13-Sep-2019 / UNK Athletics
Kearney, Neb. – The Central Oklahoma Bronchos scored 21 fourth quarter points and recovered an onside kick with 47 seconds remaining to rally past Nebraska-Kearney, 28-23, Thursday night at Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field.
UCO (1-1) improves to 4-1 all-time in Kearney and bounces back from a last second loss to No. 23 Pittsburg State. UNK (1-1), dating back to last year, has lost its last four games by a combined 23 points.
“I think we battled. What it boiled down to, especially there early in the fourth quarter, was the big plays. They got two long passes … our punter did a good job of pinning them down and we let them out of jail with a couple of big passes,” UNK head coach Josh Lynn said. “On the other side we had a couple of drops that should’ve been caught and that would’ve changed the outcome of the game.”
UNK’s option offense was humming along for three quarters and entered the final 15 minutes with huge advantages in time of possession and offensive plays ran. While the Lopers were ahead 17-7 at this time, several drives had stalled and resulted in either field goals, missed field goals or turnover on downs.
The ‘Chos offense scored a touchdown on its first possession of the night but then was forced to punt five straight times. However, after UNK missed a 42-yard field goal to start the fourth, UCO came alive and went 80 yards in 12 plays and then 93 yards in eight plays to suddenly lead 21-17 with 5:09 remaining. UNK then fumbled on its next offensive play and that led to another short TD run by backup quarterback Chandler Garrett.
“We got to put points when we’re down in the red zone. A few times we walked away with no points … we got to finish drives. Give UCO credit; they buckled down when they needed to,” Lynn said.
The Lopers didn’t go quietly, getting a defensive stop with 1:55 remaining and then going 62 yards in six plays. Senior QB Alex McGinnis (Crete) completed four passes on the quick drive, the last being a six-yard scoring strike to senior slot Luke Quinn (Scottsdale, Ariz.).
UNK then setup for an onside kick and was planning to go to the left side of the field. However, UCO called timeout and flipped their hands team to the opposite side. Senior Kendall Raschein (Red Bluff, Calif.) laid down a beauty of a kick towards the right side of the field that got batted backwards and a scrum for the ball ensued. The officials ruled UCO recovered the ball in what was a pile up of players.
“They said they saw with their own eyes a UCO player had the ball in a swarm of people,” Lynn said.
Kearney outgained UCO 504-379, running 15 more plays and having a seven minute advantage in time of possession. But the Lopers had five drives end inside the UCO 30-yard line that resulted in a total of three points.
UCO was led by junior QB Will Collins who went 13 of 24 for 200 yards, two TD’s and no INT’s. He also had several crucial scrambles on third or fourth down to the tune of 59 yards on seven attempts. Next, junior back T.J. Roberts had a big second half to end up with a team-high 98 yards on 18 carries with All-MIAA receiver Dustin Basks at 85 yards on four catches. His acrobatic 29-yard reception helped jumped start the ‘Chos offense early in the fourth. He then added a 40-yard catch to get the next drive going.
“We have to put our guys in the right position and then it boils down to making plays. It starts with coaches and then the players have to make plays,” Lynn said.
UNK was led by senior receiver Sedarius Young (Orlando, Fla.) who amassed 160 receiving yards on just four catches. This is the second most receiving yards by a Loper in the MIAA era (2012-pre.), trailing only the 161 yards Preston Foley had in a 2015 loss att UCO. That total also came on four grabs.
McGinnis finished 10 of 21 for 231 yards, one TD and no INT’s while rushing nine times for 39 yards. The UNK ground game averaged 4
12-Sep-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Lincoln – For the second straight year, Nebraska will be on the road for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, as the Huskers will travel to Atlanta, Ga., for a matchup with Georgia Tech. The game at McCamish Pavilion will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The game will be televised on ESPNU with a 6:15 p.m. (central) start time, as ESPN announced start times for all 14 Big Ten/ACC Challenge games Thursday morning.
This will be only the second-ever matchup between the Huskers and Yellow Jackets, as the teams have not played since a 66-49 win by Georgia Tech on Dec. 28, 1983.
The Huskers have played well on the road in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, posting a 3-1 mark following a 68-66 win at Clemson last season. NU also posted road wins at Wake Forest (2013) and at Florida State (2015).
Nebraska is 5-3 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge since joining the conference in 2011-12. Five of Nebraska’s eight games have been decided by five points or less, including all three losses. In all, Nebraska is 9-6 all-time in conference challenge games, including the Gavitt Games and the former Big 12/Pac 10 Hardwood Challenge. The Big Ten is 5-12-3 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, but is an impressive 5-2-3 over the last 10 years. Last year, the teams split the 14 games which allowed the ACC to keep the Commissioner’s Cup.
Nebraska Head Coach Fred Hoiberg is no stranger to conference challenge events in his time at Iowa State, going 2-1 in three such events, including a perfect 2-0 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
Fans can get their first look at the 2019-20 Huskers under first-year coach Fred Hoiberg at the Opening Night with Husker Hoops on Friday, Sept. 27. As of Thursday morning, just 400 tickets remain for the event which will include a 20-minute scrimmage, introductions of the Husker men’s and women’s teams and a special performance by hip-hop superstar Rick Ross.
12-Sep-2019 / Steve Stein
Northwest visits Grand Island Central Catholic for city softball bragging rights. The Vikings (7-5) have dropped three straight to state ranked opponents. The Crusaders (8-7) split games at the Blue Hill Triangular earlier in the week.
Varsity begins at 6:30 at the Veterans Complex. We'll have coverage on AM 1430/105.5FM.
