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A classic ending

November 29, 2008 at 6:33am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

What a game to end the 2008 regular season.  Nebraska beats Colorado 40-31 highlighted by a 57 yard FG from Alex Henry and then Suh (no, I’m not going to attempt to spell his first name and I’m too lazy to copy and paste) gets a INT return for a TD and in the process he runs over Colorado QB Cody Hawkins.

I’ve seen 60+ games in Memorial Stadium since my first in 1997.  And there have not been many moments that tops that 10 minutes between the Henry’s FG and Suh’s TD.

Here are some of the one’s I remember, in no particular order:

1) Crouch’s TD catch against OU in 2001. (my all time favorite Husker moment)
2) Notre Dame game in 2001 (only about the 1st Q…the rest of the game was a snooze)
3) Pregame Rice after September 11th. (my all time favorite tunnel walk)
4) Colorado 2000 and the final drive.
5) Pittsburgh blocked FG in 2005 (only because I was in the locker room area right after it happened and it was pretty cool to see)
6) The USC game in 2007.  It had been so long since the stadium was that amped up for a game.  It was truly electric for the early part of the game.
7) Swift’s punt return for a TD in the Virgina Tech game this year.

Those are some of the few that I remember.  Like I said, I only started going to games in 1997 and then I was in marching band starting in 1998.  Then being part of the Husker Radio group for a couple years I have seen my fair share.

So I ask you, what is one of your fondest memories of a game attended at Memorial Stadium?

Football Final Firsts

November 23, 2008 at 9:58pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

The fall sports season came to a close with 6 classes crowing champions on the Memorial Stadium turf.  I had made my picks here and I got one champion right, Class D1 Howells.

Class A:

Millard West def Millard South 21-8 (Millard West’s 2nd Class A championship, 2001)
Dubbed the Battle for “Q” St. after the street they both are on in Omaha.

Class B:

Aurora def. Beatrice 20-14 (Aurora’s first HS football championship)
Aurora shocked the whole state in the semifinals with a 37-33 victory over McCook

Class C1:

Pierce def. Boys Town 20-10 (Back to back state titles and the schools 3rd overall)

Class C2:

Blue Hill def. (Fremont) Archbishop Bergan 14-0 (After 2 consecutive runner up finishes, Blue Hill finally gets their first state title in football)
This is Blue Hill’s first state title in any sport since 1928 when they won the Class H boys basketball title.

Class D1:

Howells def. Axtell 46-21 (Howells’ 7th state title and first since their 6 straight from 00-05)

Class D2:

Ewing def. Humphrey St. Francis 49-24 (Ewing’s first state football championship)

3 schools won their first state title in football and 3 other schools (Axtell, Boys Town, Beatrice) would have won their first had they won.

Bowl Bound Big Red

November 19, 2008 at 6:24pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

Well Nebraska will be going to another bowl game, its 45th in school history (5th all time) and with the demise of Michigan, (who’s 33 year bowl streak will come to an end) Nebraska’s record 35 straight bowl years is safe for now.  (Next closest is Florida State at 27 including this year)

Nebraska became eligible after their best win of the year over Kansas, 45-35 and then followed that up with a resounding victory over Kansas State 56-28.  The Huskers are seemingly riding high after winning the Kansas championship and have all the momentum going into the post-Thanksgiving matchup with Colorado. 

So what bowl game will we be going to?  It seems that Nebraska is being eyed by 3 bowls: the Sun, Alamo, and Gator Bowls are seriously looking at the Big Red.  Out of the 3 right now the Sun is looking the most likely.  Brian Christopherson details the bowl scenarios here and what Brian says is that while the Sun Bowl is the most likely destination, the Gator Bowl has a tough decision on its hands.  The Gator Bowl has a tie in with Notre Dame and might not be able to pass up on the Irish being bowl eligible and if there are teams out there that are a bigger draw than Nebraska, its Notre Dame.  A 7-5 Notre Dame and a 8-3 Nebraska is splitting hairs amazingly enough.

The Gator Bowl would be a HUGE coup for Nebraska and 1st year HC Bo Pelini.  Not only would it be the first time that Nebraska has ever been to the Gator Bowl (true story) but it would be a New Years Day bowl game and I think anybody would have been happy with that going into the season.  The Gator Bowl is widely considered one of the best bowls outside of the BCS games.  The Sun Bowl has hosted Nebraska twice in its history, once in 1969 and once in 1980.  The Huskers have a long history of going to the Alamo Bowl including their amazing matchup with Michigan in 2005.  You remember how that one ended right?  Boy and getting to 9 wins would be SO huge for the Huskers coming into the year i think you could realistically say 8.  I think 7 to 8 wins was the common thought in Husker Nation but I don’t see how you could be encouraged after a 9 win season.

Vollyball winners and a trip to Memorial Stadium

November 17, 2008 at 7:55pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

The state volleyball finals were this past weekend in Lincoln.  And once again the finals were held at the Coliseum.  Why this wasn’t implemented a long time ago I have no idea.  The same goes for football playing at Memorial.  If there is one place girls dream of playing volleyball its the Coliseum.  Its a great idea and should be used whenever possible.

Class A:

Papillion La-Vista defeats Papillion La-Vista South (3-0)  (2nd straight and 5th state title)
Lincoln Southwest wins the 3rd place match

Class B:

Lincoln Pius X defeats Northwest (3-0)  (A 3-peat for the Thunderbolts, and the schools 6th overall)
Interesting note on Pius’ 6 state titles.  All 6 of them have come in 3-peats.  96-98 and now 06-08.  Look for Pius to win 3 more in 2016-2018

Class C1:

Columbus Scotus defeats Grand Island Central Catholic (3-0)  (13th state title in this volleyball powerhouse)
This was Scotus’ first trip back to the tourney after 18 straight trips from 89-06 and an astounding 15 straight trips to the finals

Class C2:

Ravenna defeats Cambridge (3-1)  (1st state title in volleyball)
Twice a bridesmaid in the last 5 years Ravenna finally hoists the trophy

Class D1:

Giltner defeats Bertrand (3-1)  (5th state title, 1st since 1998)
Their first trip to Lincoln since 1999.

Class D2:

Ewing defeats Chambers (3-0)  (1st state title in school history)
Just like Ravenna, they were runners-up the past two years and they finally get the job done.

State football finals are this week and here’s the schedule:

Thursday:

10:30am - Class D2:  Humphrey St. Francis vs. Ewing
7:00pm - Class D1:  Axtell vs. Howells

Friday:

10:30am - Class C2:  Archbishop Bergan vs. Blue Hill
7:00pm - Class A:  Millard West vs. Millard South

Saturday:

10:30am - Class C1:  Pierce vs. Boys Town
7:00pm - Class B:  Beatrice vs. Aurora

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