Perhaps the most emotional venue for the opening Saturday of college football was Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.
The Cornhuskers were paying tribute to Sam Foltz, their All-Conference punter, who was killed in an auto accident in July. Michigan State punter Mike Sadler also lost his life in the accident, and LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye was injured.
The youngsters in No. 27 jerseys are Sam Foltz's nephews.
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We play for each other.— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) September 4, 2016
We play for Foltz.
When they had to punt for the first time against Fresno State, 10 special teams players took the field.
No one was in the spot of the punter, Foltz' familiar spot.
A loud ovation and tears from his teammates.
The Huskers drew a penalty for delay of game. And in a wonderful, classy gesture, Fresno State declined the penalty.
We had to take a delay of game, weren't able to get all 11 guys out to punt in time.— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) September 4, 2016
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