2012. Until this year, that was the last time Nebraska ran the table at home. Before that, you have to go all the way back to 2001 to find another Husker team that held serve at Memorial Stadium for an entire year. That’s a pretty impressive accomplishment for this year’s team, and they capped it off this weekend on Senior Day with a heavy contribution from that senior class.
Some of it was expected, and some of it certainly was not. As he’s done most of 2016, Terrell Newby closed his career in Memorial Stadium in productive fashion, rushing 22 times for 98 yards and 3 TDs. Jordan Westerkamp snagged 8 receptions for 85 yards and a TD, and seniors Brandon Reilly, Alonzo Moore, and Cethan Carter chipped in another 9 catches for 78 yards. And of course there was the man of the hour, Ryker Fyfe. It came against Maryland, but Fyfe’s workmanlike 220 yards passing along with 1 TD is no small feat for a guy who spent much of the last five years watching from the sideline. Anytime you can win with your backup QB, you’re doing something right.
And most importantly, the senior class has put itself in position to be the first senior class since the Class of 2006 to win 11 games in a year. Find a way to beat the Hawkeyes and then close the show in a bowl game. That is a long way from where we were last year at this time. Let’s take a look at how we got there in the Maryland game.