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Huskers Sweep Gaels to Win Ameritas Challenge

LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 12 Nebraska volleyball team finished a perfect weekend with a 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-18) sweep of Saint Mary's on Saturday afternoon at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers won the Ameritas Players Challenge title with a 3-0 record on the weekend to improve to 3-2 overall on the season.

Saint Mary's, which won its other two matches in the tournament, fell to 2-4 overall.

Briana Holman was named most valuable player of the tournament after finishing a strong weekend with nine kills and seven blocks on .316 hitting against the Gaels. In the three matches, Holman had 25 kills with a .525 hitting percentage to go with 18 blocks. Mikaela Foecke had six kills and 11 digs in the win and was also an all-tournament team selection, as was libero Kenzie Maloney, who notched a career-high 22 digs.

Freshman Anezka Szabo led Nebraska on Saturday with a career-best 10 kills on .400 hitting. Annika Albrecht had nine kills, and Lauren Stivrins contributed seven kills. Jazz Sweet had six kills and four blocks for the Big Red.

The Huskers' two setters put up similar numbers in the match, as Hunter Atherton logged 21 assists and eight digs, while Kelly Hunter had 17 assists and six digs.

Nebraska outhit Saint Mary's .233 to .073 and had a 57-47 advantage in digs. Saint Mary's got 11 kills from Payton Rund, who was an all-tournament honoree.

Set 1: The Huskers fell behind 6-2 early despite a pair of kills by Holman. Foecke and Albrecht smashed back-to-back kills and Saint Mary's hit wide to get NU back within 8-7, but the Gaels answered with three straight to go back up by four, 11-7. The Huskers responded after a timeout with a kill by Szabo, a block by Holman and a kill by Albrecht to pull within 11-10. The Huskers then won a challenge ruling they did not touch a Saint Mary's attack that went wide, which tied the score at 11-11. NU took its first lead of the set when a kill by Albrecht completed a 5-0 run. Saint Mary's went back ahead, 16-14, with a 3-0 run on two kills and an ace. After the Huskers drew even at 16-16, SMC again went on a run, this time 5-0, to go up 21-16. Stivrins pounded consecutive kills to end the run, and Szabo followed with her second kill of the set to cut it to 21-19. The Gaels earned set point at 24-21, but NU staved off three set points as Szabo and Holman struck for kills, and Saint Mary's hit wide to even it at 24-24. After a Saint Mary's timeout, Sweet found the floor and the Gaels hit long for a thrilling 26-24 Husker win. Despite being outblocked 5-1 in the set, the Huskers outhit the Gaels .270 to .143.

Set 2: Nebraska trailed 10-9 when Szabo squared the set with a kill, and Holman took over with a solo block and kill to lift NU in front, 12-10. The Huskers took a 3-0 run and 15-11 lead into the media timeout after two straight Saint Mary's hitting errors. Holman was in on back-to-back blocks - one with Sweet and one with Foecke - for an 18-12 Husker lead. The Gaels scored five of the next six points to get within 19-17, but Sweet notched a kill to get a sideout. With a 20-19 lead, Szabo put down her sixth kill, and back-to-back kills by Stivrins and Albrecht made it 23-20 Huskers. The Gaels misfired on their first attack out of a timeout to give NU set point at 24-20. Saint Mary's fought off two set points before Szabo connected on her seventh kill for a 25-22 win.

Set 3: NU began the set on a 4-0 run before Saint Mary's chipped away to within 8-7. Albrecht recorded a kill to make it 9-7, and Holman tallied two more kills and a block with Sweet for a 12-8 lead. A Foecke kill had the Huskers ahead 15-13 at the media timeout. The Gaels came out of the break to win the next two points, but Szabo's ninth kill restored the lead for Nebraska, and Albrecht powered down a kill after keeping a play alive at the net for a 17-15 edge. A pair of errors by the Gaels made it 20-15 Huskers, and Nebraska rolled to its third straight sweep.

Up Next: The Huskers host No. 13 UCLA in a Friday-Saturdaydoubleheader next weekend at the Devaney Center. The teams will play at 8 p.m. on Friday on BTN and then will rematch at 7 p.m. on Saturday on NET.

Ameritas Players Challenge All-Tournament Team Briana Holman (Nebraska), MVP
Kenzie Maloney (Nebraska), Best Libero
Mikaela Foecke (Nebraska)
Payton Rund (Saint Mary's)
Morgan Hughes (Saint Mary's)
Laura Milos (Oral Roberts)
Carmen Freeman (UMBC)



