Mike Babcock

Bo Pelini arrived for Monday’s news conference on the week of the Nebraska football team’s season-opener in a red sports coat that would have made Bob Devaney proud. About the only thing missing, in fact, was Devaney’s signature red fedora.... more

Aug 28, 2014 4:11 PM Specials

Bo Pelini behaved as if he had coached his last game at Nebraska, based on his sideline and post-game decorum, or lack thereof. That was the assumption. The evidence was far from subtle. But it was an assumption, keep that in mind. Fi... more

Dec 4, 2013 8:01 AM Specials

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened. If not for Burtch, Ron Kellogg III might not have gotten the opportunity to heave the Hail Mary pass to Jordan Westerkamp on the f... more

Nov 21, 2013 10:37 PM Specials

As David Santos remembers it, Connor Cook was rolling out and he was pursuing the Michigan State quarterback when Nebraska teammate Randy Gregory “blew right past me.” Gregory, a defensive end, “took a good angle, had a full head of ste... more

Nov 19, 2013 10:05 PM Specials

Michigan State is next up for the Nebraska football team. And the task is daunting. The Spartans are a “tough team,” said Tommy Armstrong Jr. How tough? They rank first in the nation in total defense, rushing defense and pass effic... more

Nov 12, 2013 10:18 PM Specials

Ron Kellogg III disappeared. At least from Bo Pelini’s vantage point he did. Kellogg is the fifth-year senior quarterback who initiated Nebraska football history by throwing a Hail Mary pass on the final play of the Huskers’ 27-24 victo... more

Nov 5, 2013 10:24 PM Specials

Rewind to last football season, late October. Nebraska had been embarrassed by Ohio State in Columbus – 63-38 if you don’t recall, or maybe don’t care to recall – and was preparing to play Northwestern, also on the road. Husker nation w... more

Oct 29, 2013 8:20 PM Specials

The question was whether Taylor Martinez would play for the Nebraska football team on Saturday at Minnesota, following a bye-week. And the answer was a definitive maybe. “We’re just seeing how he’s progressing . . . kind of play it by... more

Oct 22, 2013 9:40 PM Specials

To quote legendary television sportscaster Keith Jackson: “Whoa, Nellie!” The Nebraska football team’s season-opener against Wyoming wasn’t supposed to go quite like that. Yes, the Huskers won. Yes, they scored 37 points and rolled up 5... more

Sep 3, 2013 2:22 AM Specials

Rex Burkhead was running along the sideline. And Jeremiah Sirles wanted to know why. “I’m going in,” Burkhead said. “I was like, ‘Oh, well, let’s go then,’” said Sirles The brief exchange between I-back and offensive tackle took pla... more

Nov 28, 2012 12:30 AM Specials

Nebraska’s long-standing walk-on tradition can be traced to Bob Devaney’s tenure as coach. For all intents and purposes, it began then. But walk-ons became commonplace under Tom Osborne, as a hedge against the NCAA’s reduction in football... more

Nov 16, 2012 12:35 AM Specials

Will Compton can laugh about it now. But when it happened, it was no laughing matter. “I was like a deer in the headlights,” he said. “I was nervous. I was caught off-guard.” Compton was a freshman on coach Bo Pelini’s first team at Neb... more

Nov 13, 2012 11:11 PM Specials

Yep, Justin Blatchford looks a little bit like Taylor Martinez, enough so that Nebraska football fans have even mistaken him, on occasion, for his Husker teammate. “I’ve gotten that a couple of times from fans, asking me for my autograp... more

Nov 7, 2012 12:43 AM Specials

These practice jerseys are a far cry from those distributed in 1964, when Nebraska’s Blackshirt tradition began, as near as anybody can remember, anyway. Accounts differ on exactly when the originals were purchased and distributed. An... more

Oct 30, 2012 10:47 PM Specials

Put it this way, when Taylor Martinez is good, he’s very, very good. And when Nebraska’s junior quarterback is bad . . . remember those three interceptions against Ohio State? But the three interceptions, and a lost fumble when the game... more

Oct 23, 2012 11:36 PM Specials

Consider it a life-lesson for the Nebraska football team. “Sometimes in life you have to get hit in the mouth to pick up your resolve and get back to the realization that it’s ‘not just going to happen to me, for whatever reason,’ ” coa... more

Oct 16, 2012 10:59 PM Specials

A reporter has to try, right? And one did. Bo Pelini was asked (paraphrasing here) if the Nebraska football team’s trip to Ohio State this weekend would be personally special. Pelini, who’s from Youngstown, Ohio, earned four letters at ... more

Oct 2, 2012 11:00 PM Specials

The answer was obvious, really. Was it the low point of his career? “Yeah, I think so,” Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez said on Monday. “It” was a reference to last season’s 48-17 loss at Wisconsin, the Huskers’ first conference ... more

Sep 25, 2012 11:16 PM Specials

Tom Osborne’s “heart episode” (his words) remained private for a time. He didn’t discuss it at length until three weeks later, when he announced he would be stepping aside after 25 seasons. The episode was a rapid heartbeat, atrial fibr... more

Sep 18, 2012 10:52 PM Specials

Bo Pelini might have misinterpreted the basis for the question. But no one could have misinterpreted his response. Nebraska’s fifth-year football coach punctuated it with an icy stare in the direction of the reporter who asked. Pelini hel... more

Sep 11, 2012 11:26 PM Specials

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