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The Nebraska football team struggled to get anything going in Minneapolis, as No. 25 Minnesota improved to 6-0 with a 34-7 win over the Huskers on Saturday night at TCF Bank Stadium.

Nebraska slipped to 4-3 on the season and 2-2 in the Big Ten with the setback. The Huskers put together a 14-play, 80-yard drive early in the fourth quarter to get on the board after Minnesota built a 34-0 lead at the end of three quarters.

The Huskers went to the locker room trailing 14-0 at halftime, in sophomore quarterback Noah Vedral's first career start. For the game, Vedral completed 14-of-23 passes for 135 yards, while also rushing for a team-high 49 yards. Vedral, who started in place of sophomore Adrian Martinez, came out of the game after leading Nebraska on its fourth-quarter scoring drive.

Minnesota controlled the first half, out-gaining Nebraska 257-159. Despite trailing 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Huskers accounted for 124 first-quarter yards on 22 plays. Minnesota had 90 yards on just 11 first-quarter plays. In the second quarter, the Huskers managed just 35 total yards on 12 plays, while the Gophers rolled up 167 yards on 19 plays in the quarter. Minnesota needed just one completion for eight yards in the second quarter.

The Golden Gophers put the game out of reach with a trio of third-quarter touchdowns. After pounding the ball on the ground for 220 rushing yards in the first half, the Gophers opened the second-half with a play-action pass from Tanner Morgan to Tyler Johnson for a 45-yard completion to the NU 18. Four plays later, the Gophers were in the end zone on the second of three Mohamed Ibrahim touchdown runs to go up 21-0 just 2:19 into the second half.

Morgan completed 8-of-13 passes for 128 yards with one touchdown for the game. Johnson hauled in five receptions for 109 to lead the Gophers.

Later in the quarter, Minnesota took advantage of a short field to go 45 yards on nine plays in 5:16 capped by a Rodney Smith one-yard touchdown run to go up 28-0 with 3:16 left in the third.

But the Gophers were not done yet. After forcing a quick three-and-out by the Husker offense, Minnesota started at the NU 46, and Morgan completed his second 45-yard pass to Johnson of the quarter on the first play of the Gophers' two-play scoring drive, which was capped by Ibrahim's final touchdown from one-yard out with 1:41 left in the period.

Minnesota finished with 450 yards of total offense, including 322 rushing yards on 49 carries. Smith led the Gophers with 139 yards on 18 carries, while Shannon Brooks added 99 yards on 13 totes. Ibrahim finished with 84 yards on 15 attempts. Nebraska managed 299 yards of total offense, including 151 rushing yards.

The Huskers, who played turnover-free football for the second straight game, were led defensively by senior linebacker Mohamed Barry's 11 tackles, who became the 12th Husker in history with 10 or more games with double-figure tackles in his career. Collin Miller and Marquel Dismuke both added career highs with 10 stops.

Junior wide receiver JD Spielman hauled in three receptions for 59 yards on the night. Freshman wide receiver/running back Wan'Dale Robinson added a pair of receptions. Kade Warner added three receptions for 38 yards, while tight end Jack Stoll pitched in four catches for 18 yards. 

Brody Belt stepped up for the Huskers in the backfield late in the game with four carries for 29 yards, while Dedrick Mills managed 28 yards on nine carries, including a two-yard touchdown run to account for Nebraska's only score of the night.

Nebraska will enjoy a bye next week before returning to Big Ten home action against Indiana at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Game Summary
#25 Minnesota 34, Nebraska 7
TCF Bank Stadium (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019
Attendance: 43,502

First Quarter (MINN 7-0)
7:31 - MINN - Chris Autman-Bell 15 pass from Tanner Morgan (Michael Lantz kick) - 5 plays, 71 yards, 2:43 - MINN 7-0

Second Quarter (MINN 14-




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Thursday (10/10/2019)

Ansley-Litchfield 30, South Loup (Callaway/Arnold) 28
Crawford 56, Hay Springs 7
Gretna 31, Elkhorn 13
Kenesaw 1, Franklin 0 (Forfeit)
Lutheran High Northeast 42, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 16
Millard North 24, Papillion-LaVista 10
Plainview 62, Riverside 32
Sandhills/Thedford 42, Mullen 14

Friday (10/11/2019)

