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Huskers Return Home, Host Wildcats on BTN

GAME 9: NEBRASKA vs. NORTHWESTERN

NOV. 4, 2017 | MEMORIALS STADIUM

LINCOLN, NEB. | 2:30 p.m. (CT)

 

BROADCAST INFO

TV - BTN
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HUSKERS

Record: 4-4, 3-2 Big Ten
Last Game: def. Purdue, 25-24
Rankings: NR
Coach: Mike Riley
Career/NU Record: 112-95 (17th Year)/19-15 (3rd Year)
vs. Northwestern: 1-1

 

WILDCATS
Record: 5-3, 3-2 Big Ten
Last Game: def. Michigan State, 39-31 (3OT)
Rankings: NR
Coach: Pat Fitzgerald
Career/NU Record: 82-64 (11th Year)/Same
vs. Nebraska: 2-4

The Matchup

Nebraska returns to Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon when the Huskers take on Northwestern in a Big Ten West Division matchup. Game time for the Huskers-Wildcats matchup is set for shortly after 2:30 p.m. CT, with television coverage provided by BTN and radio coverage on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

The Huskers and Wildcats are tied for second place in the Big Ten West Division with 3-2 conference records. Both teams are coming into Saturday's game after thrilling victories last weekend.

The Huskers improved to 4-4 overall with a 25-24 come-from-behind win at Purdue. Nebraska tied its largest fourth-quarter comeback in school history, rallying from a 12-point deficit to win on a touchdown with 14 seconds remaining.

Northwestern will come to Lincoln with a three-game win streak following a 39-31 triple-overtime win over No. 16 Michigan State on Saturday in Evanston. It marked the second straight overtime victory for Northwestern, following a 17-10 win over Iowa a week earlier.

Nebraska and Northwestern have a history of close games in Lincoln since the Huskers joined the Big Ten. Northwestern won in Lincoln in 2015, 30-28, and the Wildcats have won two of three meetings at Memorial Stadium since 2011. Overall, the road team has won five of six games in the series since Nebraska joined the conference.

 

Nebraska Football Top 10

• Nebraska is 893-376-40 all-time, one of only 10 schools with 800 wins.

  • The Cornhuskers rank fourth all-time with their 893 victories.
  • Nebraska has won five national titles (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997).
  • The Huskers have won 46 conference championships.
  • Nebraska’s 53 all-time bowl appearances rank second in NCAA history.
  • Three Huskers have won the Heisman Trophy (Rodgers, Rozier, Crouch).
  • Nebraska’s 107 football Academic All-Americans lead the nation.
  • The Huskers have 110 first-team All-Americans in school history.
  • Nebraska football is the only team in any sport in NCAA history to total 100 athletic and academic All-Americans.
  • Memorial Stadium has been sold out every game since Nov. 2, 1962, a streak of 359 consecutive sellouts.
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    Nebraska-Northwestern Series

    • Nebraska holds a 4-2 edge in the series since joining the Big Ten Conference in 2012.

  • The road team has dominated the series, winning five of six games since 2011. Northwestern has won two of three meetings at Memorial Stadium since 2011, while the Huskers have won all three games in Evanston since joining the Big Ten.
  • All three meetings in Lincoln since 2011 have been decided by three or fewer points. Nebraska's lone win in those three contests came on a Hail Mary touchdown pass on the final play in 2013, giving the Huskers a 27-24 victory.
  • Before Nebraska joined the Big Ten, the previous meeting between the schools was a 66-17 Husker win in the 2000 Alamo Bowl. The 66 points are Nebraska's most in 53 bowl games in school history. .
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    Moos Named Nebraska Athletic Director

    Bill Moos, a distinguished leader in collegiate athletics who elevated programs at the Oregon and Washington State to national prominence, was named Nebraska’s athletic director on Sunday, Oct. 15.

    Moos, who had been director of athletics at Washington State since 2010, began his tenure in Lincoln on Monday, Oct. 23.

    In his seven years at Washington State, Moos secured a 10-year, $35 million marketing rights agreement with IMG College and led a $130 million addition and remodel of WSU’s football stadium. He was in a leading position in securing the conference’s 12-year, $3 billion television contract with Fox and ESPN. In Moos’ time in Pullman, the Cougar Athletic Fund’s Annual Giving program has seen an 81 percent increase in gifts. From 2010-16, Cougar student-athletes and coaches earned 805 academic all-conference honors, 130 all-conference selections, 45 All-America accolades and three Pac-12 coach-of-the-year honors.

    Moos led Oregon’s athletics from 1995-2007, during which time the athletic department grew to national prominence – its annual budget rose from $18.5 million in his first year to more than $40 million by 2007 and became self-sufficient. In Moos’ Oregon tenure, the Ducks won 13 Pac-10 championships in six different sports; and UO student-athletes earned 722 academic all-conference selections, 34 Academic All-America selections, nine NCAA post Graduate Scholars and one NCAA Top VIII Award.

    Moos came to Oregon after five years as the University of Montana’s director of athletics. He began his career in 1982 as assistant athletic director at Washington State and also was the school’s associate director. He was director of development for more than five years and associate director for nearly two, supervising all external operations. For eight years prior to that, he managed and owned private businesses in Washington and Oregon.

    Raised on a wheat and cattle ranch in eastern Washington, Moos went to high school in Olympia when his father was in the governor’s cabinet. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history in Pullman and was a three-year letterman in football. He co-captained Washington State’s 1972 team and was first-team All-Pac-8. He and his wife Kendra have three daughters, Christa, Brittany and Kaiti; and two sons, Bo and Benjamin

     

    Riley in Third Season at Helm of Husker Program

    Head Coach Mike Riley is in his third season as the Nebraska head coach in 2017. Riley has guided the Huskers to an 19-15 record.

  • Riley is in his 26th season as a head coach, tying for the second-most experience of any FBS head coach entering the 2017 season.
  • Riley is one of eight active FBS head coaches who also has experience as an NFL head coach.
  • Riley owns 16 victories over nationally ranked opponents during his college head coaching tenure.
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    Veterans Leading Young 2017 Husker Team

    The 2017 version of Nebraska football is one of the youngest teams in the Big Ten Conference. Coupled with that youth, Nebraska does feature several players with extensive starting experience. Eight players have at least 20 career starts at Nebraska, led by place-kicker Drew Brown.

    Overall, Nebraska has 19 players with at least 10 collegiate starts, including quarterback Tanner Lee, who made 19 starts at Tulane and has started each game in 2017 with the Huskers.

     

    Numerous Huskers Make First Career Starts in 2017

    Due to injuries and youth, Nebraska has had a number of players make their first career starts in 2017. Most recently, Nebraska saw sophomore linebackers Mohamed Barry and Alex Davis and true freshman receiver Tyjon Lindsey make their first career starts at Purdue.

    The starts by Barry, Davis and Lindsey brought Nebraska's first-time starters total in 2017 to 18 players.

