Huskers Announce Football Schedule Changes
Lincoln -- The University of Nebraska football team has made two changes to its 2003 football schedule, Nebraska Athletic Director Steve Pederson announced Wednesday.
The Huskers' first road game of the season, against Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss., will move from Saturday, Sept. 20, five days later to Thursday, Sept. 25 and will be telecast nationally on ESPN at 6:30 p.m. In addition, Nebraska and San Jose State have agreed to cancel their Sept. 27 contest and instead, Nebraska will play host to Troy State on Oct. 4. Previously, the Huskers moved their home game with Oklahoma State, originally set for Oct. 4, to the season opener on Aug. 30 in Lincoln.
Pederson said that while the moves were initiated by ESPN, the schedule changes should be good for our program and Husker fans.
"We are pleased to play a nationally televised contest on ESPN. On a Thursday, we will have the focus of the whole country," said Pederson. "It will be an electric atmosphere and will give us great exposure that we would not have had on Saturday."
Nebraska is 2-0 vs. the Trojans and 2003 will mark Troy State's third straight visit to Lincoln since moving up to Division I in 2001. The Huskers defeated the Trojans, 42-14, in 2001. Last season, Troy State lost to Nebraska, 31-16, and finished the season 4-8, while playing in eight road games in 2002, including three against Big 12 opponents and two against SEC opponents.
"We are pleased to finalize our 2003 schedule," Nebraska Head Coach Frank Solich said. "We believe we will have an exciting home and away schedule in 2003, one that our fans will enjoy."
The Huskers begin spring ball on Wednesday, March 26, and will complete spring drills with the annual Red-White Spring Game on April 19.