Lincoln, Nebraska (KMOV) - Known for its deep-rooted tradition, Memorial Stadium held a history-breaking Nebraska vs. Missouri football game Saturday.
The 8 p.m. kickoff time allowed plenty of travel time for University of Missouri alumni Joe and Joyce Rodier to attend the game in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The Rodiers weren't afraid to hide their Tiger spirit as they walked through the University of Nebraska's Lincoln campus. They even attended a Husker tailgate outside the Nebraska Union.
"Some are nice, some are obnoxious," said Joe Rodier, of the Nebraska fan reactions to his Mizzou t-shirt. Laughing and talking with a red-shirted Husker fan before the game, the Rodiers displayed no hard feelings towards the home team.
Aside from visiting friends in Omaha and attending a Missouri Alumni Association event at UNL's Lied Center, the Rodiers planned a short Lincoln trip, arriving Saturday afternoon with plans to head home Sunday.
"We'll be up most of the night celebrating the victory," Joe Rodier said with a smile before the game.
Although the Missouri football team hasn't defeated Nebraska in over 30 years, Joe Rodier pointed out this team is much different from those before. Ranked No. 4 in the nation, he credits much of the Tiger's success to their star quarterback, Chase Daniels, and the head coach's recruiting efforts.
The Rodiers are just two of the 85,372 fans who attended Nebraska's homecoming game. Although their three sons, all current University of Missouri students, stayed home this weekend, plenty of Mizzou students made it out to cheer on their team.
Brian Reiter, a University of Missouri senior business management major and Nebraska native brought nine of his friends to Lincoln for the weekend.
"We all camped out at my house in Omaha," said Reiter.
Out-of-town Nebraska alumni traveled to Lincoln as well, to enjoy the Homecoming weekend festivities. Leading up to the game, Homecoming activities this week included a block party, a campus blood drive and a parade, where Greek houses showcased this year's theme "Journey through the decades" with their lawn displays.
But, the fanhood spirit extended far beyond UNL's campus. Downtown Lincoln parking lots were filled with Nebraska and Missouri fans alike, tailgating hours before the game.
These are tough times for Husker fans. They're not accustomed to losing games or worse yet, losing seasons. They endured both last year and parted ways with their head coach and athletic director.
Until recently, Husker fans weren't used to losing to the Tigers either. Memorial Stadium has the NCAA's longest sold-out streak. It dates back coincidentally, to the 1962 Missouri football game. Missouri won that game against Nebraska.
Saturday night these Missouri fans, like their counterparts 46 years ago, are leaving Lincoln with smiles on their faces.
|Stephani Ruiz is a J-student from Nebraska|