     

    First-Time Starters in 2017
    • Luke Gifford, LB (7)
    • Tyler Hoppes, TE (7)
    • Connor Ketter, TE (7)
    • Eric Lee Jr., CB (6)
    • Brenden Jaimes, Fr., OT (5)
    • Michael Decker, So., C (5)
    • Mikale Wilbon, Jr., IB (4)
    • JD Spielman, RFr., WR (3)
    • Sedrick King, Jr., LB (3)
    • Tre Bryant, IB (2)
    • Matt Farniok, RFr., OT (2)
    • Gabe Rahn, Sr., WR (1)
    • Ben Stille, RFr., LB (1)
    • Dicaprio Bootle, RFr., DB (1)
    • Conor Young, So., WR (1)
    • Mohamed Barry, So., LB (1)
    • Alex Davis, So., LB (1)
    • Tyjon Lindsey, Fr., WR (1)

     

    Jaimes Joins Rare Club for NU Offensive Linemen

    True freshman Brenden Jaimes has lined up as the starter at right tackle the past five games. Jaimes originally started at right tackle where senior David Knevel and redshirt freshman Matt Farniok were out with injury, but has continued to hold the No. 1 spot after those two have returned.

    A native of Austin, Texas, Jaimes became just the fifth true freshman offensive lineman to start a game at Nebraska since 1972, and the first since 2011. Jaimes is also just the 11th offensive lineman to play at Nebraska as a true freshman.

    His five starts in 2017 are the most ever by a Nebraska freshman offensive lineman.

     

    True freshman OL Starters in Nebraska History (Since 1972)
    • Matt Slauson, OG (3 games, 2005)
    • Jacob Hickman, C (1 game, 2006)
    • Javorio Burkes, OT (3 games, 2007)
    • Tyler Moore, OT (4 games, 2011)
    • Brenden Jaimes, OT (5 games, 2017)

     

    Injuries Bug Plauges 2017 Huskers

    Nebraska continues to battle through an injury-riddled 2017 season. The injury hits started in the summer when All-America candidate cornerback Chris Jones was sidelined with a knee injury. Jones returned against Wisconsin in a part-time role at cornerback, and was back in the starting lineup the past two games.

    Nebraska running back starter Tre Bryant went down with a knee injury after two games and missed five games, before undergoing season-ending knee surgery last week.

    Nebraska was also without Joshua Kalu (S), and Marcus Newby (LB) for several weeks, before they returned against Wisconsin. Starters and key reserves Mikale Wilbon (IB), Aaron Williams (S), Antonio Reed (S), David Knevel (RT), Cole Conrad (C), Stanley Morgan Jr. (WR), Matt Farniok (RT), Bryan Reimers (WR), Luke Gifford (LB) and Tyrin Ferguson (LB) have all missed time as well.

  • Through eight games, Nebraska has lost 26 games by projected starters to injury.
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    Rushing Battle Often Holds the Key to Success

    The 2017 season has continued a tell-tale statistic for Nebraska in the running game. Nebraska outrushed the opponent in each of its first three victories, while losing the run game battle in three of its losses, and being even in the run department in a fourth loss.

    Nebraska did buck the trend against Purdue, winning 25-24, despite being out-rushed, 199-40, by the Boilermakers. Nebraska rushed for 225 yards, while holding Arkansas State to 82 yards on the ground in a 43-36 victory in the season opener.

    In a 42-35 loss at Oregon, Nebraska rushed for 109 yards, while the Ducks gained 201 yards on the ground. NU picked up just 85 rushing yards in a loss to Northern Illinois, but rebounded with 197 rushing yards against Rutgers, and had 165 yards on the ground against Illinois. The Huskers struggled to get the run game untracked against Wisconsin and Ohio State.

  • Nebraska is 17-3 under Head Coach Mike Riley when out-rushing the opposition, and has won 15 straight games when having an advantage in that category.
  • In three seasons under Coach Riley, Nebraska is 9-0 when rushing for 200 yards or more, including 4-0 records in both 2015 and 2016. • Nebraska has held four opponents this season to fewer than 100 rushing yards, winning three of those contests.
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    NU Features Triple Threat of Wideouts in Passing Attack

    Nebraska began the season with the luxury of two veteran and proven pass catchers to lead the receiving corps. Senior De'Mornay Pierson-El and junior Stanley Morgan Jr. both had extensive playing experience entering 2017.

    That duo has had a strong 2017 season, and continues to climb Nebraska season and career charts. Redshirt freshman JD Spielman has emerged to give Nebraska three dangerous receiving options.
    Morgan has 39 receptions for 652 yards and seven touchdowns, despite missing a game. Morgan ranks among the conference leaders in all receiving categories and capped the Purdue contest with a game-winning touchdown with 14 seconds remaining.

    Spielman produced a Nebraska record 200-yard receiving day on 11 catches against Ohio State. He has 37 receptions for 545 yards, and is threatening Husker freshman receiving records. Pierson-El has caught 31 passes for 433 yards and four touchdowns.

  • Morgan ranks second in the Big Ten in receiving yards (652), first in receiving yards per game (93.1 ypg), second in receiving touchdowns (7) and first in 100-yard games (4).
  • The 652 receiving yards by Morgan through the team's first eight games is the second-most in NU history through eight contests. His 39 catches through eight games are the fifth-most in school history.

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    Lee Leads Huskers to Comeback Win at Purdue

    West Lafayette, Ind. - Tanner Lee threw a 13-yard touchdown strike to Stanley Morgan Jr with 14 seconds left to bring Nebraska all the way back from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to earn a 25-24 victory over Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium on Saturday night.

    The throw completed a big night for Lee, who completed 32-of-50 passes for 431 yards and a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. He did not throw an interception, and Nebraska played turnover-free football throughout the game.

    The victory helped the Huskers improve to 4-4 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten, while Purdue slipped to 3-5 and 1-4 in the conference.

    Morgan was one of two Husker receivers to reach the 100-mark on the night. He hauled in six receptions for 112 yards including his game-winning score, while tight end Tyler Hoppes added five receptions for 105 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown catch with 11:03 left in the game that pulled the Huskers within 24-19.

    Seven different Huskers hauled in at least one pass on the night, including five players who each recorded five or more receptions. Freshman wide receiver JD Spielman brought down six catches for 70 yards, and De'Mornay Pierson-El contributed five catches for 62 yards.

    Running back Devine Ozigbo grabbed six catches for 39 yards, while freshman Jaylin Bradley also played a major role for the Huskers in the second half with three receptions for 31 yards out of the backfield.

    Bradley led Nebraska's ground game with seven carries for 42 yards in the second half, after the Huskers managed just eight rushing yards on 15 carries in the first half.

    Overall, Nebraska put up 471 yards of total offense, while the Blackshirts held Purdue to 363 total yards. The Boilermakers found their most success on the ground, amassing 199 rushing yards on 38 carries, compared to 40 yards on 27 rushes for the Huskers.

    But Nebraska's secondary kept the Purdue passing game in check, holding quarterback David Blough to 164 yards on 16-of-28 passing. Lamar Jackson led the Blackshirts with eight solo stops on the night, while Joshua Kalu added six solo tackles.

    Despite Nebraska's struggles to move the ball on the ground, the Huskers still controlled the time of possession, 34:36-25:24 on the night.

    Purdue's ground game, fueled by 89 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown from Richie Worship, helped the Boilermakers build a 24-12 lead early in the fourth quarter. Blough helped with 33 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, before his 14-yard touchdown pass to Jackson Anthrop with 14:23 left in the game improved the Boilers' grip on the game.

