Chris Brown looked like a man against the Skers in 2001
Black Friday means something more to Husker fans on the day after Thanksgiving than just getting good deals at retail stores. It means the near collapse of a program that looked like it was on top of its game.
This game may have had the most impact of any game in Husker history. This is where, for the first time in nearly 40 years, Nebraska was massacred late in the season in a game that it was supposed to win.
As Malcolm Gladwell would say, this is the game where Nebraska finally "tipped" on its way toward mediocrity (which Steve Pederson would say), which it is still having fits getting out of.
Coming into this game, Nebraska had a stout defense that was still respected and feared across the country. Well, Chris Brown and company changed that outlook by rushing for seven touchdowns (Brown had six himself) and 380 yards.
Heisman winner Eric Crouch did not have a bad game himself, rushing for 162 yards and throwing for another 198 yards, but it was nowhere close to being enough. Nebraska did not have chance in this game from the word "go."
When it was all said and done, Colorado won the game 62-36 while racking up nearly 600 yards of offense. The blackshirts earned themselves nicknames like "pinkshirts" and "blackskirts" after this game, and rightfully so. They were exploited, and they would be exploited time and time again in years to come after this.
Craig Bohl had a promising career in the Nebraska football program, but he was reduced to merely a footnote after this game. To be fair to Bohl though, he is having success at North Dakota State, so good for him.
Husker Nation is still looking to get back to where they were before "the fall" that occurred after this game. Well, what could be better than beating Colorado, ending the Buffaloes' chance at postseason play and getting back to the Big 12 championship for starters?