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High School Football Scores 9/15


Adams Central 41, Minden 6

Allen 46, Elkhorn Valley 20

Aquinas 17, Columbus Scotus 16

Arapahoe 62, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 0

Arcadia-Loup City 66, Cross County 13

Battle Creek 27, Archbishop Bergan 0

Bayard 9, Southern Valley 7

Beatrice 42, Omaha Gross Catholic 21

Bishop Neumann 47, Milford-Dorchester 7

Blair 76, Nebraska City 7

Broken Bow 27, Grand Island Central Catholic 7

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 52, Axtell 0

Burwell 60, Amherst 6

Centennial 48, Malcolm 6

Central City 12, Hastings St. Cecilia 7

Central Valley 36, Anselmo-Merna 20

Chase County 39, Kimball 0

Clarkson/Leigh 53, Omaha Nation 6

Cody-Kilgore 46, Fleming, Colo. 44

Columbus 35, Norris 21

Columbus Lakeview 28, O'Neill 17

Creighton 50, West Holt 37

Crete 35, Plattsmouth 7

Crofton 41, Twin River 0

Deshler 73, Elwood 48

Diller-Odell 38, Thayer Central 6

Doniphan-Trumbull 56, Tekamah-Herman 14

Doniphan-Trumbull 56, Tekamah-Herman 14

Douglas County West 58, Conestoga 20

Dundy County-Stratton 64, Cambridge 24

East Butler 48, Johnson-Brock 26

Elgin Public/Pope John 46, Clearwater/Orchard 0

Elkhorn South 61, Ralston 2

Fairbury 38, Auburn 20

Falls City 31, Lincoln Christian 21

Falls City Sacred Heart 57, Parkview Christian 14

Freeman 49, Fillmore Central 20

Fremont 41, Omaha Benson 18

Fullerton 54, Wausa 12

Gering 22, Chadron 14

Giltner 54, Osceola 44

Gordon/Rushville 63, Bennett County, S.D. 0

Grand Island 47, Lincoln East 17

Grand Island Northwest 49, Lexington 14

Gretna 59, Omaha Roncalli 14

Guardian Angels 28, Nebraska City Lourdes 22

Hartington Cedar Catholic 56, Wisner-Pilger 0

Hartington-Newcastle 28, Winnebago 6

Harvard 75, Wilcox-Hildreth 21

Hay Springs 49, Arthur County 36

Heartland 38, Nebraska Christian 26

Hemingford 22, Overton 12

High Plains Community 62, Tri County 48

Homer 39, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 20

Humphrey St. Francis 54, Emerson-Hubbard 0

Hyannis 74, South Platte 12

Johnson County Central 35, Southern 12

Kearney 48, Lincoln Northeast 6

Lawrence-Nelson 40, Friend 0

Lincoln High 63, Omaha Bryan 14

Lincoln Lutheran 56, Lutheran High Northeast 40

Lincoln Pius X 59, Papillion-LaVista 41

Logan View 43, Stanton 14

Maywood-Hayes Center def. McPherson County, forfeit

McCook 57, Alliance 7

Mead 28, Cedar Bluffs 26

Medicine Valley 58, Brady 20

Meridian 30, Exeter/Milligan 0

Millard South 41, Bellevue East 0

Minatare def. Banner County, forfeit

Mitchell 35, Bridgeport 12

Morrill 34, Leyton 0

Mullen 64, Wauneta-Palisade 13

Nebraska Lutheran 50, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 8

Norfolk 38, Lincoln North Star 37

Norfolk Catholic 48, Boone Central/Newman Grove 35

North Bend Central 25, Madison 0

North Platte 38, Omaha Central 23

North Platte St. Patrick's 24, Wood River 20

Ogallala 20, Cozad 19

Omaha Burke 64, Omaha South 7

Omaha Concordia 38, Elkhorn Mount Michael 14

Omaha North 49, Lincoln Southeast 28

Omaha Skutt Catholic 45, Elkhorn 3

Omaha Westside 49, Omaha Northwest 0

Ord 21, Gothenburg 20

Palmer 44, Ravenna 8

Palmyra 26, Elmwood-Murdock 15

Papillion-LaVista South 17, Lincoln Southwest 14

Pawnee City 44, Weeping Water 0

Pierce 42, Arlington 24

Platteview 43, South Sioux City 6

Ponca 28, Oakland-Craig 20

Randolph 36, Osmond 0

Sandhills/Thedford 50, Ansley-Litchfield 28

Scottsbluff 34, Aurora 28

Sedgwick County, Colo. 33, Perkins County 28

Seward 55, Schuyler 7

Sidney 14, Hastings 13

Silver Lake 61, Red Cloud 12

Sioux County 72, Potter-Dix 30

South Loup 56, Sutherland 14

Spalding Academy 72, Hampton 6

St. Edward 75, Elba 26

St. Paul 28, Gibbon 0

Sutton 64, Sandy Creek 7

Syracuse 6, Raymond Central 0

Thedford 50, Litchfield 28

Twin Loup 56, North Central 26

Wahoo 58, Louisville 0

Wakefield 46, Pender 16

Walthill def. Santee, forfeit

Waverly 18, Bennington 0

Wayne 47, David City 7

West Point-Beemer 41, Fort Calhoun 15

Wilber-Clatonia 28, Shelby/Rising City 0

Winner, S.D. 24, Valentine 12

Winside 56, Scribner-Snyder 34

York 33, Holdrege 7

Yutan def. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, forfeit


Centura vs. Hershey, ppd. to Sep 16th.

