There are any number of quarterbacks over the years we could have selected as Huskerkill, but Washington’s Brock Huard stands out—both because he led a top-ten team into two contests with Nebraska, but also because he didn’t finish either game.
In 1997, the seventh-ranked Huskers traveled to face the second-ranked Huskies in an early non-conference showdown. Washington lost Huard to a sprained ankle after only its third possession of the game, with freshman Marques Tuiasosopo playing most of the way.
Huard completed four of eight passes for just 29 yards and was sacked by Chad Kelsay for a seven-yard loss. On the second series of the game, he had a pass batted down at the line, took the sack from Kelsay, and then got whacked and flagged for intentional grounding.
By the time he walked off the field, the Huskies trailed 14-0 and were on their way to a 27-14 loss.
In 1998, the second-ranked Cornhuskers hosted the ninth-ranked Huskies, and this time Huard hung around much longer—not that that was a good thing, considering Washington would lose by a 55-7 margin.
Huard completed 18 of 32 passes on the day for only 160 yards with two interceptions. His rushing line was six carries for minus-five yards.
When Huard stepped on the field, his team was already down seven points and the fans in Memorial Stadium were juiced. After Washington failed to get a first down on its opening series, DeAngelo Evans needed one play to make the score 14-0.
The fans were now in a frenzy, but Huard settled down and led his team to the NU 31. After two false starts and an intentional grounding penalty, Washington found themselves back at their own 41-yard line and needing to punt.
The Huskies’ defense finally held, only to see Huard throw an interception deep in his own territory, setting up NU’s third touchdown of the day. When Washington got the ball back, they drove down to the Husker two-yard line, only to see their running back fumble the ball to Erwin Swiney. Nebraska then drove 91 yards to make the score 28-0. But wait, there’s more!
On the next possession Huard saw another drive killed when he took a sack near midfield. Another touchdown drive (featuring NU’s second-team backfield) made the score 35-0. Huard managed to engineer a 65-yard touchdown drive just before the half (even overcoming a false-start and a sack along the way), but still saw his team trailing by four touchdowns at halftime.
Huard then started the second half by fumbling the ball to Steve Warren on the first play from scrimmage. Mackovicka then fumbled the ball back only to see Huard fumble the ball again to set up NU’s sixth touchdown.
After another quick three and out by Washington set up a short field goal drive by NU (a rare miss by Kris Brown), Huard threw an interception on the very next play. The Huskers punched it in again to make the score 49-7 and in came Marques Tuiasosopo. And all of this took place before the end of the third quarter.
Cherished victories for Husker fans, but games Huard would surely rather forget.