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: Huskers Get Rolling with Joseph Running the Show
Nebraska Football ⋅ 1 day ago by Mike Babcock
Nebraska quarterback Mickey Joseph had started games earlier in the 1990 season, but that was due to injury. Missouri was his first real start and the New Orleans native did not disappoint.
LSU or Clemson?
7 days ago by Mike Babcock
Tom's Time: Upset, and Embarrassment, Avoided Against Oregon State
Nebraska Football ⋅ 8 days ago by Mike Babcock
Halftime. Lincoln. 1990. Oregon State, a 51.5-point underdog, leads Nebraska. "I told them that they were on the verge of the biggest embarrassment in the history of the school . . ." Tom Osborne said.
Tom's Time: Blackshirts Bring In New Decade with Shutout of Baylor
Nebraska Football ⋅ 15 days ago by Mike Babcock
As the 1990 season began, Nebraska had questions to answer on offense but an experienced group of Blackshirts to lean on. The Huskers' 100th season began with a shutout.
Big Ten Success Requires a Reliable Run Game
Nebraska Football ⋅ 18 days ago by Mike Babcock
As part of our Year in Review series we're taking a close look at why the 2019 Nebraska football season went the way it did. The Huskers' run game was up and down, but Dedrick Mills showed promise as the season progressed.
Tom's Time: A Record-Setting Fiesta Bowl, But the Wrong Kind for NU
Nebraska Football ⋅ 22 days ago by Mike Babcock
"I'm a little embarrassed . . ." Tom Osborne said after the 1990 Fiesta Bowl, a game Nebraska lost 41-17 to Florida State.
Merry Christmas
23 days ago by Mike Babcock
Tom's Time: 'When Did Y'all Start Throwing So Much?'
Nebraska Football ⋅ 29 days ago by Mike Babcock
Nebraska led the nation in rushing in 1989, but against Oklahoma the Huskers became "Air Nebraska" (relatively speaking).
Tom's Time: McCartney Gets His Red-Letter Day
Colorado head coach Bill McCartney got his first win over Nebraska in 1986, but the 1989 meeting between the two teams had national and conference title implications.
Tom's Time: Snyder Calls NU 'Epitome of Football' After First Meeting
Bill Snyder became Kansas State's head coach in 1989. His first game against the Huskers was a 58-7 loss, prompting some high praise from the man who would eventually build the Wildcats into something special.
Give Nebraska-Iowa Time, Rivalries Require It
Nebraska-Iowa are designated rivals, but that's not quite the same thing as what can develop over decades.
Tom's Time: A Banner Day for the Blackshirts Against Oregon State
Tom Osborne wasn't thrilled with the offense in Nebraska's 1989 win over Oregon State, but the Blackshirts more than made up for it with a record-setting day.
Jennings Had a Hand in Devaney's Immediate Success at Nebraska
Bob Devaney arrived at Nebraska in 1962 to find a program that had won 15 games in the previous five seasons. He also found a team stocked with 11 future draft picks recruited by Bill Jennings.
Tom's Time: Gdowski Gets Off to a Fast Start in Debut Start
Gerry Gdowski might not be in the discussion for the 10 greatest Nebraska quarterbacks of all time, but in 1989 he put up one of the best seasons a Husker signal-caller has had.
Huskers Might Be More Excited About a Yankee Stadium Game This Time
Nebraska has played a football game at Yankee Stadium before. It was Bob Devaney's first bowl game as the Huskers' head coach. Getting there in 2019 would come with a greater sense of relief.
Tom's Time: A QB Quandary Entering the 1989 Season
Nebraska lacked experience at quarterback entering the 1989 season, but it didn't lack for options.
Tom's Time: Heartaches by the Number in the 1989 Orange Bowl
Miami handled the Huskers, handily, in the 1989 Orange Bowl, but despite the loss a culture change was happening in Lincoln.
Greatest All-Time Game
2 mo ago by Mike Babcock
Lessons in Progress and Trust from the Two Times Saban Faced NU
Scott Frost's first game as Nebraska's QB came against Nick Saban's second team at Michigan State. Saban lost twice, big, to the Huskers but his response after those losses may have some clues as Nebraska tries to turn things around.
Tom's Time: Huskers Leave the Sooners Out in the Cold
“I think this kind of weather favors the team that’s most dedicated," Tom Osborne said following the 1988 Nebraska-Oklahoma game. On a cold and windy day in Norman, that team was the Huskers.
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