Darin Erstad was upset with the third inning. Purdue scored three times in a messy top half, then the Huskers went quietly after that.

But what he and the rest of the Haymarket Park crowd witnessed moments later quickly melted that frustration.

In a variation of Nebraska's "Dash for Cash" game between innings, brothers AJ (11 years old) and Reed Wesley (3) were blindfolded and told to search for a prize in foul ground past left field. Instead they and their mother, Michaela, reunited with father, Neil, an active army service member, as part of Military Appreciation Weekend. The Omaha family shared a long embrace before leaving the field.

"All of a sudden dad's home and surprising his kids," Erstad said. "It puts things in perspective pretty quickly."

Evan Bland covers Nebraska football, baseball and other sports for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @EvanBlandOWH.

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