.Randy York of Huskers.com reports that Saturday’s Nebraska-Minnesota game goes beyond the 29 Cornhusker seniors who will play their final game at Memorial Stadium. The game also marks Game No. 500 in which Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne will be in an official role with the Husker football program.
Osborne was an assistant coach at Nebraska from 1962 to 1972. He served as NU’s head coach from 1973 to 1997, winning 255 games in 25 years. After serving three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, Osborne returned to Nebraska as athletic director in 2007.
“In this, the 50-year anniversary that will celebrate consecutive home football sellout No. 325 on Saturday, it seems only fitting that Osborne’s last home game in an official athletic department capacity represents another major milestone,” York writes. “At the same time, we all know Osborne would prefer that the spotlight focus on a senior class that has won 46 games over the past five seasons.”
The four-game win streak gives the Huskers a chance to win 50 games before they leave the program. There is only one way the Huskers can make that happen: Prevail in the final two regular-season games, then win the Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis and then triumph in the Rose Bowl.