Listen to a couple of senior spotlights with Emily Stein of Northwest and Shelby Stratman of GICC
11-Sep-2019 / Associated Press
Archbishop Bergan def. Arlington, 3-0
Aurora def. Columbus, 25-16, 25-15, 22-25, 25-17
Bellevue East def. Omaha Benson, 25-8, 25-5, 25-10
Beloit, Kan. def. Red Cloud, 25-9, 25-10
Bertrand def. Amherst, 25-22, 25-17
Blue Hill def. Silver Lake, 25-19, 25-15, 25-21
Centennial def. Sandy Creek, 25-14, 25-20, 25-13
Chadron def. Alliance, 25-12, 25-15, 28-26
Cheyenne East, Wyo. def. Scottsbluff, 25-10, 25-14, 25-19
Clarkson/Leigh def. Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur, 25-21, 18-25, 25-17, 25-20
Columbus Lakeview def. York, 25-11, 25-20, 25-15
Creighton def. Plainview, 18-25, 25-20, 24-26, 25-21, 15-8
Crofton def. Hartington Cedar Catholic, 24-26, 27-25, 25-22
Cross County def. Bruning-Davenport/Shickley, 25-23, 26-24, 25-19
CWC def. St. Mary's, 25-18, 25-8, 25-15
David City def. East Butler, 25-18, 25-19, 25-10
Deshler def. McCool Junction, 25-15, 25-15, 25-19
Diller-Odell def. Falls City Sacred Heart, 25-20, 25-9, 25-17
Douglas County West def. Raymond Central, 25-15, 23-25, 25-11, 25-22
Elkhorn South def. Bellevue West, 25-10, 23-25, 24-26, 25-21, 15-9
Fillmore Central def. Milford, 22-25, 25-19, 25-18, 14-25, 15-12
Fort Calhoun def. Omaha Brownell-Talbot, 3-1
Freeman def. Sterling, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22
Fullerton def. High Plains Community, 28-26, 25-14, 25-23
Grand Island def. Hastings, 25-23, 23-25, 25-14, 25-22
Gretna def. Omaha Westside, 3-0
Guardian Angels def. Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, 25-18, 25-16, 25-12
Hartington-Newcastle def. Wausa, 25-18, 25-14, 20-25, 25-15
Hastings St. Cecilia def. Adams Central, 25-18, 25-9, 25-14
Hershey def. Cozad, 25-15, 25-15, 12-25, 27-29, 15-11
Johnson-Brock def. Pawnee City, 25-17, 25-17, 25-17
Kearney def. Fremont, 25-17, 25-18, 25-19
Kearney Catholic def. South Loup, 26-24, 25-13, 25-18
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge def. Homer, 25-10, 25-20
Lincoln East def. Lincoln North Star, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21
Lincoln High def. Lincoln Northeast, 32-30, 25-20, 26-24
Lincoln Lutheran def. Lincoln Christian, 25-20, 25-27, 25-23, 25-22
Lincoln Pius X def. Papillion-LaVista South, 25-11, 25-21, 25-19
Lincoln Southeast def. Norfolk, 25-14, 25-22
Nebraska Christian def. Nebraska Lutheran, 25-13, 25-13, 25-9
Nebraska City Lourdes def. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, 25-20, 21-25, 26-24, 25-16
Neligh-Oakdale def. Elkhorn Valley, 25-13, 14-25, 25-19, 25-22
Norfolk Catholic def. Lutheran High Northeast, 25-21, 25-22, 26-24
Norris def. Nebraska City, 25-15, 25-5, 25-8
Ogallala def. McCook, 25-13, 25-16, 25-6
Omaha Skutt Catholic def. Beatrice, 25-12, 25-17, 25-18
Osmond def. Bloomfield, 25-13, 13-25, 25-19, 25-18
Papillion-LaVista def. Omaha South, 25-8, 25-8, 25-14
Pine Bluffs, Wyo. def. Leyton, 25-21, 14-25, 25-17, 25-22
Ponca def. Randolph, 25-15, 25-20, 25-8
Republic County, Kan. def. Red Cloud, 25-21, 25-18
Santee def. Marty Indian, S.D., 25-18, 8-25, 14-25, 25-22, 15-9
Shelton def. Palmer, 21-25, 25-18, 18-25, 27-25
Sidney def. Mitchell, 25-11, 25-12
Sioux City, East, Iowa def. South Sioux City, 25-13, 25-9, 25-11
Southwest def. Sutherland, 17-25, 25-10, 25-16, 25-23
Thayer Central def. Fairbury, 26-24, 25-13
Wahoo def. Platteview, 25-15, 25-14, 25-14
Waverly def. Blair, 25-5, 25-9, 25-11
Wayne def. Columbus Scotus, 21-25, 25-15, 26-24, 25-23
Wisner-Pilger def. West Point-Beemer, 25-19, 22-25, 25-17, 22-25, 15-7
Wood River def. Central City, 3-2
Wynot def. Winside, 26-24, 25-22, 25-19
Yutan def. Weeping Water, 25-15, 25-17, 25-10
Arthur County Triangular
Arthur County def. Morrill, 20-25, 25-17, 25-22
Arthur County def. Creek Valley, 26-24, 25-20
Creek Valley def. Morrill, 2-0
Brady def. Paxton, 25-8, 25-15
Brady def. Sandhills Valley, 25-8, 25-16
Sandhills Valley def. Paxton, 25-21, 25-22
Bridgeport def. Kimball, 25-17, 25-18
Garden County def. Bridgeport, 26-24, 25-16
Garden County def. Kimball, 25-15, 25-9
Mead def. Palmyra, 25-20, 25-20
Mead def. Conestoga, 25-10, 25-9
Palmyra def. Conestoga, 25-23, 25-19
Dundy County-Stratton Triangular
Cambridge def. Dundy County-Stratton, 25-19, 25-21
North Platte St. Patrick's def. Cambridge, 17-25, 25-14, 25-21
North Platte St. Patrick's def. Dundy County-Stratton, 25-14, 21-25, 25-22
Elm Creek Triangular
Elm Creek def. Franklin, 28-26, 25-14
Southern Valley def. Franklin, 25-13, 25-10
Southern Valley def. Elm Creek, 23-25, 25-17, 25-11
Exeter/Milligan def. Osceola, 25-10, 25-20
Giltner def. Exeter/Milligan, 27-25, 25-20
Giltner def. Osceola, 25-12, 25-21
Heartland Lutheran Triangular
Heartland Lutheran def. Elba, 25-13, 25-22
Riverside def. Elba, 25-12, 25-22
Riverside def. Heartland Lutheran, 25-23, 25-19
Crawford def. Hay Springs, 18-25, 25-23, 25-23
Hay Springs def. Hemingford, 28-25, 18-25, 25-13
Hitchcock County Triangular
Hitchcock County def. Wallace, 25-16, 25-21
Wallace def. Perkins County, 21-25, 25-19, 25-21
Howells/Dodge def. Pender, 25-22, 25-21
Howells/Dodge def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-3, 25-11
