LINCOLN — Scott Frost presented the family of Marine Cpl. Daegan Page with a Nebraska jersey prior to Saturday’s kickoff.
Page was one of 13 U.S. service members and at least 169 Afghan citizens killed Aug. 26 in a terrorist bombing at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan.
The 23-year-old Millard South graduate’s remains returned to Omaha on Friday, when thousands lined the procession route.
It was a low-key presentation Saturday per the family’s wishes. No public address announcement was made.
The jersey Frost gave the family was red, with the No. 1 and Page’s name on the back.
After spending a few minutes watching the Huskers warm up, the Pages moved near the entrance of the Tunnel Walk where they viewed the special first responders video and saw Nebraska outside linebacker Damian Jackson lead the team onto the field with an American flag during the Tunnel Walk. Jackson was a member of the Navy SEALs for four years .
There was also a video presentation in the middle of the third quarter. The crowd gave a standing ovation and there was a large hand-made sign in the stands.
And there were more tributes.
Four first responders joined Jackson and Frost at the front of the line during Nebraska’s Tunnel Walk.
Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner also participated in the First Responders Tunnel Walk prior to the Sept. 20, 2001, game against Rice. That was the first major college football game played after 9/11.
NU replayed a video released during the unveiling of its alternate uniform, in which Jackson salutes a series of first responders in the Havelock neighborhood of Lincoln.
As the game progressed, Nebraska honored those who served in the military or as a first responder, such as Lincoln Police Department officer Mario Herrera, who died last year.