Pleasanton vs. Blue Hill, ppd. to Oct 14th.

Shelton vs. Loomis, ppd. to Oct 14th.


Huskers Set for Three Matches at Omaha Challenge

The 10th-ranked Nebraska volleyball team heads to Omaha this weekend for three matches at the Omaha Challenge, hosted by UNO at Baxter Arena. Nebraska will play Kansas State on Friday at 4:30 p.m., followed by matches on Saturday against Northern Iowa at Noon and Omaha at 7:30 p.m. The Huskers will be playing at UNO’s Baxter Arena for the first time. The facility opened in 2015 and has a capacity of 7,898. Single-day tickets are for sale at OMavs.com.

Husker Sports Network will broadcast all the action on HSN affiliates including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com and on the official Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 24th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren Cook, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary. An online video stream (subscription necessary) will be available at OMavs.com for the Nebraska-UNO match on Saturday night.

The tournament schedule has Omaha opening against Kansas State on Thursday at 7 p.m. On Friday, NU and KSU will start the day at 4:30 p.m. followed by Omaha/UNI at 7 p.m. Three matches will take place on Saturday with the Huskers and UNI playing first at Noon, Kansas State/UNI at 5:30 p.m., and Nebraska/UNO finishing the tournament at 7:30 p.m.

About the Huskers

  • Nebraska (5-2) has won five straight matches after dropping a pair of matches to now top-11 opponents (Oregon and Florida) to begin the season. The Huskers swept then-No. 11 UCLA at the Devaney Center twice last weekend, extending their regular-season non-conference home win streak to 16 straight matches. Overall, Nebraska has won its last 23 matches at the Devaney Center against non-Big Ten teams.
    • Against the three teams in the tournament this weekend, NU is a combined 103-5-1 all-time (.950).
    • The trip to Omaha will be a homecoming of sorts for Kelly Hunter. The senior setter grew up in Papillion, just a few minutes down the road from the UNO campus.
    • Hunter returned to the lineup full-time last weekend and performed well enough to earn Big Ten Setter of the Week for the first time this season and seventh time in her career. Hunter recorded a double-double of 31 assists and 14 digs against the Bruins on Saturday night while leading the team to a .301 hitting percentage. That followed Friday night’s sweep in which Hunter had a season-high 44 assists, the second-highest assist total of her career in a three-set match.
    • Hunter became the eighth setter in school history to surpass 3,000 career assists. She now has 3,011.
    • Not only has Nebraska won five straight matches, but all five have been sweeps. The Huskers’ longest streak of sweeps last year was seven from Aug. 27-Sept. 16. Prior to that, the last time Nebraska swept more consecutive matches was in 2010 when it won 10 straight sweeps to close out Big 12 play and begin the NCAA Tournament.
    • Nebraska’s first seven opponents this season are hitting just .127 against the Huskers, which is the third-best percentage in the Big Ten.
    • As a team, the Huskers are third in the Big Ten with 16.42 digs per set.
    • Libero Kenzie Maloney is averaging 4.42 digs per set, which ranks fifth in the Big Ten.
    • Middle blocker Briana Holman is sixth in the Big Ten with 1.38 blocks per set.
    • Senior outside hitter Annika Albrecht is two service aces away from moving into Nebraska’s all-time career top 10. Albrecht has 111 career aces, while Jaime Krondak is currently No. 10 all-time with 113 aces.
  • Coaches

  • John Cook, Nebraska: 18th year at Nebraska (504-67); 25th year overall (665-140)
    • Suzie Fritz, Kansas State: 17th year at Kansas State (320-183)
    • Bobbi Petersen, Northern Iowa: 18th year at Northern Iowa (442-135)
    • Rose Shires, Omaha: 28th year at Omaha (486-372)
  • Series History

  • Nebraska is 82-4 all-time against Kansas State. The last meeting was a 3-2 Kansas State victory on Dec. 2, 2011, which eliminated the Huskers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
    • NU is 6-0-1 against Northern Iowa. The Huskers won the last matchup, 3-0, on Nov. 30, 2012 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
    • The Huskers are 15-1 against Omaha, though this matchup will be the first against the Mavs since their transition to Division I began in 2011. The teams last met in 1990, a 3-0 Husker win. UNO’s only win was on Sept. 2, 1986.
  • Scouting Kansas State

