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Huskers Prepare for Bowl Trip
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
12/21/2002
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Lincoln -- The Nebraska football team wrapped up preparations in Lincoln for Friday?s MainStay Independence Bowl with a one hour and 45 minute practice inside Cook Pavilion Saturday morning.

 

Head Coach Frank Solich said that today?s workout, which was in full pads, went well, while the Huskers will take Sunday off before traveling to Shreveport on Monday.

 

?They were a little tired yesterday after finals, but they were lively today,? Solich said after Saturday?s workout. ?We will go down on Monday and it will likely be a full pads day. That will be the last day we have in full pads before to the bowl game.?

 

Nebraska?s first day in Shreveport will be hectic. The Huskers will not only depart from Lincoln at 8:30 a.m., but will attempt to get a full-pads practice in at the bowl site before a press conference and welcoming party to conclude the day.

 

?We are hoping to get off on time, so we have a chance to check into the hotel, get the players sometime to eat and get taped before practice,? Solich said. ?It will be a full day for the coaches and players.?

 

Solich said that the Huskers are anticipating the nationally televised match-up with Ole Miss, as the game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. (central) kickoff on ESPN. With a victory over the Rebels, NU can extend its streak of winning seasons to 41, one of the all-time NCAA record. Nebraska will also look to become the first Big 12 team to win in the Independence Bowl, as the conference is winless in four bowl appearances dating back to 1998.

 

?There is quite a bit a hype about this game from our players,? Solich said ?They are excited to be heading to Shreveport for the bowl and to play Ole Miss. They want to play extremely well, represent this program and want to put on a good game for the people of Shreveport and the bowl committee. For us, there are an awful lot of incentives to step on the field and play well.?

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