High School Football Scores 9-1


Adams Central 27, Milford-Dorchester 17

Allen 42, Cedar Bluffs 0

Aquinas 50, Pierce 27

Arcadia-Loup City 16, Valentine 14

Archbishop Bergan 20, Palmyra 14

Arlington 56, Madison 14

Arthur County def. Banner County, forfeit

Ashland-Greenwood 43, Falls City 20

Auburn 51, Southern 6

Aurora 48, Sidney 24

Axtell 41, Loomis 12

Beatrice 45, Nebraska City 0

Bellevue West 56, Bellevue East 0

Bishop Neumann 21, Columbus Scotus 3

Blue Hill 53, Franklin 6

Boyd County 64, Niobrara/Verdigre 6

Boys Town 50, Raymond Central 0

Brady 62, Eustis-Farnam 32

CWC-Ewing 52, Pender 16

Cambridge 62, Oberlin-Decatur, Kan. 32

Centennial 28, Yutan 25

Central City 44, Logan View 21

Centura 8, Wood River 7

Chadron 42, Cozad 7

Chase County 13, Broken Bow 0

Cody-Kilgore 36, Minatare 8

Columbus 44, Bennington 0

Crofton 29, Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 8

Deshler 77, Santee 12

Douglas County West 47, David City 14

Elkhorn 38, Blair 6

Elkhorn Mount Michael 24, Platteview 21

Elkhorn South 42, Omaha Skutt Catholic 7

Elm Creek 36, Bertrand 14

Elwood 63, Elba 0

Fairbury 48, Syracuse 6

Falls City Sacred Heart 68, Weeping Water 0

Fillmore Central 7, Sandy Creek 0

Fort Calhoun 42, Louisville 7

Freeman 38, Elmwood-Murdock 16

Fullerton 38, Winside 0

Garden County 74, Maxwell 20

Gibbon 38, Minden 15

Giltner 50, Pleasanton 15

Gordon/Rushville 53, Kimball 19

Gothenburg 20, Ogallala 12

Grand Island 41, North Platte 10

Grand Island Northwest 56, Alliance 0

Gretna 37, Crete 7

Guardian Angels 62, Clarkson/Leigh 18

Hartington Cedar Catholic 37, Shelby/Rising City 14

Hartington-Newcastle 50, Emerson-Hubbard 12

Harvard 73, St. Edward 6

Hastings 42, Schuyler 3

Hay Springs 60, South Platte 19

Heartland Lutheran 31, Maywood-Hayes Center 26

Hemingford 44, Crawford 34

Hershey 46, Southern Valley 12

High Plains Community 40, Elgin Public/Pope John 32

Holyoke, Colo. 12, Bridgeport 8

Howells/Dodge 38, Osmond 6

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer def. Omaha Brownell-Talbot, forfeit

Humphrey St. Francis 80, Elkhorn Valley 0

Hyannis 78, Potter-Dix 6

Kearney Catholic 40, Grand Island Central Catholic 13

Kenesaw 56, Palmer 22

Lawrence-Nelson 60, Exeter/Milligan 14

Lincoln High 62, Lincoln Pius X 31

Lincoln Lutheran 46, Johnson County Central 0

Lincoln Northeast 23, Lincoln North Star 21

Lincoln Southwest 21, Lincoln Southeast 14

Lutheran High Northeast 43, Twin River 0

McCook 45, Gering 9

Medicine Valley 45, Sutherland 0

Meridian 38, McCool Junction 32

Millard West 49, Millard North 16

Mullen 56, Sandhills/Thedford 12

Nebraska Christian 32, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 30

Nebraska City Lourdes 44, Sterling 14

Nebraska Lutheran 60, Johnson-Brock 42

Norfolk Catholic 34, Columbus Lakeview 7

Norris 14, Plattsmouth 13

North Platte St. Patrick's 28, Doniphan-Trumbull 14

Northern Valley, Kan. 62, Alma 42

O'Neill 24, Ord 15

Oakland-Craig 27, Battle Creek 24

Omaha Burke 35, Omaha Creighton Prep 17

Omaha Concordia 49, Conestoga 0

Omaha Gross Catholic 40, Ralston 24

Omaha North 62, Omaha Central 0

Omaha Northwest 45, Omaha Benson 10

Omaha Roncalli 48, South Sioux City 0

Omaha South 18, Omaha Bryan 13

Osceola 60, Mead 12

Overton 46, Southwest 22

Papillion-LaVista 49, Papillion-LaVista South 42

Parkview Christian def. Omaha Christian Academy, forfeit

Paxton 71, Wallace 20

Perkins County 24, Amherst 17

Pine Bluffs, Wyo. 20, Mitchell 14

Plainview 52, Winnebago 12

Ponca 64, Tekamah-Herman 21

Ravenna 58, Superior 44

Rawlins County, Kan. 74, Hitchcock County 16

Riverside 71, Wilcox-Hildreth 26

Scottsbluff 35, Holdrege 15

Shelton 58, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 0

Silver Lake 54, Hampton 14

South Loup 65, Ainsworth 29

Southeast, Wyo. 48, Bayard 32

Spalding Academy 52, McPherson County 18

St. Paul 61, Cross County 6

Stanton 28, Wisner-Pilger 6

Sutton 48, Malcolm 6

Thayer Central 30, Tri County 20

Twin Loup 60, Anselmo-Merna 30

Wahoo 46, Lincoln Christian 0

Wakefield 44, Homer 21

Walthill 60, Red Cloud 20

Wauneta-Palisade def. Leyton, forfeit

Waverly 38, Seward 28

Wayne 34, Boone Central/Newman Grove 30

West Point-Beemer 35, North Bend Central 20

Wilber-Clatonia 45, Hastings St. Cecilia 15

Wynot 38, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 0

York 59, Lexington 18


Hastings College volleyball sweeps past the Braves

Hastings - The Hastings College volleyball team earned yet another sweep this time taking down the Ottawa Braves 25-21, 25-22, 25-14 on Friday night in Lynn Farrell Arena.

Set one saw both teams go back-and-forth and midway through the set, Hastings held onto a 14-12 lead. It was at this point the Broncos grabbed control of the first set.

Katie Placke, who had yet another fantastic night ripped off a kill off the Clare Hamburger assist to make it 15-12. Placke then backed that up with a service ace followed by a kill from Cassidy Ostrand to push the lead to 17-12.

Then Andrea LaVene picked up a solo block followed by a kill from Ostrand and then an attack error which now had the Bronco lead up to 20-12 where Hastings went on to take set one 25-21.

Set two certainly had a different feel to it as Ottawa came out and really put HC back on its heels building a 12-6 lead which prompted Head Coach Matt Buttermore to call his first timeout of the set.

