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     I am attempting to put together a collection of programs from important games, from both bowl and regular season games.  The outcome is not important, some are from games we lost.  Inspiration for starting the programs pages came from Collecting Football Game Programs, by Matt Walters.  Images on the program pages are from my personal collection, collector contributions, or public domain sources.

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1983 Kickoff Classic
NU 44 - Penn State 6
(Thanks to the Husker Press Box Big Red Anthology for the history) 

East Rutherford, New Jersey (August 29,1983) -It was sweet revenge for the Nebraska Cornhuskers as they avenged their only loss of the 1982 season in a Kickoff Classic rematch with Penn State.
     It was the inaugural Kickoff Classic game matching number one ranked Nebraska and number four ranked Penn State, but it was Nebraska putting on the classic performance.
     Nebraska scored on two of their first three possessions to grab a 14-0 first quarter lead and never looked back. The Huskers added a second quarter TD pass from Nate Mason to Todd Frain and even had the defense get in on the action in the third quarter when Mike Knox returned an interception 27 yards for a TD. Penn State was able to avoid a shut out with just 20 seconds left in the game to make the final score 44-6. It was PSU coach Joe Paterno's worst loss in his 18 year tenure.
     Mike Rozier led all rushers with 71 yards on 16 carries while QB Turner Gill had a fabulous day
hitting 11 of 14 passes for 158 yards.

1988 Kickoff Classic
NU 23 - Texas A&M 14
(Thanks to the Husker Press Box  for the history)
East Rutherford, NJ  - Aug 27, 1988.  Playing in their second pre-season match up, the second ranked Huskers used a stiff defense to defeat the number ten ranked Texas A&M Aggies 23-14 in the Kickoff Classic.  
     Both teams showed their defensive might in the game's first half as A&M managed only one touchdown in the first half and the Huskers tallied only a 44 yard Chris Barrios field goal in the second period. Nebraska's offense found their legs in the second half while the defense continued to shut down A&M's multifaceted offense.
     Barrios added a second Husker field goal in the third period to pull the score to 7-6 midway through the period. The Huskers took their next drive down for pay dirt when Ken Clark dove in from 1 yard out. A failed two point conversion kept it close at 12-7 after three.
     Game MVP Steve Taylor went to the air for the teams next score. Taylor connected with Todd Millikan on a 20 yard touchdown pass. The two point conversion was good and the Huskers led 19-7. A&M made things interesting when Randy Simmons scored on a two yard run with five minutes left in the game, but the game was iced when Barrios connected on a Kickoff Classic record 48 yard field goal with 7:10 left. 

1994 Kickoff Classic
NU 31 - West Virginia 0
(Thanks to the Husker Press Box and Big Red Anthology for the history)

East Rutherford, NJ - August 28, 1994.  The Nebraska Cornhuskers got an early start in their bid for a National Championship as they faced West Virginia in the Kickoff Classic. Nebraska scored just three points in the first period on a 32 yard Tom Seiler field goal, but opened things up in the second period to jump out to a 24-0 half time lead and take control of the season opener.
       Husker quarterback Tommie Frazier took control of the offense with touchdown runs of 25, 27 and 42 yards. He rushed for 130 yards on the day.  I-Back Lawrence Phillips added 126 of his own, while Frazier passed for 100 yards.  The Husker Blackshirts were also commanding in their performance. They limited the Mountaineers to 89 total offensive yards, only eight of those coming on the ground.  The win was dominant enough to boost the Huskers to the number one ranking in the college football polls. 

Thanks to Dennis Widga for the scan!

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1998 Eddie Robinson Classic
NU 56 - La Tech 27


Lincoln, NE - Aug 29, 1998.  What an offensive show!  This was Coach Solich's debut as Head Coach, and starting debut at quarterback for Bobby Newcome.  Though severely tested by La Tech's high flying offense led by quarterback Tim Rattay and wide receiver Troy Edwards, the Huskers came through in the usual fashion.

     The game featured 590 passing yards by Tech, to 462 total yards by the Huskers (289 rushing, 173 passing).  The defense rose to the occasion many times, turning Tech away several times after initially successful starts.  Many freshmen and sophomore defenders got their first start or considerable playing time during the game, as well as some fresh offensive linemen.


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2001 Pigskin Classic
NU 21 - Texas Christian 7


Lincoln, NE - Aug 25, 2001.  Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch, who became the Huskers' all-time career leader for offensive yards, guided the Huskers on three scoring drives despite heavy pressure from the TCU defense.

     The Huskers vaunted rushing attack was held in check throughout the game by a spirited Horned Frog defense. Nebraska finished with 151 yards on the ground, nearly 200 yards below the Husker rushing average last season. I-Back Thunder Collins, starting in place of suspended I-Back Dahrran Diedrick, lead all rushers with 71 yards on 14 carries. Collins added two touchdown runs including a 26 yard run in the fourth quarter.

