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2010 Jun 24

30/1980 BEST GAMES: No. 10

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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!

Enjoy!


Oct. 31, 1992 Nebraska 52 Colorado 7

On a rainy Halloween night, Nebraska executed what amounted to a remarkable bloodletting for the irritating losses it had suffered at the hands of Colorado and Oklahoma during the previous eight years with a thorough pummeling of the Buffaloes from the game’s opening drive, when Travis Hill intercepted a Koy Detmer pass, to the fourth quarter, when Cory Schlesinger rumbled for the game’s final touchdown. The Huskers didn’t lose to CU - or Oklahoma - again until 2000. This game, perhaps as much as any, was a decisive signal of what was to come in Nebraska football.

NU and Colorado both entered the game ranked eighth by the AP, but a wild Memorial Stadium crowd stripped the Buffs bare. Colorado turned the ball over six times and gained just 144 yards. Nebraska, meanwhile, broke the game wide open in the second quarter when Calvin Jones took a toss pitch 47 yards for a touchdown, taking his helmet off the minute he reached the end zone. The Huskers soared under the confident leadership of freshman Tommie Frazier, who rushed for 86 yards and, more importantly, didn’t turn it over in the rain. John Parrella notched eight tackles and three sacks.

The game also marked the final time Tom Osborne called and ran the fumblerooski. Will Shields set up NU’s final touchdown of the first half; the play was outlawed after 1992.

Check out the whole list!

Honorable Mention, No. 30, No. 29, No. 28, No. 27, No. 26, No. 25, No. 24, No. 23, No. 22, No. 21, No. 20, No. 19, No. 18, No. 17, No. 16, No. 15, No. 14, No. 13, No. 12, No. 11

Tags: 30 best games since 1980, tommie frazier, calvin jones, john parrella

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Sam1972

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...Nebraska executed what amounted to a remarkable bloodletting for the irritating losses it had suffered at the hands of Colorado and Oklahoma during the previous eight years...


This game had nothing to do with Oklahoma, whom NU had beaten the previous year. It was ALL about Colorado and not only the frustration the team felt toward the results against CU from '89 to '91 but also CU's attitude. Coaches often downplay emotion or revenge factors, but this was an emotional revenge game if there ever was one. It was like the crowd and the team were pounding the Buffs in unison. And despite wins over ranked OU and ASU the previous year, up until this game with the Buffs was a peak moment in the perception that Osborne couldn't win big games. He hadn't won a game against a top 10 team since 1988. Then came this 52-7 thrashing of CU.

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This game, perhaps as much as any, was a decisive signal of what was to come in Nebraska football.


Well stated. Trev Alberts was also unbelievable in this game, by the way.

– Jun 30, 2010 at 6:48 pm

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pcbye

This is my all-time favorite game to watch over and over - complete and total domination of Colorado, and some of the best plays out of Coach Osborne's playbook (the one-yard TD to TE William Washington was just brilliance). This win would have been huge if it hadn't been for the loss to Iowa State two games later...

– Jun 25, 2010 at 10:41 am

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Awesome, awesome performance.

– Jun 24, 2010 at 2:37 pm

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