"They weren't giving us any freebees and we were making poor plays so when they got a chance, they were scoring," Buttermore continued. "And obviously quit hitting the ball out of bounds would help out too."

The Broncos came out of that timeout with a completely different mindset running off five straight points with the help of a service ace from Emily Filsinger and two kills from LaVene.

The teams would then trade points as the set stood tied 19-19 when Placke came up with another ace coupled with an attack error by the Braves now had Hastings leading 21-19. The Broncos would finish off set two with kills from Catherine Williams and Placke to win 25-22.

Hastings would then have its way in set three to claim the sweep.

All-American Placke had yet another stellar night with a match high 16 kills while hitting nearly .700 for the match. Krolikowski added 11 kills while hitting .364 as Williams added eight kills while hitting .353. As a team, the Broncos hit .347 while holding the Braves to .098.

Buttermore talked about Placke's play after the match, "We would like to be going on all cylinders as a team and we did at times but she was definitely consistent for all three sets."

Hastings moves to 8-0 on the year and will be back in action Wednesday Sept. 6 opening up Great Plains Athletic Conference action as No. 15 Doane comes to town with first serve set for 7:30 p.m. in Lynn Farrell Arena.


GISH Girls Golf Tournament Results 9-1

Grand Island - Lincoln Southwest would claim the Grand Island Senior High girls golf invite title on Friday with a score of 340. Grand Island would claim second place as a team with checking in with a score of 343. Lincoln Pius X would shoot a 358 as a team and would finish third in the team ranks. Visit the link below for the top 15 inidividula performances along with all the team scores. 

Huskers Soar Past Golden Eagles, 3-0

LINCOLN, Neb. - The 12th-ranked Nebraska volleyball team put together a dominant performance in a 3-0 (25-8, 25-16, 25-10) sweep of Oral Roberts on Friday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers improved to 2-2 overall this season with their second win of the day at the Ameritas Players Challenge. Nebraska also swept UMBC earlier in the day.

The Huskers hit .576 on the night, the second-best hitting percentage in school history. The only better performance was in 1984 when the Huskers hit .608 against Wichita State. Nebraska played two error-free sets in the match with 15 kills on 23 attacks (.652) in set one and 13 kills on 16 attacks (.812) in set three. The Huskers sided out at 100 percent in both sets.

The Huskers were just as sharp defensively, limiting Oral Roberts to -.064 hitting, which was the lowest hitting percentage by a Husker opponent since 2013. Oral Roberts' 34 total points in the match were the second fewest by a Husker opponent in the rally scoring era (since 2001). Nebraska had an 8-1 advantage in blocks and a 25-14 edge in digs.

Mikaela Foecke led the offensive onslaught with the best attacking match of her career. The junior notched 14 kills on 19 attacks with no errors for a career-best .737 hitting percentage. Foecke blasted eight kills on 10 swings in game one to set the tone for the night. Lauren Stivrins had seven kills on .500 hitting, and Briana Holman and Jazz Sweet each chipped in six kills while hitting .625 and .750, respectively. Holman had a match-high five blocks, while Sweet had three.

Kelly Hunter had 18 assists, and Hunter Atherton added 11. Kenzie Maloney had a match-best 10 digs.

Laura Milos led Oral Roberts with 11 kills but hit just .029 against the Big Red.

Set 1: NU got off to a quick 9-2 start while clicking offensively and shutting down Oral Roberts defensively. Oral Roberts couldn't get anything going offensively as it connected on just one kill in its first eight attacks with five errors. Three kills by Foecke and an ace by Sydney Townsend helped improve the lead to 15-5. Foecke continued to blast away and finished the set with eight kills on 10 error-free swings. The Huskers won by their biggest margin of the season so far, 25-8, and hit .652 while holding Oral Roberts to -.032 hitting. The Huskers had 15 kills on 23 swings with no errors. It was NU's first error-free set since Sept. 16, 2016 against Gonzaga.

Set 2: The Huskers did not let up in the second set. Nebraska once again went ahead 9-2 including a five-point run to start the set on Annika Albrecht's serve. Oral Roberts used a 4-0 run to get within 11-7, but Stivrins got a kill and Townsend served another ace. The Huskers led 18-14 when Foecke pounded her 12th kill, and her ace serve increased the lead to 21-14 and forced an Oral Roberts timeout. After the timeout, Foecke notched yet another ace to make it a 4-0 run for the Big Red. Anezka Szabo and Stivrins teamed up for a block for a 23-15 lead, and the Huskers took the set, 25-16.

Set 3: Sweet posted two kills and a block with Holman to put the Huskers in front 7-1, and NU never looked back. A kill by Szabo put NU ahead, 15-6, at the media timeout. The Huskers ended the match on a 10-3 spurt and hit a blistering .812 in the final set to win 25-10. The Huskers sided out on all 10 of their opportunities.

Up Next: Nebraska finishes the tournament on Saturday against Saint Mary's at 2 p.m. The Gaels also beat UMBC (3-0) and Oral Roberts (3-1) on Friday.


Sioux Falls Storm leaving the IFL

Sioux Falls - It's safe to say it will be odd, when Sioux Falls and the Nebraska Danger won't matchup anymore. At least for now. Wednesday afternoon the Sioux Falls Storm announced at a press conference that they would be leaving the Indoor Football Leauge and joining the Champions Indoor Football league. Completing their third year as a league the CIF now has 14 teams. Teams in the CIF include. Amarillo Venom, Bloomington Edge, Duke City Gladiators, Dallas Marshals, Omaha Beef, Salina Liberty, Sioux City Bandits, Texas Revolution, Kansas City Phantoms, Wichita Force, West Michigan Ironmen, Bismark Bucks, and the Quad City Steamwheelers. 