    But Nebraska refused to quit on either side of the ball, as the Blackshirts shut out the Boilermakers the rest of the way, and the offense not only came up with a pair of touchdown passes, it also took the Huskers into the red zone on another drive that eventually ended unsuccessfully with a fourth-down pass attempt into the end zone to Spielman with approximately three minutes left.

    Through the first three quarters, senior place-kicker Drew Brown was the only Husker to put any points on the scoreboard. His four field goals pulled him into a tie with his older brother, Kris, for 57 in his career. More importantly, his kicks of 44, 21, 37 and 25 yards kept Nebraska within striking distance after four Nebraska drives stalled inside the Purdue red zone.

    The Huskers trailed 14-6 at halftime after struggling to move the ball on the ground in the opening half. Nebraska managed just eight rushing yards on 15 carries, while Purdue countered with 123 rushing yards on 21 carries to average nearly six yards per tote in the first half.

    Through the air, Lee completed 11-of-20 first-half passes for 143 yards, while the Huskers limited Blough to just 58 yards on 7-of-14 passes.

    However, Blough had four carries for nine yards, including Purdue's second touchdown run just before halftime. Worship, who led the Boilermakers with nine carries for 65 yards and their first touchdown run, did the most damage for Purdue in the first half. Purdue entered the game with just five rushing touchdowns on the season.

    Nebraska struck first on a 44-yard Brown field goal just 3:18 into the game to give the Huskers a 3-0 lead. That was the only scoring in the first quarter, before the Boilermakers got Worship's four-yard scroing run with 12:30 left in the second quarter to cap a 45-yard drive. Purdue started that drive with great field position on Nebraska's half of the field after the Huskers failed to convert on a 4th-and-1.

    Following Purdue's score, Nebraska answered with a 21-yard field goal by Brown with 7:30 left in the half. The Huskers had a chance to put a touchdown on the board but a quick slant from Lee to Pierson-El was not completed on third down.

    Blough's five-yard scoring run with 24 seconds left in the half capped a 12-play Purdue drive that covered 86 yards and sent the Boilermakers to the locker room with a 14-6 halftime edge.

    Nebraska cut the margin to 14-9 on the opening drive of the third quarter on Brown's 37-yard field goal to cap a 55-yard drive. But Purdue pushed the margin back to 17-9 with a 20-yard field goal from Spencer Evans with 6:24 left in the quarter. Brown closed the third-quarter scoring with a 25-yard field goal with 2:06 left to cap a 67-yard Husker drive and make it 17-12 Boilermakers heading into the final period.

    It didn't take Purdue long to take its biggest lead of the night, as Blough's scoring strike to Anthrop came just 37 seconds into the fourth quarter and put Purdue up 24-12. But Lee's fourth-quarter heroics helped send the Huskers home happy on an otherwise dreary night in Indiana.

    Nebraska returns to home Big Ten action at Memorial Stadium next Saturday when the Huskers host Northwestern. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. (CT) with live television coverage by BTN.


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    UNK football falls on the road

    Kearney, Neb. – Senior running back Calen Campbell scored with 1:33 left and the Lindenwood Lions survived a "Hail Mary" to edge Nebraska Kearney, 35-31, Saturday afternoon in Saint Charles, Mo.

    LWU improves to 3-6 and beats UNK (3-6) for a third straight season. Since joining the MIAA in 2013, the Lopers have yet to win at Lindenwood (0-3).

    UNK rallied from a 28-16 second half deficit to grab a 31-28 lead with just over eight minutes remaining. After the defense held, the Loper offense picked up a first down but, with the Lions using all three of its timeouts, were forced to punt with just over two minutes remaining.

    The Lions managed to block the rugby-style attempt by redshirt freshman Grant Buschkoetter (Kearney Catholic) and that set them up at the Loper 16-yard line. A 5-9, 185 pound senior, Campbell ran for nine and then seven yards to give his team the lead.

    Kearney still had one timeout left and the offense quickly worked its way down the field. A pass interference call and a 19-yard completion from sophomore quarterback Steve Worthing (Elkhorn South) to redshirt freshman running back Dayton Sealey (Hastings St. Cecilia) moved the ball all the way to the LWU 18-yard line with 30 seconds remaining.

    Lindenwood sniffed out a run by Sealey on first down and UNK was forced to call its last timeout. After an incompletion in the end zone, junior tackle Jonathan Harris sacked Worthing for a nine-yard loss. The Loper offense managed to get to the line of scrimmage and Worthing, scrambling around, tossed about a 40-yard pass into the end zone. It fell into a gaggle of Loper and Lions and harmlessly to the ground.

    For a second straight season, UNK out gained LWU but lost. The Lopers managed a 386-378 yard advantage as well as having the ball 13 more minutes (36:58-23:02).
    Campbell rushed 15 times for 107 yards (7.1 avg.) and two scores with Lincoln redshirt junior QB Najee Jackson going 16 of 34 for 160 yards, one TD and three interceptions. True freshman receiver Kai Collier gave UNK fits all day, finishing with five catches for 155 yards and two TD's.

    To start the second half, LWU went deep in the play book as junior tight end Mason Bendigo tossed a 68-yard scoring strike to Collins. Bendigo was a QB last season and his wide-open TD toss gave LWU a 21-16 lead.

    After a three-and-out, the Lions marched 76 yards in nine plays to take a 28-16 lead. Campbell ran 18 yards on third and five for his first score of the day. LWU finished 6 of 16 on third down and 3 of 4 on fourth down.

    The Lopers responded later in the third quarter when Worthing hit Sealey for a 38-yard scoring strike. While the Lions picked off Worthing two times after this score, UNK countered when junior outside backer Cliffond Taylor (Miami) recovered a Campbell fumble at the Loper 24-yard line with just under 13 minute remaining.

    A nine-play, 75-yard scoring drive followed and featured a successful fake punt by sophomore end Hinwa Allieu (Gaithersburg, Md.). Facing a fourth and two from its own 33-yard line, UNK snapped the ball to far left punt protector Allieu, who ran a five yards for a first down with about seven minutes left. The drive ended with a Sealey six-yard scoring run. Kearney had to go for two as an earlier PAT was missed and Worthing ran for the two points.

    A sack by sophomore nose guard Jordan Ingraham (Miami) with about four minutes left forced LWU to punt from the Loper 36-yard line and set up the final frantic few minutes.

    Returning home, graduate transfer and now running back Darrien Daniels ran 24 times for 122 yards and a score. He also was one of 10 Loper to catch a ball from Worthing, finishing with two for 14 yards.

    UNK tallied 220 rushing yards on 49 carries (4.5 avg.) with Worthing having 55 yards and Sealley 33. In the air, Worthing was 19 of 32 for 166 yards, one TD and those two INT's. His security blanket was junior tight end Alex Harms (North Platte), who had a team-best four catches for 21 yards.

    Besides Collier and Campbell, senior receiver Kendall Sparks had five catches for 26 yards for LWU with senior back Shakeem Wharton having nine carries for 41 yards.

    Defensively, sophomore inside backer Sal Silvio (Kansas City) again led the Blue & Gold in tackles, this time having 11 (five solo). His total included one TFL and he had a QB hurry as well.

