Trip to Nebraska will test Northwestern’s mettle
By Tina Akouris firstname.lastname@example.org October 31, 2011 9:28PM
NU cornerback Jordan Mabin says he might seek advice from his uncle Wes, who played for Nebraska. | Harry How~Getty Images
Updated: December 2, 2011 8:19AM
Northwestern cornerback Jordan Mabin said he didn’t really think about calling his uncle for advice about how to handle the raucous atmosphere Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.
Wes Mabin was a cornerback at Nebraska and helped the Cornhuskers win national titles in 1970 and 1971.
‘‘I might call him,’’ Mabin said. ‘‘Yeah, that does sound like a good idea.’’
Maybe the elder Mabin can offer his nephew a few pointers in dealing with the crowd when the Wildcats visit
No. 9 Nebraska (2:30 p.m., BTN, 720-AM).
Wildcats running back Treyvon Green experienced the craziness when the Cornhuskers were recruiting him in high school. He went on an unofficial visit to Lincoln and attended a game there.
‘‘I can’t remember which [game], but it was pretty crazy,’’ Green said. ‘‘Seeing a college football game there was crazy, actually, with the fans and how much they scream. I’ve never
really seen [people] go so crazy over a football game.
‘‘There are not many pro teams [out there], and I can understand why they go so crazy over their football team. Nothing really compared to Nebraska.’’
Coach Pat Fitzgerald said NU has played in a lot of
hostile environments around the Big Ten. He compared Nebraska to Iowa, Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan State.
The game means a lot to the Wildcats’ chances of reaching six victories, the minimum needed for them to become bowl-eligible.
‘‘[November] is a big month for our program,’’ Fitzgerald said. ‘‘You try to make your whole season go to November and have some significance. Obviously, we’d like to be in a different place than we are from a won-loss standpoint [3-5, 1-4 Big Ten], but we’re at where we’re at. The challenge is obvious to everyone in our program.’’
The game against the Cornhuskers will be NU’s last of the season on the road. The Wildcats finish with home games against Rice, Minnesota and Michigan State.
NOTE: Superback Drake Dunsmore was named the Big Ten’s offensive player of the week for his performance in NU’s 59-38 victory Saturday at Indiana. Dunsmore caught a school-record four touchdown passes and
became the Wildcats’ career leader in receiving yardage by a tight end with 1,373.