University of Nebraska-Lincoln

THE TUNNEL WALK & THE HORSESHOE

Signifying the entrance into Memorial Stadium since 1994, Husker football truly begins with the Tunnel Walk. Team members are video-recorded walking from the locker room to the northwest gates at the field level. While the Alan Parsons Project’s “Sirius” reverberates throughout the stadium, the video is shown in the stadium while the crowd gets into a spirited frenzy. The team captains then lead the responsive pre-game prayer:

Dear Lord in the battles we go through life
(Dear Lord in the battles we go through life)

We ask for a chance that’s fair
(we ask for a chance that’s fair)

A chance to equal our strides
(a chance to equal our strides)

A chance to do or dare
(a chance to do or dare)

If we should win
(if we should win)

Let it be by the code
(let it be by the code)

With faith and honor held high
(with faith and honor held high)

If we should lose
(if we should lose)

Let us stand by the road
(let us stand by the road)

And cheer as the winners go by
(and cheer as the winners go by)

DAY BY DAY!
(DAY BY DAY)

WE GET BETTER AND BETTER!
(WE GET BETTER AND BETTER)

TILL WE CAN’T BE BEAT!
(TILL WE CAN’T BE BEAT)

WON’T, BE, BEAT!!!!!!!!
(WON’T, BE, BEAT!!!!!!)

Before the gates are opened, the members of the team touch the lucky horseshoe that formerly hung near the south gates near the previous locker room, as members of the team prepare to pass through the gate onto the field. Selected specifically on a game-by-game basis, a few men and women then open the gates and the Huskers burst through onto the field, marking the beginning of the Huskers’ game day.