Nebraska's season-long football motto in 2016 paid tribute to the late Sam Foltz: Dream Big, Work Hard, Stay Humble.
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N-Sider: Huskers' 10 Most Memorable Moments in 2016

By NU Athletic Communications

By Randy York, The N-Sider

Since more than 600 Nebraska student-athletes returned to Lincoln Monday to begin their second-semester classes, it’s now or never for The N-Sider to reflect on a unique version of the Huskers’ 10 Most Memorable Moments in 2016.

Our goal was to prioritize each Husker-related experience through a single lens and define why each feat deserved its memorable moment status following Nebraska Athletics’ past 12 months.

The editorial context is anchored by two prominent facts that solidify the foundation of Nebraska Athletics: 1) the Huskers reached their best-ever Graduation Success Rate in 2016, posting an all student-athlete GSR of 88 percent; and 2) Seven Husker student-athletes became Academic All-Americans in 2016, increasing Nebraska’s nation-leading total to 327.

Husker fans continue to set attendance records. Nebraska Football had the 10th-best NCAA average with 90,200 fans per game and also reached its 350th consecutive home-sellout.

Volleyball is building its own record-breaking streak. The Huskers lead the nation with 8,210 fans per game and have sold out of 219 consecutive regular-season home games.

With that underpinning, here are The N-Sider’s 10 Most Memorable Moments in 2016:

1. Illegal formation football penalty that Fresno State classily declined.

USA Today Feature Elevated the Sam Foltz Story

2. Huskers win their first conference volleyball championship in five years.

Nebraska Beats Michigan to Clinch Outright B1G Championship

3. Nebraska volleyball team comes back from two-set deficit to beat Penn State.

Nebraska Bounces Back in Last Three Sets, 26-24, 25-19, 15-6

4. NU men’s track and field team sweeps Big Ten indoor and outdoor titles.

Why Gary Pepin's Teamwork Makes Huskers' Dream Work

5. Husker soccer team wins its first NCAA Tournament Game in new Hibner Stadium.

Huskers Win in Lincoln, Advance to NCAA Second Round

6. Nebraska men’s basketball team stuns Indiana, breaks 26-game home winning streak.

Watson’s 26 Points Help Nebraska Upset Indiana, 87-83

7. Husker sophomore Nick Percy wins men’s discus title in NCAA Championships.

First-Team All-American Wins with 201-1 Effort on First Throw

USA Volleyball Olympic members: Kelsey Robinson, Kayla Banwarth and Jordan Larson.

8. Four Husker females earn medals in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

These Three Husker Volleyball Olympians Believe in Miracles

Former Husker Danielle Page Makes a Surprise Olympic Run

9. Nebraska’s softball team upsets No. 1 Michigan, 1-0.

Cassie McClure Delivers Four-Hit Shutout against Wolverines

10. Husker women’s bowling team finishes second, barely misses sixth NCAA title.

Nebraska Falls Short in 2016 NCAA Championship Match

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