Wally's View From The Cheap Seats
1999 Game Recaps and Predictions


The 1999 Cornhuskers were 12-1. A heartbeat away from the National Championship! Congratulations to the Big 12 and Fiesta Bowl Champs

Other seasons: 2002, 2001, 2000, 1998.

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1999 Cornhuskers
Date Opponent Result
09/04@ IowaW 42-7
09/11CaliforniaW 45-0
09/18So. MississippiW 20-13
09/25@ MissouriW 40-10
10/02Oklahoma StateW 38-14
10/09Iowa StateW 49-14
10/23@ TexasL 20-24
10/30@ KansasW 24-17
11/06Texas A&MW 37-0
11/13Kansas St.W 45-15
11/26@ ColoradoW 33-30
12/04BIG 12- TexasW 22-6
01/02Fiesta Bowl- TennW 31-21
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Fiesta Bowl
Fiesta Bowl
Tennessee Volunteers

Wally's prediction: Nebraska 24 Tennessee 14
Actual score: Nebraska 31 Tennessee 21

Jan 2 in Tempe, AZ 1 2 3 4 F
Tennessee 0 7 7 7 21
Nebraska 14 3 7 7 31
Game Recap:
It was deja vu all over again for the Tennessee Vols as the Huskers thumped them for a second
time in 3 years. Nebraska's speed and power were much more than Tennessee bargained for.
Nebraska's win extended their dominance over SEC teams with an 11th consecutive bowl victory.
The Huskers raced to an early 17-0 lead on a 4 play opening touchdown drive and a 60 yard punt
return for a score by Bobby Newcombe. That return brought back visions of Johnny Rodgers as
Newcombe glided down the field with speed and finesse. The Huskers finished with 469 yards in
total offense, 321 of them on the ground led by Dan Alexander's 108 yards on 21 carries.
Eric Crouch added 64 yards on 17 carries and was 9 of 15 passing for 148 yards and a TD.
Nebraska capped off a fantastic season with a virtually error free effort in their 31st
consecutive bowl game. Defensive coordinator Charlie McBride announced his retirement
after the game. This was a fitting end for McBride after putting together one of the most
dominating defensive teams that college football has ever seen. He will be sorely missed.

Gameday report and stats

Wally's view from the cheap seats:
Man, woman and child what a season! And Nebraska looks to be even better next year.
I predict that Eric Crouch will be garnering Heisman Trophy consideration before his
career at Nebraska is finished. The Cornhusker offense is a thing of beauty when it
is clicking on all cylinders. Some might find the running game boring, but not those of
us who can appreciate the intricacies of the Husker offense. And what more can be said
about the Blackshirts? The NU defense has turned conditioning and weight training
into a fine science. These guys are a lean and mean QB crunching machine. This is
Charlie McBride's legacy. Enjoy retirement in the desert, Charlie. You deserve it.
Keep those cards and letters coming! See you all next season.

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BIG XII Championship

Texas Longhorns
Part deux: The Rematch

Wally's prediction: Nebraska 28 Texas 24
Actual score: Nebraska 22 Texas 6

Dec 4 in San Antonio 1 2 3 4 F
Nebraska 10 5 7 0 22
Texas 0 0 0 6 6

Game Recap:
D-E-F-E-N-S-E. What's that spell? Blackshirts! The Cornhusker Defense
dominated Texas and held Major Applewhite to his lowest output in 22 starts.
The Blackshirts allowed 19 yards net rushing and limited Applewhite to 15 of 42
passing while sacking him 7 times. They dominated the line of scrimmage all day long.
The net rushing total for the Longhorns is the lowest in their school's history.
Eric Crouch had another fine effort in rushing for 73 yards and 2 TD's and passing
for another 55 yards. Correll Buckhalter led all rushers with 136 yards on 20 carries.

