Chase Daniel is the early frontrunner in the Heisman Trophy chase, which got us wondering . . . How many Heisman winners played in Lincoln the same year they won college football's top honor? A fascinating list: 1935: Jay Berwanger, Chicago. The very first Heisman winner was outdone by NU's Lloyd Cardwell in the season opener. Berwanger scored on a 17-yard run, but Big Red prevailed 28-7 before 30,000 fans. 1961: Ernie Davis, Syracuse. The subject of the upcoming movie, "The Express," Davis ran for 120 yards as Syracuse triumphed 28-6 against a Husker outfit that finished 3-6-1. 1978: Billy Sims, Oklahoma. The week before Missouri's last win at Memorial Stadium, NU knocked off Oklahoma 17-14. Sims ran for 153 yards but fumbled late at the Huskers' 3-yard line. 1988: Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State. Sanders carried 35 times for 189 yards in a game that NU led 42-0 in the second quarter. The Huskers hung on to win 63-42 as Sanders scored four TDs. 1994: Rashaan Salaam, Colorado. In a battle of unbeatens, NU won 24-7, stuffing the Buffs on all 15 third- and fourth-down conversion attempts. Salaam rushed 22 times for 134 yards. 1998: Ricky Williams, Texas. Williams was held to 150 yards, 60 below his average, but the Longhorns won 20-16 on Halloween, a win that snapped NU's 47-game home winning streak.

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