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Lincoln – The Husker basketball team will make at least 26 national television appearances during the 2019-20 season, as the Big Ten Conference announced its television schedule and start times on Thursday.

The Huskers make four appearances on FS1, including a non-conference matchup at Creighton (Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m.), as well as conference tilts at Ohio State (Jan. 14, 5:30 p.m.); vs. Michigan State (Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.) and at Michigan (March 5, 5:30 p.m.).

The Huskers will make three appearances on the ESPN family of networks, including Big Ten home games against Michigan (Jan. 28, 6 p.m.) and Ohio State (Feb. 27, 8 p.m.). The other appearance is the Big Ten/ACC Challenge game at Georgia Tech (Dec. 4), with that start time and network determined at a later date.

The Huskers will make 19 appearances on BTN, including the season opener against UC Riverside (Nov. 5, 8 p.m.) and Big Ten opener at Indiana (Dec. 13, 7 p.m.). The robust BTN schedule includes two other non-conference games, as well as 15 Big Ten regular-season matchups. For the second straight season, the first three days of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis will be exclusively on BTN with the semifinals and finals carried nationally on CBS.

In addition to the 26 national television appearances, Nebraska will have four games available online BTN+, including the exhibition game against Doane (Oct. 30, 7 p.m.) and non-conference games against Southern Utah (Nov. 9, 1 p.m.), Southern (Nov. 22, 7 p.m.) and North Dakota (Dec. 21, p.m,). Broadcast information for the Huskers’ games in the Cayman Islands Classic will be announced at a later date.

All of Nebraska’s 2019-20 games will be available across the state on the Leafield IMG Husker Sports Network and available online on the Huskers’ app, and on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn app.

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 Tuesday, around 1,500 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.

The Big Ten Network announced on Thursday afternoon that the Nebraska women's basketball team will play a minimum of five regular-season games on BTN during 2019-20.

The Huskers will make their first appearance on BTN in a marquee matchup with Duke on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Pinnacle Bank Arena as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Tip time for the battle between the Big Red and the Blue Devils was set for 6 p.m. (CT) by the network.

Nebraska will be back on BTN at Pinnacle Bank Arena to open 2020, as the Huskers take on Minnesota on Saturday, Jan. 4. Tip time between the Huskers and Golden Gophers was set for 5 p.m. (CT) by the Big Ten Network.

The Huskers will face Maryland in College Park in a BTN game on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. (CT), before returning home to face Michigan on Sunday, Jan. 19. Tip time between Nebraska and the Wolverines at Pinnacle Bank Arena was set for 4 p.m. (CT) by BTN.

Nebraska makes its fifth regular-season appearance on BTN when the Huskers travel to Wisconsin to complete their season series with the Badgers on Saturday, Jan. 25. Tip time with Wisconsin was set for 11 a.m. (CT) by the network.

The Huskers have the possibility of two additional regular-season games to be carried by BTN, including its regular-season home finale against Illinois on Feb. 22, and its final game of the regular season at Indiana on Thursday, Feb. 27. Determinations for those games will be made late during the Big Ten season.

Every game from the first round through the semifinals at the 2020 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis will be televised live by BTN, while the Big Ten Championship Game on Sunday, March 8, will be carried by ESPN2 with a 5 p.m. (CT) tip.

Kearney, Neb. – Nebraska-Kearney Athletic Director Marc Bauer announced tonight (Sept. 4) that Kearney native Katie (Bolin) Ackermann will be the ninth head softball coach in Loper history.

Ackermann begins her duties effective immediately. NCAA Division II teams are allowed to practice and play exhibition games during the fall; UNK’s first such contest comes on Sunday, September 29, at Division I Nebraska-Omaha. The Lopers have already practiced several times this fall.

“I cannot say enough good things about Katie and the quality of person and leadership she will bring to UNK Athletics. I believe Katie is one of the brightest up-and-coming coaches in the game, and I am confident that she is going to do some really great things with our softball program,” Bauer said.

A star player at both Kearney High and Chadron State College, Ackermann most recently was the top assistant coach at McCook Community College for three years.  She was named interim head coach at MCC last month and has also been an assistant coach at McCook High School (2016-18) and CSC (2011-12).

“I’m very grateful for this opportunity.  It’s hard to put in words how special this transition is for a girl who grew up in Kearney. I’m extremely fortunate to be back around family, friends, and individuals who have supported me through my softball career,” Ackermann said.  “I want to thank Marc and the athletic staff for choosing me as the person who is going to bring change to this program. I’m excited for the future of UNK softball and I’m ready to get started!”

Holding a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Organizational Management from Chadron, Ackermann was part of a turnaround at MCC the past three springs. After posting a 22-38 mark in 2017, the Indians won 29 games and the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference title in 2018. This past spring MCC won a piece of the league crown in winning another 29 games and reaching the Region IX postseason tournament for the first time in three years. Seeded fourth, the Indians advanced to the title game before the season drew to a close.

Ackermann coached three players that earned 2019 All-Region IX honors as well as four Indians that made the Omaha World-Herald’s state All-Junior College team. Several of these players have gone on to sign with four-year schools.

“During my time as an assistant coach at McCook Community College, I’ve gotten the chance to experience a little of what a championship might feel like. That’s scary. Especially for someone as competitive as I am. I’ve gotten close to the real deal and I want more!” Ackermann said.  “I want to continue to feed off of the great success we had in the 2019 Region IX Tournament and continue it here at UNK.”

