The Husker Nation arrived in full force for Saturday's Nebraska-Notre Dame game and turned Notre Dame Stadium into a sea of red.
When the top-ranked Cornhuskers met the 23rd-ranked Fighting Irish, Nebraska fans clad in red appeared to fill about a third of the 80,232 seats in a stadium traditionally packed with faithful Irish followers. Adding insult to wounded pride, Huskers fans chanted, "Husker, home game!"
"When I was on the field before the game I wish I was color blind," Notre Dame athletic director Kevin White said. "Disappointing, very disappointing."
Bill Byrne, his counterpart at Nebraska, sat in a chair in his stadium box and smiled at the most unusual development.
"This would never happen in Lincoln," Byrne said. "We could play a junior high and this wouldn't happen."
Although Nebraska was allotted 4,000 tickets by Notre Dame, some 20,000 to 30,000 fans made the 500-mile trip from Nebraska to tailgate in the parking lot and be near their beloved Huskers, making their first trip to Notre Dame since 1947. Clearly, many bought tickets from Notre Dame ticket holders.
"I've got to be proud of them," Byrne said of the Huskers fans before adding: "The profit motive is alive and well in South Bend."
Irish fans seem willing to part with what used to be the most coveted ticket in college football. The Irish went 5-7 last season, and off-field problems ended with NCAA sanctions and an overhaul of the athletic administration.
White, who took over as AD in March, added, "we'll just need to look to the future and continue to get better and not allow this to happen again."
300-YARD RUSHER: Roger Snyder rushed for 307 yards and three touchdowns to lead Division III Washington & Jefferson to a 54-41 victory over Allegheny. Snyder, who had touchdown runs of 90, 83 and 67 yards, averaged 12.8 yards.
CAL: Coach Tom Holmoe has agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2002 season. Holmoe had said he would not consider an extension until the Golden Bears improved. "However, the administration felt this was a symbol of their commitment to our program," he said. "For that gesture, I am grateful." Cal was 4-7 overall and 3-5 in the Pac-10 last season.
TENNESSEE: A lawyer for the university has asked a federal judge to stop ESPN's attempts to subpoena student records and university documents connected with defamation lawsuits against the sports network.
In a motion filed in federal court, lawyer Alan Parker asked the judge to relieve the school of the subpoenas or limit the requested information, arguing it will cost the university tens of thousands of dollars and take months to comply.
Lawyers in the case said they expect U.S. Magistrate Thomas Phillips to set a hearing on the motion.
In February, former English tutor Victoria Gray and sophomore offensive guard Reggie Ridley filed separate defamation suits against the network, its partners and former school administrator Robin Wright.
The lawsuits, which seek $4-million in damages, stem from a series of stories that began running in late September 1999 on ESPN.com. Allegations of academic fraud involving some tutors and athletes surfaced in the stories.
_ TIMES WIRES