Twitter can be a great place sometimes. And during Nebraska’s 43-36 win over Arkansas State (0-1) in the season opener Saturday night, it didn’t disappoint.
There was this one-liner from the best fake account out there after Nebraska (1-0) punter Caleb Lightbourn boomed a 50-yard punt only to have it returned 61 yards to the house, resulting in Arkansas State’s first lead of the game. One word. Simple.
— Faux Pelini (@FauxPelini) September 3, 2017
Then there was this, which, I’ll admit, is a little uncomfortable, but the sentiment is there. At the end of the first quarter, quarterback Tanner Lee connected with junior wideout Stanley Morgan Jr. for 44 yards and a score. Lee moved up into the pocket and delivered an absolute dime to Morgan. You were probably thinking the same thing, too
— Brett Kane (@BrettKaneRadio) September 3, 2017
Then there was this from Brandi in London which is just really cool. The geo-tag on the photo shows that this dedicated Husker is up at 2:00 a.m. in the morning to watch the season opener. Respect.
— Brandi Dolezal (@bdizzled) September 3, 2017
With the Red Wolves driving deep into the red zone in the second quarter, sophomore linebacker Tyrin Ferguson caught a deflection from the line of scrimmage to turn Arkansas State over. Nebraska had saved itself, at the very least, three points. Then came a safety. And this perfectly timed tweet.
— The NASCAR Superman 🎃 (@NASCARSuperman) September 3, 2017
This video of Nebraska senator Ben Sasse handing out Runza sandwiches at the game was just gold.
— Taylor Gage (@gagetaylor) September 3, 2017
This next one is a two-for, but you need the context. Midway through the game, the Huskers stadium lit up for some unknown reason. Fans in the crowd started shining flashlights.
— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) September 3, 2017
Did everyone's clear bag at Memorial Stadium come with a flashlight?
— Mike Schaefer (@mikejschaefer) September 3, 2017
The Nebraska secondary appeared to all bleach their hair before the game. After senior Joshua Kalu picked off Arkansas State’s Justice Hansen in the third, this beautiful picture surfaced.
— Bart Thomsen (@BTBigRed) September 3, 2017
More on the lights! Good tweet Brian, good tweet.
Diaco's halftime adjustment to have the fans wave flashlights during Arkansas State's first drive was unconventional but ultimately useful.
— Brian Christopherson (@Husker247BC) September 3, 2017
Early in the fourth quarter, Arkansas State was threatening again and scored what appeared to be a touchdown that would cut a 41-26 Nebraska lead to just one score. Arkansas State caught the ball in the end zone, but safety Aaron Williams knocked the ball loose at the very last second. Then the Omaha World-Herald’s Dirk Chatelain made all Dallas Cowboys fans unnecessarily angry.
If that's ruled a catch, Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant might punch a wall…because they're obviously watching.
— Dirk Chatelain (@dirkchatelain) September 3, 2017
This isn’t Nebraska related but there’s never a bad time to make a joke at Texas’ expense. Reminder: Kansas beat Texas at football. It’s like the “3-1” joke, it will never die.
Kansas has a better record than Texas right now
— Kyle Hinchey (@KyleHinchey) September 3, 2017
Derek is a newbie on the Hail Varsity staff covering Husker athletics. In college, he was best known as ‘that guy from Twitter.’ He has covered a Sugar Bowl, a tennis national championship and almost everything in between (except an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game… *tears*). In his spare time, he can be found arguing with literally anyone about sports.