Offical press release from the CIF



SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm are pleased to be joining the Champions Indoor Football (CIF) League for the 2018 season. The CIF will have 15 teams for the 2018 season with the addition of the Storm. The Storm will rekindle several former UIF rivalries, specifically the historic sports rivalry between Sioux Falls and Sioux City. Old rivalries with the Omaha Beef, Bloomington Edge, and Texas Revolution will also be re-established. Wichita Falls is also expected to announce the move to CIF. Wichita Falls most recently snapped Sioux Falls 67 home game winning streak this past season.

Storm Owner Todd Tryon made the announcement today through a press conference. “Sometimes you need to take a big step back and remove yourself from all the noise to get a clear look at what’s going on. Once we were able to do this, it was a pretty easy choice what direction to go. It’s tough leaving a league we’ve been a part of for so many years but on the other hand the responsible thing for me to do as the leader of our franchise was to move us to a league that offers a little more security, some historic built in rivalries and even more important a league with a vision and a focus to be financially responsible.”

The Champions Indoor Football will begin its fourth season of play in the spring 2018, and was created in 2014 from a merger between the Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL) and Lone Star Football League (LSFL), plus one team from the Indoor Football League and two expansion teams. The Storm will compete in the Northern Division with Bismarck, Sioux City, Omaha, Bloomington, West Michigan, Kansas City, Quad Cities.

Tickets for the Sioux Falls Storm 2018 season are expected to go on sale September 6.

About the Sioux Falls Storm:

The Storm joined the original Indoor Football League as an expansion team in 1999 as the Sioux Falls Cobras and first took the field for the 2000 season. They are currently members of the Champions Indoor Football (CIF); prior to that, the Storm was in the Indoor Football League (IFL) and the United Indoor Football (UIF), where they won 10 championships, six consecutive championships while in the IFL and all four of the UIF's championship games.



Husker Fans to See Numerous Upgrades at Stadium

Saturday’s season opener against Arkansas State will see a new and improved Memorial Stadium game-day experience upon their arrival.

The highlights of the game-day upgrades include five new HuskerVision screens, additional ribbon boards, more Husker Fan Shop locations in and around Memorial Stadium, a more user-friendly Huskers.com and a new captioning service for fans.

“We always think fans first when we look at our game-day presentation and experience at Memorial Stadium,” Nebraska Senior Associate Athletics Director David Witty said. “We know fans have options on how and where they watch Husker football games, but our goal is always to make a trip to Memorial Stadium a can’t-miss experience. We are confident the changes for 2017 will be positive additions to the stadium.”

Below is a closer look at some of the changes at Memorial Stadium in 2017:


HuskerVision Upgrades

  • All five existing HuskerVisioin screens were replaced this summer, including new “wrap around” screens on the Northeast and Northwest towers. The wrap around screens allow fans in the North Stadium a view of the game action, replays and other HuskerVision features without having to turn around.
  • All new HuskerVision screens have greatly improved resolution (10 mm).
  • Two ribbon boards on the East Stadium balcony have been replaced with new ribbon boards running the entire length of the balcony facade (3.3’ tall x 380’ long).
  • An additional ribbon board has been added to the upper facade in the East Stadium The ribbon board is 471 feet long. All of the ribbon boards are 16 mm resolution.


Husker Fan Shop

  • Nebraska fans will find more shopping options at the Husker Fan Shop, the official apparel store of Nebraska Athletics. This includes game-day shopping options, as well as more options to shop throughout the year.
  • Throughout the year, there will now be three primary locations for Husker Fan Shop including the Pinnacle Bank Arena store (M-F, 10-6; Sat. 10-5, game days), a store in the East Stadium by Gate 18 (M-F, 10-4; game days) and a new store in the College of Business on Vine Street (M-F, 10-6; Sat. 10-5, game days).
  • All three stores are owned and operated by Fanatics Inc. Returns and exchanges can be processed at any of the three locations.
  • On game days, Nebraska fans can find Husker Fan Shop locations throughout the stadium as well as the three primary store locations. Merchandise will be reviewed and updated after each game to keep items fresh throughout the 2017 season.



  • More than 60 percent of traffic on Huskers.com in the past year came from mobile devices. A recent re-design of Huskers.com focused on making sure that fans have a seamless experience on the site when moving from desktop to mobile viewing.
  • Fans visiting Huskers.com on their mobile devices on game day should find the site easier to navigate and more user-friendly.
  • The site also features more efficient game-day information pages for all Husker athletic events and venues.
  • Purchasing tickets on Huskers.com has become more efficient and easier to navigate.



  • A new pilot captioning program will be in place at Memorial Stadium this fall. The new program will enhance the football game-day experience for our hearing impaired and deaf fans, or for anyone who has difficulty hearing the PA announcements or referee’s calls.
  • The captioning program will utilize mobile devices and a Twitter feed at @HuskerCaption.
  • The full release on the pilot captioning program can be found at Huskers.com at http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=211662675




Huskers Host Arkansas State for 2017 Season Opener


LINCOLN, NEB. | 7 p.m. (CT)

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Record: 0-0, 0-0 Big Ten
Last Year: 9-4 (5-3 Big Ten)
Rankings: RV
Series: 2-0
Coach: Mike Riley
Career/NU Record: 108-91 (17th Year)/15-11 (3rd Year)
vs. Arkansas State: 0-0


