Mike Babcock
Mike is in his 40th year covering Husker athletics, after seven years of community-college teaching. He has written and edited a dozen books, all on Nebraska football except one, a brief history of Husker basketball. He previously wrote for the Lincoln Journal and Star and Huskers Illustrated. He enjoys music, from the Grateful Dead and Jack Johnson to Van Morrison, Bob Wills, Glenn Miller and pretty much anyone else.
Tom's Time: As Lopsided As It Gets
Nebraska's 84-13 win over Minnesota is the stuff of lore, but a forgotten part of it is the role the Big Eight's travel-roster limit played in the lopsided win.
Tom's Time: Call Him 'Michael Heisman'
Irving Fryar suggested that people start calling Mike Rozier "Michael Heisman" following Rozier's 191-yard day against Wyoming in 1983 as the Huskers opened the season 2-0.
Tom's Time: Immediate Detonation in the '83 Kickoff Classic
Nebraska Football ∙ 15 days ago by Mike Babcock
Nebraska's famed "Scoring Explosion" offense of 1983 wasted little time earning the nickname with a 44-6 destruction of Penn State in the Kickoff Classic.
Tom's Time: An Orange Bowl Amid Unrest
Nebraska Football ∙ 22 days ago by Mike Babcock
Nearby riots kept attendance low for Nebraska's come-from-behind win over LSU in the 1983 Orange Bowl.
Tom's Time: Hawaii Coach Dick Tomey Had Had Enough of the Huskers
Nebraska Football ∙ 29 days ago by Mike Babcock
“That superiority complex of Nebraska; I’m sick of it,” Hawaii coach Dick Tomey said following his Warriors’ 37-16 loss to Nebraska in early December of 1982.
Tom's Time: Oranges in Orbit After Oklahoma Win in '82
Husker fans had a ball when Nebraska beat Oklahoma in 1982. Tom Osborne? Well. "I don’t know if they understand that an orange thrown from 50 rows up can be lethal," he said.
1 mo ago by Mike Babcock
Tom's Time: The Nebraska-Penn State Game Husker Fans Won't Forget
Nebraska was there when officials decided to break ground on "McCloskey's Corner" at Beaver Stadium. Unfortunately so for the 1982 Huskers.
The Huskers' History with Junior College Running Backs
Mike Rozier is one of the greatest running backs in Nebraska history, and certainly the best junior-college transfer. Mike Babcock takes a look at the five other to make the jump in Lincoln.
Tom's Time: Huskers Offense Makes its Mark Early in 1982
Nebraska cruised past Iowa 42-7 in the opener, but that was nothing compared to what the Huskers would do to poor New Mexico State –– 78 rushes, 0 for loss, 883 yards and 68-0.
What Is Nebraska's Blackshirt Tradition Now?
Nebraska's Blackshirts tradition has become a touchy talking point in recent years. What does it actually mean? Mike Babcock looks at the origins of the practice of black practice jerseys.
All Big Ten Baseball
1 mo ago by Mike Babcock
Tom's Time: Trick Plays, the Fridge and Clemson's First Title
If Nebraska had completed its comeback in the 1982 Orange Bowl Tom Osborne likely would've claimed his first national title. Clemson did instead.
Baseball, looking ahead
2 mo ago by Mike Babcock
Tom's Time: Shush, Oklahoma
Nebraska was good near the end of the 1981 season. Oklahoma, relatively speaking and unranked, was not. That didn't mean Osborne and the Huskers didn't have a lot to prove in Norman.
More Husker baseball/What are the chances
2 mo ago by Mike Babcock
Husker baseball
2 mo ago by Mike Babcock
Tom's Time: Righting the Ship in 1981
After three games in 1981, the Huskers were 1-2 and unranked. With a new starter at quarterback, however, things were about to change.
Huskers Fall to 0-2 In-State with Omaha Loss
Nebraska dropped its second game in as many days, falling behind Omaha early and having its rally come up just short.
Nebraska's 'Broken Record' Still Broken in Loss to K-State
Familiar woes, and a familiar foe, haunted Nebraska Tuesday night as the Huskers fell 4-3 to Kansas State, the Wildcats' first win in nine games.
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