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: Big (Red) in Japan
Nebraska Football ⋅ 15 hrs ago by Mike Babcock
Nebraska went all the way to Tokyo to beat Kansas State in 1992 in what Tom Osborne called "the strangest game." The Huskers remain 1-0 all-time in Japan.
Tom's Time: A Defensive Development with a Long-Ranging Impact
Nebraska Football ⋅ 7 days ago by Mike Babcock
Oklahoma's offense got the best of Nebraska in the first quarter of 1992's meeting. A defensive change, one that would be a key part of the Huskers' championship run to come, made all the difference.
Tom's Time: A Once-in-a-Career Upset in Ames
Nebraska Football ⋅ 14 days ago by Mike Babcock
Nebraska was climbing back into the national-title conversation in November of 1992. Then the Huskers lost a game to a team that would finish with a losing record for the first, and only, time in Tom Osborne's career.
Bolt Among Proponents of Later Start for College Baseball Post-Pandemic
Nebraska Baseball ⋅ 20 days ago by Mike Babcock
At some point, college sports schedules will return to normal and when they do Nebraska coach Will Bolt is among the Big Ten baseball coaches supportive of a later start to the season, which would move the College World Series to July.
Tom's Time: New-and-Improved Kansas, Same Old NU-KU Result
Nebraska Football ⋅ 21 days ago by Mike Babcock
Kansas headed to Lincoln in 1992 with a 7-1 record and the top defense in the Big Eight. Before the day was over, Nebraska would use six quarterbacks in a 49-7 blowout.
Tom's Time: Huskers Scored Ultimate Halloween Haul against CU in '92
Nebraska Football ⋅ 28 days ago by Mike Babcock
Nebraska and Colorado shared a ranking in the polls––eighth––entering 1992's matchup, but that was as close as it would get as the Huskers snapped a number of streaks in a 52-7 romp.
Tom's Time: Frazier Takes Over at Faurot Field
Tom Osborne wouldn't tip his hand as to which quarterback would start for Nebraska against Missouri in 1992. It would be Tommie Fraizer's first, making him the first freshman starter at quarterback for the Huskers in the modern era.
Tom's Time: Huskers Get Closer to Tommie's Time
It was already clear that Tommie Frazier wasn't redshirting in 1992, but he hadn't played much either. That began to change when Nebraska faced Oklahoma State in Lincoln.
Tom's Time: Mental Lapses Mar Huskers' Win over Arizona State in '92
Nebraska bounced back from its first loss of the 1992 season with a three-touchdown win over Arizona State, but it wasn't without angst. "Mentally, that was probably the worst game we’ve had since I’ve been here,” DC Charlie McBride said.
Tom's Time: Big Crowd, Another Big-Game Miss, in Seattle
No. 12 Nebraska wasn't the favorite at No. 2 Washington in 1992, but there was hope the Huskers' recent big-game shortcomings might be in the past.
Tom's Time: Huskers Lose a Half to Looking Ahead
With a trip to second-ranked Washington a week away, Nebraska struggled for a half against Middle Tennessee State. The word "laughingstock" was reportedly used at halftime.
Tom's Time: Bizarre Breaks in the Huskers' 1992 QB Race
Mike Grant was atop Nebraska's depth chart in the spring of 1992 before an injury opened the door for Tony Veland, who was atop the depth chart in fall camp before an injury opened the door for a true freshman.
Tom's Time: Huskers Open '92 Season with High Hopes . . . and Anxiety
By 1992, being very good wasn't quite good enough for some Nebraska fans. The Huskers needed to get over the hump, a pressure that Tom Osborne acknowledged in the season opener.
Tom's Time: Huskers' 1992 Recruiting Class Sets the Stage
The pursuit of Tommie Frazier dominated the headlines, but Nebraska's 1992 class included multiple players who would help key the Huskers' championship run to come.
Tom's Time: Bowl Woes Continue with Orange Bowl Shutout
Nebraska played both national title winners in 1991. DC Charlie McBride said Washington was "hands down" the best team while AD Bob Devaney said it was Miami. The Hurricanes made a compelling case in that year's Orange Bowl
2005 Huskers Set the Benchmark for Nebraska Baseball
The 2005 Nebraska baseball team won the regular-season and tournament titles in the Big 12, but it was a College World Series win that helped cement its legacy.
Tom's Time: Huskers Overcome OU, Weather, to Secure Orange Bowl Bid
Colorado needed an Oklahoma win against Nebraska in 1991 to go to the Orange Bowl. The Huskers did not oblige.
Mike Anderson Keeps Huskers' Greatest Era Rolling
Mike Anderson had lofty goals for Nebraska baseball when he took over for Dave Van Horn in 2003. The Huskers were, at the time, a program with legitimate national-title aspirations.
A Few Feet Short in Van Horn's Last Game as Huskers Coach
On the stopwatch or the radar gun, the 2002 Nebraska baseball team might look "pretty average" head coach Dave Van Horn said. Of course, he had redefined average for the Huskers in what would be his last season in Lincoln.
Tom's Time: No Winner, No Loser at Boulder in 1991
The 1991 Huskers had lost seven straight televised games, dating back multiple seasons. The streak would end that year against Colorado. Sorta.
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