Record: 0-0, 0-0 Sun Belt
Last Year: 8-5 (7-1 Sun Belt)
Rankings: NR
Coach: Blake Anderson
Career/Ark. State Record: 24-15 (4th Year)/Same
vs. Nebraska: 0-0

The Matchup

Nebraska kicks off its 128th season this Saturday with a matchup against Arkansas State, the defending Sun Belt Conference champion. The Huskers are coming off a 9-4 record in 2016, while Arkansas State posted an 8-5 record last season. Saturday's game is set for a 7 p.m. CT kickoff with the game nationally televised on BTN and available on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

Nebraska heads into Head Coach Mike Riley's third season with game-tested experience on both sides of the ball, while also introducing new faces at several key positions. The game will mark the Husker debut for starting quarterback Tanner Lee, who spent the first three years of his career at Tulane. Defensively, Nebraska returns significant experience in the secondary and talented players at all three levels of the defense, which will feature a 3-4 look under new defensive coordinator Bob Diaco.

The Red Wolves ended last year as one of the nation’s hottest teams, winning eight of their final nine games en route to earning their fifth Sun Belt title in six seasons. Arkansas State has played in a bowl game each of the past six seasons.

Saturday night's game is the third meeting between the two schools, all at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska was victorious in 2009 and 2012 matchups with the Red Wolves in Lincoln.


Nebraska Football Top 10

• Nebraska is 889-372-40 all-time, one of only 10 schools with 800 wins.

  • The Cornhuskers rank fourth all-time with their 889 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 354 consecutive sellouts.

    Nebraska-Arkansas State Series

    • Saturday's meeting is the third matchup between the two schools, all at Memorial Stadium.• Saturday's meeting is the third matchup between the two schools, all at Memorial Stadium.

  • Nebraska has outscored Arkansas State 52-9 in the first half of the previous two meetings at Memorial Stadium.
  • Nebraska limited Arkansas State to less than 300 yards of total offense in both of the meetings, while topping 490 yards of offense in each game.

    Huskers vs. Sun Belt

    Nebraska owns a perfect 12-0 record all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference, most recently a 2015 victory over South Alabama.

    The Huskers have multiple victories over Arkansas State (2-0), New Mexico State (3-0), Troy (4-0) and single victories over South Alabama, Idaho and Louisiana-Lafayette.
    Nebraska has future games scheduled with Troy (2018) and South Alabama (2019).


    Nebraska Looks to Extend Prime-Time Home Dominance

    Memorial Stadium is always a tough environment for visiting teams in Lincoln. That is never more true than in night games at Memorial Stadium.

    The Huskers have won 19 straight home night games in Lincoln. NU is 45-5 all-time in Memorial Stadium night games.

  • The Huskers’ dominance at night in Lincoln has been impressive, as 33 of the home night wins have been by at least 13 points.
    Nebraska’s five losses in home night games have all come against teams that won at least 10 games in that season (Washington, 1991; Texas, 2002; USC, 2007; Virginia Tech and Missouri, 2008).
    Nebraska was 2-0 at home in night games last season, incuding a 43-10 victory over Fresno State and a 24-17 win over Minnesota.
    Nebraska's most recent loss in a night game at Memorial Stadium came against No. 4 Missouri in 2008.

    Nebraska to Play Attractive Home Schedule

    Nebraska posted a perfect 7-0 home record at Memorial Stadium in 2016, just the second undefeated record in Lincoln since 2001. This fall, Nebraska will play host to a strong seven-game home schedule as part of an attractive 2017 slate that includes nine Big Ten games.

    The home schedule will be highlighted by matchups against 2016 College Football Playoff participant Ohio State, Big Ten West Division champion Wisconsin and Iowa. Northwestern and Rutgers will also visit during Big Ten play. In addition to this week's game with Arkansas State, Nebraska will host Northern Illinois in non-conference play.

    Nebraska will also complete a home-and-home series with Oregon by visiting Eugene in the season’s second game. The Huskers make Big Ten road trips to Illinois, Purdue, Minnesota and 2016 Big Ten champion Penn State. Nebraska’s 2017 schedule features games against seven teams that played in a bowl game last year.


    Huskers Look to Extend Home Win Streak

    Nebraska's undefeated home season in 2016 was its 28th all-time at Memorial Stadium, which opened in 1923. The Huskers bring a seven-game home winning streak into the season opener with Arkansas State.

  • The Huskers were one of only five FBS teams to go 7-0 or better at home last season, along with Alabama (7-0), Michigan (8-0), Ohio State (7-0) and Penn State (7-0).
    • Overall, Nebraska was one of only 14 FBS teams to go undefeated at home during the 2016 season.
    • Nebraska owns a seven-game home winning streak that ranks in a tie for fifth nationally entering the 2017 season.
    • Nebraska also has a history of dominating in its season opener, winning 30 of its past 31 season openers. The only setback in that stretch is a loss to BYU in 2015, when the Cougars completed a Hail Mary on the final paly.

    Riley Enters Third Season at Helm of Husker Program

    Head Coach Mike Riley enters his third season as the Nebraska head coach in 2017. Riley has guided the Huskers to a 15-11 record in two seasons, including a 9-4 record in 2016.

  • 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.

    Diaco to Lead New-Look Blackshirt Defense

    Nebraska has three new faces on its defensive staff in 2017. The group is led by new defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, while Donté Williams will coach the Husker cornerbacks and Scott Booker will tutor the NU safeties.