Adams Central 55, Minden 0
Ainsworth 82, Niobrara/Verdigre 65
Allen 52, Wausa 26
Alliance 34, Gering 21
Arapahoe 50, Southwest 16
Arcadia-Loup City 36, Burwell 6
Arthur County 75, Minatare 53
Ashland-Greenwood 57, Lincoln Christian 34
Aurora 41, Boone Central/Newman Grove 7
Axtell 42, Giltner 6
BDS 56, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 20
BRLD 58, Louisville 0
Battle Creek 30, Norfolk Catholic 0
Beatrice 40, Crete 33
Bellevue West 63, Omaha South 0
Bennington 70, Schuyler 0
Bloomfield 40, Randolph 18
Boys Town 27, Arlington 12
Brady 33, Medicine Valley 30
Bridgeport 1, Southern Valley 0 (Forfeit)
CWCE 50, Stuart 13
Cambridge 66, Alma 40
Centennial 21, Shelby-Rising City 18
Central City 36, Fairbury 29
Central Valley 38, St. Mary's 0
Centura 38, Gibbon 13
Chase County 38, Chadron 12
Clarkson/Leigh 96, Cedar Bluffs 30
Cody-Kilgore 57, Hyannis 0
Columbus Scotus 40, Columbus Lakeview 21
Creighton Preparatory School 61, Omaha Northwest 0
Cross County 62, Nebraska Lutheran 20
David City 42, Twin River 18
Doniphan-Trumbull 70, Superior 7
Dundy County-Stratton 54, Hitchcock County 28
EMF (Exeter-Milligan/Friend) 32, East Butler 26
Elm Creek 47, Amherst 0
Elmwood-Murdock 60, Southern 36
Elwood 84, Bertrand 20
Emerson-Hubbard 78, Omaha Christian Academy 24
Eustis-Farnam 86, Wilcox-Hildreth 34
Falls City Sacred Heart 67, Diller-Odell 8
Fort Calhoun 47, Douglas County West 6
Fullerton 60, Nebraska Christian 22
Garden County 54, Wauneta-Palisade 6
Gothenburg 35, Valentine 0
Hartington Cedar Catholic 13, Crofton 7
Hartington-Newcastle 40, Wynot 20
Harvard 53, Red Cloud 6
Hastings 24, Seward 14
Hastings St. Cecilia 21, Raymond Central 20 (OT)
Heartland Lutheran 66, Dorchester 6
Hemingford 71, Bayard 42
Hershey 35, Gordon-Rushville 6
Howells-Dodge 50, Elkhorn Valley 8
Humphrey St. Francis 66, Elgin Public/Pope John 0
Johnson County Central 47, Freeman 20
Johnson-Brock 78, Pawnee City 20
Kearney 14, Lincoln Southwest 0
Kearney Catholic 38, Cozad 20
Lawrence-Nelson 56, Blue Hill 24
Lincoln East 68, Omaha Bryan 8
Lincoln High 55, Omaha Benson 0
Lincoln Lutheran 20, Auburn 7
Lincoln Southeast 42, Lincoln Pius X 6
Lourdes Central Catholic 48, Palmyra 24
Malcolm 40, Conestoga 6
Maxwell 80, Leyton/Banner County 20
Maywood-Hayes Center 59, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 14
McCook 28, Holdrege 6
McCool Junction 73, Lewiston 19
Mead 34, Pender 30
Meridian 70, Parkview Christian 32
Milford 28, Fillmore Central 0
Millard South 56, Columbus 7
Millard West 20, Grand Island 7
Morrill 48, Kimball 6
Mount Michael Benedictine 24, Blair 21
Nebraska City 42, Falls City 15
Neligh-Oakdale 76, Madison 28
Norfolk 21, Omaha Central 20
Norris 50, Gross Catholic 13
North Bend Central 13, Aquinas Catholic 0
North Central 20, Creighton 12
North Platte 36, Lincoln North Star 28
North Platte St. Patrick's 34, Mitchell 21
Northwest 28, York 7
Oakland-Craig 52, Archbishop Bergan 0
Ogallala 41, Sidney 22
Omaha Burke 59, Fremont 35
Omaha North 56, Lincoln Northeast 6
Omaha Roncalli Catholic 55, South Sioux City 7
Omaha Skutt Catholic 28, Waverly 21 (OT)
Omaha Westside 38, Elkhorn South 7
Ord 54, Broken Bow 15
Osmond 50, Winside 20
Overton 20, Anselmo-Merna 0
Papillion-LaVista South 50, Bellevue East 14
Pierce 48, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS) 13
Platteview 30, Omaha Concordia 0
Plattsmouth 23, Ralston 19
Pleasanton 48, Loomis 12
Ravenna 70, Palmer 48
Scottsbluff 64, Lexington 14
Shelton 28, Heartland 0
Silver Lake 49, Hampton 13
Sioux County 65, McPherson County/Stapleton 31
South Platte 34, Potter-Dix 30
Spalding Academy 26, Walthill 25
St. Edward 77, Santee 66
St. Paul 46, ONeill 12
Stanton 26, Ponca 14
Sterling 60, Deshler 20
Sutherland 48, Perkins County 14
Sutton 52, Sandy Creek 7
Tri County 58, Thayer Central 40
Twin Loup 31, Clearwater-Orchard 18
Wahoo 23, Bishop Neumann 6
Wakefield 50, Guardian Angels Central Catholic 36
Wayne 28, West Point-Beemer 11
Weeping Water 68, Omaha Brownell Talbot 16
West Holt 48, Boyd County 8
Wilber-Clatonia 55, Syracuse 0
Winnebago 57, Omaha Nation 14
Wisner-Pilger 62, Homer 28
Wood River 18, Grand Island Central Catholic 14
Yutan 41, Tekamah-Herman 36

