne Infantry Battalion. Several former and active-duty military members will join the Tunnel Walk as well.
>> Nebraska and Minnesota are meeting for the 12th consecutive year, as the two have met every year since the Huskers joined the Big Ten. Minnesota leads the series since then, 6-5. Nebraska is 1-4 in the last five games against Minnesota, with the 53-28 win in 2018 being the Huskers’ only win. Minnesota’s last two wins against Nebraska have been by a touchdown.
>> Offensive lineman Broc Bando and wide receiver Omar Manning practiced with their respective groups in warmups. Joseph confirmed earlier this week they’d be available after missing the Illinois game.
>> Nebraska looks to end a two-game losing streak while Minnesota comes off a 31-0 win over Rutgers last week.
>> After starting the season with scoring drives on four of their five opening drives, Nebraska hasn’t scored on its opening drive in the last three games.
>> Junior linebacker Luke Reimer currently sits 29th in school history with 219 tackles. He would move up to 20th in program history with 5 tackles against Minnesota.
>> A litany of recruits were invited to the field for today’s game. That includes several in-state prospects and members of various recruiting classes. One of the spotlight recruits is Jaden Reddell of Raymore-Peculiar High in Peculiar, Missouri. Reddell, at 6 foot 5 and 225 pounds, is a composite 4-star junior receiver/tight end with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Michigan and other blue-blood programs. Nebraska offered him on September 3. Reddell is a teammate of current commit Jaidyn Doss.