    Next, safeties Vance Johnson (Salina, Kan.) and Dallas Vaughn (St. Louis) had picks as did junior corner Malik Webb (Roper, N.C.). Finally, Vaughn had five solo tackles with Taylor and junior corner Famous McKinnon (Miami) having four apiece.

    Lindenwood senior safety Ace Rogers made a game-high 19 tackles (14 solo).

    UNK hosts Pittsburg State (5-4) next Saturday. The Goriallas stunned top-ranked NW Missouri State today, 20-10, ending the Bearcats 38-game winning streak.


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    High School Football Scores October 26th & 27th

    Thursday (10/26/2017)

    BDS 60, Pawnee City 16
    Bloomfield 76, Exeter-Milligan 6
    Blue Hill 60, Central Valley 18
    CWCE 72, Palmer 12
    Creighton 70, McCool Junction 0
    East Butler 52, Hartington-Newcastle 20
    Elm Creek 14, Burwell 12
    Falls City Sacred Heart 48, Parkview Christian 22
    Friend 52, Allen 12
    Fullerton 30, Osceola 24
    Garden County 56, Wallace 0
    Giltner 58, Arapahoe 50 (OT)
    Hemingford 22, Overton 14
    Howells-Dodge 46, Clarkson/Leigh 0
    Humphrey St. Francis 36, Osmond 0
    Johnson-Brock 24, Heartland 6
    Kenesaw 57, Southwest 0
    Lawrence-Nelson 54, Crawford 12
    Lourdes Central Catholic 48, Neligh-Oakdale 20
    Medicine Valley 42, Cambridge 20
    Mullen 66, Stuart 6
    Nebraska Lutheran 68, Thayer Central 16
    North Central 44, Wauneta-Palisade 6
    Paxton 38, Sandhills/Thedford 18
    Pender 52, Guardian Angels Central Catholic 50
    Perkins County 44, Clearwater-Orchard 28
    Plainview 46, Diller-Odell 30
    Randolph 20, Meridian 16
    South Loup 48, Dundy County-Stratton 22
    Twin Loup 55, Pleasanton 8
    West Holt 55, Boyd County 8
    Wynot 50, Wausa 20

     

    Friday (10/27/2017)

    Aquinas Catholic 42, Gothenburg 6
    Arcadia-Loup City 28, Hershey 0
    Battle Creek 20, Wilber-Clatonia 0
    Bellevue West 41, Lincoln Southwest 21
    Boone Central/Newman Grove 40, Auburn 3
    Boys Town 30, Lincoln Christian 22
    Centennial 28, Logan View 13
    Central City 27, Hartington Cedar Catholic 26
    Creighton Preparatory School 20, Grand Island 17
    Elkhorn 35, Beatrice 7
    Elkhorn South 42, Gross Catholic 7
    Gretna 45, Plattsmouth 0
    Kearney 45, Norfolk 0
    Lincoln Lutheran 35, North Platte St. Patrick's 0
    McCook 34, Waverly 23
    Millard South 21, Lincoln High 19
    Millard West 20, Papillion-LaVista South 6
    Norfolk Catholic 20, Bishop Neumann 7
    Northwest 48, Columbus 41
    Omaha Burke 43, Millard North 21
    Omaha North 47, Fremont 7
    Omaha Skutt Catholic 23, Aurora 0
    Omaha Westside 43, Lincoln Pius X 39
    Pierce 36, Fairbury 32
    Ponca 44, Doniphan-Trumbull 7
    Scottsbluff 49, Blair 27
    Valentine 19, Sutton 16
    Wahoo 42, Kearney Catholic 28
    Wayne 30, Chadron 28
    West Point-Beemer 35, Columbus Lakeview 14
    York 37, Omaha Roncalli Catholic 24
    Yutan 25, Oakland-Craig 0


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    Huskers Top No. 10 Spartans in East Lansing, 3-1

    EAST LANSING, Mich. - The seventh-ranked Nebraska volleyball team earned a key road victory at No. 10 Michigan State, 3-1 (25-16, 19-25, 25-17, 25-14) on Friday night in front of a crowd of 4,121 at Jenison Field House.

    Mikaela Foecke posted a match-high 14 kills on .394 hitting to lead the Huskers (17-4, 10-1 Big Ten) to their fourth win in four tries against a top-10 opponent this season. Nebraska handed Michigan State (15-5, 8-3 Big Ten) its first home loss of the season.

    The Huskers outblocked the Spartans 10-7, which helped the Huskers to a .262 to .144 hitting advantage. The Huskers also won the serve game with two more aces (8-6) and five fewer errors.

    Jazz Sweet had 11 kills, and Annika Albrecht had nine kills and 13 digs. Lauren Stivrins and Briana Holman combined for 11 kills and nine blocks. Kelly Hunter provided 37 assists, 13 digs, four kills and three aces. Sydney Townsend also served three aces. Both Hunter and Townsend tied their career highs.

    Kenzie Maloney had a team-best 16 digs, as NU won the digs battle, 61-53.

    Autumn Bailey and Brooke Kranda each had nine kills for the Spartans, who had their second-lowest hitting percentage of the season. In fact, two of the Spartans' lowest three percentages of the season have come against the Huskers.

    Set 1: The Huskers took their first lead at 5-4 after a scramble on both sides of the net resulted in a kill by Albrecht, and NU would never trail again. A solo block by Holman and a kill by Sweet added to the lead at 7-4. The Spartans tied the set 7-7 before an Albrecht kill. Later, a block by Hunter and Stivrins, followed by a tip kill by Foecke, lifted the Big Red to a 13-10 lead. The Huskers went ahead 22-13 after a 7-1 spurt that included two kills by Sweet and one by Stivrins, as well as two blocks by Sweet - one with Holman and one with Stivrins. NU had four blocks in the set and won 25-16, outhitting the Spartans .379 to .118.

    Set 2: Michigan State led 5-2 before Foecke posted a pair of kills around a block with Holman to tie the set. Maloney's service run continued with an ace, and Foecke tallied another kill before a Michigan State attacking error made it 8-5. Similar to the first set, the Spartans answered the Nebraska run with three straight points to tie the set at 8-8. Michigan State committed a service error, and Hunter followed that with back-to-back aces for an 11-8 Husker advantage. Michigan State responded and evened the set at 13-13, and the Spartans claimed a 15-14 lead on an ace. Michigan State went on to score the next two points for a 4-0 run and a 17-14 lead. Stivrins won a joust at the net to get the Huskers sideout, but the Spartans extended the lead to 22-17. The Spartans finished off the 25-19 win to even the match.

    Set 3: The Huskers trailed 4-1 and could only cut the deficit to one before the Spartans increased their lead to four, 9-5. Stivrins smashed a kill and combined with Hunter for a block, and Townsend served an ace before an MSU hitting error tied the set at 9-9. Nebraska took an 11-10 lead, its first of the set, after a kill by Albrecht and solo block by Foecke on consecutive rallies. After MSU tied it at 11-11, Foecke and Hunter posted back-to-back kills. At 13-12, Foecke pounded another kill and teamed up with Holman for a block to spark a 7-0 Husker run that put them ahead 20-12. Holman had two more kills in the run while Foecke had one, and Hunter highlighted her service run with her third ace of the night. After trailing 9-5, the Huskers reeled off a 15-3 run to take control. A block by Albrecht and Stivrins made it 23-16 Nebraska, and Sweet earned set point before Townsend capped off the 25-17 win with an ace. NU hit .250 and held the Spartans to .054 while once again notching four blocks in a set.

