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Cornhusker Marching Band member Cameron Stussie (left) gets a selfie with actor Bill Murray on the sidelines before the Sept. 29, 2018, game against Purdue at Memorial Stadium.

“Hey, isn’t that the guy from 'Caddyshack'?”

While one Nebraska fan wasn’t quite sure who he was seeing, it was indeed Bill Murray on Nebraska’s sideline before the game.

The legendary comedian, actor and sports fan is performing Sunday evening at Omaha’s Holland Center.

Sporting a red, sequined visor and red pants, Murray spent time on the sideline near Nebraska’s tunnel entrance taking selfies with several fans. NU punter Caleb Lightbourn also shook Murray’s hand.

Murray watched the game from Tom Osborne’s suite. It is unknown whether he entered Nebraska’s locker room at halftime and said “perhaps I can be of some assistance.”

Miles on the move: Nebraska men's basketball coach Tim Miles had a busy day Saturday.

In the morning, he appeared on set with the "BTN Tailgate" pregame show, and offered his opinion on the mammoth Ohio State-Penn State matchup.

“I like Ohio State. I think they’re the best team in football, period,” Miles said.

Better than Alabama?

“I’m sorry, I just think they are. I’m a basketball coach for a reason,” he deadpanned.

Later, Miles was on the sideline hosting a pair of important visitors.

Creighton Prep forward Akol Arop was on his official visit after being offered by Miles in July. The 6-foot-6 2019 prospect could be making his college decision in the coming weeks.

Also in attendance was 2021 prospect Matthew Mors, a 6-7, 220-pound power forward from Yankton, South Dakota. Mors has offers from Nebraska, Creighton, Iowa and Wisconsin, among others.

Elevator music: The UNL employees who man the elevators that carry coaches from each team to and from the coaching boxes on the sixth level of Memorial Stadium have had decidedly different experiences this season.

As they congregated at their seats just before the start of the second half, the Nebraska elevator operator asked the Purdue elevator operator a question.

“So how were your guys today?” he asked.

“Pretty happy,” the Purdue operator responded. “But I’ve had that a lot this year.”

Headed out: Maybe it was the weather, maybe it was the product on the field. But Nebraska’s student section emptied out considerably after halftime.

With Purdue holding a 20-7 lead at the break and NU’s homecoming halftime festivities out of the way, many in the student section headed for warmer, drier locales.

With temperatures in the low 50s and a cold dampness hanging in the air, heading for the couch wasn’t the worst of ideas.

Familiar faces: Representatives from the Cure Bowl were in attendance Saturday.

That may seem odd, considering the combined record of the teams coming into the game was 1-7.

It seemed very odd when Nebraska went down 20-7 at halftime.

There is a connection, though, with the Huskers and the bowl game played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Scott Frost’s first Central Florida team — the one that improved from 0-12 to 6-6 in Frost’s first season there — played in the game. The Knights lost to Arkansas State.

Tunnel Walk update: The song selections from this week’s Tunnel Walk: Johnny Cash’s version of “God’s Gonna Cut You Down" played before "Sirius." DMX’s “X Gon’ Give it to Ya” played as the Huskers made their way down the tunnel.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.

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Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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