Published Thursday, February 21, 2013 AT 11:08 PM / Updated at 11:08 PM
Baseball: Former Huskers look back on Texas
Big Red Today Omaha World-Herald

We asked former Nebraska players what it means to them to play Texas.

“In ’99, we were trying to make our mark as a program. That was kind of our signature series. People were saying, ‘You haven’t played anybody’ … I remember (in the weekend’s second game), they hit a grand slam in the top of the first. And we answered with one in the bottom half. … (After NU swept Texas that year), it kind of gave us the validation as a legitimate program.” — NU assistant coach Will Bolt, a Husker player from 1999 to 2002

“I remember (Texas) coming here, and I always wanted to go to those games. … Seeing Augie Garrido out there. I remember him getting tossed in one game (in 2007). As a kid, Texas baseball, that was huge. They were winning College World Series. They were the team to watch when they came to town.” — Nebraska sophomore catcher Tanner Lubach, who played at Lincoln Southwest

“I remember playing them my sophomore year and it being really cold. It was probably like 40 or 50, but it felt like 30. The wind. The wind always made it seem colder. … I really loved playing against those guys. They were the big Midwestern school and because of football, I think, you could feel that (intensity). They had some really good teams.” — Texas assistant coach Tommy Nicholson, a Longhorn player from 1998 to 2000

“The first time I experienced it, they were ranked No. 1 in the country (in 2005). I think we scored late to tie the (Friday night) game in the eighth. Then it seemed like it was never going to end. We won on a passed ball. We got a little lucky. It’s not exactly how you want one of those games to end, but you’ll take a win anyway you can get it. … We wanted to beat them, as badly as they wanted to beat us.” — NU volunteer assistant Jeff Christy, who was a Husker in 2005 and 2006

“There was (Texas’) Drew Stubbs running around in center field, catching everything that came anywhere close to him. And that 16-inning game at Haymarket (in 2005). The crowds were unbelievable at both places. … But the thing that I remember most: Everyone wanted to call it a rivalry, but there was a huge amount of respect between the programs. You knew each team was going to play the game the right way.” — Curtis Ledbetter, Nebraska’s director of baseball operations who played for NU from 2002 to 2005

Texas vs. Nebraska, the past 15 years
Head-to-head: Texas leads 24-23 (Longhorns have won eight of the past 10)
Games decided by two runs or less: 23
Extra-inning games: Four
Last meeting: Nebraska won 6-3 in Lincoln on May 8, 2011

By the numbers, the past 15 years
TEXAS
Winning percentage: .688
Conference titles: Seven (plus four tourney wins)
NCAA regional berths: 13
CWS appearances: Seven
All-conference players: 49
Ex-players in MLB last year: 10

NEBRASKA
Winning percentage: .653
Conference titles: Three (plus four tourney wins)
NCAA regional berths: Nine
CWS appearances: Three
All-conference players: 35
Ex-players in MLB last year: Nine

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