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When Matt Davison made a diving catch on the famous "flea-flicker" play against Missouri in 1997, securing Nebraska’s perfect season, the Husker faithful were in football nirvana. And that memorable play was preceded by over a century of Nebraska Football greatness. The team was winning conference championships back in the 1890s, and was an established national powerhouse by the time they joined the Big Eight (later Big Twelve) in 1928. Even the mediocre years brought excitement, such as the stunning 25-21 upset of the “unbeatable” Sooners in 1959. Five National Championships (1970, ’71, ’94, ’95, and ’97) under the coaching of Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne, when the Huskers won at least 9 games per season for over 30 straight years, is an accomplishment of which most collegiate football programs can only dream.
About the Author
Author Mark Fricke brings all the excitement of the gridiron to page after page of Nebraska Cornhusker Football. An award-winning journalist and college football historian, Fricke has written extensively on the team and is the chief editor of The Husker Press Box (www.huskernews.com), the longest running website devoted to the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Table of Contents
|1||Birth of the Husker Nation||9|
|2||Rivals, Heroes, and Traditions||21|
|3||The Devaney Era||47|
|4||A Dynasty Continued||59|
|5||The Championship Seasons||73|
|6||A Period of Change||87|
|7||"In the Deed, the Glory"||113|