Missing Scores:
@ Elba: Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family VS Elba




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PREP FOOTBALL

Ansley-Litchfield 30, South Loup 28

Crawford 56, Hay Springs 7

Gretna 31, Elkhorn 13

Lutheran High Northeast 42, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 16

Millard North 24, Papillion-LaVista 10

Plainview 62, Riverside 32

Sandhills/Thedford 42, Mullen 14





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Arcadia-Loup City def. Ord, 25-15, 25-12, 25-20

Bayard def. Creek Valley, 28-26, 21-25, 25-18, 19-25, 15-10

Beatrice def. Omaha Gross Catholic, 25-23, 25-17, 24-26, 25-11

Bellevue East def. Grand Island, 25-16, 25-18, 25-20

Bellevue West def. Omaha South, 25-12, 25-6, 25-9

Bertrand def. Maxwell, 25-13, 25-20, 25-11

Boone Central/Newman Grove def. West Holt, 25-22, 25-6, 25-21

Boyd County def. Elkhorn Valley, 25-23, 20-25, 26-24, 25-11

Centura def. Holdrege, 26-24, 25-16, 23-25, 25-15

Clarkson/Leigh def. Humphrey St. Francis, 25-23, 20-25, 25-21, 19-25, 15-10

College View Academy def. Boys Town, 25-15, 25-18, 21-25, 25-22

Cornerstone Christian def. Omaha Nation, 25-22, 25-11, 18-25, 24-26, 15-7

Douglas County West def. Arlington, 25-18, 25-19, 25-17

Elkhorn South def. Millard North, 25-20, 25-21, 25-17

Elm Creek def. Gibbon, 26-24, 25-21, 25-9

Fillmore Central def. Sandy Creek, 25-16, 25-10, 25-8

Fullerton def. Palmer, 25-15, 25-12, 25-17

Gretna def. Millard West, 16-25, 25-17, 14-25, 25-18, 18-16

Hastings def. Aurora, 25-21, 23-25, 26-24, 25-21

Hershey def. Sutherland, 13-25, 18-25, 27-25, 25-15, 16-14

Hi-Line def. Arapahoe, 25-10, 25-17, 25-16

Homer def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-10, 25-16, 25-7

Johnson County Central def. Auburn, 25-22, 25-21, 23-25, 9-25, 15-13

Lincoln East def. Norfolk, 24-26, 25-23, 27-25, 23-25, 15-13

Lincoln Northeast def. Lincoln North Star, 25-20, 25-23, 26-24

Lincoln Southeast def. Columbus, 3-2

Lincoln Southwest def. Lincoln High, 25-15, 21-25, 26-24, 25-19

Medicine Valley def. Sandhills Valley, 25-14, 25-16, 25-17

Norfolk Catholic def. Battle Creek, 25-15, 25-14, 25-22

Norris def. Elkhorn, 24-26, 25-16, 25-17, 25-9

North Bend Central def. Tekamah-Herman, 25-9, 25-17, 25-15

Omaha Duchesne Academy def. Grand Island Northwest, 25-10, 25-20, 25-17

Omaha Mercy def. Ralston, 25-18, 25-22, 25-19

Omaha Skutt Catholic def. Omaha Roncalli, 25-10, 25-13, 25-16

Plainview def. Osmond, 26-24, 15-25, 25-23, 21-25, 15-11

Ponca def. Hartington Cedar Catholic, 25-22, 25-21, 17-25, 26-24

Santee def. Flandreau Indian, S.D., 25-14, 25-15, 25-18

Sedgwick County, Colo. def. Leyton, 25-14, 25-17, 25-16

Seward def. Schuyler, 25-15, 25-8, 25-8

Sidney def. Alliance, 25-15, 25-13, 25-22

Sioux County def. Edgemont, S.D., 25-21, 17-25, 26-24, 27-25

Southern Valley def. Silver Lake, 25-19, 25-20, 25-21

St. Paul def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 25-13, 25-10, 25-11

