Nebraska’s fall means game’s not the same

LINCOLN, Neb. — On the western edge of the University of Nebraska campus, 80,000-seat Memorial Stadium rises into the sky like a giant concrete monolith. Even in its renovated state, with fancy glass-enclosed luxury boxes, digital scoreboards and high-tech artificial turf field, it remains as one of college football’s grandest gridiron houses.

Modern football stadiums dazzle you with their architecture and creature comforts. Memorial Stadium wins you over with its old-school simplicity. When you march in from the six-story-tall western façade, you are greeted by these words carved above the entrance: “Not the victory but the action; Not the goal but the game; In the deed the glory.”