First look at Huskers' virtual spring game

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - There will be a tunnel walk and touchdowns experienced in a totally different way on Saturday. Nebraska's spring game is going virtual using an X-Box and the popular EA Sports video game, NCAA Football.

Rosters have been custom-made featuring the program's greatest players.

"We all know that there's no substitute for the real gameday experience at Memorial Stadium," Garrett Klassy said. "We hope that it does get (fans) talking about Husker football. Our goal is to make them take their mind off the real-world issues we're having right now." Klassy serves as Nebraska's Senior Deputy Athletic Director for External Relations.

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It may be fictitious football but the Huskers are making it as real-life as possible. The broadcast will utilize Nebraska's radio team of Greg Sharpe and Matt Davison. Saturday's festivities will also include a replay of a Tunnel Walk from 2001, the national anthem, the drug-free pledge, and a halftime interview with legendary coach Tom Osborne.

"We're rolling with it," Klassy said. "We're hopeful that it works and that our fans love it."

Klassy and his team have leaned on the creativity and technology over the past three weeks.

The game will be broadcast online and on the Huskers' social media platforms.

The first half of the game will be a computer simulation.

The third and fourth quarters will have two mystery gamers at the controls.

Their identities will be revealed after the game.