Pender def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-19, 25-17
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Triangular
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder def. Twin River, 25-20, 27-25
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder def. Tekamah-Herman, 25-27, 25-20, 25-14
Tekamah-Herman def. Twin River, 25-15, 25-18
Loomis def. Arapahoe, 25-19, 25-16
Maywood-Hayes Center def. Arapahoe, 25-16, 25-12
Maywood-Hayes Center def. Loomis, 25-14, 25-11
Wakefield-Allen def. Spalding Academy, 25-6, 25-16
Wakefield-Allen def. Madison, 25-17, 25-15
Millard South Triangular
Millard South def. Omaha Duchesne Academy, 25-19, 25-15
Millard South def. Elkhorn, 25-22, 25-12
Hyannis def. Sandhills/Thedford, 22-25, 25-10, 25-19
Mullen def. Hyannis, 25-19, 25-18
Mullen def. Sandhills/Thedford, 25-10, 25-15
Northern Valley, Kan. Triangular
Alma def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-20, 25-13
Alma def. Northern Valley, Kan., 25-8, 25-8
Wilcox-Hildreth def. Northern Valley, Kan., 25-17, 25-12
Omaha North Triangular
Omaha Burke def. Omaha North, 25-20, 25-16
Omaha Gross Catholic def. Omaha Burke, 25-23, 20-25, 25-16
Omaha Gross Catholic def. Omaha North, 25-13, 25-23
Axtell def. Sumner-Eddyville-Miller, 25-11, 25-14
Overton def. Axtell, 25-21, 25-16
Overton def. Sumner-Eddyville-Miller, 25-16, 25-11
Anselmo-Merna def. Ansley-Litchfield, 25-19, 25-19
Pleasanton def. Ansley-Litchfield, 25-11, 25-14
Pleasanton def. Anselmo-Merna, 25-14, 25-23
St. Edward Triangular
Burwell def. Humphrey St. Francis, 25-17, 22-25, 25-23
Burwell def. St. Edward, 25-6, 25-20
Humphrey St. Francis def. St. Edward, 25-10, 25-9
St. Paul Triangular
Arcadia-Loup City def. Ravenna, 25-22, 25-17
St. Paul def. Arcadia-Loup City, 25-15, 25-15
St. Paul def. Ravenna, 25-13, 25-10
Stuart Double Triangular
Elgin Public/Pope John def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 25-15, 25-21
Stuart def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 25-11, 25-16
Summerland def. Elgin Public/Pope John, 25-12, 25-15
Summerland def. Stuart, 25-16, 25-20
Doniphan-Trumbull def. Kenesaw, 25-14, 23-25, 25-15
Superior def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 25-18, 25-19
Superior def. Kenesaw, 25-10, 25-19
Tri County Triangular
Cornerstone Christian def. Lewiston, 25-19, 27-25
Tri County def. Lewiston, 25-23, 25-9
O'Neill def. Valentine, 25-12, 16-25, 25-20
O'Neill def. West Holt, 25-15, 25-15
Valentine def. West Holt, 25-11, 25-13
Johnson County Central def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-21, 25-11
Syracuse def. Johnson County Central, 25-17, 25-19
Syracuse def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-10, 25-12
09-Sep-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
NEBRASKA vs NORTHERN ILLINOIS
SEPT. 14, 2019 | MEMORIAL STADIUM
LINCOLN, NEB. | 7 P.M. (CT)
TV - FS1 (Justin Kutcher, Petros Papadakis, Shane Vereen)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 83, XM 83
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App
2019 Record: 1-1, 0-0 Big Ten
Last Game: Colorado (L, 34-31 OT)
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 24-16 (4th Year)/5-9 (2nd Year)
vs. Northern Illinois: 0-0
2019 Record: 1-1, 0-0 MAC
Last Game: Utah (L, 35-17)
Coach: Thomas Hammock
Career/NIU Record: 1-1 (1st Year)/Same
vs. Nebraska: 0-0
Nebraska returns home to Memorial Stadium on Saturday evening, as the Huskers will complete non-conference play against Northern Illinois. Kickoff under the lights in Lincoln is set for shortly after 7 p.m. CT, with national television coverage on FS1 and radio coverage available on the Husker Sports Network from Learfield-IMG.
Nebraska will come into the game against Northern Illinois with a 1-1 record, after a tough 34-31 overtime loss at Colorado last Saturday. The Huskers jumped to a 17-0 lead in the game, and led by a touchdown in the final moments before a Colorado score forced overtime, where the Buffs prevailed. The Huskers will look to rebound against Northern Illinois and extend their winning streak at Memorial Stadium to six games.
Northern Illinois will also bring a 1-1 record to Lincoln on Saturday. The Huskies opened the season with a win over Illinois State, before dropping a 35-17 contest at No. 14 Utah last Saturday. Northern Illinois is under the directon of first-year head coach Thomas Hammock, who took over at his alma mater after spending the previous five seasons on the Baltimore Ravens coaching staff.
Saturday's meeting is the second game in a four-game series with Northern Illinois. The Huskies won in Lincoln in 2017 and have two additional future visits to Memorial Stadium.
Nebraska and Northern Illinois will meet for the fourth time on Saturday evening, with the Huskers owning a 2-1 edge. All three previous games were played at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska posted victories in 1989 and 1990 while NIU won in Lincoln in 2017.
• In addition to Saturday's game, Northern Illinois is scheduled to visit Lincoln in 2021 and 2023.
• Nebraska is 5-1 all-time against members of the Mid-American Conference, with the lone loss being the 21-17 setback against NIU in 2017.