    Set 4: The teams traded sideouts for the first 12 rallies until Michigan State hit wide to give NU a 7-6 edge. A third ace by Townsend made it 8-6 Huskers and forced a Spartan timeout. Foecke's 13th kill of the night put the Huskers ahead 12-8. Nebraska continued to excel on the attack with kills by Hunter, Holman and Foecke - as well as a solo stuff by Holman. The 5-0 continued as Michigan State hit wide, making the score 17-9 Huskers. The lefty Sweet pounded three more kills - including one that she punched over with her right hand - and the Huskers cruised to a final score of 25-14. The Huskers hit a blistering .367 in the final set.

    Up Next: Nebraska takes on Michigan on Sunday at Cliff Keen Arena in Ann Arbor. That match begins at Noon (CT) and will be televised on ESPNU and broadcast on Husker Sports Network affiliates, including KRGI AM 1430/106.9 FM in Grand Island. 97.7 Big Country in Kearney/Holdrege. 102.1 True Country in McCook. 


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    Grand Island - Northwest - Aurora get set for the playoffs

    The Nebraska Schools Activites Association football state playoffs start this Thursday for both 8 man classes D1 and D2. Class A, B, C1, and C2 will play on Friday. The KRGI Sports Network will feature three games on Friday starting off with Class A coverage as Grand Island will play Creighton Prep at Benson Stadium. Listen live on Thunder 99.7 FM. Two Class B games will follow on 2DAYFM 103.1 Northwest makes a return trip to Columbus for a first-round post-season matchup. The final game will feature Aurora at Omaha Skutt Catholic on 97.3 The Wolf. Kickoff for all three games will be at 7:00 pm. Listen for the Nebraska State High School Football Scoreboard Show on KRGI AM 1430/106.9 FM & 97.3 The Wolf starting at 10:04 pm. 

     

    Below are links to all the brackets for each classification. 

     

    CLASS A

    CLASS B

    CLASS C1

    CLASS C2

    CLASS D1

    CLASS D2

    6-Man


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    Huskers Returns From Bye Week With Visit to Purdue

    GAME 8: NEBRASKA at PURDUE

    OCT. 28, 2017 | ROSS-ADE STADIUM

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. | 6:30 p.m. (CT)

     

    BROADCAST INFO

    TV - BTN
    RADIO - Husker Sports Network
    SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 135, XM 195
    INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com

     

    HUSKERS

    Record: 3-4, 2-2 Big Ten
    Last Game: lost to Ohio State, 56-14
    Rankings: NR
    Coach: Mike Riley
    Career/NU Record: 111-95 (17th Year)/18-15 (3rd Year)
    vs. Purdue: 1-1

     

    BOILERMAKERS
    Record: 3-4, 1-3 Big Ten
    Last Game: lost to Rutgers, 14-12
    Rankings: NR
    Coach: Jeff Brohm
    Career/PU Record: 33-14 (4th Year)/3-4 (1st Year)
    vs. Nebraska: first meeting

    The Matchup

    Nebraska returns to action following a bye week, as it travels to West Lafayette, Ind., to take on the Purdue Boilermakers in a Big Ten West division matchup. The game will kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT (7:30 p.m. local) from Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium. Television coverage will be provided by BTN, with radio coverage on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

    The Huskers head to West Lafayette with a 3-4 record and a 2-2 mark in Big Ten play, following consecutive setbacks against top-10 foes Wisconsin and Ohio State, prior to a bye week. The Huskers remain in a tie for second place in the West Divsiion with its 2-2 league mark, and has four remaining games against divisional opponents in the final five weeks, beginning with Saturday's game at Purdue.

    Purdue has shown signs of being one of the nation's most improved teams in 2017, particularly at home at Ross-Ade Stadium. The Boilermakers have posted a 3-4 record and a 1-3 Big Ten mark in their first season under Head Coach Jeff Brohm. Purdue has posted a 2-1 record at home this season with their only setbak against nationally ranked Michigan.

    Purdue is coming off a narrow 14-12 loss at Rutgers on Saturday, in a game the Boilermakers dominated statistically, outgaining Rutgers 474 yards to 217 yards. Three of the Boilermakers' four losses this season have come against teams that were nationally ranked at game time, with two of those losses by eight or fewer points.

     

    Nebraska Football Top 10

    • Nebraska is 892-376-40 all-time, one of only 10 schools with 800 wins.

  • The Cornhuskers rank fourth all-time with their 892 victories.
  • Nebraska has won five national titles (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997).
  • The Huskers have won 46 conference championships.
  • Nebraska’s 53 all-time bowl appearances rank second in NCAA history.
  • Three Huskers have won the Heisman Trophy (Rodgers, Rozier, Crouch).
  • Nebraska’s 107 football Academic All-Americans lead the nation.
  • The Huskers have 110 first-team All-Americans in school history.
  • Nebraska football is the only team in any sport in NCAA history to total 100 athletic and academic All-Americans.
  • Memorial Stadium has been sold out every game since Nov. 2, 1962, a streak of 359 consecutive sellouts.
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    Nebraska- Purdue Series

    • Nebraska holds a 3-1 edge in the series as Big Ten opponents.

  • The Huskers and Purdue are both members of the West Division and meet each year. The schools were in opposite divisions of the Big Ten from 2011 to 2013.
  • Prior to the first meeting as Big Ten opponents in 2013, the schools had not met since 1958.
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    Moos Named Nebraska Athletic Director

    Bill Moos, a distinguished leader in collegiate athletics who elevated programs at the Oregon and Washington State to national prominence, was named Nebraska’s athletic director on Sunday, Oct. 15.

    Moos, who had been director of athletics at Washington State since 2010, began his tenure in Lincoln on Monday, Oct. 23.

    In his seven years at Washington State, Moos secured a 10-year, $35 million marketing rights agreement with IMG College and led a $130 million addition and remodel of WSU’s football stadium. He was in a leading position in securing the conference’s 12-year, $3 billion television contract with Fox and ESPN. In Moos’ time in Pullman, the Cougar Athletic Fund’s Annual Giving program has seen an 81 percent increase in gifts. From 2010-16, Cougar student-athletes and coaches earned 805 academic all-conference honors, 130 all-conference selections, 45 All-America accolades and three Pac-12 coach-of-the-year honors.

    Moos led Oregon’s athletics from 1995-2007, during which time the athletic department grew to national prominence – its annual budget rose from $18.5 million in his first year to more than $40 million by 2007 and became self-sufficient. In Moos’ Oregon tenure, the Ducks won 13 Pac-10 championships in six different sports; and UO student-athletes earned 722 academic all-conference selections, 34 Academic All-America selections, nine NCAA post Graduate Scholars and one NCAA Top VIII Award.

    Moos came to Oregon after five years as the University of Montana’s director of athletics. He began his career in 1982 as assistant athletic director at Washington State and also was the school’s associate director. He was director of development for more than five years and associate director for nearly two, supervising all external operations. For eight years prior to that, he managed and owned private businesses in Washington and Oregon.

