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GRAND ISLAND INDEPENDENT —

Joe Houston has experienced Nebraska before.

Houston was a back-up kicker for Southern Cal when the Trojans played in Lincoln against the Huskers in 2007.

USC won that game 49-31, but it wasn't really that close. Grand Island's Todd Peterson caught two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to make the score at least semi-respectable. That proved to be the beginning of the end for Nebraska coach Bill Callahan, who was fired at the end of that season.

Now Houston is back in Nebraska as a kicker for the Nebraska Danger. On Friday night, just like that Saturday back in 2007 when he was a back-up, he was relegated to being a spectator as the Danger defeated the Wyoming Cavalry 62-35 to improve to 3-1 on the season.

This time he was out due to a shin injury. More about that later.

Houston has some fond memories of that trip to Lincoln when he was a walk-on junior college transfer who didn't even know if he would make the trip, but USC coach Pete Carroll decided to bring him along on his first major college road trip.

It was No. 1 Southern Cal against No. 14 Nebraska.

"Coach Carroll said it was going to be probably the best away stadium we would play at in our careers in terms of fan loyalty, intensity, loudness," Houston said. "I was so excited to get to travel because I wasn't starting at the time. I was the back-up behind David Buhler, who ended up kicking for the Cowboys. For him to take two kickers, I just felt fortunate to be there."... MORE

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