Gameday report and stats

Wally's view from the cheap seats:
All you Solich bashers can just kiss my rosy red Big 12 Championship trophy.
The man wins 20 games quicker than LEGENDS Devaney and Osborne, wins 11 with
an average offense and no dominant I-Back, takes the Huskers to Tempe for a
chance to end up #2 in all the land and people keep on whining. Enjoy this season.
We may have witnessed the best Blackshirt defense EVER. Bar none. Give the
man his due, will ya? We had a let down in Austin but Frank Solich has yet to
commit one fumble this season. There is one game left so I hope I don't have
to eat my words. Congratulations to the seniors, to coach Solich, to Charlie McBride
and every single Cornhusker player on a fantastic 1999 season. And I tip my glass to
all the Husker fans - the classiest and most knowledgeable football fans in the country.
We're feasting on a Bevo roast! Enjoy the sun in Tempe and beat the Tennessee Vols! GBR!

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Colorado Buffaloes

Wally's prediction: Nebraska 45 Colorado 7
Actual Score: Nebraska 33 Colorado 30

Nov 26 in Boulder 1 2 3 4 OT F
Nebraska 14 10 3 0 6 33
Colorado 0 3 0 24 3 30

Game Recap:
The Huskers won their 8th in a row over Colorado but dashed hopes for Sugar in the process.
It took a fantastic overtime finish to overcome the Buffalo's 4th quarter stampede.
Mike Moschetti engineered a 24 point comeback in the 4th quarter for the Buffs only to
have it end on a missed 34 yard field goal attempt with 1 second left in regulation.
The Huskers had difficulty holding on to the football again this week. They committed 7
fumbles, losing 4 of them. Dan Alexander had a career high 180 yards rushing on 17 carries
and scored 3 touchdowns. Eric Crouch added 123 yards rushing, capping off the day
with the game winning TD. He added 44 yards on 4 of 12 passing. NU leads the series 42-14-2

Gameday report and stats

Wally's view from the cheap seats:
The Huskers took a 4th quarter nap and blew all hope of spending the new year in New Orleans.
The Cornhuskers lead the nation in only one statistical category - lost fumbles with 22.
That's pathetic. They better find a way to protect the football before next week
or Texas will make them pay dearly (again). This team has no business thinking about
playing in the Sugar Bowl. They should be happy just to get out of Boulder with a win.

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Kansas State Wildcats

Wally's prediction: Nebraska 31 Kansas State 21
Actual score: Nebraska 41 Kansas State 15

Nov 13 in Lincoln 1 2 3 4 F
Kansas State 0 9 0 6 15
Nebraska 16 8 0 17 41

Game Recap:
The Cornhuskers cleaned out the kitty litter in Lincoln Saturday behind another
stong performance by Eric Crouch. Crouch set a school record with 27 carries for
158 yards and was 8 of 17 passing for 69 yards. Dayne, Schmayne. The Heisman Trophy
goes to Crouch! Does any player contribute more to the success of his team than Eric Crouch?
The Blackshirts held Kansas State's offense to 234 yards, 278 yards less than last year
in Manhattan and limited the Cats to their lowest rushing total of the season, 92 yards.

Gameday report and stats

Wally's view from the cheap seats:
We have met the enemy and it is ourselves. 10 fumbles and we win? When's the last time
that happened? Despite the errors the Cornhuskers dominated a good team today.
10 fumbles? The NCAA record is 17 but 10 set a new team record. Holding onto the
pig has been a season-long issue for the Huskers. The one thing that really impressed
me was Nebraska's pass defense in holding KSU to 8 completions in 32 attempts.
Granted, neither of the Kansas State QB's could have hit an open receiver if
their lives depended on it, but the Blackshirt defense deserves some of the credit.
This was a big win and will boost the Huskers in the BCS rankings but I was having
a hard time getting excited about it. This is the type of game the Huskers should win.
In Lincoln with 80 thousand screaming Big Red Fanatics. Now that's Husker Football!
Let the East Coast Media boneheads ignore this win. They're too busy in Blacksburg
fawning over Virginia Tech. The Cornhuskers would simply destroy the Hokie myth.
Take care of business in Boulder then bring on the 'horns! We'll see y'all in San Antonio!

