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2010 Jun 09

30/1980 BEST GAMES: No. 23


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Welcome to Husker Locker’s “30 Best Games since 1980” portion of the Summer 30 series. Check throughout June to see our updated rankings; the previous rankings will be housed at the bottom of this blog post.

Like or dislike our pick? Comment on it below. One key to remember throughout the “best game” portion of this series: Not every selection in this list is a win. In fact, more than a handful are losses. In gauging the “best” games we were not only looking for quality of play, but significant and memorable aspect. Hence, there are not a bunch of 58-3 wins over the Little Six on this list. Instead, it’s 30 games that mattered over the last 30 years - and some of those games NU didn’t win, although it played well.

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Remember, too, to weigh in on the Best Individual Performances and also stay tuned for our ranking of every team, 1980-2009, at the end of the series!


Sept. 6, 1986 - Nebraska 34 Florida State 17

The first-ever night game at Memorial Stadium was also a tense moment for the NU football program, as several players had been investigated for selling complimentary tickets.

Nebraska answered with a dominating performance, despite trailing 17-10 early in the third quarter. FSU had scored both of its touchdowns off of big plays, while NU ground 427 total yards, including 269 from Steve Taylor alone. The Huskers sacked FSU quarterback Chip Ferguson 7 times for 44 yards, most of them coming in the second half.

It was one of only two times NU beat Florida State in the 1980s.

Check out the whole list!

Honorable Mention, No. 30, No. 29, No. 28, No. 27, No. 26, No. 25, No. 24

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