Nebraska is looking for a back-to-back win for the first time since 2019 as the Buffalo Bulls of the Mid-American Conference visit Lincoln for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday.
The game will have a special meaning for many as it falls on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. In honor of the anniversary, Nebraska will be wearing patriotic-themed uniforms.
The 20th anniversary of 9/11 isn’t the only storyline surrounding the game—the heat is another. Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s and well over 100 degrees on Memorial Stadium’s turf field. Here’s the full weather report in case you missed it.
On the injury front, a group of Huskers aren’t expected to play. Receivers Oliver Martin, Omar Manning and Barron Miles Jr. are out and weren’t dressed for warmups. Martin missed last week’s game against Fordham while this will be Manning’s first game he’s missed—Manning was seen in a walking boot before the game. Tight end Travis Vokolek, sporting a heavily-taped left ankle, was doing some light conditioning drills with defensive lineman Casey Rogers, who was wearing a bulky brace on his left leg. Neither will play against Buffalo.
Other Huskers that weren’t dressed for warmups include defensive lineman Mosai Newsom, safety Noa Pola-Gates, tight end Thomas Fidone Jr. and inside linebackers Randolph Kpai and Mikai Gbayor.
>> The flags atop Memorial Stadium are blowing north to northeast, but wind shouldn’t play a factor in the matchup today.
>> Receiver Samori Touré was seen fielding punts alongside corner Cam Taylor-Britt in warmups.
>> Defensive lineman Colton Feist was seen dressed and going through defensive line drills. Feist, from Yutan, Nebraska, missed much of fall camp with an injury and the first two games of this season.
>> The temperature on the field before the game nearly reached 130 degrees.
— Erin Sorensen (@erinsorensen) September 11, 2021
>> Just before noon, Buffalo players formed a circle with head coach Maurice Linguist in the middle for some final words before entering pregame warmups.
Pretty cool moment with Buffalo ahead of pregame.
Head coach Maurice Linguist right the middle. pic.twitter.com/S7XOn4ysvQ
— Steve Marik (@Steve_Marik) September 11, 2021