Go Big Red: The Ultimate Fan's Guide to Nebraska Cornhusker Football

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Nebraska has enjoyed thirty-six consecutive winning seasons, made twenty-nine consecutive bowl appearances, and won five national championships, including three in the last four seasons. During that time, the Cornhuskers have had just two head coaches, Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne.

Without question, this is the golden era of Cornhusker football, and Go Big Red is a celebration of that indisputable fact. It is much more than a trivia book— it goes beyond the hefty and ...

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Overview

Nebraska has enjoyed thirty-six consecutive winning seasons, made twenty-nine consecutive bowl appearances, and won five national championships, including three in the last four seasons. During that time, the Cornhuskers have had just two head coaches, Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne.

Without question, this is the golden era of Cornhusker football, and Go Big Red is a celebration of that indisputable fact. It is much more than a trivia book— it goes beyond the hefty and comprehensive media guides published each season by the Nebraska Sports Information Office.

The book covers Nebraska football in a way no other publication has, with personality profiles, anecdotes, and original research, as well as questions of fact and trivia, some of which will test even the most devoted and knowledgeable Cornhusker fans.

Some things you'll remember. There is a section devoted to the best of Broderick Thomas, the loquacious outside linebacker. And there are also some things you won't remember, or things you might not have known. Can you name all of the assistant coaches on Osborne's first staff in 1973? Can you list Nebraska's starters for the 1941 Rose Bowl game? Do you know how the "Blackshirt" tradition began?

Devaney was a master storyteller, and the book includes a humorous story or two of his. The program became a haven for walk-ons under Osborne, and the book includes an all-walk-on team. Though Nebraska is enjoying its greatest successes now, Cornhusker football was king long ago. And the book offers insight into that past glory, achieved by the likes of "Jumbo" Stiehm, Ed Weir, and Guy Chamberlin.

All-American Trev Albert, the Butkus Award winner in 1993, has expressed the meaing of Cornhusker football in the introduction, which is an integral part of the book's experience. Reading Go Big Red isn't the same as sitting in Memorial Stadium, awash in red on game day. But it's the next best thing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312194574
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Babcock, a freelance writer, has covered Cornhusker football for twenty years, including seventeen at the Lincoln Journal Star and now as a contributing editor for Huskers Illustrated. He also writes a sports column for the Omaha-based entertainment weekly The Reader. He had some hands-on experience (of a sort) in the program, helping Gib Babcock, the equipment manager and his uncle, put red stripes on Cornhusker helmets in the late 1960s while he was a sophomore English major at the university.

He has written The Nebraska Football Legacy (1995) and Huskers on the Hardwood (1995), as well as two Cornhusker national championship books (1995, 1997) and a book about Tom Osborne, Osborne: A Silver Celebration (1997), for Huskers Illustrated. He was also a coauthor of Bob Devaney's autobiography, Devaney (1981).

Babcock lives in Lincoln with his wife, Barb, and cats, Boz and Garcia.

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Table of Contents

1. Cheer on the Bugeaters: The Early Years
2. National Championships: Cornhusker Style
3. The Best of the Best: Husker All-Americans, Award Winners, and other Great Players
4. The Big Red Machine: Offense
5. Blackshirts Rule: Defense
6. Very Special Teams: The Cornhusker Hit Parade
7. Games of the Century: The Husker-Sooner Rivalry
8. Always in the Hunt: The Postseason Bowl Games
9. From Cowboy to Cornhusker: The Bob Devaney Years
10. An Unbeatable Legacy: The Tom Osborne Years
11. Beginning a New Era: Frank Solich, Head Coach
12. Just When You Thought You Were A True Husker Faniac: 25 Really Tough Questions
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