In 2018 McCook was among the top offensive teams in the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) as it set new team school records for batting average, extra base hits and doubles. In 2017 Ackermann coached the school’s all-time leader in hits, doubles, RBI’s and steals.

“Offense.  This is why I played the game.  Don’t get me wrong, pitching and defense are extremely important, but if you don’t score, you can’t win. UNK has had great offensive seasons over the last few years.  I want to keep that consistent!”

She helped the McCook Bison win 46 games over three seasons, reaching the Class B state tournament in 2017. That fall McCook upset top-seed Elkhorn South in the first round of the tourney. Subsequently six Bison made the OWH’s Class B all-state team.

“Katie’s experience playing in positions around the diamond has helped her become well-rounded and skilled at teaching the fundamentals of the game. This is quite evident in the impact that she had on McCook Community College softball program,” Bauer said. “Furthermore, Katie is a tireless worker and expects excellence from herself and her players in all areas of life. As far as I am concerned, we’ve hit a grand slam with this hire.”

As a player, Ackermann spent her freshman season at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Ia., before transferring to Chadron. The outfielder left the Eagles program as the all-time leader in both career home runs (37) and single season dingers (17). Named second-team All-RMAC (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) as a junior in 2010, Ackermann led CSC to 25 wins that spring as she paced the team in virtually every offensive category. She was a repeat second-team all-league pick in 2011 as she batted .356 with 17 homers and 51 RBI’s.

“I’ve had the privilege of playing with talented groups during my careers at Kearney High and Chadron State College.  The mentors I’ve had during those years, players and coaches, have been very significant in the success I’ve had.  The game of softball has opened many doors and still continues to provide opportunities that I will forever be grateful for,” Ackermann said.

She remained at CSC as a coach in 2012, helping the Eagles win 17 games and having four players named to the OWH’s Division II all-state team. Outfielder Angela Jay was also tabbed first-team All-RMAC and earned Capital One second-team Division II Academic All-American honors.

Ackermann and her husband, Brad, have three children, Braelynn, Carter, and Ruby.

UNK All-Time Softball Head Coaches

Katie Ackermann (2019-    

Holly Carnes (2001-2018)

Dan Simmons (1988-2000)

Brad Horky (1985-1987)

Hank Dicke (1979-1984)

Joe Donnelly (1978)

Kelly Asmussen (1977)

Merwin Roeder (1976) … co-head coach with Bailey

Joan Bailey (1964-1976)

The Northwest and Kearney High Softball teams took turns handing each other their first losses of the season.

The Vikings won the opener 5-1. Emily Stein tossed a three hitter. Madi Cushing went 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored. 

Kearney earned a 7-6 eight inning win in the late game. Alicn O'Neil had two hits. Stein contributed an inside the park home run.

Jake Ritzdorf after Kearney

Kenzie Paul

Arlington def. Aquinas, 23-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-13

Arthur County def. Sandhills/Thedford, 19-25, 25-17, 25-11, 25-16

Auburn def. Elmwood-Murdock, 25-20, 25-18, 25-12

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur def. Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, 25-22, 16-25, 25-17, 15-25, 19-17

Bertrand def. Elm Creek, 25-20, 25-16, 25-19

Boone Central/Newman Grove def. West Point-Beemer, 18-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-17

Burwell def. Elgin Public/Pope John, 19-25, 25-22, 18-25, 25-22, 15-12

Centennial def. Central City, 25-18, 25-15, 25-23

Chadron def. Scottsbluff, 25-7, 25-23, 25-14

College View Academy def. Parkview Christian, 27-25, 25-23, 25-10

Columbus Lakeview def. Schuyler, 25-10, 25-9, 25-14

Columbus Scotus def. Omaha Concordia, 25-14, 25-8, 25-19

Diller-Odell def. Southern, 25-16, 25-11, 25-13

Elkhorn South def. Omaha Marian, 25-20, 25-20, 23-25, 25-17

Falls City Sacred Heart def. Tri County, 25-18, 25-20, 23-25, 25-13

Fremont def. Lincoln Northeast, 21-25, 25-14, 25-22, 25-20

Fullerton def. St. Edward, 25-22, 25-12, 25-6

Garden County def. Hay Springs, 25-20, 25-13

Gering def. Torrington, Wyo., 25-12, 19-25, 25-20, 25-10

Gothenburg def. Southern Valley, 17-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 15-13

Grand Island Central Catholic def. Blue Hill, 25-12, 25-20, 25-22

Grand Island Northwest def. Kearney, 26-24, 25-19, 19-25, 25-19

Howells/Dodge def. Clarkson/Leigh, 25-21, 22-25, 28-30, 25-22, 15-8

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer def. Lewiston, 25-5, 25-3, 25-10

Hyannis def. Hay Springs, 23-25, 25-12, 27-25

Lawrence-Nelson def. Friend, 25-8, 25-13

Lawrence-Nelson def. Palmer, 25-19, 25-6

Lexington def. Cozad, 25-13, 25-11, 25-15

Lincoln Christian def. Archbishop Bergan, 15-25, 31-29, 25-22, 25-21

Lincoln Lutheran def. Raymond Central, 25-11, 25-11, 25-17

Lincoln Southeast def. Lincoln East, 25-23, 25-23, 25-16

Louisville def. Palmyra, 25-18, 25-16, 21-25, 19-25, 15-13

Lutheran High Northeast def. Hartington Cedar Catholic, 25-23, 25-12, 25-23

Malcolm def. Conestoga, 25-13, 25-16, 25-10

Mead def. Johnson County Central, 25-13, 25-13, 25-17

Nebraska City Lourdes def. Fremont Mills, Tabor, Iowa, 18-25, 23-25, 25-8, 25-20, 15-7

