For some Husker football fans it's the crowd roaring like a corn-fueled jet engine that they remember most about their first game at Memorial Stadium. For others, it's the sight of a stadium that looks like it's been dunked in red.
Some recall memorable plays, such as the famous 1982 bouncing lateral known as the “Bounceroosky” against Oklahoma.
This season, Nebraska plays eight home games, giving fans plenty of chances to catch one at Memorial Stadium, home to the Huskers since 1923.
We asked fans for memories of the first time they watched Nebraska tee it up in Lincoln, whether it was this season or decades ago.
» Brian Busenbark
People land Husker football tickets from all kinds of sources, but Brian Busenbark scored a pair for his first game from a guy who's tough to beat: Tom Osborne.
Here's how it all played out.
It was fall 1982, and Brian was a sixth-grader at St. James/Seton Catholic School in Omaha.
Brian grew up on Husker football. He and his buddies would play sandlot football on Saturdays, and set a radio nearby so they could listen to Husker games as they ran their own option plays.
But he had never been to a game, and Nebraska's Nov. 26, 1982, match-up against Oklahoma was just weeks away.
He had to get tickets.
So Brian, 11 at the time, called into Osborne's radio show, gathered his courage and asked the coach if he had a couple tickets he could share.
Brian recalls that Osborne, with his dry sense of humor, said something like, “It depends how much money you have.”
The coach wrapped up the call, telling Brian to write him a letter about the tickets and “he'd see what he could do.”
Brian wrote the coach a letter, asking for a few tickets. His parents told him not to get his hopes up.
A few days later, Brian arrived home from school and spotted an envelope from the University of Nebraska. Inside was a letter from Osborne, and two tickets to the Oklahoma game.
Brian sent the coach a thank-you letter. He also told his friends at school. Some kids were impressed, and others didn't believe him.
Brian, who now lives in Connecticut, attended the game with his 9-year-old brother and they saw some great action, including the Bounceroosky play: Quarterback Turner Gill bounced a one-hop lateral pass to Irving Fryar, who passed it to a tight end for a long gain.
Nebraska finished with a 28-24 win, and Brian left the game with a memory that will never fade.
» Chelsea Musfeldt
She grew up in the land of Cyclones and Hawkeyes, but Chelsea Musfeldt rooted for the Huskers from day one.
Chelsea, 19, grew up in Harlan, in western Iowa, and knew exactly where she wanted to attend college.
She enrolled at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and when football tickets went on sale this August, the freshman skipped class just so she could land some online.
On the morning of the season-opener against Wyoming, she pulled on her Taylor Martinez jersey. She put on N-shaped red earrings and temporary tattoos of a Husker helmet on each side of her face.
She and a friend sat in the student section, waving their arms after each Husker score, and joining in the booming chant: Go Big Red.
“It's explosive,” she said.
At the end of the game, her throat was sore, her ears were ringing, and she was a happy Husker.
Here's what other NU fans have to say:
» Ron Griesse
Ron Griesse grew up on a corn and alfalfa farm near Kearney, Neb., in the 1950s, and during the fall harvest he and his dad and brother always took time out to listen to Lyell Bremser call Husker games on the radio.
Ron loved hearing Bremser describe moves by top players such as running back Bobby Reynolds, who was from nearby Grand Island.
Ron always wanted to attend a game, and finally got his chance. His big brother enrolled at the University of Nebraska and landed tickets to the Husker home game against Kansas on Nov. 2, 1957.
Ron sat in the section where fans displayed words by holding up large white cards with letters on them.
He remembers the Husker marching band blasting the stadium with music, and the crowd noise soaring when Nebraska scored. The Huskers ended up on the losing end of a 14-12 final score, but the outcome didn't douse Ron's passion for Nebraska football.
He was a high school player, a 200-pound center and right guard, and wanted to play in college. So after graduating from Kearney High in 1960, he walked on at Nebraska. He finally got good playing time at tackle in his fourth year, and started at right guard in his fifth year of eligibility.
“It was like a dream,” he said.
He now lives in Virginia but still gets back to Lincoln for a couple of homes games each season, and says the experience remains as powerful as ever.
» Ellen and Len Fischman
Ellen and Len Fischman received a food processor and other nice wedding gifts when they got married in fall 1981, but nothing quite matched the pair of Husker tickets from a friend.
Ellen had always wanted to attend a game. She grew up in South Omaha in a family of Husker fans. Her dad was such a big disciple that he was buried in his red NU socks.
Len grew up in New Jersey and retired in the Omaha area after being stationed at Offutt Air Force Base.
He and Ellen met in the early 1980s while both were working at an Omaha post office.
Just three weeks after their wedding, Len and Ellen grabbed their tickets and watched Nebraska-Auburn from the 45-yard line.
Ellen says she will always remember that the crowd seemed like “one living organism” as it cheered for the Huskers.
She also remembers that most fans stayed until the final play, even though it was a cold and rainy day.
Ellen says she would have loved the experience regardless of the score, but the Huskers' 17-3 win over the Tigers on Oct. 3, 1981, was the perfect ending.
» Fred Aliano Sr.
Fred Aliano Sr. played sandlot football while growing up in Omaha in the 1930s and '40s and loved listening to Husker games on the radio.
As a teenager, he dreamed of catching a game at Memorial Stadium, but figured he'd have to wait until he got out of high school and got a job.
But one day a friend, who was a few years older and had tickets, offered to take him to the Oklahoma game on Nov. 29, 1941.
“I thought I won the lottery,” he said.
Fred, 15 at the time, and his friend took a bus to Lincoln.
Now, he's 87, and more than seven decades after that game, he still remembers some highlights.
Oklahoma led 6-0, but with 4 minutes left in the first half, the Huskers intercepted a pass. Nebraska ran it 68 yards for a touchdown, and held on for a 7-6 victory.
Aliano has seen Nebraska play many times at Memorial Stadium over the years, and says his feelings from that first game always come back.
“Just to see the Huskers in uniform sends a chill,” he said.
» Jackie Powell
Jackie Powell knows the Huskers are capable of beating UCLA.
She saw it happen at the first game she attended at Memorial Stadium, four decades ago.
On that day, Sept. 8, 1973, Nebraska beat up on the Bruins 40-13.
Powell, who grew up in Grand Island and was a UNL freshman, had never seen a crowd as big as the 74,966 that filled the stadium.
“It was just overwhelming,” said Powell, whose maiden name is Learned.
That first game also was memorable because she got to see George Kyros, a neighbor and friend of her brother, play.
Her family was filled with Husker fans. Both her parents attended UNL, and her mother played trombone in the marching band.
Powell saw many more games at Memorial Stadium during her years as a student.
She now lives in central Pennsylvania, and gathers to watch games with other Nebraska alums, but said it can't match cheering at Memorial Stadium.