• Including the two future games with NIU, Nebraska has five future games scheduled with members of the Mid-American Conference (NIU-2021, 2023; Central Michigan-2020; Buffalo-2021; Akron-2025).
Huskers Hope to Shine Under Memorial Stadium Lights
The Huskers have a long history of success under the lights in Lincoln.
• The Huskers have won 20 of their last 22 home night games at Memorial Stadium. NU is 46-7 all-time in Memorial Stadium night games.
• Nebraska's dominance at night in Lincoln has been impressive, as 33 of the home night wins have been by at least 13 points.
• The seven 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; Wisconsin and Ohio State, 2017).
• Nebraska will be playing its first home night game since the 2017 season. The Huskers were scheduled to play Akron in a prime-time season opener in Lincoln last fall, but the game was canceled because of inclement weather. The 2018 season marked the first time since 1995 that Nebraska did not host a home night game.
Frost in Second Season with Huskers
Scott Frost is in his second season at Nebraska in 2019. The 2017 consensus national coach of the year, Frost boasts a 24-16 career record as a collegiate head coach.
• Although Nebraska finished with a 4-8 record in 2018, five of the eight losses came by a combined 21 points. NU lost five games by five or fewer points, including a trio of three-point defeats. Nebraska won four of its final six games, and the two losses were a five-point loss at an Ohio State team that ended the year ranked No. 3 in the nation and a three-point loss at Iowa, when the Hawkeyes kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired. Iowa finished with a No. 25 ranking.
• As the head coach at UCF, Frost improved from 6-7 in his first season to 13-0 in year two. A similar turnaround at Nebraska could be historic. A nine-win season by Nebraska in 2019 would tie for the second-largest win improvement from one season to the next in school history (five games), while a 10-win campaign would tie the largest win improvement (six games).
• In 12 seasons as a full-time assistant or head coach, Frost's teams have posted a 127-33 record, averaging nearly 11 wins per season. Frost has been a part of seven conference championship teams and coached in two national championship games in his 12 seasons.
• Frost's teams have been ranked in the top 15 in 10 of his 12 seasons, including eight final top-10 rankings and six final top-five rankings.
• Each of NU's last five head coaches won at least eight games in their second season, and the four head coaches prior to Frost all produced their best winning percentage at Nebraska in year two.
Frost Offenses Impressive on Opening Drives
One common theme of a Scott Frost-led offense has been a fast start, and that has held true for Frost's tenure in Lincoln. Nebraska has scored on its opening drive in each of the first two games in 2019. NU received the opening kickoff against South Alabama and drove nine plays and 81 yards for a touchdown to a take a 7-0 lead. At Colorado, Nebraska drove 96 yards in five plays on its first possession to take a 7-0 lead. The opening-drive score continued a theme from 2018.
• Nebraska scored on its first possession seven times in 12 games last season, including six of the final seven games. All seven of NU's opening scoring drives resulted in touchdowns.
• NU received the opening kickoff nine times in 2018 and scored touchdowns on six of those drives while punting only once. The Huskers had a game-opening touchdown drive to take a 7-0 lead in five straight games during the Big Ten Conference season.
• The Huskers scored on nearly 60 percent of their opening possessions in 2018, even with a pair of drive-ending turnovers in opponent territory. Nebraska's average touchdown drive covered more than 74 yards, including one 80-yard touchdown march and five 75-yard scoring drives.
• Over the last three seasons - 2018-19 at Nebraska and 2017 at UCF - Frost's offenses have scored a touchdown on their opening possession 18 times in 27 games (67 percent). The average length of the touchdown drive in that span is 74 yards.
• In three-plus years as a head coach, Frost's offenses have scored on their opening drive 22 times in 40 games, with 21 touchdowns and one field goal. In 80 games over six-plus seasons as a play-caller, Frost's offenses have scored on their first possession of the game 43 times, putting points on the board in more than half of their opening possessions.
• Frost's Opening Drive Scoring Percentage: 54% (43 of 80 drives)
• Frost's Opening Drive Touchdown Percentage: 48% (38 of 80 drives)
Huskers Continue Streaks into 2019 Season
Nebraska continues a pair of long team streaks in the 2019 season, while a pair of Huskers are also riding impressive individual streaks.
• Saturday's game against Northern Illinois will mark Nebraska's 370th consecutive sellout. The sellout streak began in 1962 and is in its 57th year in 2019.
• Nebraska has scored in 297 consecutive games. The streak is the longest in school history, the eighth-longest in FBS history and the fifth-longest active streak.
• Junior wide receiver JD Spielman has made at least two catches in each of his 23 career games. His streak of 23 straight games with a reception is tied for the sixth-longest streak in school history.
• Sophomore place-kicker Barret Pickering has made 10 consecutive field goals, 26 consecutive extra points and 36 straight kicks overall. His streak of 10 straight made field goals is the seventh-longest streak in program history. Pickering has not played in the first two games because of injury.
Spielman Continues to Climb Husker Charts
Junior wide receiver JD Spielman has already made Husker history as the only player in program history to have a 200-yard receiving game. In only two-plus seasons and just 23 games, Spielman is also leaving his mark on Nebraska's career record book. He has 128 career catches for 1,796 yards, ranking sixth all-time at Nebraska in receiving yards and eighth in receptions.
• Spielman needs 62 receptions and 952 yards to become Nebraska's all-time leader in both categories. He averaged 61 catches and 842 receiving yards per season in his first two years. On a per-game basis in his 23-game career, Spielman averages 5.6 receptions and 78.1 receiving yards.
• Spielman reached 1,000 career receiving yards in only 15 games. He reached the mark faster than any other Husker, eclipsing Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers (16 games).
• Spielman is the only player in school history to record 100 catches prior to his junior season.
• Spielman owns the only two 200-yard receiving games in Husker history (200 yards vs. Ohio State in 2017 and 209 yards at Wisconsin in 2018).
• Spielman is the only wide receiver in school history to have two career games with double-digit receptions (11 vs. Ohio State in 2017 and 10 vs. Purdue in 2018). Running back Marlon Lucky is the only other Husker to have two career games with double-digit catches.
