LINCOLN — The forecast looks relatively clear for Saturday night's game.
There's a 15% chance of rain in the forecast from 5 p.m. through 10 p.m. It rises to 20% at 11 p.m. The forecast calls for about 84 degrees at kickoff.
Nebraska's last scheduled night home game — against Akron last season — was rained out.
East of Lincoln, the Iowa-Iowa State game had a delayed start due to storms. It went into another lightning delay around 4:45 p.m.
» The Nebraska-Northern Illinois broadcast will begin on FS1.
Due to that second lightning delay in Iowa-Iowa State, which is currently airing on FS1, the Husker game was moved for the start.
» Scott Frost has been a head coach for four seasons.
Since his first year at UCF in 2016, his offenses average about 33 points per game through the first two games of the season.
This current offense ranks fourth out of his four teams in first downs, total plays per game and yards per rush through two games. NU is running for just 3.05 yards per pop, with just 17 first downs per game. They also average 372.5 yards per game (third-worst among Frost’s teams).
In year two at UCF, the Knights scored 49.5 points in the first two contests, with 512 total yards per game, 24 first downs and 4.9 yards per rush.
Northern Illinois gives up 26.5 points per game
» Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez is tied for third in the country with three fumbles through two games. He was near the bottom of the country last year in that stat as well.
He has not, however, thrown any pick-sixes in his short career.
Last time these two teams played, Northern Illinois scored 14 points on interceptions returned for touchdowns. NIU won 21-17.
» This is Nebraska’s first home night game under Frost (if you don't count that canceled Akron game). It is the first night game in Memorial Stadium since the Ohio State game in 2017.
Nebraska lost that game 56-14, with most of the stadium empty by the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Nebraska has won 20 of the last 22 night home games.
» Saturday will be Frost’s 15th career game as Nebraska’s head coach.
He currently has a 5-9 record.
Here are the records of the previous seven head coaches through 15 games:
Bill Jennings: 3-12
Bob Devaney: 12-3
Tom Osborne: 11-3-1
Frank Solich: 11-4
Bill Callahan: 9-6
Bo Pelini: 11-4
Mike Riley: 8-7
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The Nebraska cheerleaders, band, and mascot welcome the team back to Memorial Stadium.
A visual overview of the University of Nebraska’s mascots over the years, originally published in 2003 by the Omaha World-Herald to celebrate a new and improved version of Herbie Husker.
Photos and information provided by World-Herald photographers and staff writers, NU Sports Information, and the Robert Ihrig Cornhusker Collection.
From 1900 to the 1940s, various corn images appeared on athletic publications, cheerleader outfits and fan material. By the late '30s and early '40s, the corn images started to take on a human appearance. A character with a head of corn dates back to the Corn Cobs men's spirit group mascot around 1942. This figure appeared throughout the next couple of decades, but apparently had no official name. Unofficial names for the cornhead figure included Corn Cob Man, Johnnie Husker and Old Man Cornhusker.
"Johnnie Husker" mascot on display at Bob's Gridiron Grille in Lincoln, Neb.
This character resembled the first cornhead guy, but this time looked more like a full ear of corn. Mr. Cornhead also sometimes sported a Bob Devaney-influenced cowboy hat. It was not uncommon to see multiple Mr. Cornheads roaming the sidelines during the games.
2011: Cornhead-wearing fans from Canadian, Texas continue tradition as they take in the scene at Memorial Stadium, before a football game against the Ohio State Buckeyes.
In 1962, the Corn Cobs introduced a new figure to replace the cornhead guy. The nine-foot straw-hatted giant was called Husky the Husker. The mascot's tenure, however, was short-lived, due in large part to the arrival of new coach Bob Devaney in 1962.
Coach Devaney is said to have been unimpressed with the Husky Husker character. A new image was needed. By 1963, as a nod to Devaney's previous job with the Wyoming Cowboys, red cowboy hats with the letter 'N' were made available for fans through free hat promotions. Likewise, a new generation of mascots would emerge also wearing cowboy hats.
Created by Bill Goggins, this character first appeared in the November 7, 1964 issue of Nebraska Farmer magazine. Initially called Mr. Big Red, the character later became known as Harry Husker. The character eventually became a sideline mascot in the early '70s, but after 1973, Harry vanished and Herbie Husker appeared.
"Harry Husker" mascot on display at Bob's Gridiron Grille in Lincoln, Neb.
1971: The Kansas Jayhawk and Baby Jay meet Mr. Cornhusker. Though Cornhusker was outnumbered two to one in mascots, Nebraska ran away with the game, 55-0.
2010: A Harry Husker mascot head from the 1950s and '60s continues to watch over fans at Barry's Bar & Grill in Lincoln.
A lady counterpart to Harry Husker appeared on a mug in 1965 that was given to parents by the Athletic Department. A Harry Husker mug was given to the fathers, and a Harriet Husker was given to the mothers.
"Harriet Husker" mascot on display at Bob's Gridiron Grille in Lincoln, Neb.
The most enduring of all Husker mascots first appeared in 1974. New coach Tom Osborne had taken over the year before, and it seemed time for another image change. Sports Information Director Don Bryant commissioned for the creation of a new mascot after seeing a cartoon by artist Dirk West of Lubbock, Texas, depicting a Nebraska farmer in overalls. Shortly thereafter, Herbie Husker was adopted as the official team symbol.
"Herbie Husker" mascot on display at Bob's Gridiron Grille in Lincoln, Neb.
1989: Herbie Husker underwent numerous manifestations over thirty years as mascot.
1996: Herbie Husker Keith Cunnings, a sophomore from Grand Island, gets suited up as Missouri's mascot zips up his tiger suit in the background.
2011: A Herbie Husker yard sign is garnished with a flotation device near the toll bridge connecting Decatur, Nebraska to Iowa - an area that had been heavily flooded earlier that year.
This character first appeared in the fall of 1993. Born of the vision of Associate Athletic Director Barbara Hibner, Lil' Red is known for his many antics. He dances, he stands on his head, and he can even make his head disappear. The mascot is an eight-foot tall figure inflated by a small battery-powered fan, worn by the human operator inside. Originally intended to appeal to children, Lil' Red has won national awards and rave reviews from across the country.
In early 2003, Athletic Director Steve Pederson announced that a new and improved Herbie Husker would be unveiled for the upcoming season. The new look trades in the overalls for jeans as well as leaner and more athletic body.
2009: A sharply-dressed Herbie Husker high-fives a fan as Nebraska took on Louisiana-Lafayette at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.
2016: Herbie Husker takes off his hat during the Big Red Bash at the Devaney Center in Lincoln.
2019: Herbie Husker also makes appearances at Nebraska basketball games. Here, he celebrates during halftime as Nebraska broke its seven-game losing streak with a 62-61 win over Minnesota.