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.
6 Inches of Daylight Was All Sims Needed at MSU in 1995
Nebraska Football ⋅ 15 hrs ago by Mike Babcock
“Six inches of daylight, man, that’s all I need," Nebraska I-Back Jay Sims said before taking his first carry against Michigan State in 1995's blowout win. He was right, going 80 yards for a touchdown.
Memorial Stadium Makes Its Debut with the Huskers Wearing Blue
Nebraska Football ⋅ 7 days ago by Mike Babcock
Nebraska will honor Memorial Stadium with alternate uniforms on Saturday against Illinois. Mike Babcock looks back at the first game there, a game before the official dedication and one in which the Huskers wore blue uniforms.
The Day Looking Ahead to Ohio State Cost Nebraska Dearly
Nebraska Football ⋅ 14 days ago by Mike Babcock
Nebraska had its sights set on defending-national-champion Ohio State in Week 2 of the 1955 season. One problem: The Huskers had to play Hawaii first.
Instead of Arkansas, Nebraska Ended Up with Its First I-AA Opponent
Nebraska Football ⋅ 21 days ago by Mike Babcock
It was supposed to be a game against Arkansas, then, when the Razorbacks backed out, Temple. Instead the Huskers' hosted Middle Tennessee, technically its first game against a I-AA opponent.
Minnesota, 84-13, Mark Schellen and Hamburgers on the Sidelines?
Nebraska Football ⋅ 28 days ago by Mike Babcock
Nebraska-Minnesota, 1983, 84-13. It's an unforgettable game, and one so lopsided that one Husker said he enjoyed a hamburger on the sidelines.
Huskers Made Sure Northwestern Remembered the Alamo Bowl
"Coach," senior wide receiver Matt Davison said to Frank Solich after a testy team dinner before the 2000 Alamo Bowl, "we’d better put one on these guys. They kind of deserve it." So the Huskers did, beating Northwestern 66-17.
Tom's Time: In the End '83 Nebraska Didn't Get Beat, It Just Lost
Revisiting the most memorable decision of Tom Osborne's career and Nebraska's loss to Miami in the 1984 Orange Bowl.
Before Being a Badger, Alvarez Helped the Huskers Beat the Badgers
Current Wisconsin AD was a member of Nebraska's dominant defense when the Huskers beat the Badgers in 1966.
Tom's Time: Devaney's Rabbit's Foot Comes in Handy in Norman
Nebraska spent all week preparing for Oklahoma's wishbone in 1983, but the Sooners came out in a new formation, twice held a lead and forcing AD Bob Deavaney to seek karmic assistance.
A Rough Start, Then a Long Wait, in the Nebraska-Purdue Series
Sixty years ago today Nebraska and Purdue played for the first time. They wouldn't meet again until the Huskers joined the Big Ten.
A Technology to Communicate
Former Husker Alex Shada found a way to stay involved in the game after his career was over. He now works for Lincoln-based GSC which provides coach-to-player helmet communication for the NFL.
Tom's Time: The Song that Predicted Nebraska-Kansas in 1983
Sixty-seven points isn't exactly a common football point total, but it's what Nebraska hit against Kansas in 1983 and it was a number that oddly showed up in a song a year earlier.
The Time Harbaugh 'Beat' Nebraska and Other Quirks of NU-UM
The Nebraska-Michigan series is deadlocked at 4-4-1, a count that includes some curious results.
New-Look Nebraska Baseball Opens with First of Two Scrimmages Saturday
Nebraska baseball has plenty of new faces as it looks to bounce back from a disappointing spring. "We’ve got a bunch of ticked off guys on this team,” said coach Darin Erstad. “So they’re highly motivated."
Tom's Time: An Early Championship-Game Proposal, and a Win Over ISU
College football never had a shortage of championship-game proposals pre-BCS. Nebraska was looped into one in 1983 the week of the Iowa State game.
Troy Had Superman's Weakness in 2001 and QB Crouch 'Was Kryptonite'
Nebraska was there for Troy's –– then Troy State –– first game as an FBS program in 2001, and long-time head coach Larry Blakeney had plenty good to say about the Huskers' quarterback that day: "The guy is made of Kryptonite, I think."
Tom's Time: A Misstep on the First Play, then the Huskers Dominate KSU
Nebraska trailed Kansas State just 6 seconds into the game in 1983 thanks to a safety on the opening kickoff. Then things got back to normal.
After the Longest Offseason Ever, a Test of Patience Out of the Gate
Nebraska fans came into the 2018 season prepared for a gradual rebuild of the Husker football program, but a loss, as it always has, provided an early test of patience in some corners.
An Unforgettable Prediction Ahead of Nebraska vs Colorado in 1994
Hail Varsity editor Mike Babcock recounts the time he picked Colorado to beat Nebraska in the local paper. This was in 1994, and you know how that went.
Tom's Time: The Time Nebraska Scored 48 Points Against CU in a Quarter
"I suppose we’ll have to deal with the ‘running up the score’ charge again," Tom Osborne said after Nebraska put up 48 points in a quarter against Colorado in 1983.
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