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Huskers head for Orange Bowl
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Dome earlier this season.
Osborne said the Hokies will
present his team with some difficul
“They’ve got a reputation for be
ing a pretty sound, hard-nosed foot
ball team with a pretty good de
fense,” Osborne said.
Hokie Coach Frank Beamer said
his team looked forward to playing
the two-time defending champions.
“Nebraska football speaks for it
self,” Beamer said. “Not many fans
put us on the same level as Ne
braska. We are working our way up
to their level, and that is the level
where we want to be.”
Orange Bowl officials said they
were pleased to play host to a
“This is the first time that Vir
ginia Tech has played Nebraska,
and that makes it even more spe
cial,” said Clark Cook, president of
the Orange Bowl Committee. “Ne
braska has been to the Orange Bowl
many times, and now they get a
chance to come back, and that is
very exciting for us.
“They have played a major role
in our history.”
Although the Huskers were
ranked behind No. 5 Brigham
Young (13-1) Orange Bowl mem
bers selected NU based on the
strength of its schedule.
The move from Orange Bowl
Stadium to Pro Player Stadium of
It's going to take them a few days to
get over the loss in St. Louis. Our fans
were hopeful for a third straight title,
but it didn't work out."
NU Athletic Director
fers different opportunities for
Husker fans, Orange Bowl execu
tive Keith Tribble said.
“This is a first-class game and it
should be played in one of the fin
est facilities in the nation,” Tribble
said. “Pro Player Stadium offers a
different venue, so it’s an opportu
nity for fans to see an area of south
Florida they have never seen be
Tribble said more than 63,000
tickets already had been sold, in
cluding the 15,000 offered for each
Nebraska Athletic Director Bill
Byrne said fans’ interest for the
game should be high, despite the
fact that some people are still
stunned about what happened in
Saturday’s the championship game
in St. Louis.
“It’s going to take them a few
days to get over the loss in St.
Louis,” Byrne said. “Our fans were
hopeful for a third straight title, but
it didn’t work out.”
This will be the 37th bowl game
for Nebraska, which has a 6-9
record in its 15 Orange Bowl ap
NU’s last appearance resulted in
Osborne’s first national title. The
Huskers defeated the Miami Hurri
canes 24-17 to complete a 13-0 sea
son in 1994, winning the school’s
third national title.
Osborne said he was worried
about how the Huskers would react
to playing in a post-season bowl
game that, for the first time in four
years, would not determine the na
“That’s a concern,” Osborne
said. “Our players on the team have
only experienced the big game. It’s
still a big game to us, however.”
in critical condition
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covered with a foam pad.
Although the extent of Jensen’s in
jury remains unknown, the university
has announced it will assist with her
Greg Clayton, UNL director of risk
management and benefits, said the ath
letic department’s insurance provides
medical coverage to student-athletes
injured in competition, practice or
The university will pay all of
Jensen’s expenses for treatment and
rehabilitation up to $10 million,
The university also will coordinate
insurance payments with the NCAA’s
insurance fund, he said.
If Jensen’s injury results in a per
manent disability, she would receive a
monthly stipend under another provi
sion of the university’s insurance
policy, Clayton said.
That’s a possibility Jensen’s team
mates are trying not to think about.
Swartz keeps the squad updated on
Jensen, but the cheerleaders struggle
with the uncertainty of her condition.
The “waiting game” has taken an emo
tional toll on them, she said.
“Your mind kind of wanders, and
of course you think the worst,” Swartz
Swartz said Jensen’s parents were
considering transferring her to a spi
nal injury center in Denver, but hadn’t
decided if such treatment would be
Swartz said the rest of the squad
was distressed about their friend.
“The kids are pretty shaken up,”
Cheerleaders who traveled to St.
Louis for the Big 12 championship
game Saturday weren’t very concerned
with the football game, Swartz said.
They wore white ribbons, symbolizing
hope, to show Jensen and her family
they were thinking about her.
“Everyone was concentrating on
Tracy,” Swartz said.
Cheerleaders at the Nebraska bas
ketball game Saturday night were emo
tional because Jensen had planned to
cheer with them at that game, Swartz
“Some of them felt pretty guilty
cheering knowing that Tracy was sup
posed to cheer at that game,” she said.
The squad has spent a lot of time at
the hospital, but hasn’t been allowed
to see Jensen, Swartz said.
During a brief visit, Swartz said,
Jensen was conscious and fully alert.
She has difficulty talking because she
requires a ventilator to breathe, but she
still communicates with family and
friends, Swartz said.
“It’s a circus in that IC waiting
area,” Swartz said. “She’s got a lot of
people there concerned about her.”
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