Norfolk def. Grand Island, 21-25, 26-24, 25-19, 25-19

Norfolk Catholic def. Guardian Angels, 25-17, 25-22, 25-23

O'Neill def. Elkhorn Valley, 25-12, 30-28, 18-25, 25-10

Omaha Bryan def. Omaha Benson, 25-19, 19-25, 25-20, 34-32

Omaha Burke def. Omaha Central, 25-20, 25-19, 25-17

Omaha Gross Catholic def. Omaha Mercy, 19-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-22

Omaha Skutt Catholic def. Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City, Iowa, 25-5, 25-15, 25-17

Omaha Westside def. Bellevue East, 3-0

Overton def. Ravenna, 25-13, 25-13, 25-11

Papillion-LaVista def. Papillion-LaVista South, 25-20, 23-25, 25-21, 25-18

Pleasanton def. South Loup, 29-27, 25-22, 23-25, 16-25, 15-12

Ponca def. Laurel-Concord/Coleridge, 25-23, 26-24, 25-20

Sidney def. Kimball, 25-10, 25-14, 25-14

Sidney, Iowa def. Johnson-Brock, 25-18, 23-25, 25-11, 25-21

Superior def. Fillmore Central, 25-19, 25-15, 25-17

Wallace def. Sandhills Valley, 25-19, 19-25, 25-22, 25-23

Waverly def. Ashland-Greenwood, 25-10, 25-13, 25-18

Wilber-Clatonia def. Nebraska Lutheran, 25-15, 21-25, 25-22

Winnebago def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-15, 24-26, 25-22, 25-18

Wynot def. Boyd County, 25-8, 25-17, 25-20

Brady Triangular
Brady def. South Platte, 25-13, 25-16

Brady def. Perkins County, 25-11, 25-20

South Platte def. Perkins County, 25-14, 25-21

Bridgeport Triangular
Gordon/Rushville def. Bridgeport, 25-22, 28-26

Gordon/Rushville def. Mitchell, 25-19, 25-19

Mitchell def. Bridgeport, 25-22, 26-24

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley Triangular
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Sutton, 25-10, 25-14

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Sandy Creek, 25-14, 25-10

Sutton def. Sandy Creek, 25-8, 25-13

Central Valley Triangular
Central Valley def. CWC, 25-23, 25-22

Central Valley def. Summerland, 20-25, 25-20, 25-17

Summerland def. CWC, 25-21, 25-22

Creighton Triangular
Creighton def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17

Osmond def. Creighton, 20-25, 26-24, 25-23

Osmond def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 26-24, 16-25, 25-10

East Butler Triangular
Hampton def. East Butler, 25-18, 25-16

Hampton def. McCool Junction, 24-26, 25-18, 25-6

McCool Junction def. East Butler, 25-20, 25-21

Elkhorn Triangular
Columbus def. Bishop Neumann, 25-22, 19-25, 25-19

Elkhorn def. Bishop Neumann, 25-12, 25-13

Elkhorn def. Columbus, 25-17, 25-10

Franklin Triangular
Alma def. Franklin, 25-19, 25-15

Alma def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-18, 25-17

Wilcox-Hildreth def. Franklin, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19

Gibbon Triangular
Gibbon def. Elba, 25-14, 25-4

Nebraska Christian def. Elba, 25-9, 25-9

Nebraska Christian def. Gibbon, 25-17, 25-13

Hastings Triangular
Hastings def. Adams Central, 25-22, 25-20

Seward def. Hastings, 25-10, 18-25, 25-16

Seward def. Adams Central, 25-20, 25-22

Lincoln North Star Triangular
Lincoln High def. Omaha North, 25-9, 25-19

Lincoln North Star def. Lincoln High, 19-25, 25-19, 27-25

Lincoln North Star def. Omaha North, 25-10, 25-11

McCook Triangular
Chase County def. McCook, 25-19, 25-16

Chase County def. Minden, 25-23, 24-26, 25-18

Minden def. McCook, 25-8, 25-14

Millard North Triangular
Lincoln Pius X def. Millard North, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22

Lincoln Southwest def. Lincoln Pius X, 17-25, 25-23, 25-21

Millard North def. Lincoln Southwest, 25-9, 25-12

Red Cloud Quadrangular
Deshler def. Red Cloud, 22-25, 25-18, 25-17

Giltner def. Deshler, 25-16, 25-23

Meridian def. Red Cloud, 25-8, 25-17

Meridian def. Giltner, 22-25, 27-25, 25-16

Shelby/Rising City Triangular
North Bend Central def. Shelby/Rising City, 25-14, 16-25, 25-22

Shelby/Rising City def. Madison, 25-12, 25-21

Silver Lake Triangular
Silver Lake def. Harvard, 25-22, 25-11

St. Mary's Triangular
St. Mary's def. Plainview, 25-20, 25-21

St. Mary's def. Winside, 25-21, 15-25, 25-19

Winside def. Plainview, 25-13, 25-11

BOULDER, COLO. | 2:30 P.M. (CT)

