Cornhuskers second in nation in spring-game attendance

April, 21, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Nebraska didn't sell out Memorial Stadium for Saturday's spring game, but the Cornhuskers' strong attendance still leads all Big 12 teams and ranks second nationally so far this spring.

The Cornhuskers attracted 77,670 to their game last week, topped only by Alabama. The Crimson Tide drew an estimated 84,050 to Bryant-Denny Stadium -- down from an NCAA-record 92,138 in 2007 in coach Nick Saban's first season.   

Making the Cornhuskers' number even more impressive is that most of the tickets cost $10. Many other schools, including Alabama,  did not charge admission to their spring games.

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said he is enthused by another strong turnout for his spring game.

"It shows the passion and excitement that our fans have for our program," Pelini said. "We know we have great fans and they are very supportive. It says a lot -- it helps us in recruiting and is a big selling point for us. We're excited we had that kind of turnout."

Here's a list of the spring game attendance for Big 12 teams so far.

Several announced attendances are estimated and were provided by the schools. Baylor conducted its spring scrimmage at the Highers Athletic Complex rather than Floyd Casey Stadium, explaining why no attendance was listed for the Bears' spring game.

Nebraska: 77,670
Texas: 44,000 (est.)
Oklahoma: 28,592
Kansas: 17,000 (est.)
Missouri: 13,122
Texas Tech: 12,500 (est.)
Oklahoma State: 12,000 (est.)
Texas A&M: 8,000  (est.)
Iowa State: 7,000 (est.)
Baylor: N/A

Note: Colorado will play its spring game on Saturday and Kansas State will stage its spring game on May 2.

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