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Texas A&M Aggies

Wally's prediction: Nebraska 28 Texas A&M 14
Actual score: Nebraska 37 Texas A&M 0

Nov 6 in Lincoln 1 2 3 4 F
Texas A&M 0 0 0 0 0
Nebraska 0 6 17 14 37

Game Recap:
The Huskers lost 3 fumbles but refused to allow the Aggies to capitalize.
Texas A&M hit a wall of Blackshirts every where they turned and managed only
118 yards of total offense. NU had 23 first downs compared to the Aggies 9
and finished with two players over 100 yards rushing in Eric Crouch (137) and
Dan Alexander (135). The Husker offense racked up 430 total yards after a
lackluster first half performance and finally showed some scoring power.
The story of the game was told by the Blackshirt defense in holding the Aggies
to their least productive offensive outing of the season. The Blackshirts swarmed
QB Randy McCown all day long which accounted for 8 sacks and McCown's
negative 67 yards rushing. Yes: 12 carries, -67 yards. The passing defense was
just as formidible in holding A&M to 116 yards in the air and forcing 4 interceptions.
The Cornhuskers shut out Texas A&M for the first time in 148 games over 11 years.

Gameday report and stats

Wally's view from the cheap seats:
I only have 2 words for the defensive display of the Blackshirts- AWE SOME!
(OK, it's one word, but I'm making a point here.) They held the Aggie offense to 2 yards
net rushing. Two. 2 rushing yards from a team that's averaged 153 for the season.
Two! It takes 2 to tango, but the Aggie offense sat out this dance. The Blackshirts made
Texas A&M look like wallflowers at the prom. It should be a cat fight next week against KSU.
Barring any invisable facemask penalties from Kansas State, the Nebraska Cornhuskers should prevail.

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Kansas Jayhawks

Wally's prediction: Nebraska 103 Kansas -6
Actual score: Nebraska 24 Kansas 17

Oct 30 in Lawrence 1 2 3 4 F
Nebraska 0 0 10 14 24
Kansas 2 7 8 0 17

Game Recap:
Nebraska was shut out in the 1st half for the first time since 1996 (Arizona State).
They surrendered 334 total offensive yards to a Jayhawk team that averaged 310
coming into this game (against the likes of Cal St. Northridge). Bobby Newcombe's
86 yard punt return for a 3rd quarter score and a 49 yard TD reception in the 4th
saved the Huskers from back to back losses. Newk finished with 175 all purpose yards
and Correll Buckhalter lead all rushers with 116 yards in 22 carries. Eric Crouch was
11 of 20 passing for 193 yards and added 14 rushing yards. The Cornhuskers have
beaten Kansas 31 consecutive times in the longest continuously played series in NCAA
Division 1A football of 93 years. Nebraska leads the all time series against KU 82-31-2.

Gameday report and stats

Wally's view from the cheap seats:
Who were those scarlet and cream imposters? Did the real Huskers forget to board
the team bus? The Jayhawks came to win and exploited the Huskers' lackluster play
at every opportunity. NU had better regroup in a hurry. The Huskers dodged a bullit
this week and depended on big plays from Newcombe to secure the win. OK, OK .....
I'll admit that my game prediction this week was off slightly. I hope nobody bet the farm ;-)
The Amazing Kreskin couldn't have predicted this outcome. Let's hope NU is ready for A&M.

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Texas Longhorns

Wally's prediction: Nebraska 35 Texas 14
Actual score: Nebraska 20 Texas 24

Oct 23 in Austin 1 2 3 4 F
Nebraska 0 13 0 7 20
Texas 3 0 14 7 24

Game Recap:
The Cornhuskers lost 3 fumbles, 2 of them inside the Texas 20 yard line. You cannot
turn the ball over like that and expect to beat Texas on their home field. The Huskers'
mistakes began with the coin toss and continued to pile up all afternoon. Poor play
calling, bad coaching decisions and 2 critical officiating calls cost Nebraska a game
they could have and should have won. Applewhite completed 17 passes in 30 attempts for
213 yards, most of them against Nebraska's non-existent pass rush in the second half.
NU racked up 429 yards of total offense and bettered the Longhorns in almost every
statistical catagory. Except the one that really counts - the final score.