    Raised on a wheat and cattle ranch in eastern Washington, Moos went to high school in Olympia when his father was in the governor’s cabinet. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history in Pullman and was a three-year letterman in football. He co-captained Washington State’s 1972 team and was first-team All-Pac-8. He and his wife Kendra have three daughters, Christa, Brittany and Kaiti; and two sons, Bo and Benjamin

     

    Riley in Third Season at Helm of Husker Program

    Head Coach Mike Riley is in his third season as the Nebraska head coach in 2017. Riley has guided the Huskers to an 18-15 record.

  • Riley is in his 26th season as a head coach, tying for the second-most experience of any FBS head coach entering the 2017 season.
  • Riley is one of eight active FBS head coaches who also has experience as an NFL head coach.
  • Riley owns 16 victories over nationally ranked opponents during his college head coaching tenure.
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    Veterans Leading Young 2017 Husker Team

    The 2017 version of Nebraska football is one of the youngest teams in the Big Ten Conference. Coupled with that youth, Nebraska does feature several players with extensive starting experience. Six players have at least 20 career starts at Nebraska, led by place-kicker Drew Brown.

    Overall, Nebraska has 19 players with at least 10 collegiate starts, including quarterback Tanner Lee, who made 19 starts at Tulane and has started each game in 2017 with the Huskers.

     

    Numerous Huskers Make First Career Starts in 2017

    Due to injuries and youth, Nebraska has had a number of players make their first career starts in 2017. Most recently, Nebraska saw redshirt freshman defensive back Dicaprio Bootle shift from cornerback to safety and make his first career start against Ohio State, while receiver Conor Young also make his first career start against the Buckeyes.

    The starts by Bootle and Young brought Nebraska's first-time starters total in 2017 to 15 players.

    First-Time starters in 2017
    • Luke Gifford, LB (7)
    • Eric Lee Jr., CB (6)
    • Tyler Hoppes, TE (6)
    • Connor Ketter, TE (6)
    • Brenden Jaimes, Fr., OT (4)
    • Michael Decker, So., C (4)
    • Mikale Wilbon, Jr., IB (4)
    • JD Spielman, RFr., WR (3)
    • Sedrick King, Jr., LB (3)
    • Tre Bryant, IB (2)
    • Matt Farniok, RFr., OT (2)
    • Gabe Rahn, Sr., WR (1)
    • Ben Stille, RFr., LB (1)
    • Dicaprio Bootle, RFr., DB (1)
    • Conor Young, So., WR (1)

     

    Jaimes Joins Rare Club for NU Offensive Linemen

    True freshman Brenden Jaimes earned his first career start against Rutgers and has continued to hold down the right tackle position the past three games. Jaimes originally started at right tackle where senior David Knevel and redshirt freshman Matt Farniok were out with injury, but has continued to hold the No. 1 spot after those two have returned.

    A native of Austin, Texas, Jaimes became just the fifth true freshman offensive lineman to start a game at Nebraska since 1972, and the first since 2011. Jaimes is also just the 11th offensive lineman to play at Nebraska as a true freshman.

    True freshman OL Starters in Nebraska History (Since 1972)
    • Matt Slauson, OG (3 games, 2005)
    • Jacob Hickman, C (1 game, 2006)
    • Javorio Burkes, OT (3 games, 2007)
    • Tyler Moore, OT (4 games, 2011)
    • Brenden Jaimes, OT (4 games, 2017)

     

    Injuries Take Early Toll on 2017 Huskers

    Nebraska is hopeful of a much healthier second half of the 2017 season. The injury hits started in the summer when All-America candidate cornerback Chris Jones was sidelined with a knee injury. Jones returned against Wisconsin in a part-time role at cornerback, and was back in the starting lineup against Ohio State.

    Nebraska running back starter Tre Bryant went down with a knee injury after two games and has missed the past five games. His availability for the remainder of 2017 remains uncertain.

    Nebraska was also without Joshua Kalu (S), and Marcus Newby (LB) for several weeks, before they returned against Wisconsin. Starters and key reserves Mikale Wilbon (IB), Aaron Williams (S), Antonio Reed (S), David Knevel (RT), Cole Conrad (C), Stanley Morgan Jr. (WR), Matt Farniok (RT), Bryan Reimers (WR) and Tyrin Ferguson (LB) have all missed time as well.

  • Through seven games, Nebraska has lost 23 games by projected starters to injury.
  • Projected starters games missed
    • Chris Jones, Sr., CB, 5 games
    • David Knevel, Sr., OT, 3 games
    • Joshua Kalu, Sr., S, 3 games
    • Tre Bryant, So., RB, 5 games
    • Marcus Newby, Sr., LB, 2 games
    • Stanley Morgan Jr., Jr., WR, 1 game
    • Cole Conrad, Jr., C, 1 game
    • Mikale Wilbon, Jr., RB, 1 game
    • Aaron Williams, Jr., S, 1 game
    • Antonio Reed, Jr., S, 1 game

     

    NU Features Triple Threat of Wideouts in Passing Attack

    Nebraska began the season with the luxury of two veteran and proven pass catchers to lead the receiving corps. Senior De'Mornay Pierson-El and junior Stanley Morgan Jr. both had extensive playing experience entering 2017.

    That duo has had a strong first half of the 2017 season, and redshirt freshman JD Spielman has emerged to give Nebraska three dangerous receiving options.

    Morgan has 33 receptions for 540 yards and six touchdowns, despite missing the Rutgers game. Spielman is coming off a Nebraska record 200-yard receiving day on 11 catches against Ohio State. He has 31 receptions for 475 yards in 2017. Pierson-El has caught 26 passes for 371 yards and four touchdowns.

  • Morgan ranks second in the Big Ten in receiving yards (540), second in receiving yards per game (90.0 ypg), third in receiving touchdowns (6) and is tied for first in 100-yard games (3).
  • The 540 receiving yards by Morgan through the team's first seven games is the third-most in NU history through seven contests. His 33 catches through seven games are tied for the fifth-most in school history.

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    Huskers Win Exhibition Opener

    Starkville, Miss. – James Palmer Jr. had a game-high 17 points, as Nebraska built a 23-point lead and held on down the stretch in posting a 76-72 win over Mississippi State Sunday afternoon at Humphrey Coliseum.

    Palmer hit 5-of-6 shots from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers, in his Husker debut as Nebraska won its 14th straight exhibition game. Glynn Watson Jr. and Jordy Tshimanga had 11 points each in a balanced attack that saw 10 of 11 players score on Sunday.

    The proceeds from Sunday’s game went to organizations dealing with hurricane relief, as Nebraska Coach Tim Miles and Mississippi State Coach Ben Howland announced pregame that they had each contributed $2,500. Fans were encouraged to donate upon arriving at the arena Sunday.

    The Bulldogs, who returned four starters from last year’s team, whittled the deficit to 73-70 on a pair of Nick Weatherspoon free throws with 15.4 seconds left. Nebraska got the ball to Watson, who split a pair of free throws to push the lead back to four. Nebraska then got a stop on MSU’s Lamar Peters and Jack McVeigh sank a pair of free throws with five seconds left to give NU a hard-fought win.

