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Nebraska had defeated Colorado 18 straight times before the Buffaloes pulled a Rocky Mountain stunner in 1986. From that point on, Nebraska and Colorado would tangle in some memorable games.

Let's get nostalgic.

1986: Buffs start to be a pest

Behind some trick plays and a stout defensive effort, unranked Colorado stuns No. 3 Nebraska 20-10 in Boulder.

Nebraska's 123 total yards are its lowest output in eight years, and CU snaps an 18-game losing streak to the Huskers in the process.

1987: No. 5 Nebraska 24, Colorado 7

1988: The phantom fumble

Colorado's J.J. Flannigan looks to his right and sees a hole the size of a foothill in the Colorado Rockies. He appears on his way to a 43-yard touchdown, but fumbles the football — with no one near him — at the NU 19.

No. 19 Colorado recovers the ball, but Broderick Thomas' stuff on a reverse two plays later puts CU out of field goal range in the second quarter.

No. 7 Nebraska scores in the third quarter and wins 7-0.

1989: Deflection dooms Huskers

Colorado is No. 2. Nebraska No. 3.

So, it's only fitting that this Nov. 4, 1989, game in Boulder comes down to the last play. Gerry Gdowski heaves a throw to Jon Bostick in the end zone on the game's final play, but Colorado's Dave McCloughan knocks it away, setting off a rabid celebration.

1990: Bieniemy stampede

With the rain falling and the wind blowing, No. 3 Nebraska takes a 12-0 lead into the fourth quarter against the ninth-ranked Buffs.

Then Eric Bieniemy happens.

The Colorado tailback, who fumbled five times in the first three quarters, scores four fourth-quarter touchdowns to help Colorado stun the crowd in a 27-12 win in Lincoln.

Before the game, Nebraska fans salute beloved defensive tackle Kenny Walker, who was deaf, with the sign-language signal for applause.

1991: All tangled in a tie

Nebraska and Colorado were supposed to settle the Big Eight championship on Nov. 3, 1991. Instead, they settled for a tie on a bone-chilling and snowball-infested night in Boulder.

Byron Bennett's 41-yard field-goal attempt in the final seconds is blocked, leaving the game tied at 19-19 during the pre-overtime era.

Nebraska enters the game ranked ninth and Colorado 15th. Each team leaves 3-0-1 in the conference standings. The Huskers got the Orange Bowl bid that season.

1992: Spooking the Buffaloes

Speaking of all tied up, that's how the AP pollsters see the Huskers and Buffaloes in late October 1992.

Colorado enters Lincoln on Halloween ranked eighth. The Huskers are eighth, too. But on this Halloween evening, it's all Huskers.

Calvin Jones finds daylight on a 47-yard touchdown run, giving the Huskers a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter. Nebraska doesn't let up, holding the ball for nearly 43 minutes, and holding the Buffalo offense to 144 total yards.

Many fans on Twitter this week pointed out the Will Shields fumbleroosky play that set up a touchdown before halftime.

1993: No. 6 Nebraska 21, No. 20 Colorado 17

1994: Berringer leads flawless effort

It's No. 2 (Nebraska) vs. No. 3 in Lincoln on Oct. 29, 1994.

The Buffaloes had Kordell Stewart, Michael Westbrook and eventual Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam. It didn't matter.

Brook Berringer throws a 30-yard touchdown to Eric Alford in the third quarter, building a 24-0 lead, and Colorado was 0-for-10 on third downs.

The game marks Nebraska's 200th consecutive sellout.

1995: Hello, Ahman

No. 7 Colorado didn't know what hit it.

After forcing an opening-series punt, the second-ranked Huskers take a 7-0 lead on their first play from scrimmage. Freshman Ahman Green takes a pitch from Tommie Frazier and races down the sideline untouched for 57 yards.

Quickly, the lead balloons to 21-7 and NU wins 44-21. Frazier throws for 241 yards.

Another image from this game: Rick Neuheisel getting his team jacked up by leading them through the student section. It didn't work.

1996: No. 4 Nebraska 17, No. 5 Colorado 12

1997: No. 2 Nebraska 27, Colorado 24

1998: No. 14 Nebraska 16, Colorado 14

1999: No. 3 Nebraska 33, Colorado 30, OT

2000: Crouch's arm to the rescue

No. 9 Nebraska looks dead in the water when a 3-8 Colorado team scores and successfully converts a two-point play with 47 seconds left to take a 32-31 lead.

But Eric Crouch and the Huskers quickly go to work. Crouch hits Bobby Newcombe on a pass to the CU 29-yard line with 10 seconds remaining and no timeouts.

Crouch hits Newcombe again on a 17-yard play with 5 seconds left.

Josh Brown does the rest, nailing a 29-yard field goal for a 34-32 win.

2001: Buffaloed

Nebraska fans had not seen anything like it.

The 14th-ranked Buffs roll up 62 points, 380 rushing yards and 582 total yards in a 62-36 trouncing of the second-ranked Huskers in Boulder. 

CU tailback Chris Brown still gives Husker fans haunting flashbacks to this day. He scores six touchdowns in the game.

Some would say that Nebraska's program has not fully recovered since this gray afternoon in Boulder.

2002: Colorado 28, Nebraska 13

2003: Nebraska 31, Colorado 22

2004: Colorado 26, Nebraska 20

2005: Order restored ... briefly

Nebraska enters its 2005 meeting with CU a 17-point underdog. The Huskers leave the field — many wearing "Restore the Order" shirts — a 30-3 winner.

Zac Taylor throws for 392 yards and two touchdowns, and Cory Ross accounts for 142 yards in what is easily one of Bill Callahan's most impressive wins at NU.

The lasting image from this game: The entire Colorado student section getting kicked out in the fourth quarter after water bottles and other debris rained onto the field.

2006: No. 19 Nebraska 37, Colorado 14

2007: Black Friday for Callahan

Decked in all-white, Nebraska enters Boulder with a coach likely to get fired in the coming hours.

The Huskers score 51. But Colorado hangs 65, including 34 straight in the second half.

Just a weird finish to a weird season.

2008: The kick and the pick

Nebraska carries a lot of momentum into its Black Friday meeting with the Buffaloes, but it's CU holding a 31-30 lead with less than 2 minutes remaining.

Facing fourth down from the CU 40, Husker coach Bo Pelini faces a tough decision. He turns to Alex Henery, who drills the longest field goal in Memorial Stadium history — a 57-yarder — causing a minor earthquake of sorts inside the stadium.

(Earlier in the game, Pelini bypasses a 51-yard attempt, and the trick play results in a Colorado touchdown.)

Moments later Ndamukong Suh picks off a Cody Hawkins pass and barrels into the end zone. The place was going nuts and NU was headed to the Gator Bowl.

2009: Nebraska 28, Colorado 20

2010: No. 16 Nebraska 45, Colorado 17

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