      Nebraska remained with their power running game plan to create the game's final score. Behind runs by Crouch of 8 and 42 and an 11 yard run by Collins, the Huskers turned in a 98 yard scoring drive, capped by a 26 yard run by Collins. A two-point conversion run by Crouch made the score 21-7.

     Crouch completed 10 of 18 passes for 151 yards and 1 interception.  Crouch added 69 yards rushing on 24 carries, passing Tommie Frazier for all-time career offensive yards.

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2002 Black College Association Classic
NU 48 - Arizona State 10


Lincoln, NE - Aug 24, 2002.  With Jammal Lord starting his first game at quarterback the Huskers produced a field goal on their opening drive, but still found themselves tied 3-3 at the end of the first period.   At halftime Nebraska held a slim 10-3 lead.

   A poor return on the opening kickoff put the Sun Devils in a quick hole at their own 6 yard line. A bad punt gave Nebraska great field position at the ASU 20.  Scott Shanle picked up the ball and rumbled in for the touchdown giving Nebraska a 24-3 lead midway through the third period.

   The Huskers scored on their first three drives of the 4th quarter. A 42 yard Josh Brown field goal made it 27-10, then the Husker defense set up another touchdown with a blocked punt by Lannie Hopkins that gave the Huskers the ball at the ASU nine yard line. Two plays later Dahrran Diedrick dove in for the score.  I-Back Corey Ross sprinted 35 yards for a touchdown with 2:10 left in the game. On the next play, Fabian Washington picked off an Arizona State pass and ran it in for another score to finish the scoring. 

BIG XII Championships

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1996 Dr. Pepper Big XII Championship
NU 27 - Texas 37
..(Thanks to the Husker Press Box  for the history)

St. Louis, Missouri - December 7, 1996. The Nebraska Cornhuskers had clawed their way back into the hunt for the national championship as they strolled into St. Louis for the first ever Big 12 Championship game against three touchdown underdog Texas.

     Texas quarterback James Brown backed up his pre-game bravado by completing his first four passes of the game and marching the Longhorns 80 yards on their opening drive for a quick 7-0 Texas lead.  The second quarter saw both teams battle head to head. With 1:00 left Dawson kicked a 30 yard field goal to send the Longhorns to the locker room at halftime with a 20-17 lead.

     Texas added to their lead midway through the third period with Dawson's third field goal of the game, this time from 47 yards out to make the score 23-17. Nebraska finally took their first lead of the game after a 15 play drive when Evans scored on a 6 yard run. Facing a fourth down and inches at their own 28 yard line, Texas shunned conventional wisdom and decided to go for it. Brown took the snap, rolled to his left and, with Husker defenders converging, lofted the ball to tight end Derek Lewis. Holmes took the next play 11 yards for a touchdown with 1:53 left in the game. Nebraska's last gasp was halted when quarterback Scott Frost was sacked and fumbled into Texas hands.

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1997 Dr. Pepper Big XII Championship
NU 54 - Texas A&M 15
..(Thanks to the Husker Press Box  for the history)


San Antonio, TX - Dec 6, 1997.  The second ranked Huskers never gave the number 14 Texas  A&M Aggies a chance to cry "uncle" as NU scored on all seven of their first half possessions, surging to a 37-3 lead while holding A&M to minus three yards rushing before the break.
     Ahman Green rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns for the Huskers and QB Scott Frost added 79 yards rushing, scoring twice, and passed for 201 yards.  Nebraska scored a touchdown on their first possession when Frost took it in from 6 yards out. Their next three drives were capped by Kris Brown field goals of 27, 26 and 31 yards to give Nebraska a 16-0 first quarter lead.
     Texas A&M finally produced an 11 play drive for their first touchdown midway through the fourth on a 13 yard pass from Stewart to Spiller. The conversion failed and the score stood at 47-9.  Texas A&M's leading rusher, Sirr Parker, contributed a mere 28 yards. QB Brandon  Stewart ended the game -25 yards rushing, 227 yards passing.

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1999 Dr. Pepper Big XII Championship
NU 22 - Texas 6
San Antonio, TX - Dec 4, 1999.  The No. 3 Huskers won the school's second Big 12 crown and 43d conference title with a 22-6 win over No. 12 Texas in the Alamodome, breaking a three-game losing streak to the Longhorns. 
     NU got on the board first on a 42-yard FG by frosh PK Josh Brown.  After QB Eric Crouch scored on a 31-yard run on fourth and one to give NU a 10-0 first-quarter lead, Brown increased the margin to 13-0 with a 21-yard FG after a Tony Ortiz interception.  An errant wide-right snap out of the shotgun to UT QB Major Applewhite resulted in NU's school record third safety of the season, giving the Huskers a 15-0 lead at the half.
     NU came out and scored again on a second Crouch rushing TD (4 yards) in the third.  Texas got on the board in the fourth quarter when Ahmad Brooks returned a Husker fumble 20 yards for a TD.  Defensively, the Blackshirts kept the UT offense out of the end zone.  The Huskers totaled 289 yards to UT's 178, while the UT offense failed to produce a TD for the first time since 1985.  The Blackshirts held the Horns to just 9 yards rushing on 29 carries, the fewest ever in school history.  I-Back Correl Buckhalter sparked the Husker ground attack with 136 yards on 20 carries. 

