The game reached a fever pitch in Omaha for all the fans that couldn't make it to Lincoln, the first game of the year brought out Husker faithful in force.
After Nebraska won its bowl game vs. Georgia at the end of last season, fans were ready to see Bo Pelini's offense and firepower. Local bars were ready for a boost in sales. As even 90,000 packed into Memorial Stadium weren’t enough of a “Sea of Red”, a mini “Lake of Red” filled DJ's Dugout in downtown Saturday afternoon. Managers were excited for the annual fall sales boost.
"I think it is just the anticipation, I mean after the last game, the books close, I mean you do the spring game but it is not the same, so it is really fun definitely,” Samantha Reznicek said.
It's the anticipation of the first husker football game for the 2014 season. “I think just like when football comes back on, there is just a change in the atmosphere, it is fall, everyone is back at school, I think football just kind of brings the essence of like we are back in school, everything kicks off,” Kaleigh Molgaard said. Even for Molgaard of Council Bluffs, the red on her shirt is allegiance enough. "I think growing up in Iowa; you either have to be a Hawkeye or a Cyclone fan so I kind of had the best of both worlds."
But when it came down to it, it was all about Husker Nation with the first touchdown of the year. The rest of the season ahead for this crowd with nothing but win, win, win on their minds. “Great drive, great play calling Armstrong looks solid, the running backs look solid so hopefully they can continue that,” Jim Shores said.
Fans are looking forward to the bigger games like Michigan State and one of the bigger helps for local bars will be more night games this year which they say will help alcohol sales.