Summerland def. Neligh-Oakdale, 25-27, 25-16, 25-12, 22-25, 15-12

Superior def. Heartland, 27-29, 25-13, 25-19, 25-18

Syracuse def. Freeman, 25-21, 25-16, 25-13

Thayer Central def. Blue Hill, 25-19, 25-20, 25-18

Wahoo def. Malcolm, 25-16, 25-23, 25-13

Wakefield-Allen def. Creighton, 25-14, 25-16, 25-17

Waverly def. Bennington, 25-8, 25-10, 25-11

Wayne def. Crofton, 25-11, 26-24, 25-10

York def. Milford, 21-25, 25-21, 25-15, 21-25, 15-9

Amherst Triangular

Amherst def. Axtell, 19-25, 25-23, 25-14

Pleasanton def. Amherst, 25-15, 25-11

Pleasanton def. Axtell, 25-20, 25-14

Anselmo-Merna Triangular

Anselmo-Merna def. Spalding Academy, 25-6, 25-12

Central Valley def. Spalding Academy, 25-12, 25-8

Central Valley def. Anselmo-Merna, 23-25, 25-20, 25-20

Ansley-Litchfield Triangular

Loomis def. Ansley-Litchfield, 25-22, 18-25, 25-22

Overton def. Ansley-Litchfield, 25-19, 25-19

Overton def. Loomis, 25-21, 25-13

Bloomfield Triangular

Hartington-Newcastle def. Bloomfield, 24-26, 25-17, 25-13

Hartington-Newcastle def. Laurel-Concord/Coleridge, 25-18, 22-25, 25-21

Centennial Conference Tournament
Pool Play
Pool 1

Archbishop Bergan def. Omaha Concordia, 25-20, 25-21

Hastings St. Cecilia def. Kearney Catholic, 25-18, 25-15

Hastings St. Cecilia def. Archbishop Bergan, 25-20, 25-19

Lincoln Lutheran def. Omaha Concordia, 26-24, 25-9

Lincoln Lutheran def. Kearney Catholic, 25-18, 25-11

Pool 2

Bishop Neumann def. Aquinas, 25-11, 25-22

Bishop Neumann def. Lincoln Christian, 25-19, 25-19

Columbus Scotus def. Aquinas, 25-23, 28-26

Grand Island Central Catholic def. Columbus Scotus, 25-9, 25-20

Grand Island Central Catholic def. Lincoln Christian, 27-25, 25-16

Chambers/Wheeler Central Triangular

CWC def. Wausa, 25-7, 25-10

CWC def. Elgin Public/Pope John, 25-12, 25-10

Elgin Public/Pope John def. Wausa, 25-13, 25-14

Exeter-Milligan Triangular

Cross County def. Dorchester, 25-13, 25-23

Cross County def. Exeter/Milligan, 25-19, 26-28, 25-17

Exeter/Milligan def. Dorchester, 25-12, 25-12

Franklin Triangular

Alma def. Franklin, 25-14, 25-23

Alma def. Red Cloud, 25-7, 25-11

Franklin def. Red Cloud, 26-24, 25-11

Friend Triangular

Deshler def. Friend, 25-12, 25-11

Meridian def. Deshler, 25-12, 25-18

Meridian def. Friend, 25-5, 25-18

Lincoln Pius X Triangular

Lincoln Pius X def. Omaha Marian, 25-17, 25-23

Papillion-LaVista def. Lincoln Pius X, 25-18, 25-18

Papillion-LaVista def. Omaha Marian, 25-17, 25-23

Louisville Triangular

Fort Calhoun def. Yutan, 25-15, 25-15

Louisville def. Fort Calhoun, 25-23, 25-20

Louisville def. Yutan, 25-13, 25-19

McCook Triangular

Gothenburg def. McCook, 25-22, 23-25, 25-19

Lexington def. McCook, 25-18, 25-23

McCool Junction Triangular

Giltner def. McCool Junction, 25-7, 25-14

Giltner def. Shelby/Rising City, 27-29, 25-15, 25-22

Shelby/Rising City def. McCool Junction, 25-14, 25-19

Mead Triangular

Mead def. Cedar Bluffs, 25-18, 25-17

Mead def. Weeping Water, 25-13, 25-15

Minden Triangular

Broken Bow def. Ogallala, 25-16, 25-14

Broken Bow def. Minden, 25-13, 26-28, 25-13

Niobrara/Verdigre Double Triangular

North Central def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 25-17, 25-18