TV - FOX (Joe Davis, Brock Huard, Bruce Feldman)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 83, XM 83
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App

2019 Record: 1-0, 0-0 Big Ten
Last Game: South Alabama (W, 35-21)
Rankings: 24 (AP)
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 24-15 (4th Year)/5-8 (2nd Year) 
vs. Colorado: 0-1

2019 Record: 1-0, 0-0 Pac-12
Last Game: Colorado St. (W, 52-31)
Rankings: NR
Coach: Mel Tucker
Career/CU Record: 1-0 (1st Year)/Same
vs. Nebraska: 4-5

The Matchup
The Nebraska Cornhuskers take to the road for the first time in the 2019 season, traveling to Boulder, Colo., to take on the Buffaloes on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff between the former conference rivals is set for 2:30 CT (1:30 MT) at CU's Folsom Field, with national television coverage provided by FOX and radio coverage available on the Husker Sports Network from Learfield-IMG.

Nebraska heads to Colorado after a 35-21 season-opening victory over South Alabama in Lincoln. The Huskers relied on an opportunistic defense and special teams in the win. Nebraska reached the end zone on an interception return, fumble return and punt return to overcome a sluggish offensive performance on opening day.

Colorado also comes into the game off a win, posting a 52-31 victory over Colorado State on Friday night in Denver. The Buffs' explosive offense showed great balance in the victory, rushing for 243 yards and adding 232 yards through the air. Colorado trailed 21-17 late in the second quarter against CSU, but outscored the Rams 35-10 from that point powered by four takeaways.

Nebraska and Colorado are meeting for the second consecutive season, as part of four games between 2018 and 2024. Colorado pulled off a fourth-quarter comeback to win in last year's meeting in Lincoln.

Overall, Nebraska holds a commanding 49-19-2 edge in the series. The two schools were in the same conference for more than 60 years in the Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12, before moving to the Big Ten and Pac-12, respectively, in 2011.

Series History
Nebraska and Colorado are long-time foes with Saturday's meeting the 71st all-time between the schools. It is the second game in a home-and-home agreement that saw Colorado pull out a 33-28 victory in Lincoln last fall. That was the first meeting between the teams since both schools left the Big 12 Conference following the 2010 season.

• In last year's contest in Lincoln, Colorado jumped to a two-touchdown lead in the first quarter, before Nebraska rallied and eventually took an eight-point lead in the second half. However, the Buffs scored the game's final 13 points, including a touchdown with 1:06 remaining to escape Lincoln with a win.

• Nebraska and Colorado met each season from 1948 to 2010, as members of the Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12 conferences.

• From 1996 to 2010, the Huskers and Buffs concluded the regular season against each other on Black Friday.

• Nebraska and Colorado combined to win the final eight Big Eight championships from 1988 to 1995.

• In addition to this Saturday's game, Nebraska and Colorado are scheduled for another home-and-home series in 2023 (Boulder) and 2024 (Lincoln).

Nebraska Has Long History vs. Pac-12
Nebraska's meeting with Colorado continues a tradition of marquee non-conference games against Pac-12 opponents. Since 1983, Nebraska has played 33 regular-season non-conference games against teams that were in the Pac-12 at the time.

• Nebraska is 23-10 against the Pac-12 in regular-season games in that span, including a 6-1 record against Arizona State and a 5-3 mark vs. UCLA. The record against the Pac-12 foes only includes last year's meeting with Colorado, not games against Colorado when the schools were conference rivals.

• Nebraska has also played five bowl games in that time period against the Pac-12, going 2-3 in those games.

• Nebraska played at least one non-conference game against a Pac-12 foe for 17 straight seasons from 1983 to 1999.

• Nebraska has four games on its future schedules against Pac-12 opponents. In addition to the 2023/2024 series with Colorado, Nebraska will play Arizona in 2028 and 2031.

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 24-15 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 Nebraska's last five head coaches won at least eight games in their second season, while the four head coaches previous to Frost each 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 received the opening kickoff against South Alabama and drove nine plays and 81 yards for a touchdown to a 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 17 times in 26 games (65 percent). The average length of the touchdown drive in that span is 73 yards.

• In three-plus years as a head coach, Frost's offenses have scored on their opening drive 21 times in 39 games, with 20 touchdowns and one field goal. In 79 games over six-plus seasons as a playcaller, Frost's offenses have scored on their first possession of the game 42 times, putting points on the board in more than half of their opening possessions.

• Frost's Opening Drive Scoring Percentage: 53% (42 of 79 drives
• Frost's Opening Drive Touchdown Percentage: 47% (37 of 79 drives)

Blackshirt Defense Makes Noise in Opener
The Nebraska defense has focused on taking a step forward in 2019, specifically causing more turnovers and big impact plays. Nebraska checked the box on that offseason priority in Week One against South Alabama.

• Nebraska had five takeaways against South Alabama including four in the second half of the 35-21 victory. The five takeaways matched the most in two seasons under Scott Frost (Illinois, 2018) and was only the fourth time since 2010 that a Nebraska defense recorded five or more takeaways.