• Spielman had more than 800 receiving yards in each of his first two seasons, joining Johnny Rodgers and Stanley Morgan Jr. as the only Huskers with two 800-yard receiving seasons. No Husker has ever had three 800-yard receiving seasons.
• Spielman had more than 50 catches in each of his first two seasons, joining Johnny Rodgers, Kenny Bell and Stanley Morgan Jr. as the only players in program history with multiple 50-catch seasons. No Husker has ever had three 50-catch seasons.
• Spielman opened the 2019 season with a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown against South Alabama, marking his second career punt return score. He had a 77-yard punt return touchdown last season against Bethune-Cookman. He also had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in his first career touch against Arkansas State in the 2017 season opener. Spielman is one of only eight players in program history to return both a punt and kickoff for a touchdown.
• Against Colorado, Spielman recorded his fifth career 100-yard receiving game with five catches for 112 yards. He opened the scoring with a 65-yard touchdown reception, marking the sixth touchdown of his career that has covered at least 65 yards.
09-Sep-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Boulder, Colo. - In a game that was dominated by the Nebraska defense for nearly three quarters, Colorado's offense erupted for 31 points in the final 17 minutes of regulation to force overtime before the Buffaloes hit a 34-yard field goal on the opening possession of OT to claim a 34-31 win over the Cornhuskers on Saturday afternoon at Folsom Field.
Nebraska won the overtime coin flip and elected to defend. The Blackshirts came through by holding the Buffaloes to a James Stefanou field goal to give Colorado its only lead of the game.
The Huskers took their overtime possession 25 yards from victory, but were shut down on first and second down, before a third-down sack of Adrian Martinez put Nebraska at 4th-and-16 from the CU 31. Nebraska elected to try a 48-yard game-tying field goal with Isaac Armstrong, who earlier in the game kicked his first career field goal. Armstrong, Nebraska's regular starting punter, was making his first career collegiate appearance at place-kicker as a replacement for injured returning starter Barret Pickering.
Armstrong's attempt was short and right, as Colorado escaped with the win. Prior to that kick, Armstrong was outstanding during regulation, going a perfect 4-for-4 on PAT kicks. His 26-yard field goal with 2:47 left in the second quarter staked Nebraska to a 17-0 halftime lead. Armstrong also boomed five punts for an average of 46.2 yards in the game.
Nebraska completely controlled the first half in front of nearly 53,000 fans - well over half of which were covered in Husker red - building a 17-point lead while out-gaining Colorado 266-84. The Blackshirts shut down the Buff running game in the half, holding CU to 0 yards on 14 carries.
After halftime, the Blackshirts continued to play well in the third quarter but the offense was unable to get anything going. Colorado finally broke into the scoring column late in the third quarter with an 11-yard touchdown run from Jaren Mangham with 1:42 left to cut Nebraska's lead to 17-7. Mangham finished the game with a team-high 44 yards on 11 carries with two touchdowns to lead the Buff running game, which finished with just 89 yards on 37 carries.
Nebraska started the fourth quarter with the ball, but was forced to punt. Armstrong pinned the Buffs at their own 4 to start the drive in the shadow of their own goal line. However, Colorado set the tone for the final quarter with a flea-flicker on its first play, and Steven Montez connected with K.D. Nixon on a 96-yard touchdown pass to pull the Buffs within 17-14 with 14:22 left. Dixon finished with game highs of six receptions and 148 yards.
Montez finished the game by completing 28-of-41 pass for 375 yards and two scores. He also threw one interception and was sacked three times.
While Colorado had momentum, Nebraska's offense quickly answered on its next offense play, with Maurice Washington taking a short pass from Martinez and racing 75 yards for a touchdown to put the Big Red back up 24-14 with 14:09 left. Washington produced 196 all-purpose yards, including four receptions for a team-high 118 yards, while adding 15 carries for 77 rushing yards to help the Husker offense.
Colorado kept coming, producing an answer of its own with a five-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by Mangham's second touchdown run - this time from seven yards out to pull back within three points at 24-21.
Colorado then came up with a big defensive play, forcing a Martinez fumble to start a potential go-ahead drive on a short field at the Nebraska 35. The Blackshirts stiffened and held Colorado to a 20-yard Stefanou field goal to tie the game for the first time at 24 with 8:30 left.
Martinez and the Husker offense then found an answer of their own, covering 75 yards in eight plays and 2:55, capped by Martinez's six-yard touchdown run to move back in front at 31-24 with 5:49 left.
For the game, Martinez completed 16-of-26 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns through the air. He also threw an interception on a deep pass on Nebraska's final play of regulation. Martinez was 9-for-9 for 180 passing yards and a touchdown in the first half. For the game, he added 19 carries for 66 yards and two more touchdowns on the ground to account for 356 yards of total offense.
On the ensuing kick-off, Laviska Shenault Jr. broke into the open on the return for Colorado, but Cam Taylor-Britt came up with a big individual special teams play by forcing a fumble that was recovered by walk-on Luke Reimer near midfield. However, an unsportsmanlike penalty on Nebraska during the recovery and an intentional grounding call on first down put Nebraska at its own 21 facing 2nd-and-17.
The Buffaloes forced a punt and took over 75 yards from a tie. Colorado completed the comeback to force overtime with Montez's 26-yard touchdown pass to Tony Brown with 46 seconds left. Brown finished with five receptions for 60 yards.
Junior wide receiver JD Spielman made Nebraska's first big play of the game with his 65-yard touchdown catch on NU's opening drive. Spielman finished with five catches for 112 yards, while adding one carry for eight yards.
Defensively, Nebraska got big games across its defensive line, led by five tackles, including two for loss from Khalil Davis. Ben Stille and Alex Davis both added two tackles for loss, while Carlos Davis added a 12-yard sack. Will Honas led the Blackshirts with a career-high nine tackles, while Mohamed Barry, Collin Miller and Marquel Dismuke all pitched in six stops. Lamar Jackson added a first-half interception, while Cam Taylor-Britt forced two fumbles while coming up with five tackles.
