Fifty years of sellouts.
The streak still amazes me.
Through stadium expansions and sleet and snow and the 2007 defense, Nebraskans have filled Memorial Stadium every game since 1962.
Next weekend is the official anniversary of the start of the streak — Nov. 3, 1962, a loss to Missouri. The late Bob Devaney was coach then, and Nebraska, in celebration of the sellout anniversary, welcomed Devaney’s son, Mike, to Saturday’s game. He’s retired and lives in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“He came from pretty humble beginnings, and I’m sure he never fully realized what he accomplished,” Mike Devaney said of his father. “But I think he was proud of what he had done, and he just enjoyed the people and looked at it as a job.
"He didn’t look at it like it was anything special. He just enjoyed meeting the people and I think that’s why the kids and people in the state liked him. And he liked them.”
Nebraska is now 280-43 at home during the sellout streak.
To help commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the sellout streak, the official Twitter account of Huskers.com asked followers last week to share memories of their first game at Memorial Stadium.
I chimed in.
I was 13 when my Uncle Kenny took me to watch Nebraska defeat Oregon 63-0 on Sept. 28, 1985. We sat high up in North Stadium on a damp, cold day that was more fitting for Ames, Iowa. I remember the smell of hot dogs and hot chocolate, and being cramped.
I also remember feeling sorry for the visiting team, probably because it didn’t feel right to pummel Donald Duck — which is basically what Oregon’s cartoon logo was in 1985.
Out of curiosity, I checked to see how many times Oregon has been shut out since that game more than 27 years ago. The answer: Once, in 2007.
I ran into Keyuo Craver on the sideline before Saturday's game. The former Husker defensive back, who’s played for Edmonton and Winnipeg in the Canadian Football League, recently moved back to Lincoln.
Craver said he’s done playing football, that he’s looking to settle down.
“Too much traveling and moving around,” Craver said. “Now that I’m finally done with that, I want to sit.”
Well, not entirely. Craver said he’s interested in becoming a coach and would like to assist on a local high school football team.
* The last time Nebraska had a home football game, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” by Pink was the No. 1 song, the Huskers wore a big "N" on the front of their jerseys, and gas prices in Lincoln were $3.75. My, how times have changed.
* Funny how my splitting headache didn’t seem to hurt as much when I turned around and saw young Jack Hoffman — he of “Team Jack” and Rex Burkhead fame — sitting with a smile on his face in the press box.