• Nebraska scored a pair of defensive touchdowns–a 38-yard interception return by Eric Lee Jr. in the third quarter and a fumble recovery in the end zone by Alex Davis in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring. The two defensive touchdowns marked the first time Nebraska scored a pair of defensive touchdowns since having two interception returns for touchdowns against Southern Miss in 2013.

• Lee's interception return for a touchdown was the first by a Husker since Marcus Newby had an interception for a touchdown against Northwestern in 2017.

• Davis' fumble recovery for a touchdown was the first by the Huskers since Josh Mitchell returned a fumble 57 yards for a touchdown against Miami in 2014.

• Nebraska also scored on a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown by JD Spielman in the third quarter. The three non-offensive touchdowns were a first for Nebraska since the Huskers had three defensive touchdowns in a 31-3 win over Wake Forest in 2005.

• Nebraska was the only team in Week One with three non-offensive touchdowns and the two defensive scores are tied with Utah for the national lead.

• Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander has a history of producing disruptive defenses. In 39 games as a defensive coordinator (UCF, Nebraska) Chinander's defenses have scored 11 touchdowns.

LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 2 Nebraska volleyball team moved to 2-0 on the season for the first time since 2016 with a dominant 25-12, 25-16, 25-19 sweep of UCLA in front of a crowd of 8,237 at the Devaney Center on Saturday night. 

The Huskers used a stellar defensive effort for the second night in a row to finish the Husker Invitational with a 2-0 record. After holding Creighton to .067 hitting on Friday night, the Big Red limited the Bruins to a .114 hitting percentage on Saturday, including a 54-42 edge in digs. Freshman libero Kenzie Knuckles had 19 digs for a weekend total of 41 (6.83 digs per set) to lead the Huskers. She was named to the all-tournament team, as was Lauren Stivrins. The junior middle blocker had seven kills on .357 hitting for the Huskers against UCLA to cap a weekend in which she hit .433. 

Lexi Sun had a team-high 12 kills and hit .321 to go with seven digs. Capri Davis pounded nine kills on .381 hitting, and Jazz Sweet contributed seven kills with a team-best .412 hitting percentage on the night. 

NU served seven aces and only allowed three. Megan Miller had a career-high four aces. Nicklin Hamesset the Huskers to a .320 hitting percentage for the match with 32 assists. Callie Schwarzenbach and Madi Kubik each had four kills for the Big Red. 

Baylor's Yossiana Pressley was the MVP of the tournament after averaging 6.33 kills per set. Other all-tournament team members included Shelley Stafford (Baylor), Hannah Lockin (Baylor), Brittany Witt (Creighton) and Mac May (UCLA). 

Set 1: The Huskers went in front 8-3 behind two kills each from Kubik and Sweet. Stivrins added back-to-back kills for a 10-4 Husker lead, and Sun terminated a pair of kills around a Stivrins ace to make it 13-5. The Bruins clawed within 13-9 after a 4-0 run, but UCLA committed two errors and Sun connected on a shot down the line for a 16-9 Husker lead. Schwarzenbach got in on the action with a pair of kills, and the Huskers pushed the lead to 23-12 with Stivrins contributing two more kills, and Davis pounded a pair to finish off the set at 25-12. NU hit .324 and held UCLA to .056 hitting in the set. Seventeen of NU's 25 points came via kills, and six Huskers had at least two kills. 

Set 2: Sun and Davis opened set two with kills, and Stivrins connected for a kill before Knuckles served an ace to make it 5-1. Miller added another ace for an 8-2 lead, forcing a UCLA timeout. The break did little to slow the Huskers, though, as Miller served another ace and a UCLA error put the Huskers ahead 10-2. The lead increased to double digits at 18-8 after Davis and Stivrins stuffed a Bruin attack. Sweet then terminated a long rally that included a pair of athletic digs by Knuckles, and Davis made it 20-9 with her sixth kill. Miller's third ace of the set increased the lead to 21-9. The Bruins scored the next four points to pull within 21-13, but Davis got sideout for the Big Red and UCLA hit wide to push the lead back to 10 at 23-13. Kubik placed a shot to the floor for set point, and NU won 25-16 to go up 2-0 in the match. The Huskers had four blocks in the second set to help limit UCLA to .103 hitting. 

Set 3: NU had an 8-4 lead after Sun contributed a block, kill and ace, but UCLA rattled off four straight points to tie the score at 8-8. Sun restored the lead for the Big Red with another kill, and Kubik tacked on a kill to put NU up 13-9, forcing a UCLA timeout. The Bruins came out of it with two points in a row to cut the lead in half, but Sun posted back-to-back ills before Sweet added a third in a row to make it 16-11 Huskers. After UCLA cut it to 16-14, Sweet and Schwarzenbach posted kills and Miller served her fourth ace of the night before Hames dumped a kill for a 21-16 advantage. NU finished off the sweep, 25-19.

Up Next: Nebraska hits the road for a pair of matches against ranked opponents next weekend at the USD Invitational. The Huskers w

Lincoln - The Blackshirts forced five South Alabama turnovers and the Cornhuskers scored three non-offensive touchdowns in the second half, as the No. 24 Nebraska football team worked its way to a 35-21 season-opening win at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Playing in front of the NCAA-record 369th consecutive sellout of nearly 90,000 fans at Memorial Stadium and an ESPN national television audience, Nebraska got a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown from Eric Lee Jr. on the first drive of the second half. The Huskers also got a fumble return for a touchdown by Alex Davis on forced fumble by Cam Taylor on the first play of the fourth quarter to lead a bevy of big plays by the Blackshirt defense.