St. Mary's def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 25-11, 25-23

Stuart def. St. Mary's, 25-9, 18-25, 25-20

Palmyra Triangular

Johnson-Brock def. Nebraska City Lourdes, 17-25, 27-25, 25-18

Johnson-Brock def. Palmyra, 25-14, 25-16

Pawnee City Triangular

Diller-Odell def. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, 2-0

Diller-Odell def. Pawnee City, 2-0

Platteview Triangular

Ashland-Greenwood def. Raymond Central, 25-15, 25-9, 22-25, 25-18

Ashland-Greenwood def. Platteview, 29-27, 25-16, 25-21

Platteview def. Raymond Central, 25-12, 25-13, 25-18

South Platte Triangular

South Platte def. Arthur County, 25-20, 25-22, 25-11

St. Edward Triangular

Nebraska Christian def. St. Edward, 25-4, 25-8

Nebraska Christian def. Osceola, 25-5, 25-15

Osceola def. St. Edward, 25-13, 25-10

Sutton Triangular

Fairbury def. David City, 25-21, 25-23

Sutton def. David City, 23-25, 25-17, 25-13

Sutton def. Fairbury, 25-15, 22-25, 25-21

Twin Loup Triangular

Burwell def. Twin Loup, 25-23, 9-25, 25-16

Twin Loup def. Riverside, 25-23, 25-18

Wisner-Pilger Triangular

Guardian Angels def. Wisner-Pilger, 26-24, 25-21

Lutheran High Northeast def. Guardian Angels, 25-12, 23-25, 25-20

Lutheran High Northeast def. Wisner-Pilger, 25-21, 26-24

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS

Bennett County, S.D. vs. Gordon/Rushville, ppd.





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Games 2 and 3 of the Red-White Series, originally scheduled for Thursday and Friday, have been postponed due to forecasted weather.

The series will conclude on Monday with one nine-inning game, starting at 3:30 p.m., at Hawks Field.

The two teams tied, 5-5, in a five-inning game on Wednesday in Game 1 of the Red-White Series.




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Match Notes
• The No. 5 Nebraska volleyball team is back at the Devaney Center this weekend for a pair of Big Ten matches. The Huskers host Michigan State on Friday at 8 p.m. and Michigan on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both matches will be nationally televised, with Friday's match airing on BTN and Sunday's match on ESPN2.
• Both matches can be heard on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha on Friday and AM 590 in Omaha on Sunday. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com and also on the official Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 26th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren (Cook) West, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.

Series History
• Nebraska is 20-2-2 all-time against Michigan State and has won nine matches in a row against the Spartans. NU is 12-2 against Michigan State since joining the Big Ten in 2011. The teams played once last year in Lincoln, a 3-1 win for Nebraska on Sept. 23. The last eight meetings between the teams have gone at least four sets. 
• Nebraska is 16-3 all-time against Michigan and has an eight-match win streak against the Wolverines. The Huskers are 13-2 against Michigan since joining the Big Ten. Nebraska won both matches last year by 3-1 scores.  

