STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Miguel “Gordy” Nuno better get his homework done during the week, because the 9-year-old Husker fan from Omaha has some traveling to do on fall weekends.
Gordy went to his first Husker game at the age of 5 and hasn’t missed one since, home or away. That’s a streak of 64 games in a row, including Saturday’s Nebraska-Penn State matchup in State College.
Gordy’s uncle works for a major airline and uses free flights to get Gordy and his father, Miguel, to all points on the Nebraska schedule. Uncle Stan and the elder Miguel buy and sell tickets and usually get into the game free.
Does Gordy remember his first Husker game as a 5-year-old?
“It was Iowa State,” he said. “It was cold and little bit foggy, so I couldn’t really see anything, but we won.”
At every stop on the tour, Gordy gets an opponent’s team football and writes the date and score on it. His father says Gordy has tubs of memorabilia from his adventures. There’s even a Facebook page at “Journey of a Husker Fan” to document Gordy waiting at the airport, taking pictures with Tom Osborne and Randy Gregory, and banging Purdue’s “World’s Largest Drum.”
“Fan since birth, I want to share my favorite hobby, attending Husker games” the page reads.
Of course, he’s the envy of his elementary school peers.
“They think it’s awesome,” Gordy said.
Deep freeze: Temperatures for some of the Big Ten football games this weekend: Evanston, Ill., 24 degrees. Iowa City, Iowa, 21 degrees. West Lafayette, Ind., 26 degrees. I don’t know about you, but I think Nebraska should join the Pac-12: It was 56 degrees in Tempe, Ariz., on Saturday.
How to keep warm? Brian Pelfrey, a Husker fan who is originally from Lincoln but moved to Hershey, Pa., 20 years ago, said he would be drinking lots of coffee at Beaver Stadium to ward off the chill. The early-arriving Penn State student section camps out in front of Gate A to birth “Nittanyville” in order to get good seats. In the pregame some of the students formed a conga line and danced through the stands in order to keep their blood moving.
Numbers game: Capacity at Beaver Stadium is 106,572, though the paid attendance at this year’s four-overtime win against Michigan was listed as 107,844. In the other five home games before Saturday, the average was 93,936.
The Big Ten passed the 5 million mark in total attendance for the ninth straight season.