A 1-2 start to the season is not what Nebraska football fans were expecting this season but it does not mean it is a lost season.
Mitch Krenk was a tight end of the 1981 squad that opened 1-2 and then trailed Auburn 3-0 at half time on a rainy day in Memorial Stadium. Krenk remembers the fans booing as the Huskers headed to the locker room.
Nebraska completely dominated the second half en route to a 17-3 victory and Krenk credits an unusually emotional pep talk from coach Tom Osborne at the break.
“What I remember him talking about was he did not dog out the fans at all”, said Krenk. “Really what he talked about was when the going gets tough the only people we have is each other and now we have to play for each other. It meant a lot as a player.”
The second half rally ignited an eight game winning streak that saw the Huskers finish undefeated in the Big Eight Conference before losing to eventual national champion Clemson 22-15 in the Orange Bowl. Krenk hopes for a similar fate for this year’s team.
“This team could be 3-0 and I love their fight”, said Krenk. “I can see that they are not going to quit and who knows, they could go on a heck of a run in the Big Ten”
Karla James contributed to this story