Coaches
• John Cook: 20th year at Nebraska (571-78); 27th year overall (732-151)
• Cathy George: 15th year at Michigan State (284-191); 33rd year overall (649-415)
• Mark Rosen: 21st year at Michigan (419-257); 28th year overall (628-294)

About the Huskers
• The Huskers are 3-1 in Big Ten play after a 3-0 home loss to Wisconsin last Saturday. Nebraska is 11-2 overall on the season with both losses to teams currently ranked in the top seven of the AVCA Coaches Poll. 
• Nebraska ranks second among Big Ten teams with a .156 opponent hitting percentage. The Huskers rank third in digs (14.85 per set). 
• Lexi Sun leads the Huskers with 3.60 kills per set on .288 hitting this season. Sun has recorded double-digit kills in all four Big Ten matches this season. 
• Jazz Sweet is averaging 2.74 kills per set on .302 hitting this season. Sweet has been the Huskers' top attacker through four conference matches with 3.71 kills per set on a .392 hitting percentage. 
• All-America middle blocker Lauren Stivrins leads the Huskers in blocks with 1.13 per set. She is also putting up 2.34 kills per set on .362 hitting. In conference play, Stivrins ranks second among Big Ten players with a .509 hitting percentage. 
• Nicklin Hames is averaging 10.53 assists per set and 2.96 digs per set.
• Libero Kenzie Knuckles is providing 3.82 digs per set. 

Scouting Michigan State
• Michigan State is 2-2 in the Big Ten with sweeps over Maryland and at Ohio State and losses to Penn State and at Maryland. 
• The Spartans are led by Meredith Norris. The junior outside hitter is averaging 3.38 kills per set and 0.38 aces per set. 
• Michigan State is holding opponents to .144 hitting this season, the top mark among Big Ten teams. The Spartans lead all conference teams in blocks (2.82 per set). 

Scouting Michigan 
• Michigan is 11-3 and 4-0 in the Big Ten entering a match at Iowa on Friday night. 
• Michigan owns the top hitting percentage this season among Big Ten teams (.289) and ranks second among conference teams in aces per set (1.71). 
• Paige Jones ranks fifth in the Big Ten with 3.63 kills per set. Through four conference matches, she is averaging 5.17 kills per set to lead all Big Ten players. 
• Setter MacKenzi Welsh averages 11.20 assists per set. In its four Big Ten wins, Michigan is hitting .326 with Welsh providing 12.42 assists per set.

Huskers Ranked No. 5 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 5 in the AVCA Coaches Poll this week.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 100 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history. The Huskers held the No. 1 ranking this season the week of Sept. 16.
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 493 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 549 AVCA Coaches Polls since it was established in 1982. Nebraska and Stanford are the only two programs to be ranked in every poll all-time.

Three Huskers Named to Preseason All-Big Ten Team
• Nicklin Hames, Lauren Stivrins and Lexi Sun were all voted to the 14-player preseason team by the conference's head coaches. Additionally, the Huskers were picked second in the preseason poll behind Wisconsin. Minnesota was third. 
• Stivrins, a Scottsdale, Arizona native, had a breakout sophomore season to earn first-team All-Big Ten and first-team AVCA All-America honors in 2018. The Huskers' co-captain averaged 2.36 kills per set and had a hitting percentage of .421, the third-highest mark in school history and the No. 3 mark in the nation last season. Stivrins was selected to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team after a career-high 19 kills on .615 hitting in the championship match against No. 1 Stanford. 
• Hames, a sophomore from Maryville, Tennessee, set the Huskers to the NCAA Championship match as a true freshman. The Huskers' co-captain finished the season with 10.49 assists per set and 3.32 digs per set, along with 40 service aces, second-most on the team. Hames had 25 double-doubles during the 2018 season, which broke Jordan Larson's school record for double-doubles. She tallied a career-best 62 assists in the NCAA final against Stanford with 12 digs. 
• Sun, a junior from Encinitas, California, is Nebraska's top returning kills leader. She averaged 3.11 kills per set and 2.69 digs per set in 2018, her first season as a Husker. Sun was one of NU's top servers with 30 aces on the season, and she played a big role for the Huskers down the stretch with 19 kills and 12 digs in the NCAA Semifinal win over Illinois. 