  • Kansas State is 5-5 overall after a 3-1 win over UMKC on Tuesday might. The Wildcats lost four straight matches to Oregon State, Arkansas, Syracuse and No. 5 Wisconsin before snapping their skid against North Florida last weekend. KSU suffered a five-set loss at Georgia Tech last week. Kylee Zumach leads the Wildcats with 3.16 kills per set and adds 1.84 digs per set. The Wildcats rank 48th in the nation in hitting percentage (.256) but are 279th in opponent hitting percentage (.237).
  • Scouting Northern Iowa

  • Northern Iowa is receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches Poll with an 8-3 overall record. Two of the Panthers’ three losses are to top-15 teams (No. 8 Creighton and No. 12 Kentucky). UNI has impressive wins over No. 18 USC, No. 19 Iowa State and Missouri. Setter Heather Hook puts up 11.12 assists per set, while Karlie Taylor leads the team with 4.02 kills per set. Piper Thomas adds 3.58 kills per set and is hitting .320. Junior Bri Weber was a first-team All-MVC pick last year and is averaging 2.95 kills per set and 3.42 digs per set. The Panthers rank in the top 20 nationally in kills per set (14.63, 12th), assists per set (13.53, 17th) and digs per set (17.65, 19th).
  • Scouting Omaha

  • Omaha is 3-7 with two wins over Indiana State and one over Southeast Missouri. The Mavericks are led by Mackenzie Horkey’s 2.69 kills and 2.90 digs per set. Horkey, a junior outside hitter, missed most of last season with an injury but was averaging 3.35 kills and 3.55 digs before her injury. Five different Mavericks average more than two kills per set. Setter Sydney O’Shaughnessy averages 9.89 assists per set and has 13 aces on the season. O’Shaughnessy was an all-Summit League performer in 2015.
  • Hunter Guides Young Husker Squad

  • All-America setter Kelly Hunter is set for her senior season after leading NU to a national championship and a Big Ten championship the past two seasons as team captain and starting setter.
    • Hunter was a second-team AVCA All-American in 2016 and an All-Big Ten setter, becoming the first Husker setter since Lauren Cook in 2012 to make the All-Big Ten team. She is a preseason All-Big Ten selection.
    • Hunter was named Big Ten Setter of the Week four times last season, giving her six career awards. She set a career high with 61 assists at Penn State. She posted 11.24 assists per set to rank third in the Big Ten.
    • Hunter is eighth on NU’s career assists chart with 3,011.
  • Foecke Poised for Bigger Role

  • Junior outside hitter Mikaela Foecke is NU’s top hitter with 3.54 kills per set on .263 hitting. She received All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2016 and was an AVCA All-Region honoree.
    • Foecke worked hard to become a six-rotation player entering her junior season and has been effective in that role, adding 3.00 digs per set and a .975 reception percentage.
    • Foecke was a unanimous preseason All-Big Ten selection and was one of just two players to earn a unanimous selection (Minnesota setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson).
    • Foecke was the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player in 2015 - becoming just the third freshman to earn the honor - after 19 kills on .385 hitting in the championship win against Texas. The other freshmen to win the award were Deja McClendon (Penn State, 2010) and Kerri Walsh (Stanford, 1996).
  • Holman Leads Husker Middle Blockers

  • Senior Briana Holman guides a relatively inexperienced group of Husker middle blockers.
    • Holman is averaging 2.12 kills and a team-best 1.38 blocks per set for the Huskers while hitting .288. She was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 5 and the MVP of the Ameritas Players Challenge after a dominating display over three matches with 25 kills and 18 blocks on .525 hitting.
    • Holman earned AVCA All-Region honors for the third time in her career last season and received All-Big Ten honorable mention.
    • Holman was a first-team AVCA All-American at LSU in 2014 with 3.94 kills and 1.47 blocks per set. She was a two-time All-SEC performer for the Tigers and represented the U.S. Collegiate National Team at the World University Games in South Korea in July 2015.
  • Huskers Turn to Freshmen for Instant Impact

  • With five true freshmen and two redshirt freshmen on the roster, the Huskers needed some new talent to step up in a big way in 2017, and so far that has happened.
    • Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins is averaging 2.08 kills per set.
    • Redshirt freshman setter Hunter Atherton has made two starts and played in six matches with an average of 6.43 assists and 1.90 digs per set. Atherton also has five service aces, third-most on the team.
    • Freshman outside hitter Jazz Sweet had an outstanding debut with 14 kills on .375 hitting against Oregon and 16 kills on .323 hitting at Florida. Sweet is second on the team in kills at 2.75 per set and is hitting a team-high .352. She is also second in blocks at 0.88 per set.
    • Freshman outside hitter Anezka Szabo, who plays the same right-side hitter position as Sweet, tallied 10 kills on .400 hitting against Saint Mary’s.
  • Huskers Ranked No. 10 in AVCA Coaches Poll

