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Nebraska Football: Huskers Humbled By Minnesota - Photos

Photos the 2017 Minnesota Nebraska game...

Brent Fields

I got the chance to put on a photo vest and shoot the game this past Saturday. Brent Fields and I both shot the game and if you’d like visual evidence, you can see his shot of Stanley Morgan at #13, with me in the frame trying to figure out if I needed to get out of the way.I enjoyed it immensely. I need to take the opportunity to do this many more times in my life.

You get a different feel for a game when you’re down on the field. It can be hard to get a feel for what’s going on regarding why your team is playing so poorly when you’re looking through a camera lens. On the other hand, if you walk by the bench and they are doing their best impression of the Walking Dead, you don’t have to wonder too much about why they’re getting run over.

I spoke with a Minnesota Event person just before the game started. He’d been on that field a lot, for a lot of Minnesota Gophers and Minnesota Vikings games. The Gophers have not been a good team this year. He said he expected a loss. I told him that Minnesota would be able to run all over Nebraska’s defense, because “they are lost, and they don’t know what they’re doing”.

Rodney Smith received the ball right in front of me and those of the first two photos you see in the gallery. I’m not sure which are my photos and which should be credited to Brent, but I can guarantee you that his are much better than mine.

The failed fourth-down conversion early in the second quarter happened right in front of me as well. I turned to the security person next to me and said, “that’s the ballgame.” I meant it. I figured that if we couldn’t keep up with Minnesota score for score on every possession that the game would be over and in hindsight that failed fourth down conversion was when it ended.

Guys are constantly moving around the field trying to get different angles and different light. Obviously it takes a little time to move from one end of the field to the other. Just after the failed fourth-down conversion I thought I’d try to move to the other into the field. My thinking was we would not stop their offense so I might as well get down to the other end and get photos of them coming toward us.

As I was moving down the sideline, Demry Croft ran past me on his 73 yard touchdown run. That’s shot number #25.

The timeouts taken as the game was running down were embarrassing. The Minnesota crowd and perhaps some of the Husker fans who were still left booed loudly. I don’t blame them. We called three timeouts so Patrick O’Brien could get sacked three times and we could lose rushing yardage. I looked at some of the Nebraska people on the sidelines and a couple of them looked very disgusted, almost as if they were in physical pain.

It was not a good day to be a Husker.