    In all, NU held Mississippi State to 44 percent shooting, including just 1-of-13 from 3-point range, while the Huskers shot 45 percent from the floor and had 16 assists.

    E.J. Datcher led MSU with 12 points, while Eli Wright, KeyShawn Feazell added 19 apiece in a losing effort.

    The Huskers played outstanding in the first half, as they never trailed and took a 48-32 lead into the locker room. NU shot 52 percent from the field and went 8-of-14 from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes of action while holding the Bulldogs to just 45 percent shooting. Nebraska also moved the ball well with 10 assists to just five turnovers in the opening stanza while eight Huskers got into the scoring column.

    Palmer got NU going early, scoring the Huskers first seven points, as NU jumped out to a 9-4 lead after a Duby Okeke basket. Parker had 12 first-half points, while Watson had 10 first-half points on 4-of-5 shooting and three assists in the first half. Mississippi State ran off five straight points to knot the game at nine and was within two before NU stretched the margin.

    Nebraska took control with a 13-5 spurt, turning a 17-15 lead into a 10-point lead after two straight 3-pointers from Jack McVeigh to force a Bulldog timeout. NU eventually stretched the lead to 14 after an Evan Taylor 3 and a 3-point play from Anton Gill and stretched the lead to 16 just before the break after a dunk by Isaac Copeland off a McVeigh steal.

    Nebraska stretched the lead in the opening minutes of the half, using a 9-2 run to build its largest lead of the game at 57-34 after a 3-point play from Palmer. The Huskers led 61-43 before MSU used a 7-2 spurt to pull within 63-50 after a pair of Tyson Carter free throws with 10:38 left.

    The Huskers continued to lead in double figures while MSU fought back. After a Taylor basket with 6:37 left made it a 67-57 Husker lead, MSU made one last run. The Bulldogs cut the 10-point to 73-68 before Peters was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 15 seconds left. The guard missed the first, but made the next two to make it a one-possession game before the Huskers clinched the win at the foul line

    The Huskers will host two preseason events. On Nov. 2, the Husker Hoops preview includes a practice and scrimmage, while NU will host Northwood in an exhibition game on Nov. 7.


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    Huskers To Face Mississippi State in Charity Exhibition Game

    Lincoln -- The University of Nebraska and Mississippi State University basketball programs will look to raise money for hurricane victims, as the programs will square off in a charity exhibition game on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Miss.

    Nebraska and Mississippi State together sought and received a waiver from the NCAA to play the extra exhibition game with the sole purpose to benefit hurricane victims. While admission is free for Sunday’s game, representatives from the MSU Student Relief Fund and the Salvation Army will be collecting monetary donations to benefit Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

    “Hurricane Irma was a devastating storm which affected many people in the Southeast and in the Caribbean,” Nebraska Coach Tim Miles said. “Our goal is that we can raise a lot of money for those who need it and have a great time competing against Coach (Ben) Howland and his team. It is a great platform for our two programs to raise awareness and help people in need. We look forward to Sunday afternoon and it should be an exciting game.”

    “This is a great opportunity to help so many people in need who were affected by the hurricane,” MSU coach Ben Howland said. “Hurricane Irma was devastating, and our hearts and prayers have been with everyone as they have dealt with horrific and tragic loss. This is a chance for us to do our part in helping those in need.”

    “I so appreciated Nebraska and Coach Miles for their incredible willingness to support this effort. It’s going to be a fun day for two Power 5 teams to play an exhibition game and get a head start on the season.”

    Mississippi State returns four starters and 10 letterwinners from a team that went 16-16 last season for Howland, who enters his third year at Mississippi State.

    The Huskers return nine letterwinners, including four players who started at least nine games last season. Junior guard Glynn Watson Jr. headlines the returnees, as he averaged 13.0 points per game, while junior forward Jack McVeigh averaged 7.5 points per game. NU also returns Evan Taylor, who started 21 games last season, and Jordy Tshimanga, who made nine Big Ten starts as a freshman in 2016-17.

    Sunday’s game is a rare matchup between the two schools. In regular-season play, the two teams have met just once, with the Bulldogs claiming a 69-66 win in the Ford Far West Classic in Portland, Ore., in 1995.

    Sunday’s game will be broadcast by the Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka on the call and available on Huskers.com and on the Huskers app. It will be made available to any of the HSN affiliates to carry.

    Fans are encouraged to check with their local HSN affiliate to see if they are carrying Sunday’s game.

    The Huskers will host Northwood (Mich.) in its other exhibition game on Tuesday, Nov. 7, before taking on Eastern Illinois in the 2017-18 season opener on Saturday, Nov. 11.


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    Huskers Return Home for Northwestern, Illinois

    After three straight matches on the road, the Nebraska volleyball team returns home to finish the first half of the Big Ten schedule with matches against Northwestern and Illinois this weekend. The seventh-ranked Huskers will host Northwestern on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, and then they will face Illinois on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Devaney Center. Both matches will be televised on NET and streamed online at BTN2GO.com. Friday’s broadcast will feature Larry Punteney and Justine Wong-Orantes calling the action. Saturday’s broadcast will have Brenda VanLengen and Kathi Wieskamp on the call.

    CHI is sponsoring Saturday night’s annual “Pink Night” match. CHI has donated its sponsor tickets for the match to breast cancer survivors.

    Husker Sports Network will broadcast all the action on HSN affiliates including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha on Friday and AM 590 on Saturday.. 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.

    About the Huskers
    • The Huskers enter the weekend with a 14-4 overall record and 7-1 mark in the Big Ten. Of the Huskers’ seven Big Ten wins, five have come against top-16 teams.
    • Nebraska has played six matches against top-16 teams in the past four weeks. Of the Huskers’ remaining 12 matches, just two are ranked in the AVCA Poll (No. 10 Michigan State and No. 17 Purdue).
    • Nebraska ranks 15th nationally and first in the Big Ten in opponent hitting percentage at .155.
    • The Huskers rank second among Big Ten teams in digs per set at 15.76.
    • Nebraska is 18th nationally and third in the Big Ten in kills per set at 14.25.
    • Mikaela Foecke leads the Huskers with 3.25 kills per set and adds 2.44 digs per set. Foecke set a season high with 21 kills on .476 hitting at Purdue last Saturday. She became the first Husker to eclipse 20 kills in a match this season. Foecke is closing in on 1,000 career kills as the junior now sits at 934.
    • Annika Albrecht provides 3.16 kills per set and 2.68 digs per set. Albrecht has 120 career service aces, which ranks eighth in NU career history.
    • Jazz Sweet adds 2.35 kills per set.
    • Kelly Hunter, a two-time Big Ten Setter of the Week this season, is putting up 10.54 assists per set and 2.72 digs per set. The only NCAA Division I setter who has set her team to both a national and conference championship, Hunter ranks fourth in school history with 3,450 career assists at NU.
    • Senior middle blocker Briana Holman averages 2.47 kills and 1.00 blocks per set with a team-high .328 hitting percentage.
    • Junior libero Kenzie Maloney is averaging 4.02 digs per set.
    • Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins chips in 2.17 kills and 0.98 blocks per set for the Huskers.

