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A funny thing happened on the way to a Husker blow out Saturday night. The Jackrabbits from South Dakota State University, the Huskers' opponent that night, refused to participate. Instead, they fought like Rocky going the distance with Apollo Creed. They were the Hickory Huskers winning the Indiana state boys basketball championship. They were the Cleveland Indians beating the Yankees in "Major League." They were David facing the Top Ten ranked Goliath Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium in front of 85,000 screaming Husker fans.
But the Jackwabbits didn't bwink. Nope. They were hopping mad... (groan)
Give a lot of credit to the Jackrabbits' head coach, John Stiegelmeier, his staff and the State players who refused to buy into the pre-game notion that the Jackbunnies were going to be the next sacrificial lamb at Memorial Stadium.
This is why the game of college football is so great. "On any given Saturday..." anything can happen. And Saturday night, the Bunnies almost did make it happen. South Dakota State lost to the vaunted Huskers by 14 points, but the Wabbits had two touchdowns called back because of penalties.
It was that close.
Husker fans are wondering what the heck happened Saturday night. How could a team that manhandled the Washington Huskies just a week before on national television, struggle the next week against a bottom feeding 0-2 Division 1-AA opponent?
The Huskers were coming off a 56-21 blowout of a reasonably good Washington football team on the road. Next up for the Huskers was a team everyone knew Nebraska could beat in their sleep.
And that's just about what Nebraska did. Maybe the players got the dates mixed up. Maybe they thought the idle date was last Saturday instead of this Saturday.
Last year, the Huskers seemingly took the day off losing 9-7 to a 4-3 Iowa State team in which Nebraska had more turnovers than points. And in 2008, in a complete meltdown, the Huskers lost at home 52-17 to the Missouri Tigers.
But unlike the past two years, this year's mental meltdown still produced a win for the Cornhuskers. Nebraska finished the month of September 4-0 for the first time since 2001. (Bill Callahan's '05 team was undefeated in September, but there were only three games that month.)
So what does Saturday night's performance mean going into the rest of the season? Not much. I wouldn't read too much into either of the last two games. The Huskers probably aren't as good as they were at Washington and aren't as bad as their performance at home against the Jackwabbits.
Know this, Kansas State head coach, Bill Snyder would have preferred a Husker blow-out win last Saturday night in Lincoln. The Huskers will be champing at the bit to prove to their coaches and fans that last week's performance was an aberration. Look for the Huskers to bounce back with a vengeance Thursday night, October 7th, when the Huskers travel to Manhattan to open Big 12 play with the Kansas State Wildcats.
Larry Brew (a.k.a. Lesley Presley) of The Husker Elvises sent me this You Tube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkNkMsHiBhs showing young Christian Berkshire being sworn in to The Husker Elvises Society at our Husker Football Watch Party, Saturday September 18th in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Watch Party was part of the "Husker Fans' Salute To The Troops" weekend celebration. Thanks go to David Max, creator of HuskerMax and Huskerpedia for the video.
Christian is a very brave, seven year old boy who is battling a rare form of cancer that has left him legally blind. Please keep Christian in your prayers each day. Pray for a miracle.
And if you'd like to contribute to next year's "Salute" event, go to www.huskersalute.org.
If you know of any one who is deployed in the Middle East as a member of the United States armed forces, send me the contact information. Those who register with Husker Dan's Army, will be sent a Husker Care Package that contains Husker items such as T-shirts, caps, flags, media guides, coins, sweatshirts etc. All we need is the trooper's name, email address, APO address, branch of service and length of deployment.
Also, through the generosity of HuskerVision at UNL, we send Husker game day DVDs to any trooper who registers with Husker Dan's Army. To register, email me at huskerdan@cox.net.
We are also auctioning on Ebay a beautiful custom framed and matted photo of former Husker great, Ndamukong Suh. The picture was taken by Dean Jacobs http://www.travel4life.org/, who is an author, world traveler and photographer. Dean took the picture just before Suh's final Husker home game last year when Nebraska clinched the Big 12 North title by defeating the Kansas State Wildcats 17-3 in Lincoln. Take a look at Suh's face as he prepares for the game. Note that he's the only one not wearing a helmet. The photo is 18"h x 21"w and is signed by the artist.
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