(Editor’s note – Someone has stolen The Informer’s Nebraska Cornhuskers’ diary from the 1990s and is re-publishing the contents in the form of a “Reliving Huskers History” series! Theft aside, at least this means the Husker world gets a chance to take a stroll down memory lane. Please enjoy.)
Dear Huskers Diary,
September 12, 1992
#11 Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Middle Tennessee State
15:00 – We are once again coming live from Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska as the Cornhuskers are ready to square off against Middle Tennessee State.
14:49 – According to unknown sources, here is Tom Osborne’s speech from today’s pep rally: “Tonight we play Middle Tennessee State . . . Tonight we beat Middle Tennessee State!”
14:48 – Simple and to the point, I like it Dr. Tom.
14:45 – Calvin Jones gets the start? That is interesting? Does anyone else wonder how Derek Brown feels about this?
13:20 – Mike Grant’s first throw of the day is picked off. I can assure you, the Heisman voters won’t be happy with that pass.
12:10 – Thank goodness for the Blackshirts, who were able to hold the Blue Raiders to a missed field goal. Bullet dodged.
07:35 – Nebraska just finished off a ten play drive that consisted of nine runs and one pass. Now that is more like the Husker football we all know and love.
06:35 – Trev Alberts gets his first sack of the season and MTSU is once again punting. Feel free to throw them bones boys.
06:20 – Seriously, is Derek Brown hurt? Put him in the game already.
03:45 – I mean this with all due respect to the man I once thought was a Heisman contender, but Mike Grant looks like a broke ass Ice T right now.
00:00 – The quarter ends with Nebraska up 7-0. I apologize for the pun, but Nebraska better pull their corncobs out of their stalks or else this is going to end very badly.
14:09 – Huskers first possession of the second quarter and Derek Brown is finally in the game. All I have to say is that it is about damn time.
13:50 – Right on cue, the All-American breaks a 20-yard run. Again, why is he just now touching the ball?
12:45 – According to Kent Pavelka, today’s game is officially being brought to us by Big 8 D & J in Broken Bow. In related news, this diary entry is “unofficially” being brought to you by Steve’s Drive in Liquor in Schuyler, Moody Motors of Niobrara and Cody Go Karts in North Platte.
11:45 – Speaking of Pavelka, is there anyone in the history of broadcasting that makes a four-yard run sound more exciting?
11:35 – It is fourth down and Osborne has elected to keep the offense on the field. Needless to say, huge play coming up.
11:20 – Huskers get stuffed. Un-f****** real. Blue Raiders take over possession. Will someone please get me a drink?
10:26 – Touchdown Middle Tennessee State thanks to a 60-yard TD pass. 7-7 score. I’m speechless.
06:23 – In the words of Sheriff Roscoe P Coltrane: “Good news . . . Good news”, Mike Grant just gave Nebraska the 14-7 lead on a beautiful 15-yard option run.
04:10 – Blocked . . . Blocked . . . Blocked . . . Nebraska blocks the punt and we have the ball inside the Blue Raiders 20-yard line. Let’s put this thing away baby.
03:00 – Never f****** mind. The Huskers just fumbled. F**************!!!
03:00 – Okay never mind again, we recovered the fumble, but we did get a delay of game. In the words of Vince Lombardi, “What in the hell is going on out there?”
02:56 – And our idiot kicker just missed a field goal. Can this get any worse?
00:11- I am serious, if we lose to Middle Tennessee State everyone needs to be fired. The coach, the school President, Governor Ben Nelson. I mean everyone.
00:00 – 14-7 at the half. What a joke.
14:25 – Looks like whatever Osborne said at the half must have worked, because fullback Lance Lewis started the Huskers off right with a 26-yard TD run.
13:13 – Huskers have the ball back, and I’m going to let Pavelka do the talking: “Grant running the option right . . . He tosses to Brown . . . Brown inside the 40, 35, 30, 25, 20, 10, 5 . . . TOUCHDOWN TOUCHDOWN TOUCHDOWN!!!”
06:34 – And Nebraska has finally turned this football game into a murder, as Brown runs in for his second TD of the quarter giving us a 34-7 lead.
00:12 – Freshman Tom Frazier is in for the first time today. Let’s see if he can show us a little more than what we saw last week against Utah?
00:00 – 34-7 Huskers and the offense ends the quarter driving the field like they stole it.
14:00 – Andre McDuffy makes it 41-7 with his second TD of the season. Great driver there by the Skers.
13:00 – After a one-yard run by freshman Cory Schlesinger, Pavelka tells us the coaches think Schlesinger could be like Tom Rathman.
12:45 – Okay I have to say something: The next Tom Ratham? Really? You are going to compare a freshman to the greatest fullback who ever lived? Honestly, I have not heard an overreaction like that since the time I said Mike Grant was going to win the Heisman trophy.
09:00 – “Touchdown Tommie Frazier.” Huskers lead 48-7. I gotta say, Frazier has lived up to expectations today. This kid can ball.
08:30 – Since this game is more over than Ross Perot’s Presidential campaign, why don’t we wrap this up with three quick thoughts?
- It has been 20 years since Nebraska won a National Title. Which means we do not have the right to be taking opponents lightly. I don’t care who we play, our guys need to come out prepared to dominant every single game. That is what champions do.
- I don’t know if Mike Grant didn’t take this week seriously or what, but if Nebraska is going to have a special season he has to play better. End of story.
- There should never be a game where last year’s third team All-American and the best player we have — Derek Brown — goes an entire quarter without stepping on the field. In my opinion, Brown not getting on the field sooner is just a piss poor job by the coaches.
00:00 – That is a wrap folks. Huskers win 48-7. Bring on #2 ranked Washington.