2006 Dr. Pepper Big XII Championship
NU 7 - Oklahoma 21

Kansas City, MO - Dec 2, 2006.  No. 8 Oklahoma played nearly mistake-free football and Nebraska was unable to capitalize on several second-half opportunities, as the Sooners won the 2006 Big 12 title with a 21-7 victory over the No. 19 Huskers at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday night.

     In a game dominated by both defenses, the Sooners bent throughout the night but broke only once to drop Big 12 North Champion Nebraska to 9-4 on the season. Big 12 South Champion Oklahoma improved to 10-2 on the year with the victory and earned the conference's BCS berth to the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 in Glendale, Ariz.

     Big 12 Offensive Player-of-the-Year Zac Taylor threw for 282 yards, while NU generated 84 yards on the ground despite playing from behind for more than 59 minutes. The Huskers finished with 366 yards of total offense. The Sooners managed just 307 total yards, including 265 yards through the air and just 42 yards rushing despite leading from start to finish.      

     Oklahoma's only sustained drive proved to be the back-breaker for the Huskers. OU used a 10-play, 99-yard drive midway through the 3rd quarter to stop Nebraska's comeback effort.

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2009 Dr. Pepper Big XII Championship
NU 12 - Texas 13

Arlington, TX - Dec 5, 2009.  Ndamukong Suh and the Nebraska Blackshirts provided another dominant defensive performance, but No. 3 Texas escaped from Cowboys Stadium with a 13-12 victory over the No. 22 Huskers on a walk-off 46-yard field goal in the Big 12 Championship Game on Saturday night.

     Suh, a senior All-America defensive tackle who is a candidate for every major national defensive award, set a Big 12 Championship Game record with 4.5 sacks among his seven tackles for loss and game-high 12 total tackles, while the Blackshirts sacked Texas Heisman Trophy candidate Colt McCoy nine times. The Blackshirts also intercepted McCoy three times, which all led to Alex Henery field goals in the game. The Blackshirts notched 18 tackles for 65 yards lost against the Longhorns.

     Roy Helu Jr. led the Huskers with 10 carries for 32 yards, while Rex Burkhead carried 17 times for 22 yards against a stingy and disciplined Longhorn defense. Lee managed six carries for 12 yards, while completing 6-of-19 passes for 39 yards and three interceptions. 

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2010 Dr. Pepper Big XII Championship
NU 20 - Oklahoma 23

Arlington, TX - Dec 4, 2010. ( Nebraska took a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter, but Oklahoma outscored the Huskers by 20 points the rest of the way to come away with a 23-20 win in the Big 12 Championship game on Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium. Four Nebraska turnovers led to 13 Oklahoma points as the Sooners came back from the 17-point deficit.

     After holding a 20-17 halftime lead, Nebraska was unable to put any points on the board in the second half. With the game tied at 20-20 in the fourth, Oklahoma placekicker Jimmy Stevens kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8:28 remaining for the final score. The Blackshirts had forced Oklahoma into a 3rd and 24 situation, but quarterback Landry Jones completed back-to-back passes to Cameron Kenney to push the Sooners into field goal range.

     The Huskers would get the ball three more times in the fourth quarter, but was unable to come away with points on any possession. Nebraska's final effort came short following a incomplete pass from redshirt freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez to junior wide receiver Brandon Kinnie on 4th-and-4 from the Huskers' 47-yard line.

BIG TEN Championships

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2012 Big Ten Championship
NU 31 - Wisconsin 70

Indianapolis, IN - Dec 1, 2012.  ( Taylor Martinez produced his fifth 100-yard rushing effort of the year, including an electrifying 76-yard scramble for a touchdown in the first quarter, but Wisconsin controlled the action from start to finish in a 70-31 win over the No. 12 Huskers in the Big Ten Championship Game Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

     Nebraska slipped to 10-3 on the year after a 7-1 Big Ten regular-season effort that included a Big Ten Legends Division title. The loss also snapped NU's six-game winning streak. The Huskers will return to Lincoln to await the announcement of their bowl destination on Sunday. The Badgers improved to 8-5 on the year while punching their ticket to their third consecutive Rose Bowl appearance where they will face Pac-12 champion Stanford.

     Nebraska amassed 477 yards of total offense against a stout Wisconsin defense, including 282 rushing yards and 195 passing yards. But big plays by the Badgers all night were too much for the Huskers to overcome.

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