    Coaches
    • John Cook, Nebraska: 18th year at Nebraska (513-69); 25th year overall (674-142)
    • Shane Davis, Northwestern: 2nd year at Northwestern (22-30); 14th year overall (287-118)
    • Chris Tamas, Illinois: 1st year at Illinois (15-4)

    Series History
    • Nebraska is 10-1 all-time against Northwestern and 6-1 in the Big Ten era. After dropping the first-ever meeting between the teams as conference foes in 2011, Nebraska has won six straight in the series, the last three coming in sweeps. Northwestern has never beaten the Huskers in six visits to Lincoln.
    • Nebraska is 23-7-1 all-time against Illinois. The Huskers have swept four straight matches against the Fighting Illini, including two last year. NU is 8-2 against Illinois since joining the Big Ten and is 4-1 in matches played in Lincoln. Illinois’ last win against the Huskers was Nov. 26, 2014, 3-2 in Champaign.

    Scouting Northwestern
    • Northwestern brings a 12-8 overall record and 2-6 Big Ten record to the Devaney Center. The Wildcats are the top serving team in the Big Ten this season with 1.81 aces per set, which ranks fourth nationally. Northwestern’s .264 average hitting percentage ranks sixth in the conference, while its .217 opponent hitting percentage ranks 11th. The Wildcats lean heavily on the arm of Symone Abbott, who leads the Big Ten in total attacks this season with 775. Abbott leads the Big Ten in kills per set at 4.40, a mark that ranks 17th nationally.

    Scouting Illinois
    • Illinois is 15-4 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten entering a Friday match at Iowa. The Fighting Illini are coached by former Husker assistant coach Chris Tamas, who is in his first season at the helm. Tamas helped Nebraska win a national championship in 2015 and a Big Ten championship in 2016 in his two seasons on the Husker bench. Illinois has won three straight matches entering the week. The Fighting Illini lead all Big Ten teams with 3.02 blocks per set, which ranks ninth in the nation. Ali Bastianelli leads the nation with 1.80 blocks per set and is fourth nationally in hitting percentage at .448. Jacqueline Quade puts down 3.52 kills per set, while setter Jordyn Poulter provides 11.16 assists per set.

    Hunter Guides Young Husker Squad
    • All-America setter Kelly Hunter is in 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 ranks fourth in school history with 3,450 career assists at NU.
    • Hunter was named the Big Ten Setter of the Week on Sept. 11 after a double-double of 31 assists and 14 digs against UCLA on Sept. 9.
    • She added another honor on Sept. 25 after averaging 12.33 assists in sweeps at Penn State and Rutgers. She has eight career weekly Big Ten awards.
    • For the season, Hunter is averaging 10.54 assists per set and 2.72 digs per set.

    Albrecht Steps Up as Senior Captain
    • Senior outside hitter Annika Albrecht was named a team captain along with Kelly Hunter prior to the season and has stepped into her new role as a six-rotation hitter for the Huskers.
    • Albrecht provides 3.16 kills and 2.68 digs per set along with 15 service aces. She ranks eighth in school history in career aces with 120.
    • The North Aurora, Illinois native made national headlines this season when she tallied a career-high 19 kills on .400 hitting in a 3-0 sweep at Penn State on Sept. 22. For her performance, Albrecht was named the Big Ten Player of the Week, Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week and the espnW Player of the Week. The honors were all the first of her career.

    Foecke Excelling in Six-Rotation Role
    • Junior outside hitter Mikaela Foecke is averaging 3.25 kills per set to lead the Huskers. 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 2.44 digs per set. Foecke has five double-doubles this season and leads the team in aces with 17.
    • 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 young group of Husker middle blockers, as she teams with redshirt freshman Lauren Stivrins and is backed up by true freshman Chesney McClellan.
    • Holman is averaging 2.47 kills and a team-best 1.00 blocks per set for the Huskers while hitting a team-best .328. 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 that has happened. All seven have seen playing time this season.
    • Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins is averaging 2.17 kills per set and has started every match.
    • Freshman outside hitter Jazz Sweet is fourth on the team in kills at 2.35 per set and is hitting .278. Sweet had an outstanding debut with 14 kills on .375 hitting against Oregon and 16 kills on .323 hitting at Florida.
    • Redshirt freshman setter Hunter Atherton has made two starts and played in nine matches and has 136 set assists, 43 digs and five service aces.
    • 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 and has played in nine matches.
    • Freshman defensive specialist Hayley Densberger has earned a reputation as one of the Huskers’ best servers and has three aces and 17 digs in 13 matches played.
    • Freshman middle blocker Chesney McClellan has played in two matches and started the Rutgers match on Sept. 23, producing seven kills and four blocks on .462 hitting.
    • Freshman outside hitter Sami Slaughter has also played in two matches.

    Huskers Ranked No. 7 in AVCA Coaches Poll
    • Nebraska is ranked No. 7 in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll.
    • 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 463 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
    • Nebraska has appeared in all 518 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 674 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 .881 win percentage in that time (513-69).
    • 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 227 consecutive matches, the longest sellout streak in the history of NCAA women’s athletics.
    • The Devaney Center has hosted three of the four largest regular-season crowds in NCAA history and six 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.

    Cook’s Coaching Tree Continues to Grow
    • Nebraska head coach John Cook’s assistant coaches have a great track record of moving on to become head coaches.
    • After the 2016 season, Nebraska assistants Chris Tamas and Dani Busboom Kelly both accepted high-level Division I head coaching jobs. Busboom Kelly became the head coach at Louisville, while Tamas accepted the head coaching job at Big Ten foe Illinois.
    • Seven assistants under Cook have become head coaches following their time on Cook’s Nebraska staff: Craig Skinner (Kentucky), Lee Maes (Virginia), Lizzy Stemke (Georgia), Dan Conners (UC Davis), Dan Meske (Augustana, Associate Head Coach at Louisville), Busboom Kelly and Tamas.
    • In the last seven years, five of Cook’s Husker assistants have become head coaches.

    New Players, New Coaches
    • Not only are six of the 15 Husker players new to the program, so are the two Husker assistant coaches. Former Husker and U.S. Olympic libero Kayla Banwarth, and former Long Beach State men’s associate head coach Tyler Hildebrand are on the Husker bench this year.
    • Hildebrand joined the Nebraska coaching staff as an assistant in February of 2017. Hildebrand came to Nebraska after five seasons on the coaching staff of the Long Beach State men’s volleyball program, including two seasons as associate head coach. In 2017, he was the AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Assistant Coach of the Year. A former All-American at Long Beach State, Hildebrand was the top assistant there from 2013-15 after a decorated playing career on the U.S. Men’s National Team. He is a former setter who coordinated both the offense and the blocking defense at Long Beach State at one point in his career.
    • Banwarth joined the Nebraska volleyball coaching staff as an assistant in January of 2017. Banwarth completed an illustrious playing career for the Huskers in 2010 before embarking on a professional playing career that saw her win an Olympic bronze medal with the U.S. National Team, as well as an FIVB World Championship. Banwarth is relatively new to the coaching profession after finishing her professional career with the U.S. National Team at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. A U.S. National Team libero since 2011, Banwarth spent two years as a volunteer assistant coach for the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team.


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