The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Miami Hurricanes — who have met four times in bowl games that decided national championships — meet again Saturday, in the first regular-season trip Nebraska (1-1) has made to Miami (2-0) since 1951. The teams played last year in Lincoln, where Nebraska's 41-31 win drew a record crowd.
"I understand the great history of this game and some of the historical ramifications of the game against Miami being played for national championships," first-year Huskers coach Mike Riley said. "That's pretty good stuff."
Miami beat Nebraska in three Orange Bowls, two of those clinching national titles for the Hurricanes. Miami also topped Nebraska in a BCS title game to cap a perfect 2001 season, and the Huskers won one of their national championships by downing the Hurricanes in an Orange Bowl to close the 1994 season.
All that was a generation or two ago, yet to the players of today, it still resonates.
For proof, consider what top Nebraska wide receiver and punt returner De'Mornay Pierson-El told Riley when he got hurt last month and learned he would have to miss a few games.
"The first thing De'Mornay said to me when he got hurt is, 'I really want to play in that Miami game,' " Riley said. "So I've been getting a feel for what this means to this team and program."
•Missouri freshman defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. was one of the drivers involved in a two-vehicle accident Friday on the Mizzou campus, the Kansas City Star reported. Beckner and three teammates in his car — wide receivers DeSean Blair and Keyon Dilosa along with redshirt freshman running back Trevon Walters — were taken to MU Hospital as a precaution.