In between the two scores by the defense, the Huskers got a 76-yard punt return touchdown from junior JD Spielman to give the Big Red three non-offensive scores in a span of 15:07 to start the second half. Lee added his second career interception in the fourth quarter, while Lamar Jackson caused a first-quarter fumble for the Blackshirts.

The strong performance by the defense allowed the Huskers to overcome a less than spectacular effort by the offense in the second half. The Huskers ran only 17 offensive plays in the second half for just 66 total yards, and South Alabama was able to cash in a pair of Husker turnovers for 14 points in the half.

In the game, Nebraska managed just 276 total yards, including just 66 in the second half. South Alabama produced 314 total yards on 79 plays, including 222 yards on 47 plays after halftime.

Husker sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez completed 13-of-22 passes for 178 yards on the day, hitting 2-of-3 passes for 19 yards in the second half. Tight end Jack Stoll led the receiving corps with 66 yards on three receptions, while true freshman Wan'Dale Robinson added three receptions for 33 yards and Spielman pitched in a pair of catches for 36 yards.

Junior running back Dedrick Mills led the Huskers with 15 carries for 44 yards for the game. Sophomore running back Maurice Washington added 39 yards on six carries - all in the second half - while Robinson contributed four carries for 21 yards. As a team, the Huskers managed 98 rushing yards on 44 carries.

Quarterback Cephus Johnson completed 19-of-34 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns for South Alabama, but he also threw three interceptions and was sacked four times. Johnson rushed 18 times for nine yards and a touchdown. Tra Minter led the South Alabama ground game with 37 yards on 10 carries, but the Jaguars managed just 83 rushing yards on 44 carries against a stout Blackshirt defense. Minter added five receptions for 47 yards, while Kawaan Baker pitched in 59 yards on four catches and Cade Sutherland contributed four catches for 53 yards.

In a first half that was primarily controlled by the defenses, Nebraska managed 210 yards of total offense, while holding South Alabama to 92 total yards. Martinez completed 11-of-19 passes for 159 yards in the half, but the Huskers struggled to get rolling on the ground, producing just 51 yards on 30 carries. Mills led the Husker ground game with 31 yards on 14 carries, including a pair of short touchdown runs that staked Nebraska to a 14-7 halftime lead.

Lee made the Nebraska defense's biggest play of the game on the first drive of the second half, when he bolted to a Johnson pass toward the South Alabama sideline and intercepted it on his way to a 38-yard touchdown return. Lee's first career interception gave the Big Red a 21-7 lead with 13:11 left in the third quarter.

Lee's big defensive play, preceded a huge special teams play by Spielman less than two minutes later, when Spielman raced 76 yards down the South Alabama sideline for his second career punt return touchdown. Spielman, who initially bobbled the 49-yard punt by South Alabama's Jack Brooks, secured the ball in the middle of the field and made a pair of Jaguars miss before breaking outside for the score to give Nebraska a 28-7 lead with 11:32 left in the quarter. 

After the Blackshirts notched their third consecutive stop to open the second half, a high, wobbly punt was fumbled by Spielman at the 29 and recovered by South Alabama at the Nebraska 13 with 8:11 left in the quarter. The Jaguars capitalized three plays later on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to Davyn Flenord to cut Nebraska's lead to 28-14 with 6:47 left.

Nebraska's offense finally ran its first play of the second half with 6:47 left in the quarter, and quickly marched into South Alabama territory, before Martinez threw his first interception of the season to end the possession. The Jaguars turned the Huskers' second straight turnover into points with a 13-yard Johnson touchdown pass to Khameron Taylor to cut Nebraska's lead back to 28-21.

South Alabama opened the fourth quarter with the ball and momentum trailing by just one score, but Cam Taylor hit Johnson from the backside and forced a fumble that was recovered by Alex Davis in the end zone to give Nebraska a 35-21 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter. That play gave Nebraska a two-score lead, and the Blackshirts made it hold up by shutting out the Jaguars the rest of the way.

Senior linebacker Mohamed Barry led the Blackshirts with 12 tackles, while Taylor added five tackles, including two tackles for 16 yards lost. He also hauled in his first career interception and returned it 48 yards in the second half. Lee pitched in four tackles and the first two interceptions of his career while adding a breakup. As a team, the Blackshirts produced 10 tackles for 49 yards lost, including four sacks for 32 yards. 

Nebraska returns to action next weekend for its first road game at former conference rival Colorado. Kickoff between the Big Red and the Buffaloes in Boulder is set for 2:30 p.m. (CT) on FOX.