Gameday report and stats

Wally's view from the cheap seats:
My Mother always said that if I can't say something nice I shouldn't say anything at all.
So I'm just going to remain silent on this one. Looking forward to a rematch in December.
Texas is not a better team than Nebraska but they played like it on Saturday.
Hooked us 3 times in a row. I was hoping for a Bevo roast and all I get is sour grapes.

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Iowa State Cyclones

Wally's prediction: Nebraska 45 Iowa State 7
Actual Score: Nebraska 49 Iowa State 14

Oct 9 in Lincoln 1 2 3 4 F
Iowa State 0 0 0 14 14
Nebraska 21 7 14 7 49

Game Recap:
The Cornhuskers scored early and often as they dominated every phase of the game.
The Blackshirts shut down ISU's one dimensional offense and limited Darren Davis
to 47 yards before he broke free for a 35 yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter.
He finished with 107 yards on 22 carries compared to his season average of 178.8.
The Husker defense allowed only their 3rd rushing TD of the season- 2 of them to
Davis after the game was well in hand and the second team had taken the field.
The Cyclones had been averaging 434 yards of offense coming in to this game but
were held to 332, most of it coming against NU's 2nd and 3rd teams. The Husker offense
racked up 524 yards against the nation's #5 defense and produced two 100 yard plus rushers
for the first time this season in Correll Buckhalter and Dan Alexander. Alexander had
a career high 135 yards on 10 carries and Buckhalter finished with 127 yards on 14 carries.

Gameday report and stats

Wally's view from the cheap seats:
The Big Red machine was running on all cylinders tonight! Offense, defense, special teams, play calling -
it all came together in an impressive display of power football. Eric Crouch's performance was worthy
of Heisman Trophy consideration. Where's my ballot? We're movin' on up in the polls - bring on UT!

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Oklahoma State Cowboys

Wally's prediction: Nebraska 49 Oklahoma State 7
Actual score: Nebraska 38 Oklahoma State 14

Oct 2 in Lincoln 1 2 3 4 F
Oklahoma St. 0 0 7 7 14
Nebraska 21 10 7 0 38

Game Recap:
The Huskers put up more offensive yards in the first half than they did in the entire
game last year at Arrowhead Stadium. Nebraska finished with 240 yards on the ground and
145 in the air - 116 of those to Tracey Wistrom on 4 receptions. Eric Crouch was 7 of 13
passing and added 61 rushing yards on 11 carries. The Blackshirts gave up 273 yards
in total offense after limiting OSU to just 45 yards in the first half. The Cornhuskers
did not commit a turnover and gave up no sacks, but were penalized 7 times for 71 yards.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys have not beaten the Cornhuskers in 31 consecutive attempts.

Gameday report and stats

Wally's view from the cheap seats:
Is there a chink in the armor of the mighty Blackshirts? It seems the Huskers were
satisfied with the 31-0 halftime lead and decided to take the rest of the afternoon off.
Where is that killer instinct? Nebraska had their prey right where they wanted them and
let them off the hook. Luckily, the Oklahoma State Cowboys did not have the talent or
determination to make the Cornhuskers pay for their 2nd half nap. The game lasts 60 minutes.

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Missouri Tigers

Wally's prediction: Nebraska 31 Missouri 14
Actual score: Nebraska 40 Missouri 10

Sept 25 in Columbia 1 2 3 4 F
Nebraska 16 3 14 7 40
Missouri 0 3 0 7 10

Game Recap:
The offense found their legs with 476 yards of total output. Correll Buckhalter
became the first NU running back to break the 100 yard barrier this season as he
finished with 132 yds on 14 carries. Nebraska won it's 100th game of the 90's, and their
21st in a row against MU, as they dominated the Missouri Tigers from start to finish.

