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Huskers win first game of the season and get free beer in Council Bluffs

Posted at 10:21 PM, Oct 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-22 15:26:53-04

A bar usually full of Iowa fans was taken over by a sea of red all afternoon. Husker fans watched their team win their first game this season. Many Husker fans traveled across the river this afternoon to Council Bluffs to watch the Huskers face off against Minnesota at Barley's Bar.

For some Husker fans, Saturday’s game against Minnesota felt different than others this season. “This is not a Nebraska team that I have seen this season so very excited but always nervous,” said Husker fan, Russ Sindelar. The Huskers started early, gaining a lead and carrying it consistently over the Gophers. “We were at home feeling really good saying hey this is the way the team should have come out of the gate playing at the beginning of the season,” said Husker fan, Kent Coker.

A bar that is usually full of Iowa State fans, became a sea of Husker red. Barley's in Council Bluffs was offering something some Husker fans wanted almost as much as a win…free beer. A red fridge full of about 200 red beer cans was set up in the corner, padlocked until the Huskers won their first game. For Matt Johnson, the owner of Barley's, finally cutting the chains was an exciting moment. “We took the big bolt cutters and let 'em go and we were so happy for Nebraska,” said Johnson.

And fans couldn't be happier for the Huskers. “We're just so proud to be from Nebraska we love the team, there's a great future ahead of us and we're so happy,” said Husker fan, Margie Gibson. And for the free beer. Some fans say this win took a while to happen, but they never stopped believing in the head coach. "I’m a big Scott Frost fan, I think frost is the man, he’s the future,” said John Schroeder.

Because to them, Nebraska fans are as loyal as they come. Some fans we spoke with say they hope the Huskers have a renewed spirit going forward in the season and this won't be the only and last win this year. The Huskers take on the Bethune Cookman Wildcats next Saturday, kick-off is at 11.