Kansas Game Made Special By Veterans

Story by Jeff Packer
Photo by Marcus Scheer

While Husker fans appreciated another Big 12 win at home Saturday night against the Kansas Jayhawks, the sold out crowd of 85,587 may have shown more gratitude to the men and women of the armed forces.

In recognition of Veteran’s Day, images of courage and patriotism filled the stadium during the Huskers’ 20-3 win.

Nearly 70 members of the Air and Army National Guard were nestled behind the Nebraska bench on folding chairs at field level. Commander Rick Evans of the 155th Air Refueling Wing estimated that the University offered 120 tickets to those stationed in Nebraska on a first-come-first-serve basis.

“Our only rule is that you’ve got to come in uniform,” Evans said, laughing as the crowd vibrated with another Husker defensive stand.

There was another condition the troops set for Evans himself. He had to endure the cold with them, he joked.

Evans, who lives in Lincoln, usually has season tickets to Cornhusker games. However, he found Saturday’s proceedings to be special.

Evans felt it was good for the public to see the troops in a positive capacity instead of hearing reports about a number of wounded troops or other negative situations.

“It’s a good opportunity to get out and get recognized and have fun,” Evans said.

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