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September 16, 2010 at 9:12 PM

A look back at the UW-Nebraska rivalry

For my main story for Friday’s paper, I took a little look at the recent history of the UW-Nebraska series.
Mostly, that meant the 1991 game, a 36-21 UW win that was the key to the national title winning season; a 29-14 win in 1992; and a 27-14 loss to Nebraska in 1997 that while a defeat, marked a coming out party for Marques Tuiasosopo.
I initially referred to the ’92 game as the first night game in Husky Stadium history, but I revised the sentence later. It’s kind of semantics. UW referred to the ’92 game as the first night game at the time as it started at 6:30 p.m. Later, the school decided that the 1985 Oklahoma State game, which began at 5 p.m., was the first night game. So I guess it’s best to say the 1992 Nebraska game was the latest-starting game in school history to that time and leave it at that (here’s a little look at the history of UW night games).
Anyway, I figured you might like a little look at each of those games. So we’ll start with the 1991 game, and some video of Jay Barry’s 81-yard TD run that clinched the win in the fourth quarter:
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When I talked to safety Shane Pahukoa this week, he said the Barry run was among his most memorable moments of that game. “It was incredible being on the sidelines (for that),” he said.
The Barry run was indicative of how UW doiminated the last 20 minutes of that game as the Huskies scored the last 27 points of the game, and finished with 618 total yards, still the fourth-most in school history.
Here’s some video of the 1992 game, generally regarded as about as loud as Husky Stadium has ever been (and at the end is the controversial Joe Kralik TD).
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Finally, here’s 10 minutes of highlights of the 1997 game.
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While this game was a bitter loss for the Huskies, Tuiasosopo’s play remains memorable.
When I talked to Tuiasosopo about it this week, I reminded him that I wasn’t sure he ever threw deep that often ever again in his career. “I wish we would have thrown it more,” he said, referring to the rest of his UW career. “It probably would have helped me out a lot more (for the rest of his career).”
Tuiasosopo said he hadn’t known Brock Huard was hurt until after coach Jim Lambright told him to get ready.
“Coach told me to get warmed up and said ‘you’re going in the game,”’ he said. “I looked at the scoreboard and it’s the first quarter and I said ‘coach, are you serious?’ And he said ‘yeah, get ready.’ And then I was looking for Brock and saw he was hurt sand my heart started pounding and I thought ‘shoot, you’ve got two things you could do here. You could go out there and really stink it up and not play well and worry about all that stuff and set my career back.’ Or you can go out there and do what I know best and compete and go win a ball game. And as I made my last throw I said ‘I’m going to do number two — I’m going to go out there and compete andn win this ball game.”
Those who were there remember how close Tuiasosopo made it, bringing UW from 21-0 down to 21-14 in the first significant action of his career (though counter to conventional wisdom, he had played in each of the first two games and was not due to redshirt that year) and foreshadowing all the comebacks he was to lead later in his career.

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