The Arizona Republic - - SPORTS -

North­ern Illi­nois is 4 for 5 against the Big Ten un­der coach Rod Carey, so if you were look­ing for shocked ex­pres­sions af­ter the Huskies’ 21-17 up­set of Ne­braska, you had to go to the Corn­huskers’ locker room.

There was a bit of a been-there, done-that air about what the Huskies pulled off at Me­mo­rial Sta­dium on Satur­day. Yes, the Huskies re­turned for a cur­tain call af­ter the game and lined up to take a pic­ture in front of their re­main­ing fans in the cor­ner of the south­west end zone.

But beat­ing Ne­braska isn’t what it used to be. The in­tim­i­da­tion fac­tor for vis­i­tors to one of col­lege foot­ball’s great cathe­drals has faded as the glory years be­come more dis­tant.

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