We're counting down the top 10 games at Memorial Stadium. Today we look at Nebraska's 52-7 win over Colorado on Oct. 31, 1992.
Hype: Heated rivalry. There was no team, Oklahoma included, Nebraska fans despised more at the time. It was Halloween, Homecoming, on ESPN. A cold drizzle fell. The teams were tied for No. 8 in the AP poll.
Atmosphere: Electric. Deafening. On one touchdown scamper, running back Calvin Jones immediately tossed away the football and ripped his helmet off as soon as he crossed the goal line. The goalposts were torn down when it was over.
Game quality: It wasn’t a close game, which is exactly why Nebraska fans still remember it with such fondness. The Huskers held the ball for more than 42 minutes and outyarded the Buffs 428-144.
Legacy: It’s not uncommon to hear a Husker fan say before a big game, “I hope we beat ’em like we did to Colorado that one year.” It was also the day the idea began to form that a freshman quarterback named Tommie Frazier just might be something special.
Looking back: It was the first of three consecutive Husker games where the goalposts were torn down by fans afterward. Nebraska fans took down the posts the following week after a 49-7 win against Kansas. Iowa State fans did likewise a week after when the Cyclones stunned Nebraska 19-10 in Ames.
The Huskers also ran the “fumbleroosky” against Colorado with offensive lineman Will Shields. It’s the last time Nebraska ran the play — now illegal — invented by Tom Osborne.