  • Nebraska is ranked No. 10 in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll. The Huskers moved back into the top 10 with a sweep of then-No. 11 UCLA after two weeks spent at No. 12.
    • The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 98 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history.
    • The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 459 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
    • Nebraska has appeared in all 514 AVCA Coaches Polls since it was established in 1982. Nebraska and Stanford are the only two programs to be ranked in every poll all-time.
  • Cook Adds to Legacy; Will Join AVCA Hall of Fame in December

  • Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 18th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2017. He has led the Huskers to three national championships, seven final fours, 11 conference championships and 15 top-10 final rankings since 2000. Cook has 665 career wins and is one of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA history.
    • Since taking over the program in 2000, Cook has led the Huskers to a nation-leading .883 win percentage in that time (504-67).
    • Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 49 AVCA All-Americans and 19 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, both among the best in the nation. He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in 2000 and 2005, and a six-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016, his first Big Ten honor with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
    • Cook was named the AVCA North Region Coach of the Year this season, his fifth career regional coaching honor and fourth while at Nebraska.
    • Cook is one of only four active coaches - and one of six all-time - to be a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year and was honored in 2008 by USA Volleyball, receiving its All-Time Great Coach Award.
    • Cook will be inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in December in Kansas City, Missouri. Cook will join former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit in the hall.
  • Husker Fans Set Attendance Standard Once Again

  • Nebraska fans led the nation in attendance for a fourth straight season as their 8,210 average per match in 2016 established a new NCAA attendance record, topping its 2015 average of 8,206.
    • The Huskers’ total attendance of 155,986 in 19 home matches also set a school record.
    • In 2013, the Huskers led the nation in attendance (8,175) for the first time since 1992, ending Hawaii’s 21-year reign as the national leader.
    • The Huskers repeated as attendance champions in 2014 with 8,083 fans per match, which included a school-record 8,585 fans at the Oct. 3 win against Penn State.
    • Nebraska has ranked in the top three nationally in attendance every season since 1990 (27 straight seasons).
    • The Huskers have sold out every regular-season match since 2001, a streak of 224 consecutive matches, the longest sellout streak in the history of NCAA women’s athletics.
    • The Devaney Center has hosted the three largest regular-season crowds in NCAA history and seven of the 10 largest.
  • Huskers Get Depth From Former Husker Women’s Basketball Player Allie Havers

  • The Huskers gained some depth at middle blocker when former Husker women’s basketball player Allie Havers joined the team in the spring.
    • Havers, a 6-5 native of Mattawan, Michigan, has one season of eligibility to play volleyball, a sport she excelled at in high school. Havers was a first-team Class A all-state player in Michigan in 2012 and a finalist for Michigan’s Miss Volleyball in 2013.
    • On the Nebraska women’s basketball team, Havers closed her career having played in 125 games with 50 starts. She ranked among the top 50 career scorers (720 points) and top 25 career rebounders (541) in Husker history.

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    Update on Future Football Schedules

    Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst released the following statement on Thursday afternoon:

    “I want to clarify Nebraska’s position regarding the dates of our season-ending football games in 2020 and 2021 as announced earlier this week by the Big Ten Conference. At this time no final decision has been made on what dates these two games will actually be played. As in past years, the Big Ten releases opponent matchups and typically assigns these match-ups to Saturday. That has been the case in the past when we agreed to move our season ending games against Iowa from Saturday to Friday.

    “Moving forward we will do everything possible to maintain our tradition of playing games on the Friday after Thanksgiving. We look forward to playing Iowa on the Friday after Thanksgiving through 2019.”


    IFL adds two new teams to the league

    The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the addition and partnership of two new members for the 2018 season in the Bloomington Edge and the West Michigan Ironmen.

    The Bloomington Edge re-join the IFL after playing in assorted indoor football leagues during the past five seasons. One of the original members of the IFL, the Bloomington Edge sported a winning record during each season of their original IFL tenure (2009-2012) and advanced to the playoffs during each season. Bloomington will play all of their home games at the Grossinger Motors Arena.

    “We were drawn back to the IFL for many reasons,” statedBloomington Owner Omar Khokhar.“The IFL has several titans of indoor football, including the Iowa Barnstormers and Arizona Rattlers, as well as several top-notch rivals within our geographic footprint. Finally, the IFL has a robust digital platform that offers an attractive platform to our business partners and will help continue to grow our brand. This is a great day for the City of Bloomington!”

    The West Michigan Ironmen join the IFL as new members for the 2018 season. Based in Muskegon, MI, the Ironmen bring championship caliber football to the IFL as the team advanced to the AIF championship game in the team’s first season of play. The team then joined the Champions Indoor Football in 2017 before joining the IFL in 2018. The Ironmen play all of their home games at L.C. Walker Arena.

    "The Ironmen are excited to join a league with such a rich history and high level of play,” said West Michigan Owner Terrance Williams. “We look forward to competing with teams that have long histories of success at the highest level of indoor football, while maintaining our established rivalry with the Bloomington Edge.”

