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Huskers Wrestle the Gator Bowl

January 2, 2009

Nebraska 26 Clemson 21

For complete game statistics, click here.

Game thoughts:

  • Roy Helu Jr.’s bell was rung. Although the extent of this injury (and his infected knee) was never mentioned, I’m guessing that in his head he thought he was somewhere not in Florida. Another mysterious sidenote to the game was Marlon Lucky. It’s anyone’s guess as to whether his toe was still bothering him or the coaches looked for a different option. I’m guessing it’s a little of both, and although I’m not his biggest fan, I did feel a little bad for him after all he has been through here. He certainly has put in his time and taken his beatings during his 4 seasons in Lincoln.
  • Quentin Castille’s 18 carries for 125 yards was the difference in the game. Without him, we lose. The only way to move the ball on the speedy defensive front of the Tigers was up the middle. Castille’s north and south power game was the perfect remedy.
  • Clemson’s inept running game is mind boggling. +4 yards with James Davis and CJ Spiller is not acceptable if you are Clemson. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt in that their offensive line might be one of the worst I’ve seen all year, but come on, the coaches have to be able to figure out how to get some sort of running game going with 2 future NFL backs.
  • Joe Ganz isn’t the best quarterback Nebraska has ever seen, but he very well could be the toughest. Whether it was hobbling on a gimpy knee, slamming his head on the turf, or committing 2 costly turnovers that lead to touchdowns, he wasn’t about to let any of that get to him. Joe’s a winner in every way and he couldn’t have dreamt of a more fitting way to go out.
  • If Ndamukong Suh does indeed hold true to his word and return for his senior season, this defense is going to be borderline great next season. Suh’s 2 sacks and blocked field goal were only 3 examples of how much he impacts the game. When half of the offensive line is concerning themselves to his whereabouts at all times, everyone else becomes an All-American.
  • Bo Pelini called a perfect game which allotted Clemson only 210 total yards and just over 25 minutes of ball possession. Gambling on 2 consecutive cornerback blitzes from Eric Hagg while Clemson was heading in for the go-ahead touchdown completely took Clemson by surprise.

Nebraska has improved dramatically in one year under Bo Pelini. After the two losses to Virginia Tech and Missouri, it was easy to assume that we were going to succumb to Texas Tech in the same fashion and then just continue on with the rest of the season in some sort of way lackluster way we have become accustomed to. However, that was not to be. From that day on, you could clearly see that this team was different than any other team under the Callahan era. Players care again. Coaches care again. Players play for the themselves, the coaches, and the fans again. Football is fun again.

To be where Nebraska football is today on January 1, 2009 is something I was willing to wait another year or two for. Call Bo Pelini’s first year a giant success because it was. With success will come bigger expectations and what those expectations are for next year I’ll have to sit on for awhile. I do know this though. It’s great to be both optimistic and realistic when thinking about regaining status as a perennial powerhouse.

Take notice. Nebraska is soon to be the 2009 preseason Big XII North favorites. In the meantime, use this win and go recruit.

Husker Bowl Game Info

November 21, 2008

Feel like going bowling with the Huskers this year? It’ll cost you. For more info, you can go visit

Husker Deluxe

The Brut Sun Bowl

Two night tour. All prices per person.

December 30, 2008 – January 01, 2009

Tour Status | AVAILABLE

Pricing per person

Husker Deluxe | Register Online

Room with 2 adults $1,660
Room with 1 adult $1,861
Room with 3 adults $1,601
Room with 4 adults $1,572
Child In Room* (2–12) $1,154
Land Only†
Room with 2 adults $769
Room with 1 adult $970
Room with 3 adults $710
Room with 4 adults $681
Child In Room* (2–12) $301

The Konica Minolta Gator Bowl

Two night tour. All prices per person.

December 31, 2008 – January 02, 2009

Tour Status | AVAILABLE

Pricing per person
Husker Deluxe | Register Online
Room with 2 adults $1,830
Room with 1 adult $2,121
Room with 3 adults $1,755
Room with 4 adults $1,718
Child In Room* (2–12) $1,242
Land Only†
Room with 2 adults $805
Room with 1 adult $1,095
Room with 3 adults $730
Room with 4 adults $692
Child In Room* (2–12) $261

The Alamo Bowl

Three night tour. All prices per person.

December 27 – December 30, 2008

Tour Status | AVAILABLE

Pricing per person
Husker Deluxe | Register Online
Room with 2 adults $1,659
Room with 1 adult $1,924
Room with 3 adults $1,597
Room with 4 adults $1,546
Child In Room* (2–12) $1,088
Land Only†
Room with 2 adults $829
Room with 1 adult $1,101
Room with 3 adults $766
Room with 4 adults $714
Child In Room* (2–12) $274

Sammy Vegas Says – R.I.P Orange Bowl

August 22, 2007

It’s impossible to deny that as a Nebraska fan your most vivid and invigorating memories of modern day Husker football likely feature the ‘original’ Orange Bowl. Today, it was announced that the Miami Hurricanes will move to Pro Player Stadium, located on Dan Marino Blvd., in fall 2008. But I’ll touch on that in a bit.

