Ten years from now Nebraska fans won't remember of the score of senior day 2016. They won't likely even remember the opponent the Huskers faced. What they will remember is the emotions the day held.
On Saturday Nebraska didn't just honor the seniors in program playing their last game in Memorial Stadium, but also the late Sam Foltz, who tragically lost his life over the summer in a car accident. Foltz's parents were on the field during pregame to embrace each senior as they came out. In a tribute to the 2015 All-Big Ten punter, Nebraska played a special video honoring Foltz before the game. Players also placed roses on the 27-yard line - Foltz's number.
Here is the video of the Foltz tribute:
"A couple days ago they kind of went over protocol and what we were going to do out there on the field. Obviously, we were thrilled that we were going to be able to have Mr. and Mrs. Foltz on the field and be able to see them and hug them," said senior wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp. "It was emotional. It still hurts this day. Obviously, we miss Sam [Foltz] like crazy, and we love him so much. He's still out there with us.
"It was emotional. I was trying to hold back the tears when they were doing the senior walk outs there. It was tough. So many memories here in Memorial Stadium, it's been such a great experience for me because of everybody here involved, the fans, you guys, everybody. It's been an unbelievable journey. It was great to kind of go out with a bang today and to have a good home game."
Emotions had to be extra hard for backup quarterback Ryker Fyfe, who was making his first career start on senior day in place of Tommy Armstrong (hamstring). Fyfe was a high school teammate of Foltz and the two enrolled together as walk-ons.
"I knew it was going to be a tough day," said Fyfe. "A lot of emotions and obviously, this should be a game that I should be walking out with Sam at my last game, but I knew he was with us, with me, in spirit. It was nice seeing Jill and Gerald (Foltz), his parents, before the game, they talked to me, gave me a hug and said, 'He'll be with you out there, just go out and play hard,' so it was fun."
Video by Joe Franco. Photos by Stewart Photography.