Husker Tailgate Week 11: Nebraska football to go for the win in Minnesota

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 07: Running back Devine Ozigbo
LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 07: Running back Devine Ozigbo /

The Nebraska football team heads up north for a cold and wet game forecast in an 11 am kickoff televised by FS1. Bundle up!

It wasn’t a pretty outcome last week. Three consecutive Nebraska football home losses at Memorial stadium. That hasn’t happened since 1961. Northwestern won their last 3 games in OT. That hasn’t happened in college football EVER. Yeah, that will make your stomach queasy.

But it’s a new week, a new opponent, and another must win for Big Red. Nebraska must have this game because after Iowa crushed Ohio State, and we all know Penn State at home will be brutal, neither of those games is going to leave a Husker fan’s stomach feeling any better. Time for the Husker football team to strap up and take it to some Gophers!

If you’ve read my articles over the years, you know I’m NOT a fan of the early tailgate time. At least this week I can chill in my jammies and watch from the couch rather than hit the road at o’dark-thirty early. But there is some good news this week. I’m sharing an amazing “breakfast scones” recipe that my friend, Cecile gave me. If you follow her on Twitter you may know her as @thesignlady2. She is an LSU fan and I met her through baseball at Alex Box. Any given gameday down south you may recognize her wearing this:

I tested this recipe a couple of times to make sure I had it right. Or maybe because the first batch was gone so fast I just felt like making them again. I special ordered the Pioneer baking mix since  they didn’t sell it at my local store. These biscuits are so light and tasty you will be grabbing more than one at a time.


1 lb. Jimmy Dean Sausage – browned, drained and cooled (I used medium rather than hot)

4-5 seeded Jalepenos – chopped

8 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese – grated

3 cups Pioneer biscuit mix (not Bisquick)

1 C milk

1 stick of butter – melted

Mix the first 4 ingredients. Add milk and stir. Place dollops of dough on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 13-15 minutes. (Makes a little more than 2 dozen depending on size) Brush with the butter immediately after you take them out of the oven. For a little different coating, add in 1-2 TBS of honey to the butter mixture. Enjoy!

The weather forecast for the Nebraska football faithful who will make the trek north is not favorable. It will be cloudy and about 33 degrees at kickoff. There are predictions for rain and snow which can last through 2 o’clock. Layer and weather proof accordingly. Rest assured there will be a lot of ground game from both sides. A rumor from Memorial Stadium is that the team was practicing with wet footballs in order to simulate game conditions. Yes, I resisted the temptation to place a joke here.

I’ve decided to repeat a winning jello shot recipe in hopes that the Husker team will be winners at the end of the day. The inspiration for this week’s libation is also meant to keep one warm from the inside out. Take advantage of the apple cider at the stores and heat one cup on the stove. Mix it with orange jello and stir until dissolved. Add in 3/4 cup of Fireball Whiskey, pour into shot cups and chill. This is one of my all time favorites. The cinnamon flavor is also an added bonus.

The fans in Minneapolis are very friendly. There is a big bunch that travels down to Lincoln ever year. Make a friend, share some vittles and some beverages. If you have a Nebraska football food recipe or drink recipe you would like to share, hit me up at @Kelian_NE or feel free to share your gameday tailgate photos.

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Travel safely. Tailgate cordially and most of all GO BIG RED!