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Then Osborne Said to Rozier: The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Stories Ever Told

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Written for every sports fan who follows the Cornhuskers, this account goes behind the scenes to peek into the private world of the players, coaches, and decision makers—all while eavesdropping on their personal conversations. From the Nebraska locker room to the sidelines and inside the huddle, the book includes stories about Bill Callahan, Bob Devaney, and Johnny Rogers, among others, allowing readers to relive the highlights and the celebrations.

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Overview

Written for every sports fan who follows the Cornhuskers, this account goes behind the scenes to peek into the private world of the players, coaches, and decision makers—all while eavesdropping on their personal conversations. From the Nebraska locker room to the sidelines and inside the huddle, the book includes stories about Bill Callahan, Bob Devaney, and Johnny Rogers, among others, allowing readers to relive the highlights and the celebrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572439993
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Series: Best Sports Stories Ever Told Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 429,269
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Richardson is a freelance writer who covers college sports, a correspondent for Sports Illustrated, the executive director of the Football Writers Association of America, and the author of seven books. He is a former writer for the Kansas City Star and the Dallas Morning News, and he has written articles for numerous publications including USA Today. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Prologue     xiii
Introduction-The Early Years     xvii
Bob Devaney: The Beginning of Nebraska's Dynasty     1
Devaney's First Season     5
Devaney's First Nebraska Postseason Trip: Gotham Bowl     8
The Growth of Memorial Stadium Under Devaney     10
Early Success     13
Nebraska's Smallish Fullback Frank Solich     15
Rolling in 1963     16
The 1963 Season Ends with the Orange Bowl     19
Devaney's Recruiting, Practice Wizardry     20
Winding Up in Dallas     22
Devaney's Third Straight Title     23
Alabama's Orange Bowl Chicanery     25
The 1966 Season     27
Down Years     29
The Weight-Loss Experiment Backfires     32
Still the Rib-Rattling Defense     33
Junior College Linemen, Weight Lifting     35
Back-to-Back National Titles, Game of the Century     39
Another Title: Perfection     45
Transitioning to Tom Osborne     51
1970, 1972 Army Games Drove Devaney Nuts     54
Rich Glover: New Jersey Pipeline     55
1973 Orange Bowl: Send Off for Devaney, Rodgers     57
Devaney's Enduring Charm, Connection with the State     59
Walden on Devaney's Remarkable Memory     61
Osborne Becomes Head Coach     61
The 1973 Season: Osborne's Baptism     63
Oklahoma Series Heating Up     67
Tom Osborne's Early OU Curse     71
Better Times vs. OU     74
Down the Stretch     75
Missouri Series     77
The 1965 Game: "Barnyard" Language     81
The 1970s: Nebraska's Roller Coaster vs. MU     83
The Nature of the Osborne-Powers Rivalry     85
Huskers Score in Final Seconds in 1981; Controversy Again in 1982     87
Nebraska's Domination Until the 1997 Classic     89
Osborne's Legacy     93
Osborne's Early Head-Coaching Years     97
Winning the Big 8, Trick Plays     99
Winning the National Title     101
Winding It Down     104
Offensively Good, Then Great Triplets     109
Redwine: Heisman Candidate, Exploited Athlete     112
Recruitment of Fryar, Rozier, and Gill     113
The Triplets Coming Together     116
Fitting Together Perfectly     119
Two Points from Glory      122
National Champs Again     125
Quarterback Tommie Frazier: The Magic Man     128
The Nebraska Fullback Legends     131
The 1995 Season: Peters' Pregame Defensive Antics     132
Lawrence Phillips: A Wasted Talent     134
Winning Another Title in 1995     136
It Happened That Spring     139
Desert Outfoxed in 1996     140
Rolling to a Big 12 Championship Game     142
An Odd Trail to the Outland Trophy     145
That Special 1997 Season     147
Walk-ons, Weight Lifting, Redshirting, Fan Adoration: The Culture of Nebraska     151
The Walk-on Phenomenon     157
Nebraska's Adoring Fans     159
The Solich Years     163
Crouch's Recruitment, Promise     166
Ricky Williams, Texas Provide Tough Hurdles     168
McBride Steps Down     170
Notre Dame Game in 2000     171
Crouch Wins 2001 Heisman, Other Awards     173
Solich Falls Out of Favor     175
Callahan Years Lead to Pelini     183
A Total Defensive Collapse in 2007     189
Hiring Pelini Back to Nebraska     193
Coming Over from LSU     196
Sources      199
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