Nebraska vs. Rice, Sept. 15, 2001

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A stirring Tunnel Walk was one of the vivid memories of the first Nebraska game played following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Nebraska and Rice were scheduled to play on Saturday, Sept. 15. Rice was not comfortable putting its team on a plane so soon, and the game was moved to the following Thursday.

Instead of the usual Tunnel Walk, law enforcement and fire officials made the traditional walk carrying an American flag. It was an honor for them, and a heartwarming scene for the fans. The players walked onto the field in silence.


For the first time in years, NU had a card section, spelling out USA.

NU scored on its first three possessions and won 48-3. Eric Crouch had a part in five touchdowns.

— Brent C. Wagner