"29,029" and "To Be Continued..."
• The 2019 Nebraska volleyball team has two slogans for the season: 29,029 and To Be Continued...
• 29,029 is the elevation in feet of Mount Everest. The Huskers, who nearly reached the peak of college volleyball in 2018 before coming up three points short against Stanford, are using the memory of that defeat to motivate them in 2019. The Huskers will play 29 regular-season matches, and head coach John Cook said the hardest part of climbing Mount Everest is the final 29 feet. "Many people say the elevation is 29,000 feet, forgetting the final 29 feet. We got to that 29,000 (in 2018). We didn't get that last 29 feet. All the bad things happen in the last 29 feet. People mentally let go, they're exhausted, they get stuck. Our whole theme is we've got to figure out how to get the last 29 feet." 
• The Huskers also have a team slogan of "To Be Continued..." in 2019. The slogan references the Huskers continuing what they couldn't quite finish in 2018 - winning an NCAA Championship. It also means carrying on the recent success of the program (four straight NCAA Semifinals appearances) and preparing to bring back the entire team for the 2020 season, as the Huskers have no seniors on their roster for the first time in program history. The ellipsis signifies the three points that separated the Huskers from a national championship in 2018.

Foecke and Maloney Leave Big Shoes to Fill
• This year, the Huskers are without two players who led the program to four straight final fours from 2015-18 in Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney. The All-Americans both graduated, leaving big production to replace at outside hitter and libero. Foecke and Maloney won two NCAA titles, two Big Ten titles and won more postseason matches than any other player in Husker history. 
• Stivrins, Hames and Sweet are among 10 returning players who are being counted on to step up for the Huskers. Jazz Sweet also returns to lead the Huskers on the right side, and sophomore Callie Schwarzenbach is back after breaking the Nebraska freshman record for blocks last season with 177. Sophomore hitter Capri Davis played a big role last year coming off the bench, and sophomore Megan Miller and Hayley junior Densberger both have a plethora of experience in the back row. 
• A group of six freshmen help offset the loss of the most decorated senior class in school history. Three of the six newcomers - outside hitter Madi Kubik, middle blocker Riley Zuhn, libero Kenzie Knuckles - were PrepVolleyball.com All-Americans and ranked among the top 40 prospects in the 2019 class. The Huskers' incoming class was ranked No. 2 by PrepVolleyball.com.  

Huskers Visit Asia in Summer of 2019
• The Nebraska volleyball team took a 17-day trip to Japan and China over the summer. The Huskers took on top professional teams from the two countries during the trip, winning about half of the sets they played. Head Coach John Cook called it "by far the best" of the five trips his teams have taken to Asia in his 20 years at Nebraska.
• In addition to the highly competitive matches, the Huskers also toured numerous sites in Asia, including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China. With six newcomers and no seniors on the roster for the 2019 season, the trip was a great opportunity for the team to bond on and off the court, a team that will spend the next two years playing together. 
• The NCAA allows a team to take a foreign trip every four years, and Cook has made it a habit to take his team to Asia. Previous trips have usually paid off with successful seasons. In the last four seasons following a Cook-led foreign trip, Nebraska has responded by winning three conference titles and two national championships.
• Cook took his first team to Asia prior to the 2000 season, his first as Nebraska's head coach. The Huskers responded with a 34-0 season and the program's second national championship.
• In 2006, Cook took his team back to Asia and the results were the same: another national championship. The Huskers went 33-1 following their international trip and capped the national title with a 3-1 victory over Stanford in front of 17,209 fans at the Qwest Center in Omaha.
• Nebraska went back to Asia in 2010. Although NU did not win the national title that year, it did put together a 29-3 season that included a Big Ten title. Nebraska took a No. 3 ranking into the NCAA Tournament but was upset in a four-set loss at No. 11 Washington in the NCAA Regional Semifinal. 
• The Huskers' last Asia trip in 2014 with only one senior was followed by a 23-10 season. But the following year saw that young group go on to win the program's fourth national title. 

Nebraska Fans Continue Record-Setting Consecutive Sellout Streak
• Nebraska volleyball holds an NCAA women's record 261 consecutive regular-season sellouts. 
• Nebraska led the nation in attendance in 2018 for the sixth straight year since moving into the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2013, averaging 8,205 fans per match.  
• Nebraska has ranked in the top three nationally in attendance every season since 1990 (28 straight seasons).
• Nebraska set a new school record for attendance - 8,632 - against No. 2 Stanford on Sept. 18. 