  • Diaco was the winner of the 2012 Broyles Award as the nation's best assistant coach, while at Notre Dame. He is regarded as one of the top defensive minds in college football and has a proven track record of success at the highest level. Diaco comes to Nebraska after three seasons as the head coach at the University of Connecticut. Diaco has roots in the Big Ten, twice earning All-Big Ten honors as a linebacker at Iowa in the mid-1990s.
  • Williams joined the Nebraska staff last December prior to the Music City Bowl and worked with the secondary during bowl preparation. Williams spent the 2016 season at Arizona, helping compile the Wildcats’ top recruiting class in recent years. He previously coached the secondary at San Jose State, where the Spartans ranked among the nation’s best against the pass under Williams’ direction.
  • Booker brings 10 years of full-time FBS coaching experience to the Nebraska sideline, including five seasons on the Notre Dame coaching staff. Before being elevated to safeties coach in June, Booker served as a special teams consultant with the Huskers. In addition to his duties with the safeties, Booker will also coach Nebraska's special teams in 2017.

    Veterans to Lead 2017 Huskers

    The 2017 version of Nebraska football features several players with extensive starting experience heading into the season. Five players head into the season with at least 20 career starts, led by place-kicker Drew Brown. Senior cornerback Chris Jones will be sidelined by a knee injury at the start of the season. Overall, Nebraska has 14 players with at least 10 collegiate starts, including quarterback Tanner Lee, who made 19 starts at Tulane.


    Youth Dominates NU Roster

    While Nebraska will feature a modest number of first-time starters, the Husker roster is youthful heading into 2017.

    Nearly two-thirds of the squad is comprised of underclassmen, as 80 of the Huskers’ 127 players are either freshmen or sophomores.

    At quarterback, Nebraska boasts one true freshman, one redshirt freshman, one sophomore and one junior. Tanner Lee is the only member of the group who has seen action at the FBS level, but he has not played in a game since 2015.

    Nebraska does not have a single quarterback on its roster who has taken a snap with the Huskers, a first at Nebraska since 1972. That year, Dave Humm set a school record with 2,259 passing yards and a Big Eight record with 18 touchdown passes.


    Kalu to Lead Veteran Secondary

    The Nebraska secondary suffered a significant loss this summer when senior cornerback Chris Jones went down with a knee injury. The timetable for his return remains uncertain.

    Fellow senior Joshua Kalu is the leader of a tested secondary heading into the season. Kalu has started 28 games the past three seasons at corner, but moved to safety this spring and will hold down one of the starting safety roles.

    Kalu heads into his senior season in position to leave his mark in the Husker record book.

  • Kalu has 168 career tackles heading into 2017. Had he remained at cornerback, Kalu would have been just 24 tackles from the NU cornerback record of 192 tackles. However, despite his move to safety, Kalu is in line to become just the sixth Husker defensive back to post 200 career tackles.
  • Safeties Aaron Williams, Kieron Williams and Antonio Reed all have extensive experience. At cornerback, sophomores Lamar Jackson and Eric Lee Jr. have moved to the forefront with Jones injured and Kalu's shift to safety.


    Young to Anchor Linebacking Corps

    Junior Dedrick Young II looks to lead Nebraska’s linebackers this fall as the Huskers transition from a 4-3 defensive scheme to a 3-4 attack. Young played on the outside the past two seasons, but has moved to an inside linebacker spot, where he and senior Chris Weber give NU a veteran inside linebacker tandem.

    Young has totaled 121 tackles in his first two seasons. He ranks second among all 2017 Huskers in career tackles despite his junior status. He is only the third Husker to record 100 tackles prior to his junior season.


    Veteran Receiving Duo to Lead Passing Attack

    Nebraska will have just its third new full-time starting quarterback since 2010 this fall, with junior Tanner Lee under center. Lee will have the luxury of two veteran and proven pass catchers to lead the receiving corps.

  • Senior De’Mornay Pierson-El and junior Stanley Morgan Jr. have extensive playing experience and both appear poised for big roles in the offense in 2017. Pierson-El earned All-America honors as a punt returner in 2014 and has shown flashes of his potential as a receiver. Pierson-El has 55 career catches for 686 yards and six touchdowns.
  • Morgan was NU’s second-leading receiver last season with 33 catches for 453 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He enters his junior season with 58 career catches for 757 yards.
  • Both players are on track to join the 1,000-yard receiving club this season and both could challenge the top 10 in career yardage and receptions by season’s end.
  • Gates Continues to Hold down Left Side of O-line

    Junior Nick Gates is the most game-tested of a veteran Nebraska offensive line. The five projected starters for Week One against Arkansas State all have at least four career starts.

  • Gates leads the way with 23 career starts, all at left tackle. His 23 starts are the most of any returning offensive player.
  • Gates has started 17 consecutive games at left tackle entering the 2017 season. The streak is the longest by a Husker at the position since Mike Smith started 20 straight games at left tackle in 2008 and 2009.

    Senior Kicker Drew Brown Continues Family Tradition

    Place-kicker Drew Brown returns for his senior season after three solid seasons as the Husker starter. One of the nation’s top kickers since 2014, Brown earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten recognition in 2016 and was a second-team all-conference pick in 2015. Brown will be a leading contender for the Lou Groza Award and other conference and national honors in 2017.

    Brown connected on 12-of-14 field goals in 2016, including 9-of-10 over the final six games. Brown had a streak of 13 straight made field goals prior to a miss against Illinois. The 13 straight field goals marked the third-longest streak in Nebraska history.

