Call them the new-look Huskers. No, seriously.
Nebraska busted out all-white uniforms Saturday night instead of the traditional red pants.
Nebraska coaches and players clearly aren't uniform-superstitious.
The Huskers have had some bad outcomes in the all-white uniforms over the years, including a shocking loss at Iowa State in 1992, a 24-point loss to Georgia Tech in the 1991 Citrus Bowl, the 65-51 loss at Colorado to close out Bill Callahan's career at NU, and the entire 2002 season, which included a 40-7 loss at Penn State in those atrocious uniforms that included red gussets.
It was the first time in the Bo Pelini era the Huskers have gone all-white. Fresno State came out in all-red uniforms, and it's believed the Huskers' decision was influenced by the home team's selection.
Anyway, it was really hot in Fresno, with temperatures in the 90s. They always say to wear white when it's hot, right?
And, to be fair, the Huskers were also wearing all white in 1992 when Tommie Frazier made his first start. It was a struggle, with NU beating Missouri 34-24, but also the beginning of something pretty special.
* ABDULLAH, BELL CLIMBING CHARTS: Ameer Abdullah's 82 first-half rushing yards were good enough to pass Rex Burkhead on Nebraska's career rushing list. And when he finished the game with 110 yards on 19 carries, Abdullah inched within 31 yards of Roy Helu (3,404) for the No. 4 spot.
Abdullah did move past Mike Rozier in all-purpose yards, increasing his career total to 5,449 and jumping into second at Nebraska — 141 behind Johnny Rodgers (5,586).
It was Abdullah's 19th career 100-yard game, which leads the nation among active players and moves him one behind Ahman Green and seven behind Rozier on Nebraska's all-time list.
Kenny Bell also moved up in Nebraska's record book Saturday, climbing into second with his 144th career reception in the second half. He passed Rodgers and now is 22 catches behind Nate Swift.
* WESTERKAMP SHINES AGAIN: Sophomore receiver Jordan Westerkamp's career-long 70-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter marked his third consecutive game with a touchdown. Quincy Enunwa caught touchdowns in the first three games for Nebraska last season.
* TIGHT ENDS GET INVOLVED: Nebraska's tight ends finally got on the board Saturday, with Cethan Carter hauling in a 20-yard pass from Tommy Armstrong on NU's first drive of the third quarter.
It was the first touchdown by a Nebraska tight end this season, and Sam Cotton joined the party about 15 minutes later with his own 23-yard touchdown grab.
* HOVEY SHINES IN SECOND HALF: Sophomore wide receiver Lane Hovey caught three passes for 48 yards in the second half. One catch in particular by the Adel, Iowa, native — a 29-yard grab on third down from Nebraska's 2-yard line — was important because it allowed Imani Cross to run 62 yards on the next play for a touchdown.
* HARPER FAMILY DIVIDED: Senior Josh Harper is Fresno State's leading receiver and the Bulldogs' biggest offensive threat. But it was Harper's dad, Willie Harper, a two-time All-American at Nebraska in 1971 and 1972, who was interviewed by CBS Sports Network on the sideline during the game.
When Nebraska won the national championship in 1971, Willie Harper finished his junior season with 72 tackles — 38 unassisted and 20 tackles for loss.
"I have a lot of mixed emotions out here tonight," Willie Harper said. "Especially with the Big Red playing so well."
Even with Nebraska dominating for much of the night, though, Willie Harper was able to see his son have some success and push his career receiving numbers past the 2,000-yard mark.
With nine catches for 76 yards — pushing his season total to 215 yards — Josh Harper finished the night with 2,056 career yards. He's also No. 8 all-time at Fresno State with 159 career receptions.