Although the ‘Orange Bowl’ has been played at Pro Player since 1996, it’s sad to think, that once the Hurricanes relocate, we will no longer be able to watch a football game in Coral Gables, near the U. of Miami, and have random memories of Husker triumphs and sorrows course through our minds.

From 1953 to 1963 and then 1975 to 1994, the Orange Bowl has hosted the Big 8 champion vs. an at-large opponent. In 1994, the inaugural Bowl Alliance matched Florida State and Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward, Warrick Dunn, and Derrick Brooks against the #1 ranked and 17 point underdog Nebraska Cornhuskers, who boasted the likes of Tommie Frazier, Lawrence Phillips, and Trev Alberts. It is fair to say that this game bolstered Nebraska over the next decade back to the college football elite.

Here is a great recap of that game from an FSU perspective. Although they fail to touch on the phantom flag and the obvious fumble, after the 80s and early 90s of being humiliated against big foes, it still brings chills.

Finally, one year later, the ’95 Orange Bowl brought us back on top

Back to the issue at hand Mayor Diaz offered the University $206 million for upgrades and renovations for the Orange Bowl. Unfortunately, University of Miami president Donna Shallala turned it down, stating:

“Mayor Diaz and the commissioners of the City of Miami made an extraordinary effort to identify funds and design a renovation. But in the end it wasn’t enough.”

Wow, I guess 70 years as one of college football’s grandest stages just isn’t enough. Athletic Director, Paul Dee’s thoughts were even more disturbing:

“We are committed to providing the best facilities for our student-athletes and fans. The decision to move to Dolphin Stadium was made for that reason. Our student-athletes will be playing in one of the best facilities in the country and the ‘fan experience’ will be first-class.”

HEY, Dolphin Stadium is 20 YEARS OLD! But, enough about that.

Since 1955, Nebraska has played in 16 Orange Bowls. Bob Devaney won his first championship there in 1970 after beating LSU 17-12. The following year, to the dismay of Kirk Herbstreit, the best team ever, the 1971 Huskers, dismantled Alabama and Bear Bryant 38-6 (the Bear’s worst defeat in his career at U. of Alabama). Whether it was Nebraska losing to Clemson in 1982 costing Osborne his first championship or Oklahoma exacting revenge on us in the 1979 Bowl (only ever Big 8 rematch in a Bowl), the memories are engraved in our heads whether you like it or not. The thick, humid air, the Orange Bowl patches on Big Red sleeves, and scores of Husker fans seeking a victorious beginning to another New Year, all fading before our eyes.

In closing, I pose a question for you. What is the one Orange Bowl moment that overtakes you with emotion unparalled by anything else? Well, this is mine…

A Great Husker Orange Bowl Trivia Question:

Can you name the year of Nebraska’s first Orange Bowl visit, who they played, and the outcome of that game?

…still thinking? (I would challenge any of your friends for a free beer to answer just one of these – no way anyone under 60 gets this right).

The Answer – 1955. Duke 34 – Nebraska 7.

YouTube Husker History Lesson – 1986 Fiesta Bowl

April 25, 2007

Here is some classic bowl footage as Nebraska takes on Michigan in the 1986 Fiesta Bowl. It is from the Michigan perspective, which is fitting since they won the game, but it’s worth seven minutes of your time all the same.

I was actually at that game with my family as we spent Christmas and my 9th birthday in Tempe. It was an amazing atmosphere as two storied programs met and their Midwestern fans made the trek to the sun-drenched valley.

I remember a lot of what shows up in the highlights. First, it was definitely the era of exposed midriffs and towels hanging from the players’ pants. McCathorn Clayton started the game at QB, but was replaced later by freshman Steve Taylor, who wore #11. Michigan RB Jamie Morris ran all over us as our linebackers lumbered aimlessly. And Jim Harbaugh was quarterbacking Michigan in the days before he was busy talking shit about Pete Carroll.

Nebraska went 9-3 in 1985 (just like every other year in the 80s it seemed). We started the season 0-1 after a loss at home to FSU. We then rattled off nine straight wins and were ranked second as we headed to Norman to take on #5 ranked Oklahoma. Oklahoma was led by Jamelle Holieway, who took over for Troy Aikman (broken ankle), four games into the season. Aikman had been injured in OU’s only regular season loss, a 27–14 beating at Miami. The Sooners absolutely crushed us with Holieway at the helm, 27-7. They outgained us 423 yards to 161 and would have had the shut out, were it not for a Chris Spachman 76-yard interception return with 26 seconds remaining in the game.

After the OU loss, Nebraska dropped to #7 and would then meet fifth ranked Michigan in that Fiesta Bowl. Nebraska jumped out to a 14-3 halftime lead behind a 5-yard TD pass to Doug DuBose and a 3-yard TD run, also by DuBose. Everything fell apart for the Huskers, however, in the 3rd quarter. Sparked by two lost fumbles, a blocked punt and a short punt in the first 10 minutes of the third quarter Michigan’turned the 11-point deficit into a 27-14 lead. In the fourth quarter Nebraska scored on a 1-yard run by Taylor, but later his pass with under a minute remaining the game was intercepted.