    “We are thrilled to announce the additions of the Bloomington Edge and the West Michigan Ironmen," said IFL Commissioner Michael Allshouse. “It is a pleasure to welcome these fantastic and passionate markets to the IFL. Both of these organizations provide an exciting championship quality product and tremendous partnerships for all members of the League.”

    The IFL will continue to unveil new announcements regarding the 2018 season as the league prepares for the Annual Board of Directors Meetings in Las Vegas, NV. The two-day event will take place onOctober 2nd and 3rd.


    Trio of Games Picked for TV

    Broadcast Info for Gavitt Tipoff Games and Big Ten/ACC Challenge AnnouncedLincoln - Nebraska’s 2017-18 men's basketball schedule was finalized Tuesday as television information was announced for the remaining three games on NU’s schedule.

    Nebraska’s games at St. John’s (Nov. 16) and at Creighton (Dec. 9) were both picked up by FS1, giving the Huskers four games on that network in 2017-18.

    The Gavitt Tipoff Games matchup at St. John’s will take place at 5:30 p.m. (CT) while the annual matchup with the Bluejays in Omaha will feature an early tipoff, as the contest will begin at either 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. on FS1

    In addition, the Big Ten and ESPN announced that Nebraska’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge game with Boston College will take place at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, on ESPNU.

    In all, a minimum of 25 games will be carried on national television this season, including 20 appearances on BTN, four on FS1 and one on ESPNU. All three games of the AdvoCare Invitational will be available on one of the ESPN Networks while the remaining four games will be available online on BTN Plus.


    Big Ten Announces 2020 and 2021 Football Schedules

    Nebraska will open the 2020 football season with a Big Ten Conference game against Purdue at Memorial Stadium. That game was one of the highlights of the 2020 and 2021 Big Ten football schedules announced by the league office on Tuesday.

    The Huskers’ matchup with Purdue on Sept. 5, 2020, will mark the first time Nebraska will open a season with a conference game since playing host to Oklahoma State to open the 2003 campaign.

    In addition to opening the 2020 season against Purdue, Nebraska will play host to Illinois (Oct. 10), Penn State (Nov. 7) and Minnesota (Nov. 28) at Memorial Stadium. The Huskers will play road games at Northwestern (Oct. 3), Rutgers (Oct. 24), Ohio State (Oct. 31), Iowa (Nov. 14) and Wisconsin (Nov. 21).

    Nebraska will play five Big Ten Conference home games in 2021, playing host to Ohio State (Oct. 2), Northwestern (Oct. 9), Michigan (Oct. 30), Iowa (Nov. 6) and Wisconsin (Nov. 20). The Huskers’ four conference road games in 2021 include trips to Michigan State (Sept. 25), Purdue (Oct. 16), Illinois (Nov. 13) and Minnesota (Nov. 27).

    Nebraska 2020 & 2021 Big Ten Schedules


    Sept. 5 Purdue

    Oct. 3 at Northwestern

    Oct. 10 Illinois

    Oct. 24 at Rutgers

    Oct. 31 at Ohio State

    Nov. 7 Penn State

    Nov. 14 at Iowa

    Nov. 21 at Wisconsin

    Nov. 28 Minnesota

    Note: Nebraska has non-conference home games scheduled against Cincinnati on Sept. 12 and Central Michigan on Sept. 19.


    Sept. 25 at Michigan State

    Oct. 2 Ohio State

    Oct. 9 Northwestern

    Oct. 16 at Purdue

    Oct. 30 Michigan

    Nov. 6 Iowa

    Nov. 13 at Illinois

    Nov. 20 Wisconsin

    Nov. 27 at Minnesota

    Note: Nebraska has non-conference home games scheduled against Northern Illinois on Sept. 4 and Buffalo on Sept. 11, and a non-conference road game at Oklahoma on Sept. 18.


    Copeland Declared Immediately Eligible

    Lincoln – Nebraska Athletics announced Tuesday that men’s basketball player Isaac Copeland received a waiver from the NCAA and is immediately eligible for the 2017-18 season.

    Copeland, who transferred from Georgetown to Nebraska in January of 2017, received a medical redshirt after playing in just seven games because of an injury in 2016-17. He will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning this season.

    Copeland played in 73 games at Georgetown in two-plus seasons, making 49 starts for the Hoyas. As a sophomore in 2015-16, he averaged 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in 33 starts for the Hoyas.

    The Huskers open the 2017-18 season on Tuesday, Nov. 7, as they host Northwood in an exhibition game before starting the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 11 against Eastern Illinois at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

    Season tickets are available for the upcoming season beginning at just $106 by visiting Huskers.com/tickets or calling 800-8-BIGRED.


    Huskers Sweep No. 11 UCLA Again


    LINCOLN, Neb. - For the second straight night, the No. 12 Nebraska volleyball team swept No. 11 UCLA, this time 25-15, 25-19, 25-17 in front of a crowd of 8,039 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday.