Nebraska (1-1) will look to bounce back next week at home with another tough test from Northern Illinois. Kickoff between the Huskers and the Huskies is set for 7 p.m. in what will be the 370th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. The game will be televised by FS1.
09-Sep-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
SAN DIEGO – The No. 2 Nebraska volleyball team pulled off a thrilling 3-2 (22-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-22, 15-11) comeback win at No. 25 San Diego on Saturday night at Jenny Craig Pavilion at the SDSU/USD Invitational.
The Huskers trailed the match 2-1 and were down 22-21 in set four to the Toreros, but scored the final four points of the fourth set and then never trailed in set five, capping the victory with a 15-11 final set. Nebraska improved to 4-0 on the season and returns home to host the Ameritas Players Challenge next weekend.
Lexi Sun tied her career high with 21 kills and had 12 digs and four blocks while hitting .318. Lauren Stivrins added 14 kills on .393 hitting with eight blocks. Madi Kubik contributed 11 kills and 16 digs, and Jazz Sweet had nine kills and four blocks.
The Huskers out-blocked San Diego, 12.5 to 7.0. Callie Schwarzenbach added four blocks for the Big Red, and Nicklin Hames had three to go with her 49 assists and a team-high 17 digs.
Nebraska had a .252 to .235 edge in hitting percentage. Kenzie Knuckles chipped in 14 digs, and Megan Miller had 11.
Katie Lukes and Grace Frohling each had 17 kills for the Toreros (2-3).
Set 1: San Diego held an 8-6 lead despite committing four early service errors. The Toreros led 11-8 with eight kills on .500 hitting, but a kill by Schwarzenbach started a 6-0 Husker run, highlighted by back-to-back blocks by Sweet and Stivrins. A back-row kill by Sun and an ace by Knuckles gave the Huskers the 14-11 advantage. After USD ended the run, Stivrins and Kubik combined for another block, and a USD error made it 16-12 Big Red. But the Toreros put together a 3-0 run to tie the set at 17-17. Sun's fourth kill put the Huskers up 18-17, but the Toreros scored five of the next six points to go up 22-19. San Diego earned set point at 24-20. Kubik notched back-to-back kills, but the Toreros held on for the 25-22 win. USD out-hit NU .237 to .097 in the set.
Set 2: The Toreros committed five errors early on to give the Huskers a 6-2 lead. A kill by Kubik and another USD error made it 8-3 Huskers. Schwarzenbach and Sweet teamed up for a block, and Sun terminated from the back row for a 16-10 Husker lead. But USD cut NU's lead to three, 19-16, forcing a Husker timeout. Kubik then crushed a kill from the back row to restore a four-point lead, and USD hit wide to make it 21-16 Huskers. After San Diego used a timeout, Sun hammered down an overpass to make it 22-16, and a kills by Sweet and Sun gave NU set point at 24-16. After USD scored the next three points, Hames dumped a kill to end the set at 25-19 and tie the match at 1-1.
Set 3: A couple of highlight-reel plays gave the Huskers some energy early in set three. Stivrins kicked a ball to a teammate to keep a rally alive, which Sweet terminated to tie the set at 2-2. Then a sprawling dig by Miller resulted in a block by Hames and Stivrins that put the Huskers up 3-2. But San Diego regained an 11-9 lead on an ace by Thana Fayad. Stivrins and Kubik strung together back-to-back kills, and USD hit long for a 12-11 Husker lead. Stivrins tipped a kill and then teamed with Sun for a stuff block to keep NU in front, 14-13. With the score tied 16-16, Zuhn posted her third kill of the set to make it 17-16, but the Toreros scored the next two to go ahead 18-17. The Toreros went ahead 21-19 after a Husker passing error led to a USD kill, and the lead increased to 24-20 after a Husker attacking error and a kill by Roxie Wiblin. Sun posted a pair of kills to slice the deficit in half, 24-22, but the Toreros finished it off at 25-22 on a kill by Frohling. NU hit .316 in set three but allowed San Diego to hit .325.
Set 4: San Diego scored the first two points of the set and led early on, but Sun terminated a long rally and USD committed an attacking error to give NU its first lead at 7-6. With Hayley Densberger still serving the run, Schwarzenbach and Sun posted back-to-back blocks to put the Big Red up 9-6 and force a San Diego timeout. Sweet tipped a kill off a block to make it 11-9 after San Diego had pulled within one, but the Toreros tied the set at 11-11 after two Husker breakdowns. The teams traded sideouts for 10 rallies before San Diego went up 17-16 on a kill by Wiblin. Sun answered with a kill for the Huskers and then served NU's second ace of the night for an 18-17 lead. After an NU service error, Schwarzenbach produced a kill to make it 19-18, but another service error tied the set again at 19-19. USD went up 20-19 after NU hit long, but the Toreros did the same on the next rally to make it 20-20. Stivrins notched her 10th kill to put NU back in front, but Frohling answered for USD and the Toreros went up 22-21 after NU was in the net. After a timeout, Sun posted back-to-back kills to put the Big Red back on top, 23-22. Stivrins and Hames then combined for a stuff block for set point at 24-22. Sun clinched the set for the Huskers on the next rally with her 19th kill. NU finished the set on a 4-0 run that Kubik served.
Set 5: Sweet opened the set with a kill to the far corner, and a kill by Stivrins and an ace by Kubik made it 3-1 Huskers. Stivrins put down her 12th kill for a 4-2 lead, but USD answered with two kills to tie the set at 4-4. NU went back ahead after a USD hitting error and Schwarzenbach kill made it 6-4. The Toreros tied the score again before Sweet pounded her eighth kill of the match to give NU a 7-6 lead. Sweet and Schwarzenbach then made it 8-6 with a stuff block. The Toreros committed a bad set, and Kubik tapped a kill to the floor for a 10-7 Husker advantage. USD sided out after a timeout, but Sweet posted a big kill to keep NU up by three, 11-8. Stivrins connected on the slide for a 12-9 lead, and Sun posted her 20th kill to increase the lead to four at 13-9. The Toreros recorded a kill out of a timeout, but Stivrins smashed her 14th kill for match point at 14-10. Sun sealed the match for the Huskers at 15-11 with her career-high-tying 21st kill. The Huskers hit .440 in the final set.
