There are a few more bells and whistles at the old football stadium these days.

It still felt like home for Dave Rimington, though, and he was having a blast on the sideline during Nebraska’s win against Arkansas State on Saturday. Rimington was introduced to the crowd following the first quarter and received a loud ovation.

Rimington played for the Huskers from 1979 to 1982, and the Omaha native is considered one of the best centers in college football history. He posed for photos with fans, but also snapped photos of the stadium, the team and fans with a small camera  and his cell phone.

“There are a lot of improvements I haven’t seen before, so it’s like a whole different stadium from when I played,” Rimington said.

“The Tunnel Walk is impressive. When we played they just rolled out the football and you played. It’s quite a production, and it’s done very tastefully, so that I don’t think it’s a distraction to the team.”

Because of his travels as president of the Boomer Esiason Foundation and a family that includes young triplets, Rimington has attended only a few Husker games in the past decade.

He was honored to address the Nebraska offensive players Saturday morning.

“I’ve been out of the game for so long that it’s kind of nerve-racking to be in front of a group of guys,” he said. “And you’re so old that they have no idea that you even played. They were probably wondering who let this guy in the room.”

Head start

A large number of fans let loose balloons signaling the first Nebraska score a little  early when a long pass to Curenski Gilleylen came up three yards short. Thankfully, Tyler Legate scored on a 3-yard pass from Zac Lee on the next play. Even better was that Legate is a fullback.

Ovations

Loud: When Ndamukong Suh sacked Corey Leonard for an 11-yard loss in the fourth quarter. Suuuuuuuuuuh.

Welcoming: When freshman quarterback Cody Green was announced entering the game with four minutes remaining. Green and freshman QB Taylor Martinez are the ones that signal in the plays for the Nebraska offense.

Warm: Nebraska’s national championship women’s bowling team received a nice ovation when introduced to the crowd.

Weather report

You knew it was warming up when Robert Matya, a priest at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on campus,  who is often seen on the Nebraska sideline, shed his sports coat when the sun came through the clouds. The game-time temperature was 73 degrees.

Reach Brent C. Wagner at 473-7435 or bwagner@journalstar.com.