    The Huskers, who have won five straight matches by sweep to improve to 5-2 on the season, posted a .301 hitting percentage and got at least five kills from five different players. Mikaela Foecke led all players with 12 kills, and she added eight digs and three blocks. Jazz Sweet had 10 kills and hit .529 to go with three blocks. Annika Albrecht had eight kills, six digs and two aces while hitting .471. Lauren Stivrins and Briana Holman chipped in six and five kills, respectively. Holman had a match-high four blocks.

    Setter Kelly Hunter played the entire match and recorded 31 assists and 14 digs for her first double-double of the season. Kenzie Maloney added nine digs, and Sydney Townsend had eight. The Huskers finished with a 48-43 edge in digs and 7-5 advantage in blocks. Nebraska has won five straight home matches against Pac-12 teams and is 8-1 against Pac-12 teams in its last nine tries.

    UCLA had four players with seven kills and did not have a player record double-digit kills in either match on the weekend.

    Set 1: Nebraska picked up where it left off on Friday night, building a 9-3 lead with five kills on its first nine attacks, two of which came from Hunter. The Huskers led 15-8 at the media timeout, and a three-point spurt after the timeout made it 18-9 with Foecke posting a kill and a block with Holman. A kill by Sweet and a UCLA ball handling violation gave the Huskers a 20-10 advantage. A trio of kills by the Husker middle blockers made it 23-13, and the Huskers finished off a strong first set with a 25-15 win. The Huskers outhit the Bruins .407 to .103, and UCLA scored consecutive points just twice in the set as NU led from start to finish. Stivrins had five kills on six swings to pace the attack.

    Set 2: After falling behind 9-7, the Huskers went on a 9-1 run to take a 16-10 lead. Foecke had four kills in the run, including three in a row, and Holman had a pair as the Huskers went up by six. UCLA came back with a 4-0 run of its own to pull within 16-14, and the teams traded sideouts for seven rallies until Albrecht hammered home her fourth kill for a 21-17 lead. Another Albrecht kill and a Foecke/Stivrins block extended the lead to 23-18. NU ended it at 25-19 with a Foecke kill and UCLA hitting error.

    Set 3: On the serve of Hayley Densberger, the Huskers put together a 5-0 run to take an 11-5 lead in the third set. Sweet had a pair of kills early in the set to boost the Big Red into the lead. Two more kills by Foecke put the Huskers up 16-9, but UCLA made the set interesting with a rally to within 17-13. Then Sweet took over the set with two kills and a solo block, and the Huskers were ahead comfortably, 22-13. The Huskers won 25-17 with Sweet and Albrecht providing the final kills.

    Up Next: The Huskers will play three matches in Omaha next week at the Omaha Challenge hosted by UNO. Nebraska will play Kansas State on Friday at 4:30 p.m., Northern Iowa on Saturday at Noon, and the Omaha Mavericks on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. All three matches will be played at UNO's Baxter Arena. Tickets are on sale here.


    Huskers Rally, but Fall Short in Eugene

    Eugene, Ore. – Nebraska’s defense held Oregon scoreless on seven straight possessions in the second half to spur a furious rally, but the Ducks forced four turnovers, including a clinching interception in the final 2 minutes, and held on for a 42-35 victory Saturday afternoon at Autzen Stadium.

    Nebraska (1-1) trailed 42-14 at halftime but scored on its first two possessions of the second half to stay in the game.

    The Blackshirts, meanwhile, forced two turnovers and other turnover on downs to redeem themselves from a first half in which Oregon (2-0) amassed 409 yards and scored 21 straight points to close the second quarter.

    Nebraska safety Antonio Reed forced a fumble by running back Royce Freeman that linebacker Chris Weber recovered at the Oregon 22-yard line, and it led to a Mikale Wilbon 2-yard touchdown run to pull Nebraska within seven with 2:47 remaining.

    The Huskers used their three time outs in forcing a three-and-out and regained possession with 2:17 remaining on the Nebraska 43-yard line.

    But on the first play from scrimmage, Oregon cornerback Uguchukwu Amadi intercepted Nebraska junior quarterback Tanner Lee, whose arm was hit as he threw. The Ducks ran out the clock – their eighth straight scoreless series – and avenged last year’s loss in Lincoln.

    Lee was 19-of-41 passing for 252 yards and three touchdowns, with four interceptions. Sophomore running back Tre Bryant, who left the game with an apparent leg injury on the first play of the fourth quarter and didn’t return, ran 20 times for 107 yards for his second straight 100-yard rushing game. The Huskers finished with 361 yards of total offense.

    Oregon sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert completed 25 of 33 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns, and Freeman ran 29 times for 153 yards and two touchdowns, as the Ducks amassed 566 total yards, but only 157 coming in the second half.

    Oregon took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards in five plays, with Herbert connecting with Brenden Schooler for a 32-yard touchdown pass and 7-0 lead. Freeman had a 28-yard run in the drive.