Up Next: Nebraska hosts the Ameritas Players Challenge next weekend at the Devaney Center. The Huskers will play High Point on Friday at Noon and Denver at 7:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, the Huskers will finish the weekend against Loyola Marymount at 1 p.m.
07-Sep-2019 / Steve Stein
Aurora made it a happy homecoming with a 45-10 pastings of Kearney Catholic on Friday. The Huskies never snapped the ball in their own territory in the first quarter in taking a 22-0 lead. Aurora had an interception, tackled the punter and recovered a fumble to set up the three scores.
Kaleb Moural rushed for nearly 100 yards and three TD's. Trevor Dvorak rushed for two scores and hit Jamo Herzberg on his first TD pass of the season.
Aurora (1-1) visits Wahoo (2-0) on Friday on 97.3 the Wolf.
Tim Elge Post Game Interivew
06-Sep-2019 / Associated Press
Auburn def. Fairbury, 27-25, 22-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-7
Aurora def. York, 25-27, 25-15, 25-27, 26-24, 15-11
Axtell def. Elm Creek, 3-2
Battle Creek def. Creighton, 25-13, 25-17, 25-4
Bishop Neumann def. Ashland-Greenwood, 18-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13
Bridgeport def. Kimball, 25-15, 25-15, 16-25, 23-25, 15-13
Broken Bow def. Gothenburg, 26-24, 27-25, 25-14
Centura def. Central City, 20-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-22
Chadron def. Gordon/Rushville, 25-15, 25-20, 25-15
Columbus def. Crete, 25-17, 25-19, 25-21
Columbus Lakeview def. Seward, 18-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-21
Cross County def. Shelby/Rising City, 25-22, 22-25, 25-14, 25-20
Douglas County West def. Logan View-Scribner-Snyder, 25-9, 25-20, 25-20
Elkhorn South def. Millard South, 25-20, 27-25, 21-25, 25-17
Fillmore Central def. David City, 25-14, 15-25, 25-17, 25-15
Garden County def. Leyton, 25-22, 25-21, 25-20
Gretna def. Bellevue West, 24-26, 25-15, 25-15, 23-25, 15-13
Hastings def. McCook, 25-22, 25-17, 25-16
Hastings St. Cecilia def. Grand Island Central Catholic, 25-16, 26-24, 22-25, 25-21
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge def. Randolph, 25-19, 25-10, 25-17
Lincoln Lutheran def. Omaha Concordia, 25-13, 25-10, 25-9
Lincoln North Star def. Fremont, 25-17, 25-18, 18-25, 25-18
Lincoln Southeast def. Lincoln Northeast, 27-29, 25-18, 25-13, 25-9
Lincoln Southwest def. Kearney, 17-25, 25-19, 25-15, 16-25, 17-15
Maxwell def. Brady, 21-25, 27-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-11
Milford def. Centennial, 25-20, 25-17, 21-25, 25-18
Millard West def. Omaha Benson, 25-15, 25-7, 25-6
Mitchell def. Hemingford, 25-15, 25-13, 25-8
Morrill def. Bayard, 20-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-17
Norfolk Catholic def. Pierce, 25-14, 25-17, 25-17
Norris def. Bennington, 25-23, 25-16, 25-14
O'Neill def. Boone Central/Newman Grove, 22-25, 23-25, 25-13, 25-12, 15-13
Omaha Burke def. Omaha Northwest, 25-13, 19-25, 25-16, 29-27
Papillion-LaVista def. Millard North, 27-25, 25-21, 25-22
Platteview def. Arlington, 25-15, 25-16, 25-13
Plattsmouth def. Blair, 25-10, 25-17, 25-13
Schuyler def. Cornerstone Christian, 25-17, 25-19, 25-19
Sedgwick County, Colo. def. South Platte, 25-16, 21-25, 25-16, 25-23
St. Paul def. Ord, 25-18, 25-11, 25-10
Superior def. Lawrence-Nelson, 25-19, 25-23, 25-23
Sutherland def. Paxton, 25-12, 25-16, 25-11
Thayer Central def. Tri County, 25-10, 25-17, 25-16
Twin River def. Osceola, 25-18, 25-20, 25-15
Vermillion, S.D. def. South Sioux City, 17-25, 25-15, 26-24, 22-25, 15-13
Wahoo def. Raymond Central, 28-26, 25-13, 25-17
Wauneta-Palisade def. Cheylin, Kan., 23-25, 25-13, 25-13, 25-22
Yutan def. Cedar Bluffs, 25-17, 25-15, 25-17
Anselmo-Merna def. Twin Loup, 25-21, 23-25, 25-17
Anselmo-Merna def. Ansley-Litchfield, 25-21, 23-25, 25-17
Twin Loup def. Ansley-Litchfield, 18-25, 25-17, 25-17
Alma def. Cambridge, 8-25, 25-23, 25-17
Bertrand def. Alma, 25-20, 25-22
Cambridge def. Bertrand, 18-25, 25-14, 25-13
Boyd County Triangular
Boyd County def. Santee, 25-16, 25-9
Neligh-Oakdale def. Santee, 25-18, 25-7
Central Valley Triangular
Central Valley def. Riverside, 25-17, 25-15
Central Valley def. Fullerton, 16-25, 25-15, 25-21
Fullerton def. Riverside, 25-14, 20-25, 25-19
Clarkson/Leigh def. Madison, 25-17, 25-11
Stanton def. Madison, 25-7, 25-12
Stanton def. Clarkson/Leigh, 19-25, 25-13, 25-20
Blue Hill def. Wood River, 27-29, 25-19, 25-16
Blue Hill def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 25-22, 24-26, 28-26
Wood River def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 25-19, 25-19
Elgin/Elgin Pope John Triangular
CWC def. Elgin Public/Pope John, 25-17, 25-5
CWC def. Stuart, 25-11, 25-14
Stuart def. Elgin Public/Pope John, 16-25, 26-24, 25-20