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Wally's view from the cheap seats:
Now that's more like it. The Huskers dominated on both sides of the ball to take their first
conference win of the season. Luckily, Missouri perfected the "hike it over the punter's head" play,
and allowed the Huskers time to get their offense rolling. Mizzou scored a meaningless late touchdown
but the message is clear. The Cornhuskers are ready to play some football. Bring on OSU!

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Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles

Wally's prediction: Nebraska 31 S. Miss. 10
Actual score: Nebraska 20 USM 13

Sept 18 in Lincoln 1 2 3 4 F
S. Mississippi 7 0 6 0 13
Nebraska 6 6 8 0 20

Game Recap:
The Cornhuskers managed a meager 185 yards of total offense in a game marred by turnovers and penalties.
Dan Alexander led the Husker ground attack with 54 yards on 16 carries. Eric Crouch was 6 of 10 passing
for 66 yards and 2 interceptions. NU Linebacker Julius Jackson outscored the Husker offense with 2 Touchdowns.
It was another outstanding day for the Blackshirts as they forced 5 turnovers, held the Golden Eagle offense
to 25 yards rushing and sacked Southern Mississippi QB Jeff Kelly 5 times for minus 45 yards.

Gameday report and stats

Wally's view from the cheap seats:
The Husker offense should have their pictures on the side of a milk carton because they turned up missing today.
This game was ugly. Both teams combined for 11 turnovers, but without them this would have been a scoreless tie.
NU set another home attendance record with 77,826 Husker fans on hand to watch the debacle. Give the Golden Eagles
their credit due- they are a solid top 25 team who came to Lincoln ready to play football. Anyone seen NU's offense?

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California Golden Bears

Wally's prediction: Nebraska 48 California 14
Actual score: Nebraska 45 California 0

Sept 11 in Lincoln 1 2 3 4 F
California 0 0 0 0 0
Nebraska 7 21 10 7 45

Game Recap:
The Huskers didn't rack up the usually impressive offensive statistics which can be attributed to a stingy
Cal Defense and good field position thanks to another impressive Blackshirt effort. The Huskers finished with
114 yards rushing and 187 yards in the air. The difference again this week was the stifling Blackshirt defense
which allowed only 145 yards and forced 3 turnovers, 2 of which led to Husker scores. Eric Crouch had a
spectacular day and became the first Husker since Johnny Rodgers in 1973 to score Touchdowns on a run, pass and
reception in the same game. Newcombe finished with 11 yards on 12 carries and was 3 of 7 passing for 85 yards.

Gameday report and stats

Wally's view from the cheap seats:
Forget the QB controversy. After Crouch's performance today we may have a split end controversy!
The Husker Blackshirts were impressive again this week and defended exceptionally well against a good passing team.
The Huskers set a home attendance record with 77,617 fans packed into a newly renovated Memorial Stadium.
Now there is a record that will last about as long as a T-bone on the Cornhusker training table!

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Iowa Hawkeyes

Wally's prediction: Nebraska 35 Iowa 13
Actual score: Nebraska 42 Iowa 7

Sept 4 in Iowa City 1 2 3 4 F
Nebraska 0 7 14 21 42
Iowa 0 0 0 7 7

Game Recap:
A late blocked punt lead to an Iowa touchdown that spoiled the Blackshirt's
shutout. Dan Alexander led all rushers with 94 yards on 15 carries and DeAngelo
Evans added 73 yards on 13 carries. The Huskers had 541 yards of total offense,
347 of it on the ground, compared to Iowa's 169 yards of total offense.

Where's the cape?

Gameday report and stats

Wally's view from the cheap seats:
The quarterback controversy is alive and well in Lincoln! Eric Crouch was outstanding in
leading the Huskers to victory and Bobby Newcombe showed flashes of greatness as well.
This year's Blackshirt's may be the finest defensive team Nebraska has fielded in 20 years.
This probably should have counted as a home game for the Cornhuskers
considering the throng of Husker fans that showed up at Kinnick Stadium!

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