August 28, 2001
Husker fans were excellent hosts
Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. is an intimidating sight on gameday.
Thousands of fans decked in red and white stream into the
venue chanting Go Big Red! and clapping to Hail,
Varsity. Car windows bear threatening messages against
the visiting team Saturday even brought slogans such
as, Croak the Frogs.
all just a show in the name of school pride. Nebraska fans
are proud of their school, their team and their state. After
the performance of the Husker fans at the Pigskin Classic,
Nebraskans should also be proud of their class.
as the realization spread through the crowd that TCU junior
defensive tackle John Turntine was not getting up after a
fourth-quarter play, silence fell across the sea of red. TCU
trainers headed onto the field. Nebraska trainers followed.
Then head coach Gary Patterson joined the crew. Finally, Nebraska
head coach Frank Solich walked out toward the concerned staff.
point, fans in both red and purple removed their hats and
bowed their heads.
in the crowd of 77,743 spoke or even moved. All eyes were
on the field as trainers attempted to provoke reflexive movements
in Turntines arms and legs. Binoculars were passed among
the crowd, each fan seeking answers to the questions everyone
was afraid ask.
was loaded onto a stretcher nearly 20 minutes after he went
down. As he was carted off the field, thunderous applause
erupted as fans stood in respect of the fallen player. The
standing ovation continued until Turntine and the trainers
left the stadium.
Turntine was not seriously injured. He even attended classes
Monday morning. After the game, Nebraskans stopped TCU fans
to inquire about Turntines health, to congratulate the
school on a well-played game and to thank them for making
the 650-mile trip.
Nebraska fans showed our players and school is not only to
be commended, but to be repeated. In three weeks, the Frogs
will host Marshall. Show your TCU pride: wear purple, cheer
loud, be respectful. Make Amon Carter Stadium a place visiting
teams will remember.