Husker fans were already thinking about next Saturday’s game against the Wisconsin Badgers after Friday’s win against Iowa.
Nebraska will battle Wisconsin in Indianapolis for the Big Ten title.
Husker faithful said the chance at the program’s first title conference title in 13 years has been a long time in the making.
Two years ago, Nebraska lost to Texas in the Big 12 Championship game. The last time the Huskers won a football conference title game was in 1999. How long ago was that? The now, Century Link Center wasn’t open for business.
Big Red fans said Friday’s win over the Hawkeyes wasn’t the prettiest, but they’ll take any win they can to get to Indianapolis.
All eyes were glued to the TV sets inside Tanner’s Bar & Grill near 156th and Maple Streets Friday, watching the Huskers beat the Hawkeyes to extend the season. “The hat feels good but I think it would feel better if it said “Big 10 Championship,” Alonzo Whaley said.
Back at Tanner’s the room was full of red, except for one, Lindsay Levi the long Hawkeye fan. "We started somewhere else but I was the only Iowa fan and people were being really aggressive, we had to move locations and I am still the only Iowa fan,” Levi said.
After the game, Todd Pursel headed straight to Husker Hounds to pick up a new t-shirt. Pursel was pleased with the Husker’s progress this year. "Starting to get there, I don't know if we are fully there yet but we are starting to get there, so yeah, exactly it's the first step,” Pursel said.
"Getting better every year, Martinez is done a great job this season improving and leading the team, it's great to see, it will be fun,” Elaine Ferin said.
"It's been a long time, I think they are heading into the right direction, if they can keep it going, that's all you can ask for really,” Tom Ferin said.
The party rolled on into Downtown Omaha hours after the game. There, Steve Smith said moving forward, it was all about winning in Indianapolis. "I think since they came into the Big 10, it's a big step forward, since they've been in the Big 10, hopefully they can bring the championship home, it's a good thing for Nebraska,” Smith said.