  • Brown has 47 field goals in his Nebraska career, which ranks third in school history. He is 10 field goals behind his brother, Kris, for second on the NU career field goals list and trails career record holder Alex Henery by 21 field goals.
  • Brown has 282 career points to rank seventh in NU history. He is 18 points from becoming the sixth Husker to crack the 300-point barrier. Brown is on pace to finish third in school history in scoring and could challenge his older brother for second place on the scoring list at 388 points. Alex Henery holds the school record with 397 career points.
  • Brown connected on a career-long 51-yard field goal against Purdue last season and has made 19 field goals of at least 40 yards in his career. He is 17-of-24 in his career from 40-49 yards, including 12-of-14 in 2015.
  • Brown scored 107 points as a sophomore after posting a freshman-record 101 points in 2014. He was the first player in NU history with 100-point seasons as both a freshman and sophomore.
  • Brown’s 21 field goals in 2015 were second on the NU season list. He made each of his last 11 attempts that season.
  • Brown made five field goals against Southern Miss in 2015, all in the first half. The five field goals in a half tied an NCAA record. The five field goals were the most ever by a Husker in Lincoln, and tied a Memorial Stadium record held by two opposing kickers.

    Rushing Battle Often Holds the Key to Success

    The ability to win the running game battle was a key to victory for the 2016 Huskers, and Nebraska will make a strong running game a focus again this fall.

  • Nebraska was a perfect 8-0 in 2016 when holding an advantage in rushing yards. The Huskers are 11-0 under Head Coach Mike Riley when out-rushing the opposition.
  • Stopping the run also keyed Nebraska victories last fall. The Blackshirts held five opponents to 88 or fewer rushing yards last season, winning each of those five contests.
  • In two seasons under Coach Riley, Nebraska is 8-0 when rushing for 200 yards or more, including 4-0 in 2016.

    Five Players Elected as 2017 Team Captains

    The Nebraska football program named five team captains on Saturday, Aug. 26, as selected by a vote of their teammates.

    The group consists of three seniors and two juniors, and three players on offense and two defensive standouts. The 2017 captains also include three Nebraska natives and two players who began their Husker career as walk-on student-athletes before earning scholarships.

    2017 Nebraska team captains
    • Jerald Foster, Jr., OG, Lincoln, Neb.
    • Joshua Kalu, Sr., S, Houston, Texas
    • Tanner Lee, Jr., QB, Destrehan, La.
    • Luke McNitt, Sr., FB, Kearney, Neb.
    • Chris Weber, Sr., LB, Elkhorn, Neb.

    Captain Notes
    • The three Nebraska natives (Foster, McNitt, Weber) to be named captains is the most in-state captains since Nebraska also had three in-state captains in 2001 (Eric Crouch, Jeremy Slechta, Dave Volk). The Huskers have had at least one Nebraska native as a captain for 12 consecutive seasons.

  • Foster is the third captain from Lincoln in four seasons, joining Jake Cotton (2014) and Josh Banderas (2016).
  • A Husker offensive lineman has served as a captain for five straight seasons. Foster joins Spencer Long (2013), Jake Cotton (2014), Alex Lewis (2015) and Dylan Utter (2016).
  • Kalu is the fifth defensive back to be a captain since 2013, joining Ciante Evans (2013), Corey Cooper (2014), Josh Mitchell (2014) and Nathan Gerry (2015, 2016).
  • McNitt and Weber are the fourth and fifth players since 2013 to earn the role of a captain after starting their career as a walk-on. They join Spencer Long (2013), Jack Gangwish (2015) and Dylan Utter (2016) in that group.
  • McNitt is the first fullback to serve as a captain since Judd Davies in 2003.
  • Lee’s selection marks the fourth time in six seasons a quarterback has served as a Husker captain, joining Taylor Martinez (2012, 2013) and Tommy Armstrong Jr. (2015).

    Nebraska Walk-On Tradition Continues

    Mike Riley placed six former walk-ons on scholarship before the start of the season. Five of the six members of the group are fifth-year seniors and four are Nebraska natives.

    Walk-ons awarded scholarships
    • Brett Classen, WR (Medina, Minn.)
    • Cole Conrad, OL (Fremont, Neb.)
    • Tyler Hoppes, TE (Lincoln, Neb.)
    • Connor Ketter, TE (Norfolk, Neb.)
    • Luke McNitt, FB (Kearney, Neb.)
    • Gabe Rahn, WR (Le Mars, Iowa)

    Nebraska has a long tradition of relying on its walk-on program to help build the foundation of the program. Six walk-ons have gone on to earn first-team All-America honors for Nebraska, while 13 walk-ons have earned first-team academic All-America recognition.

    Five former walk-ons are on the top line of the depth chart heading into the season opener.


    2017 Huskers Feature Prominent Fathers

    Husker fans could see some famous faces at Nebraska games this fall, as three freshmen feature prominent fathers.

  • Redshirt freshman JD Spielman is the adopted son of Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman, and JD's uncle is former Ohio State All-America linebacker and NFL standout Chris Spielman, who now serves as an NFL analyst for Fox Sports.
  • Freshman fullback Ben Miles is the son of former national championship head coach Les Miles. Les compiled a 141-55 record in 15 seasons as a head coach at Oklahoma State and LSU. He led the Tigers to the 2007 national title and an appearance in the 2011 BCS National Championship Game.
  • Freshman wide receiver Kade Warner is the son of former two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner. In addition to a distinguished Arena Football League career, Kurt enjoyed a 12-year NFL career with the St. Louis Rams and the Arizona Cardinals. He threw for more than 32,000 yards in his career and ranks seventh in NFL history with an average of 260.8 passing yards per game. Kurt was also a four-time Pro Bowler, a two-time NFL MVP (1999 & 2001) and the Super Bowl XXXIV MVP. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.

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    Huskers Name Five Captains for 2017 Season

    The Nebraska football program named five team captains on Saturday afternoon with the 2017 season opener one week away. The five captains were selected by a vote of their teammates.