    On Nebraska’s first play from scrimmage, receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. bobbled and lost control of a pass from Lee, and Tyree Robinson intercepted the ball and returned it 35 yards to the Nebraska 20-yard line.

    The Ducks needed five plays to score, with Herbert hitting Charles Nelson for an 8-yard touchdown pass and 14-0 lead.

    The Blackshirts forced a stop on Oregon’s third series, and Lee settled the Huskers offense by leading a long scoring drive.

    Senior receiver DeMornay Pierson-El finished it by jumping over freshman cornerback Thomas Graham to catch a 23-yard touchdown pass from Lee. That capped a 10-play, 95-yard drive in which Lee also completed a 23-yard pass to JD Spielman for 23 yards. The 95-yard drive was Nebraska’s longest scoring since a 97-yard touchdown drive against Wyoming last season.

    Oregon responded with 75-yard touchdown drive that Freeman finished with a 2-yard touchdown run to end the first quarter with the Ducks ahead 21-7.

    Bryant rushed for gains of 25 yards and 10 yards on back-to-back plays to ignite Nebraska’s ensuing series. Lee competed a 35-yard pass to tight end Tyler Hoppes, the longest reception of Hoppes’ career, and Bryant carried defenders into the end zone on a 5-yard touchdown run to pull Nebraska within 21-14.

    The Nebraska defense then held serve, forcing a punt after six plays. The Huskers offense, though, went three-and-out and punted to Oregon, which took possession with 10:10 remaining until halftime.

    From there, the Ducks scored 21 straight points to take a 42-14 halftime lead. Freeman scored on a 1-yard run to finish an eight-play, 73-yard drive, and running back Kani Benoit scored on a 5-yard run to cap a seven-play, 70-yard drive.

    In between those scores, the Huskers had a costly false start at their 34-yard line that negated what would have been a fourth-and-1 conversion.

    Nebraska, trailing 35-14, took possession with 2:40 remaining, but Graham intercepted Lee on a third-and-15 pass, giving Oregon the ball at the Huskers’ 34-yard line. The Ducks needed only three plays to score, with Herbert hitting Dillon Mitchell on a 17-yard touchdown pass for a 42-14 lead.

    Herbert was 21-of-25 in the first half for 313 yards and three touchdowns. Nelson had six receptions for 106 yards before halftime and finished with eight for 117.

    Lee directed two scoring drives, sandwiched around a three-and-out by the defense, to start the second half.

    On the second play of the half, Lee hit Pierson-El for a 34-yard pass to get the Huskers into Oregon territory. On fourth-and-10, Morgan gained 22 yards on a catch-and-run, and then hauled in an 18-yard touchdown pass on the next play.

    Morgan finished with career highs of seven receptions and 103 yards to increase his career total to 962 receiving yards.

    Nebraska’s next drive began at the Huskers’ 47-yard line. This time, Bryant paced the Huskers with rushes of 12, 8 and 5 yards before Lee read a corner blitz and hit a wide-open Morgan for a 28-yard touchdown, pulling Nebraska within 42-28.

    Williams intercepted Herbert on Oregon’s ensuing series for Nebraska’s first forced turnover of the game. Williams returned the ball 27 yards to the Oregon 44-yard line, but the Husker got no closer than the Oregon 35-yard line and punted.

    Oregon responded by driving to the Nebraska 32, but the Ducks stalled and couldn’t convert on fourth-and-3.

    Nebraska held the Ducks to 103 yards in the third quarter after allowing 192 in the first quarter and 217 in the second.

    On the second play of the fourth quarter, Graham intercepted Lee again, this time on a third-down attempt, and returned the ball to the Nebraska 31-yard line. But the Ducks missed a field goal attempt on their fourth series of the second half.

    Nebraska force a punt on the fifth scoreless series before the fumble on the sixth series that set up the only touchdown of the fourth quarter.

    The loss ended a Nebraska five-game winning streak against Oregon. Nebraska now leads the all-time series against Oregon, 6-2.

    Nebraska returns home Saturday to play Northern Illinois. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium.


