On Monday, the Nebraska Cornhuskers unveiled an alternate uniform that harkens back to those worn by the 1983 team — a squad that went undefeated for the season, before ultimately losing 31-30 to Miami in the 1984 Orange Bowl. Heading into that Bowl, the Huskers were ranked Number 1, and the game is probably best remembered for Nebraska head coach Tom Osborne’s decision to try for a two-point conversion (going for the win) late in the fourth quarter; the play resulted in a deflected pass in the end zone and failure to convert the two, ultimately culminating in a win for the Hurricanes.
That was where the legend of “Go For The Win” mentality was cemented and the basis for this year’s throwbacks. The team’s nickname that year was “The Scoring Explosion.”
The alternate uniform this year is evocative of those worn by the 1983 squad. Let’s look at some of the details.
The uniform is scarlet and white, featuring the classic white “N” logo helmet with scarlet center stripe. Jersey is scarlet, with a block “N” on either sleeve cap, which have white stripes on the hem.
Perhaps the defining feature of the jersey is the “mesh” numbers, which are meant to replicate the look of the mesh jerseys worn by the 1983 team. The rear numbers have the same faux mesh treatment.
Pants are white, with two scarlet stripes down either side.
Here’s another look at the full uniform:
And a close up of some of the details:
And, of course, the hype video:
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The team has not yet made an announcement of when these uniforms will be worn. It is expected they will only be worn for one game this season.