Oklahoma would go on to win the National title in 1985. They met #1 Penn State in the Orange Bowl and came away with a convincing 25-10 win. Miami had gone to the Sugar Bowl ranked second hoping for a convincing win over SEC champ Tennessee to keep its title hopes alive should Penn State lose. Instead, the Hurricanes suffered their worst defeat of the year, 35–7.

Bo Jackson beat out Iowa QB Chuck Long for the 1985 Heisman.

DXP Bowl Game Pick’em Update #2

January 4, 2007

Here are the updated standings in the Bowl Pick’em with three games remaining (click to enlarge). Dr. D looks to be the lone DXP contributor with a chance to finish high. I’m doing miserably despite picking up 30 points for LSU’s easy win over Notre Dame. I’ll blame my efforts on failing to pay attention to details, as I somehow neglected to pick the winner of two games. Oops. I’m not too proud to admit however, that my Mom actually has a one game lead over me in picking winners straight up.

It looks like the contest could hinge on the Western Michigan vs. Cincinnati, and Ohio vs. Southern Miss games, as all of the major contenders have Ohio State over Florida. That being said, there are a surprising number of points still out there in some cases. It should be interesting to watch over the next few days.

Bowl Schedule

December 4, 2006

It is officially Ohio State – Florida in Glendale. The boys at EDSBS are gloating triumphantly and Brian from MGoBlog is, um, unhappy. Anyway, here is the complete bowl schedule.

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia
TCU vs. Northern Illinois San Diego Dec. 19, 8 p.m. ESPN2 HD

Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas
BYU vs. Oregon Las Vegas Dec. 21, 8 p.m. ESPN HD

R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Rice vs. Troy New Orleans Dec. 22, 8 p.m. ESPN2 HD Bowl
South Florida vs. East Carolina Birmingham, Ala. Dec. 23, 1 p.m. ESPN2 HD

New Mexico
New Mexico vs. San Jose State Albuquerque, N.M. Dec. 23, 4:30 p.m. ESPN HD

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
Tulsa vs. Utah Fort Worth, Texas Dec. 23, 8 p.m. ESPN HD

Sheraton Hawaii
Arizona State vs. Hawaii Honolulu Dec. 24, 8 p.m. ESPN HD

Motor City
Middle Tennessee vs. Central Michigan Detroit Dec. 26, 7:30 p.m. ESPN HD

Florida State vs. UCLA San Francisco Dec. 27, 8 p.m. ESPN HD

PetroSun Independence
Oklahoma State vs. Alabama Shreveport, La. Dec. 28, 4:30 p.m. ESPN HD

Pacific Life Holiday
California vs. Texas A&M San Diego Dec. 28, 8 p.m. ESPN HD

Rutgers vs. Kansas State Houston Dec. 28, 8 p.m. NFL Network

Gaylord Hotels Music City
Clemson vs. Kentucky Nashville, Tenn. Dec. 29, 1 p.m. ESPN HD

Brut Sun
Oregon State vs. Missouri El Paso, Texas Dec. 29, 2 p.m. CBS

AutoZone Liberty
Houston vs. South Carolina Memphis, Tenn. Dec. 29, 4:30 p.m. ESPN HD

Texas Tech vs. Minnesota Tempe, Ariz. Dec. 29, 7:30 p.m. NFL Network

Champs Sports
Purdue vs. Maryland Orlando, Fla. Dec. 29, 8 p.m. ESPN HD

Meineke Car Care
Navy vs. Boston College Charlotte, N.C. Dec. 30, 1 p.m. ESPN HD

Texas vs. Iowa San Antonio Dec. 30, 4:30 p.m. ESPN HD

Georgia vs. Virginia Tech Atlanta Dec. 30, 8 p.m. ESPN HD

MPC Computers
Miami, Fla. vs. Nevada Boise, Idaho Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. ESPN HD

Tennessee vs. Penn State Tampa, Fla. Jan. 1, 11 a.m. ESPN HD

AT&T Cotton
Auburn vs. Nebraska Dallas Jan. 1, 11:30 a.m. FOX

Toyota Gator
West Virginia vs. Georgia Tech Jacksonville, Fla. Jan. 1, 1 p.m. CBS

Capital One
Arkansas vs. Wisconsin Orlando, Fla. Jan. 1, 1 p.m. ABC HD

Rose Bowl presented by Citi
USC vs. Michigan Pasadena, Calif. Jan. 1, 5 p.m. ABC HD

Tostitos Fiesta
Boise State vs. Oklahoma Glendale, Ariz. Jan. 1, 8 p.m. FOX

FedEx Orange
Louisville vs. Wake Forest Miami Jan. 2, 8 p.m. FOX

Allstate Sugar
Notre Dame vs. LSU New Orleans Jan. 3, 8 p.m. FOX

Cincinnati vs. Western Michigan Toronto Jan. 6, Noon ESPN2 HD

Ohio vs. Southern Miss Mobile, Ala. Jan. 7, 8 p.m. ESPN HD

Tostitos BCS Championship Game
Florida vs. Ohio State Glendale, Ariz. Jan. 8, 8 p.m. FOX