Homer def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-15, 25-19
Ponca def. Homer, 25-18, 25-17
Ponca def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-14, 25-11
Deshler def. Pawnee City, 21-25, 25-19, 25-16
Freeman def. Pawnee City, 23-25, 25-20, 25-23
Diller-Odell def. Elmwood-Murdock, 25-15, 25-10
Diller-Odell def. Johnson-Brock, 25-7, 25-20
Elmwood-Murdock def. Sterling, 25-22, 26-24
Johnson-Brock def. Sterling, 25-12, 25-16
Adams Central def. Ravenna, 21-25, 25-12, 26-24
Gibbon def. Ravenna, 26-24, 25-22
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Hampton, 25-11, 25-15
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Exeter/Milligan, 25-9, 25-8
Exeter/Milligan def. Hampton, 19-25, 25-17, 25-21
Franklin def. Shelton, 25-13, 25-22
Franklin def. Red Cloud, 25-20, 25-16
Franklin def. Harvard, 25-16, 25-18
Harvard def. Red Cloud, 25-20, 25-22
Shelton def. Harvard, 25-20, 25-16
Shelton def. Red Cloud, 25-14, 22-25
Heartland def. Sandy Creek, 25-16, 25-12
Heartland def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-14, 25-21
Sandy Creek def. Wilber-Clatonia, 23-25, 25-9, 25-23
Hi-Line def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 21-25, 25-8, 25-19
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller def. Hi-Line, 25-23, 25-18
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-20, 25-17
High Plains Community Triangular
Giltner def. High Plains Community, 25-17, 24-26, 25-11
Giltner def. East Butler, 25-9, 25-7
High Plains Community def. East Butler, 21-25, 25-11, 25-8
Hitchcock County Triangular
Dundy County-Stratton def. Arapahoe, 25-16, 28-26
Hitchcock County def. Arapahoe, 25-10, 25-17
Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer Triangular
Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer def. Falls City, 25-18, 25-17
Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer def. Johnson County Central, 23-25, 25-18, 25-17
Johnson County Central def. Falls City, 25-14, 25-20
Arcadia-Loup City def. Amherst, 25-10, 25-17
Arcadia-Loup City def. Kenesaw, 27-29, 25-13, 25-14
Kenesaw def. Amherst, 25-16, 25-21
Louisville def. Omaha Brownell-Talbot, 25-18, 25-12
Malcolm def. Louisville, 20-25, 25-20, 25-18
Malcolm def. Omaha Brownell-Talbot, 24-26, 25-7, 25-16
McCool Junction Triangular
Nebraska Lutheran def. McCool Junction, 25-20, 26-24
Sutton def. McCool Junction, 25-21, 25-16
Sutton def. Nebraska Lutheran, 25-21, 22-25, 25-11
Lexington def. Holdrege, 2-1
Minden def. Lexington, 25-18, 25-17
Minden def. Holdrege, 25-11, 25-13
Northeast Nebraska Tournament
Oakland-Craig def. Pender, 25-14, 25-14
Wayne def. Pender, 25-8, 25-10
Wayne def. Oakland-Craig, 25-20, 25-23
Guardian Angels def. Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur, 23-25, 25-16, 25-20
Lutheran High Northeast def. Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur, 25-18, 25-18
Lutheran High Northeast def. Guardian Angels, 13-25, 27-25, 25-19
West Point-Beemer def. Wakefield-Allen, 25-18, 25-17
Wisner-Pilger def. West Point-Beemer, 23-25, 25-15, 25-22
Wisner-Pilger def. Wakefield-Allen, 25-18, 25-17
Archbishop Bergan def. North Bend Central, 25-22, 28-26
North Bend Central def. Tekamah-Herman, 25-15, 25-15
Ogallala def. North Platte, 22-25, 25-22, 25-16
Sidney def. North Platte, 29-27, 25-20
Sidney def. Ogallala, 25-21, 25-19
Palmer Double Triangular
Heartland Lutheran def. St. Edward, 25-14, 25-12
Nebraska Christian def. Palmer, 25-5, 25-12
Nebraska Christian def. Heartland Lutheran, 25-13, 25-14
Palmer def. St. Edward, 25-8, 25-17
Palmyra def. Weeping Water, 25-7, 25-10
Palmyra def. Dorchester, 25-23, 25-11
Plainview def. St. Mary's, 25-23, 20-25, 25-17
Summerland def. Plainview, 25-9, 25-15
Summerland def. St. Mary's, 25-14, 25-12Pleasanton Triangular
Overton def. Loomis, 25-15, 25-16
Pleasanton def. Loomis, 25-10, 25-21
Pleasanton def. Overton, 25-9, 25-12
South Loup Triangular
Mullen def. Wallace, 25-13, 25-13
South Loup def. Mullen, 25-10, 25-16
South Loup def. Wallace, 25-11, 25-13
Lewiston def. Parkview Christian, 25-17, 25-13
Southern def. Lewiston, 25-21, 25-8
Southern def. Parkview Christian, 25-3, 25-12
Maywood-Hayes Center def. Southwest, 25-8, 25-9
Maywood-Hayes Center def. Rawlins County, Kan., 25-16, 25-17
Rawlins County, Kan. def. Southwest, 25-20, 25-23
West Holt Triangular
Burwell def. North Central, 25-16, 26-24
North Central def. West Holt, 25-15, 23-25, 25-16
West Holt def. Burwell, 21-25, 25-13, 25-18
Winner, S.D. def. Ainsworth, 25-23, 25-16, 25-21
Winner, S.D. def. Valentine, 25-20, 25-15, 25-18
Elkhorn Valley def. Wausa, 25-10, 25-19
Winside def. Elkhorn Valley, 25-21, 25-17
Winside def. Wausa, 25-18, 25-14
Wynot def. Hartington-Newcastle, 25-17, 22-25, 25-15
Hartington-Newcastle def. Bloomfield, 25-18, 25-13
Wynot def. Crofton, 25-19, 25-17