LINCOLN — For the second straight week, forecasters missed slightly on their predictions of extreme heat for a Nebraska game.
The announced game-time temperature of 86 was below the expected high in the mid-90s that was discussed in the days leading up to Saturday.
During warm-ups, with no wind to be felt, the day's smothering warmth was noticeable.
But clouds much of the day and a slight breeze that showed up just before kickoff made things bearable for fans inside Memorial Stadium.
In fact, Saturday's weather seemed a little more comfortable than last weekend's game, despite kickoff being two hours earlier in the day.
Even without the day's scorching heat, plenty of precautions remained in place.
After announcing during the week that fans could bring two waters bottles to Saturday's game — and providing water fountains throughout the stadium — NU decided early in the day Saturday to have the band wear much cooler outfits.
Instead of the group's traditional heavy white uniform and hat, they went with black slacks and red polo shirts.
Band officials said members were also provided water throughout the day and were given instructions throughout the week about keeping hydrated.
The officials believed that the last time the NU band was not in uniform for a game was 2002.
“It's rare,” one said.
The Husker players had a pair of cooling benches on the sideline. The giant gray seats featured dials on the back and were hooked up to hoses. The offensive and defensive units alternated using them while the other was on the field.
Southern Mississippi must have thought the Lincoln heat had nothing on what they feel in Hattiesburg, Miss. The Golden Eagles showed up with just large fans on their sideline.
Four take official visits, join in-state prospects
Both late additions to Saturday's slate of official visitors showed up, joining another pair of prospects on their official trips.
Quinton Flowers, a 6-foot-1, 210-pounder out of Florida, and 6-1, 172-pound receiver Erik Brown were in attendance.
Each decided late in the week to visit. Flowers is a three-star athlete with offers from Alabama and Texas. Nebraska is one of only a handful of schools recruiting him at his preferred position of quarterback.
Brown is a Washington commit out of California. He has offers from UCLA and Notre Dame, among others.
Both players were making their first official visits of the season.
Also making official visits Saturday were defensive back prospect Joshua Kalu and running back Madre London. Kalu is out of Houston, and Nebraska is his most significant offer.
He was pretty fired up during the Tunnel Walk, hustling to get his phone out of his pocket to record some of the action.
London is from Florida and has offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Wisconsin and others. He is slated to take an official visit to Wisconsin in two weeks for the Badgers' Big Ten opener against Purdue.
A handful of in-state prospects were also on hand on unofficial visits. That group included Anthony Cloyd (Millard South), Calvin Strong (Omaha North), Malik Harris (Omaha Central) and Clay Fisher (Millard North).
Fisher left Friday night's game, a loss to top-ranked Millard West, with an injured shoulder. He was not wearing a sling and did not seem to be favoring the arm.
Seems pregame punt routine can be an omen
Jamal Turner got his second chance. And the Husker receiver made the most out of it.
Turner has been the player to field the final punt just before Nebraska leaves the field after pregame warm-ups.
The fielder of the punt is somewhat of an honor. The player usually gives the ball a good spike, is surrounded by teammates and usually ends up being propped up as the Huskers gather near the end zone. Last year, Ameer Abdullah was the guy.
Last week, just before NU left the field, Turner got under the final punt of the pregame, but saw it get away from him and scoot off to the sideline.
A couple of NU coaches running toward the locker room gave a little head shake. It matters little in the grand scheme of things, but it's one of the things a team likes to get right before it leaves the field (think infield practice in baseball or a layup line in football).
On Saturday, Turner got a reprieve. The junior camped under the final punt and secured it with both hands, looking it in a little longer for emphasis before getting mobbed by teammates and hoisted above the group.
Members of the 1964 Orange Bowl-winning Nebraska team were recognized prior to kickoff. A small group of former players were presented a ball by bowl officials. They wore white hats with the Orange Bowl logo on the front, Nebraska's red “N” on one side and the Auburn emblem on the other side. NU held off a late Auburn rally for a 13-7 victory in that game. ... Senior tight end Jake Long was awarded the George Sullivan Endowed Scholarship just before the game. The scholarship is named for NU's head athletic trainer from 1977 to 1995. ... Former Nebraska linebacker Barrett Ruud was introduced to the Memorial Stadium crowd between the first and second quarters. Ruud is not on an NFL roster after spending eight years in the league with Tampa Bay, Tennessee, New Orleans and Houston.