#24 Nebraska 35, South Alabama 21
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln)
Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019

Scoring Summary
First Quarter (7-7)

12:19 - NEB - Dedrick Mills 1 run (Dylan Jorgensen kick), 9 plays, 81 yards, 2:41, NEB 7-0
5:32 - USA - Cephus Johnson 3 run (Frankie Onate kick), 9 plays, 41 yards, 3:10, 7-7

Second Quarter (NEB 14-7)
9:15 - NEB - Mills 1 run (Jorgensen kick), 12 plays, 42 yards, 4:24, NEB 14-7

Third Quarter (NEB 28-21)
13:11 - NEB - Eric Lee Jr. 38 INT return (Jorgensen kick), NEB 21-7
11:32 - NEB - JD Spielman 76 punt return (Jorgensen kick), NEB 28-7
6:47 - USA - Davyn Flenord 9 pass from Johnson (Onate kick), 3 plays, 13 yards, 1:24, NEB 28-14
2:17 - USA - Khameron Taylor 13 pass from Johnson (Onate kick), 6 plays, 58 yards, 2:42, NEB 28-21

Fourth Quarter (NEB 35-21)
14:53 - NEB - Alex Davis fumble recovery in end zone (Jorgensen kick), NEB 35-21

Kickoff Time: 11:02 a.m. (CT)
Time of Game: 3:27

LINCOLN, Neb. - The second-ranked Nebraska volleyball team began the 2019 season with a 3-1 (25-19, 24-26, 25-17, 25-21) victory over No. 18 Creighton at the Husker Invitational on Friday night in front of a standing-room only crowd of 8,450 at the Devaney Center. 

Lexi Sun posted a team-high 13 kills, and Capri Davis added 10 kills off the bench for the Huskers. Nebraska (1-0) held Creighton to a .067 hitting percentage while hitting .181 on the night. NU had eight blocks, five of which came from Callie Schwarzenbach

Lauren Stivrins had nine kills on 15 swings, hitting .500 on the night. Jazz Sweet terminated seven times, and Madi Kubik had five kills. Kenzie Knuckles had a match-high 22 digs in her first match as a Husker. Nicklin Hames had 35 assists and 15 digs to go with four service aces. Megan Miller added 14 digs. 

Keeley Davis led Creighton with 13 kills. Jaela Zimmerman added 12 kills and 10 digs. 

Set 1: The Huskers bolted to a 12-5 lead with a 6-0 run after Creighton had cut it to 6-5. Kubik had three kills in a span of four rallies to force a Creighton timeout. Sweet had three early kills for the Big Red as well. Creighton rallied with a 4-0 run to pull within 13-10 and force a Husker timeout. The Huskers responded with a 4-0 spurt, which began with back-to-back kills by Sun. Sun found the floor again following a long rally to increase the lead to 18-13. Hames served three consecutive aces, interrupted briefly by a Bluejay timeout, and the Huskers built the lead to 21-13. Davis came off the bench to get a kill for the Huskers for a 23-18 lead. Stivrins earned set point for the Big Red with her second kill of the night, and the Huskers claimed the 25-19 win on another Davis kill. The Huskers hit .243 but held Creighton to just .032 hitting in the set. 

Set 2: Sun had two kills and an ace to get the Huskers off to a 6-2 advantage. The Bluejays battled back to take a 10-9 lead on back-to-back kills by Keeley Davis. Creighton led 14-12 when a Bluejay hitting error and Davis kill tied the set at 14-14. Megan Ballenger answered with two kills for Creighton to restore a 16-14 lead. Davis answered again and Creighton misfired twice to give Nebraska a 17-16 edge. Stivrins and Hames stuffed a Bluejay attack to push the NU lead to two at 19-17. The teams traded sideouts for nine consecutive rallies until Creighton stuffed a Husker attack to tie the set at 23-23. Creighton committed a service error after a Husker timeout, giving the Big Red set point at 24-23. But Zimmernan found the floor to knot the score at 24-24, and she followed that with an ace for set point for Creighton. Davis hit long to give Creighton the 26-24 win. 

Set 3: The Husker defense got involved early in set three with back-to-back blocks by Schwarzenbach, one with Sweet and one with Davis. Davis posted a kill and combined with Stivrins for a block, and the Huskers built a 10-3 lead on a 4-0 Miller serving run. Stivrins posted three kills in a short stretch of time to put the Huskers up 12-5, and Sun, added two kills and a block to make it 16-8. Three straight Creighton kills sliced a 19-10 Husker lead to 19-13, but the Huskers responded with three points of their own, two of which came on kills by Stivrins and Sun. The Huskers finished off the 25-17 win, holding Creighton to -.065 hitting in the frame. 

Set 4: With the Huskers trailing 5-4, Sweet, Davis and Hames posted consecutive kills to put the Huskers up 7-5. Stivrins and Sun produced kills to make it 10-7, but the Jays scored four of the next five to tie the score at 11-11. Davis put the Huskers up 14-12 with her ninth kill. Davis recorded a solo block to keep the lead at two, and Stivrins smashed a kill to make it 17-14. The Bluejays scored the next three points, however, to tie the score at 17-17. With the score tied 21-21, Sweet terminated and Creighton hit into the net for a 23-21 lead. Davis tooled a block for match point at 24-21, and the match ended on a Creighton hitting error. 

Up Next: The Huskers will face UCLA on Saturday at 7 p.m. on NET and the Husker Sports Network, after Creighton faces Baylor in the 4:30 p.m. match. Baylor swept UCLA in the early match on Friday, 25-20, 25-16, 25-20. 