    High School Football Scores 9/8


    Adams Central 24, Cozad 8

    Ainsworth 38, Hemingford 32, OT

    Alma 80, Franklin 18

    Aquinas 63, Grand Island Central Catholic 7

    Arcadia-Loup City 42, Sandy Creek 0

    Archbishop Bergan 21, Ashland-Greenwood 0

    Arthur County 34, Minatare 30

    Auburn 29, Omaha Concordia 14

    Aurora 40, Waverly 27

    Battle Creek 28, Central City 7

    Bayard 16, Centura 6

    Bellevue West 49, Lincoln North Star 3

    Bennington 35, Platteview 21

    Bishop Neumann 32, Syracuse 10

    Bloomfield 48, Randolph 12

    Blue Hill 41, Arapahoe 14

    Boone Central/Newman Grove 42, O'Neill 0

    Boys Town 61, Louisville 0

    Brady 84, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 12

    Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 48, Tri County 13

    Burwell 59, Palmer 0

    CWC-Ewing 81, Elgin Public/Pope John 8

    Centennial 36, Palmyra 22

    Chadron 22, Broken Bow 0

    Clearwater/Orchard 58, Neligh-Oakdale 20

    Cody-Kilgore 27, Hay Springs 18

    Columbus 48, Grand Island Northwest 30

    Columbus Lakeview 42, Fort Calhoun 6

    Crawford 35, Morrill 6

    Creighton 74, Boyd County 0

    Deshler 62, Maywood-Hayes Center 16

    Diller-Odell 51, Superior 16

    East Alton-Wood River, Ill. 36, Madison 6

    East Butler 42, Nebraska City Lourdes 6

    Elba 44, Santee 0

    Elkhorn 38, Beatrice 21

    Elkhorn Mount Michael 39, Nebraska City 36

    Elkhorn South 66, Plattsmouth 0

    Elm Creek 48, Nebraska Christian 8

    Emerson-Hubbard 39, Scribner-Snyder 0

    Fairbury 68, Falls City 14

    Freeman 48, Southern 21

    Friend 50, Sterling 0

    Fullerton 38, Shelton 0

    Garden County 46, Wauneta-Palisade 14

    Gordon/Rushville 40, Bridgeport 8

    Gothenburg 25, Chase County 7

    Grand Island 42, Omaha Northwest 0

    Gretna 42, Blair 16

    Guardian Angels 60, Plainview 26

    Hartington Cedar Catholic 61, Twin River 6

    Harvard 40, Silver Lake 0

    Hastings 31, Gering 3

    Heartland 42, Giltner 38

    Hershey 29, Doniphan-Trumbull 0

    Holdrege 55, Alliance 12

    Howells/Dodge 66, Omaha Nation 8

    Humphrey St. Francis 22, Wynot 20, OT

    Hyannis 38, Sioux County 14

    Johnson County Central 41, Conestoga 27

    Kearney Catholic 35, Ogallala 6

    Kenesaw 55, Ravenna 0

    Lincoln Christian 20, Lincoln Lutheran 19

    Lincoln High 46, Papillion-LaVista South 17

    Lincoln Southeast 26, Lincoln East 6

    Logan View 27, Yutan 20

    Loomis 50, Ansley-Litchfield 28

    Lutheran High Northeast 52, Shelby/Rising City 6

    Malcolm 65, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 8

    Maxwell 85, Hitchcock County 34

    McCook 28, Sidney 7

    McCool Junction 43, Parkview Christian 35

    Medicine Valley 47, Dundy County-Stratton 22

    Meridian 34, Weeping Water 16

    Milford-Dorchester 34, David City 7

    Millard North 62, Papillion-LaVista 35

    Millard South 24, Lincoln Pius X 21

    Millard West 42, Lincoln Southwest 23

    Minden 29, Southern Valley 6

    Mitchell 50, Kimball 14

    Mullen 58, Anselmo-Merna 12

    Nebraska Lutheran 48, Osceola 8

    Norfolk Catholic 24, Wahoo 19

    North Bend Central 47, Tekamah-Herman 0

    North Central 44, Sandhills/Thedford 22

    North Platte St. Patrick's 48, Gibbon 13

    Oakland-Craig 41, Crofton 7

    Omaha Bryan 18, Omaha Central 15

    Omaha Creighton Prep 41, Fremont 8

    Omaha North 67, Bellevue East 0

    Omaha North 67, Bellevue East 0

    Omaha Skutt Catholic 44, Crete 7

    Omaha Westside 55, Omaha South 7

    Ord 62, Madison 0

    Pawnee City 46, Exeter/Milligan 44

    Peetz, Colo. 58, Creek Valley 12

    Pierce 63, Columbus Scotus 32

    Pleasanton 41, Axtell 36

    Ponca 34, Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 14

    Potter-Dix def. Banner County, forfeit

    Ralston 33, South Sioux City 6

    Raymond Central 26, Douglas County West 21

    Red Cloud def. McPherson County, forfeit

    Riverside 85, Hampton 0

    Scottsbluff 43, Lexington 14

    Seward 34, Norris 14

    South Loup 44, Bertrand 0

    Spalding Academy 45, Walthill 6

    St. Edward 55, Heartland Lutheran 21

    St. Paul 48, Chetopa, Kan. 0

    Stanton 18, Cross County 6

    Sutton 24, Hastings St. Cecilia 6

    Twin Loup 69, Stuart 0

    Valentine 21, St. Paul 0

    Wakefield 54, Hartington-Newcastle 18

    Wallace 75, Leyton 18

    Wayne 30, Arlington 12

    West Holt 81, Niobrara/Verdigre 6

    West Point-Beemer 54, Wisner-Pilger 0

    Wilber-Clatonia 29, Elmwood-Murdock 0

    Wilcox-Hildreth 69, Elwood 48

    Wood River 48, Fillmore Central 20

    York 57, Schuyler 7

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