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.
A Scoring Explosion in '83 . . . By the Husker Freshman Team
Nebraska's freshman team lead William Jewell JV 10-7 at halftime in September of 1983. Final score? Huskers 71 Cardinals 7.
Tom's Time: Run Game to the Rescue in '74 Sugar Bowl
Trailing Florida and needing a 99-yard drive, Nebraska put the ineffective passing game in its pocket and stuck to the ground.
One Former Huskers Walk-On Drove All Night to Welcome Frost
Nebraska made a smart move by having former letterwinners welcome Scott Frost on his first official day as head coach. One such Husker drove overnight from Chicago to be there.
What Might Have Been in 1996
Nebraska Football ∙ 11 days ago by Mike Babcock
Despite an early season loss to Arizona State, had Nebraska beaten Texas in the Big 12 title game a national title was still in play with a win over a "beatable" Florida State team.
All-Big Ten
13 days ago by Mike Babcock
Tom's Time: Humm Keeps the Huskers' Offense Humming
Nebraska Football ∙ 13 days ago by Mike Babcock
Tom Osborne became synonymous with option football, but before that the Huskers balanced offense put up pretty good passing numbers, especially with Dave Humm at the helm.
Nebraska Mashes Notre Dame on Thanksgiving
Nebraska Football ∙ 18 days ago by Mike Babcock
Approximately 45,000 fans showed up to Memorial Stadium on Thanksgiving Day, 1925, to watch Nebraska shut out Notre Dame led by Knute Rockne.
Blackshirts, yes or no?
19 days ago by Mike Babcock
Tom's Time: Walk-Ons Helped the Huskers Handle Scholarship Reductions
Nebraska Football ∙ 20 days ago by Mike Babcock
The NCAA reduced the number of scholarships schools could offer early in Tom Osborne's tenure, but Nebraska, thanks to its walk-ons, was better off than most.
Devaney Quadruples Huskers' Bowl Total
Nebraska Football ∙ 25 days ago by Mike Babcock
Nebraska football had played in two bowl games, and reportedly declined to play in two more, by the time Bob Devaney arrived in 1962. He changed that history in a hurry.
Tom's Time: A True Freshman from Bellevue Makes an Early Impression
Nebraska Football ∙ 27 days ago by Mike Babcock
The NCAA reinstated freshman eligibility for football the year before Tom Osborne became head coach. It was rare for freshmen to find the field under Osborne, but Bellevue's Monte Anthony was an exception.
Throwback Thursday: Blizzard of Gopher Blitzes Equal Barrage of Points
Tom Osborne said Nebraska's offense was "a little difficult to blitz consistently without getting burned.” Minnesota tried it anyway in 1983. The result: Huskers 84 Gophers 13
Tom's Time: Blackshirts, Runty Secure Osborne's First Bowl Win
Walk-on quarterback Steve Runty provided a second-half boost and Monte Kiffin's Blackshirts held the Wishbone in check as Nebraska beat Texas in the 1974 Cotton Bowl, Osborne's first bowl game as head coach.
Throwback Thursday: Remember the Alamo Bowl
There was no love lost between Nebraska and Northwestern in the 2000 Alamo Bowl, a 66-17 rout by the Huskers.
Tom's Time: The First Osborne-Switzer Game
Tom Osborne's first tangle with Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer went the Sooners way, as did many did the latter's time in Norman.
The Huskers' First Trip to Purdue Didn't Go So Well
Nebraska wasn't expected to beat Purdue in 1958, and the Huskers failed to produce a point in a 28-0 loss. But a closer look at that game provides some interesting parallels 60 seasons later.
Oregon State . . . goes down
1 mo ago by Mike Babcock
Tom's Time: Osborne Passes on a Tie . . . the First Time
Everyone knows the story of the 2-point try in the 1984 Orange Bowl, but those who watched Nebraska-Missouri in 1973 learned early on that Tom Osborne was no fan of ties.
Throwback Thursday: Tom "Train Wreck" Novak Makes an Impression
Nebraska lost 31-0 at Notre Dame 70 years ago this week, but center/linebacker Tom "Train Wreck" Novak was impossible to forget for the powerful Fighting Irish.
Tom's Time: Huskers Learn How to Rally Against Holtz's Wolfpack
Nebraska has only faced North Carolina State twice, the last coming in Tom Osborne's second game as head coach.
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