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Game report: Notre Dame vs. Nebraska
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Game report: Notre Dame vs. Nebraska


Date: 09/08/01 23:46

  • The best: Nebraska I-back Dahrran Diedrick was a workhorse, pummeling Notre Dame for 133 yards in 32 carries and two touchdowns.

  • The worst: Just about anything Notre Dame tried in the first quarter had rotten results. The Irish were inept. Often. They had 12 players on the field during Nebraska's first touchdown. They fumbled on their first play of their first possession. A bad snap to Notre Dame punter Joey Hildbold resulted in a Nebraska field goal.

    NIGHT MOVES

    Taking on Nebraska at night is not a smart move.

    Since the Cornhuskers beat Kansas 63-7 in a night game Oct. 26, 1996, Nebraska is 11-1 in games under the lights. The only loss in that stretch? Kansas State fans remember it well. The Wildcats edged the Cornhuskers 29-28 last season in Manhattan, Kan.

    SORROW FOR SOLICH

    Nebraska coach Frank Solich likely had more on his mind than just Notre Dame.

    Solich will attend a memorial today in Johnstown, Pa., for his father, Frank Solich, Sr., who died Aug. 31. The elder Solich was 81. He died of congestive heart failure. Solich was a coal miner since age 16 until he retired because he suffered black lung disease.

    ESPN `GAME DAY' RECORD

    Nebraska fans appeared in record numbers early Saturday.

    The Cornhuskers broke the attendance record for ESPN's "Game Day" show that started at 9:30 a.m. The attendance of 15,808 broke the mark of 15,557 set last year at K-State when the Wildcats were home against Nebraska.

    KNUTE'S NEMESIS

    tx:Notre Dame coach Bob Davie shouldn't feel too bad. Even legendary Irish coach Knute Rockne had his problems in Lincoln.

    Rockne may have the top winning percentage of all time -- college or professional -- but his success was nothing to brag about when he faced Nebraska.

    Of his 12 losses, Nebraska gave Rockne three of them. Rockne, 105-12-5 from 1918-30, only went 4-3-1 against the Cornhuskers. In fact, he had a losing percentage in games at Lincoln, going 2-3-1. The last time a Rockne team played Nebraska there, the Cornhuskers blanked the Irish 17-0 on Nov. 26, 1925.

    When Notre Dame administrators nearly ended the series against Nebraska earlier in Rockne's career, he almost left the Irish. Rockne was so upset by it that he agreed to become coach at Columbia University, but word of that pact leaked, and the deal was off. And Rockne remained at Notre Dame, where he forged his legend.

    GETTING HIS KICKS

    Nebraska has decided to go with redshirt freshman Sandro DeAngelis at kicker.

    DeAngelis won the job over junior Josh Brown, who was the starter the previous two seasons. Brown missed the opener this season against Texas Christian because of a suspension, and he rotated the following week with DeAngelis against Troy State. Solich picked DeAngelis based on practice.

    BRIEFLY

  • The announced attendance of 78,118 was a Memorial Stadium record. The previous high was 78,096 on Nov. 4, 2000, against Kansas. Saturday's game was Nebraska's 242nd straight sellout. The sellout streak started Nov. 3, 1962, against Missouri.

  • Rockhurst High School graduate and Notre Dame senior reserve right guard John Teasdale watched from the sideline in street clothes. Teasdale is recovering from a shoulder injury.

  • Nebraska three-year senior letterman Jason Lohr, a nose tackle, left the game in the first quarter with a sprained ligament in his left knee and didn't return.

  • Umpire Percy Mun suffered a knee injury in the first half and was replaced by standby alternate Jim Jankowski.

  • Nebraska gained an edge in the all-time series, taking an 8-7-1 lead.

  • The game time temperature was, well, chilly for this time of the year. The temperature was 66 degrees with a northwest wind at 16 miles per hour, making it feel more like late October.

  • This was the latest season opener for the Irish since beginning Sept. 15, 1990, against Michigan.

  • Notre Dame has signed with Chevrolet as a major sponsor for its athletic programs. Chevrolet will use the Notre Dame logo in some of its promotions.

    END ZONE

    Scalpers were plentiful on the streets outside Memorial Stadium. That's probably where Nebraska tight end Tracey Wistrom's friends had to buy them.

    Cornhusker players are allotted four tickets apiece, and Wistrom said he immediately gave his to his family from Webb City, Mo.

    "Anybody that asks me, I just tell them they're crazy if they think I can get any extra ones," Wistrom said.

    -- Howard Richman/The Star


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