LINCOLN - A step back in time is what Nebraska football needed against Louisiana
Lafayette in Lincoln Saturday - retro with under two minutes to play against
No mulligan in football, but a step back to the first 58 minutes of that game in
Blacksburg would have been nice.
Instead, we'll take a manufactured 1962 look complete with throwback uniforms, and
pomp and circumstance - anything to move on. And NU's 55-0 win was a good way to do
Nebraska's nation-leading 300th consecutive home sellout streak is the last great
connection to the glory days for NU - perhaps one of the main reasons Athletic
Director Tom Osborne fired Bill Callahan two seasons ago. Under Callahan all the big
streaks were fading away - consecutive trips to bowl games, number of winning
seasons, and on and on.
What seems to have faded away on Saturday is the sour taste from the heartbreaking
16-15 loss to VT.
It's the same short memory Nebraska will need to build and keep its momentum going
into Big 12 play - NU bounced back last year after big losses to Missouri and
Oklahoma, so you kind of expect it to be a recurring theme under Bo Pelini.
It was more than just a game Saturday, more than a celebration of phenomenal fan
It was a lesson in tradition for the 2009 Huskers - a timely and artful distraction
and a chance to refocus Nebraska squarely on the goal of winning a conference
After Saturday's win NU should be feeling pretty good about itself heading into a
And any doubts about how good Nebraska is should be left at the doorstep. Just one
week after Virginia Tech was clearly inferior to NU, the Hokies took apart a Miami
team most national pundits believe was on the cusp of competing for a BCS bid.
Take it for what it's worth, but don't take the 300th sellout streak for granted.
Saturday was a perfect chance for NU to kiss up to the fan base - as Husker fans
deserve it after the recent lean years and serious doubt about the future of the
In a way early on Pelini's team has taken on the retro look of the Huskers of old -
as Bob Devaney- and Tom Osborne-coached teams always found ways to bounce back. They
were willed to by the coaching staff.
Breathe Husker Nation, because this big day of celebration was complete with a big
smooch from down on the field -- and not from the homecoming court - but from a
team that showed it doesn't need retro anything to focus on the task at hand.