Thursday (08/29/2019)

Arthur County 58, Hyannis 25
Bloomfield 56, Winside 0
Central Valley 58, Riverside 20
Elkhorn Valley 56, Elgin Public/Pope John 26
Millard South 53, Gretna 7
Omaha Burke 16, Lincoln Southeast 14
Papillion-LaVista South 42, Papillion-LaVista 14
St. Mary's 40, Boyd County 0
Twin Loup 44, Anselmo-Merna 22

Adams Central 24, Aurora 8

Allen 44, Cedar Bluffs 6

Alma 38, Bertrand 24

Archbishop Bergan 16, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 15

Ashland-Greenwood 37, Fort Calhoun 14

Axtell 28, Loomis 20

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 38, Hartington Cedar Catholic 29

Bayard 42, Leyton/Banner County 26

Bellevue West 63, Lincoln High 6

Bishop Neumann 42, Boys Town 14

Blair 21, Plattsmouth 14

Blue Hill 46, Meridian 8

Brady 56, Paxton 0

Burwell 42, North Central 0

Centennial 48, Syracuse 7

Central City 41, St. Paul 12

Chadron 46, Gordon/Rushville 6

Cody-Kilgore 54, McPherson County/Stapleton 12

Columbus 27, Norfolk 24, OT

Columbus Lakeview 55, Fillmore Central 6

Columbus Scotus 27, Aquinas 19

Crawford 44, Edgemont, S.D. 18

Creek Valley 58, Eustis-Farnam 40

Crete 33, Lexington 14

David City 19, Stanton 12

Doniphan-Trumbull 58, Wood River 0

Dorchester 62, Walthill 13

Dundy County-Stratton 56, Perkins County 8

East Butler 30, Guardian Angels 20

Elkhorn Mount Michael 20, Ralston 12

Elkhorn South 34, Elkhorn 7

Elm Creek 21, Overton 0

Elmwood-Murdock 74, Johnson-Brock 42

Elwood 48, Arapahoe 8

Fairbury 14, Auburn 12

Falls City 17, Milford 6

Falls City Sacred Heart 56, Nebraska City Lourdes 18

Franklin 48, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 34

Fremont 21, Lincoln Northeast 0

Fullerton 34, Arcadia-Loup City 26

Gothenburg 27, Chase County 6

Grand Island 32, Kearney 31

Grand Island Central Catholic 35, Malcolm 7

Grand Island Northwest 43, Gering 0

Harvard 62, Spalding Academy 26

Hastings 30, McCook 7

Hastings St. Cecilia 28, Hershey 13

Heartland 62, Giltner 8

Hemingford 36, Mullen 31

Homer 52, Emerson-Hubbard 18

Howells/Dodge 42, Clarkson/Leigh 14

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 64, Pawnee City 12

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 71, Deshler 0

Kearney Catholic 56, Broken Bow 7

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 32, Randolph 20

Lincoln East 23, Lincoln Pius X 0

Lincoln Lutheran 37, Omaha Concordia 28

Lincoln Southwest 29, Lincoln North Star 0

Louisville 35, Conestoga 0

Maxwell 66, Morrill 44

Maywood-Hayes Center 35, South Platte 19

McCool Junction def. Hampton, forfeit

Mead 74, Parkview Christian 26

Millard West 30, Millard North 0

Minden 40, Gibbon 0

Nebraska Christian 44, Thayer Central 12

Nebraska City 35, Schuyler 12

Nebraska Lutheran 26, Palmyra 23

Neligh-Oakdale 36, Clearwater/Orchard 22

Norris 26, Beatrice 21

North Bend Central 32, Johnson County Central 21

Oakland-Craig 28, Crofton 0

Ogallala 48, Holdrege 7

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 72, Omaha Christian Academy 44

Omaha Central 53, Omaha Benson 2

Omaha Creighton Prep 24, Omaha North 21

Omaha Roncalli 42, Omaha Gross Catholic 7

Omaha Skutt Catholic 49, Bennington 28

Omaha South 42, Omaha Northwest 6

Omaha Westside 35, Bellevue East 0

Ord 28, Cozad 0

Osceola-High Plains 50, Palmer 48

Osmond 38, Wausa 8

Pender 37, Winnebago 36

Pierce 35, Norfolk Catholic 14

Plainview 42, Wynot 12

Platteview 30, Lincoln Christian 29

Pleasanton 45, Ansley-Litchfield 28

Potter-Dix 40, Hay Springs 0

Ravenna 54, Amherst 10

Raymond Central 46, Douglas County West 8

Sandhills/Thedford 53, Ainsworth 30

Sandy Creek 22, Southern Valley 15

Scottsbluff 42, North Platte 21

Shelby/Rising City 7, Battle Creek 3

Sidney 14, Bridgeport 13

Silver Lake 48, Lewiston 6

Sioux County 45, Minatare 6

South Sioux City 56, Omaha Bryan 27

Southern 54, Diller-Odell 8

Sterling 50, St. Edward 6

Stuart 40, Niobrara/Verdigre 13

Sumner-Eddyville-Miller def. Elba, forfeit

Sutherland 38, South Loup 34

Sutton 17, North Platte St. Patrick's 7

Tekamah-Herman 42, Ponca 12

Tri County 36, Exeter-Milligan/Friend 20

Twin River 18, Centura 12

Valentine 20, Mitchell 7

Wahoo 47, Wayne 0

Wakefield 28, Creighton 22

Wauneta-Palisade 30, Hitchcock County 20

Waverly 28, Seward 7

Weeping Water 90, Omaha Nation 6

West Point-Beemer 34, Arlington 29

Wilber-Clatonia 54, Superior 7

Wilcox-Hildreth 34, Red Cloud 20

Wisner-Pilger 32, Cross County 24

York 30, Alliance 9

Yutan 29, Freeman 14


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