    The group consists of three seniors and two juniors, and three players on offense and two defensive standouts. The 2017 captains also include three Nebraska natives and two players who began their Husker career as walk-on student-athletes before earning scholarships.

    Offensively, fifth-year senior fullback Luke McNitt, junior quarterback Tanner Lee and junior offensive guard Jerald Foster were named captains. The Blackshirt defense will be represented by a pair of seniors, linebacker Chris Weber and safety Joshua Kalu.

    A native of Kearney, Neb., McNitt has been one of Nebraska’s top special teams performers throughout his NU career and is in his second season as the starting fullback. He was placed on scholarship earlier this week. Lee is set to make his first Nebraska start on Saturday night after beginning his career at Tulane, where he was the Green Wave’s starting quarterback for two seasons.

    A Lincoln native, Foster is part of a strong group of returning offensive linemen for the Huskers. Foster battled through a knee injury last season to start the final four games of his sophomore campaign.

    On defense, Weber is a fifth-year senior and a product of Elkhorn High School. An academic All-America candidate, Weber will anchor the middle of the Nebraska linebacker corps this fall. Kalu has made 28 career starts in the secondary for Nebraska and has 168 tackles. After lining up at cornerback the past three seasons, he is slated to start at safety this fall.

    Notes on 2017 Captains--The three Nebraska natives (Foster, McNitt, Weber) to be named captains is the most in-state captains since Nebraska also had three in-state captains in 2001 (Eric Crouch, Jeremy Slechta, Dave Volk). The Huskers have had at least one Nebraska native as a captain for 12 consecutive seasons.

    --Foster is the third captain from Lincoln in four seasons, joining Jake Cotton (2014) and Josh Banderas (2016).

    --Kalu is the fifth defensive back to be a captain since 2013, joining Ciante Evans (2013), Corey Cooper (2014), Josh Mitchell (2014) and Nathan Gerry (2015, 2016).

    --A Husker offensive lineman has served as a captain for five straight seasons. Foster joins Spencer Long (2013), Jake Cotton (2014), Alex Lewis (2015) and Dylan Utter (2016).

    --McNitt is the first fullback to serve as a captain since Judd Davies in 2003.

    --McNitt and Weber are the fourth and fifth players since 2013 to earn the role of a captain after starting their career as a walk-on. They join Spencer Long (2013), Jack Gangwish (2015) and Dylan Utter (2016) in that group.

    --Lee’s selection marks the fourth time in six seasons a quarterback has served as a Husker captain, joining Taylor Martinez (2012, 2013) and Tommy Armstrong Jr. (2015).


    Hastings College starts the season off with a win

    Jamestown, ND - It may have been the perfect start Head Coach Tony Harper was looking for with the defense looking strong as the Hastings College football team routed Jamestown 31-3 to open the 2018 football season on Saturday.

    Before we get to the stellar defensive effort, the offense was on high alert from the early onset.

    After the teams traded three-and-outs to start the game, the Broncos would begin its second possession on its own 41-yard line. Tahj Willingham got things rolling with a 13- yard plunge followed by a four yard gain.

    Following a 15-yard illegal contact penalty on the Jimmies, Willingham broke off another big run of 14-yards which led to Anthony Cloyd throwing his first collegiate touchdown as he would find his star wideout Jordan Johnson from 13-yards out to make it 7-0 early in the first quarter.

    The HC defense would once again force a 3-and-out forcing a Jamestown punt where Jacob Tarr would make a fair catch at the Hastings 30.

    Willingham wasted no time taking the Cloyd handoff and breaking through for a 70 touchdown run as Hastings jumped out to an early 14-0 lead.

    Yet another 3-and-out by the Bronco defense led to another Jimmie punt that only traveled 33-yards to the Jamestown 43-yard line. From there Travis Agagah raced 43-yards for his first collegiate touchdown pushing the Bronco lead to 21-0 before the first quarter came to a close.

    This is where the HC defense would take over only allowed a field goal during the first half as that followed a 13 play 70-yard drive midway through the second quarter.

    Throughout the third quarter, the Bronco defense would not allow more than 17 yards on any drive during that period as Hastings would carry that 21-3 lead into the final frame.

    Early in the fourth quarter, Jamestown would find itself in position to potentially get back in the game following a Bronco punt that gave them the ball at midfield.

    Dylan Klatt would find Branden Edwards for 25-yards on the next play but the Hastings defense was having non of that as on the next play, Nathan Howe picked off Klatt and returned it 50 yards to the Jamestown 25.

    From there Hastings would go on an eight play drive capped off by an Anthony Cloyd eight yard rushing touchdown pushing the lead to 25 at 28-3.

    On the Broncos next possession, Alex Stogdill would redeem himself after missing a field goal earlier in the game by making a 32-yarder to finish up the scoring at 31-3.

    Hastings outgained the Jimmies 353 yards to 216.

    Willingham led the rushing attack with 123 yards on 18 carries and a score. Cloyd added 93 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown while Agagah rushed the ball five times for 51 yards and a touchdown.

    Cloyd finished the game going 15-for-24 for 114 yards and a touchdown. Johnson led the receiving corp with 68 yards on three catches and a score.

    Jacob Tarr, Tyler Kennedy and Anthony Murray led the way defensively with eight tackles each. Austin Rowlett and Kennedy each had a sack while Murray, Howe and Stansell each recorded a pick.

    Hastings moves to 1-0 on the year and will be back in action Saturday September 2 hitting the road to take on Southwestern (Kan.) with kick-off set for 6:00 p.m. in Winfield, KS.

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