AVCA Hall of Fame Head Coach John Cook in 20th Season at Nebraska
• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 20th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2019. He has led the Huskers to four national championships, nine final fours, 12 conference championships and 17 top-10 final rankings since 2000. 
• Cook has 732 career wins and is one of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA history. Since taking over the program in 2000, Cook has led the Huskers to a nation-leading .880 win percentage in that time (571-78). 
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 55 AVCA All-Americans and 19 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, both among the best in the nation. He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in 2000 and 2005, and a seven-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017, his first and second Big Ten honors with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
• Cook is one of only four active coaches - and one of six all-time - to be a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year and was honored in 2008 by USA Volleyball, receiving its All-Time Great Coach Award.
• Cook was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2017, joining former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit in the hall. 
• Cook became the ninth active Division I head coach to reach 700 career wins in 2018. 




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Arcadia-Loup City def. Central City, 25-20, 25-11, 25-13

Ashland-Greenwood def. Yutan, 25-14, 25-18, 25-16

Aurora def. Seward, 25-19, 25-14, 12-25, 16-25, 21-19

Axtell def. Arapahoe, 25-6, 25-17, 25-16

Battle Creek def. Guardian Angels, 25-19, 25-16, 25-22

Bellevue East def. Omaha Burke, 25-14, 13-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-10

Bertrand def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-23, 25-19, 25-16

Burwell def. Anselmo-Merna, 25-18, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22

Centennial def. Cross County, 25-12, 22-25, 25-21, 26-24

Deshler def. Sandy Creek, 18-25, 25-23, 12-25, 25-19, 15-9

Elkhorn South def. Omaha Westside, 25-13, 25-14, 25-11

Elkhorn Valley def. Osmond, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21, 26-24

Elm Creek def. Alma, 25-21, 24-26, 17-25, 25-13, 15-10

Exeter/Milligan def. Nebraska Lutheran, 25-21, 25-18, 25-18

Fillmore Central def. Diller-Odell, 23-25, 25-19, 25-19, 23-25, 15-12

Gering def. Alliance, 27-25, 25-20, 25-17

Hartington-Newcastle def. Randolph, 25-20, 25-16, 25-23

Hastings St. Cecilia def. Centura, 25-17, 25-19, 26-24

Howells/Dodge def. Stanton, 3-0

Kearney def. Norfolk, 25-21, 28-26, 25-19

Kearney Catholic def. North Platte, 25-11, 23-25, 17-25, 27-25, 15-13

Lincoln East def. Lincoln High, 25-22, 25-19, 25-15

Lincoln North Star def. Grand Island, 25-20, 22-25, 25-14, 25-19

Lincoln Pius X def. Fremont, 25-11, 25-19, 25-15

Lincoln Southwest def. Lincoln Northeast, 19-25, 25-15, 25-13, 25-17

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder def. Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur, 25-18, 22-25, 26-24, 25-22

Loomis def. Harvard, 25-18, 28-26, 25-21

Malcolm def. Weeping Water, 25-11, 25-10, 25-11

Mead def. Boys Town, 25-14, 25-13, 25-10

Millard West def. Millard South, 25-15, 25-21, 26-24

Mitchell def. Morrill, 25-10, 25-13, 22-25, 25-23

Neligh-Oakdale def. Creighton, 25-14, 25-11, 25-13

Norris def. Blair, 25-11, 25-7, 25-11

Omaha Brownell-Talbot def. Cedar Bluffs, 19-25, 25-15, 25-21, 22-25, 17-15

Omaha Concordia def. Elmwood-Murdock, 25-15, 25-19, 26-24

Omaha Duchesne Academy def. Omaha Mercy, 25-12, 25-11, 25-14

Omaha Gross Catholic def. Omaha South, 25-18, 25-15, 25-13

Omaha Marian def. Gretna, 3-2

Omaha Northwest def. Omaha Bryan, 25-14, 25-21, 25-17

Omaha Skutt Catholic def. South Sioux City, 25-5, 25-4, 25-9

Overton def. Gibbon, 25-12, 25-12, 25-12

Papillion-LaVista def. Omaha Benson, 25-3, 25-6, 25-4

Pender def. Tekamah-Herman, 25-19, 19-25, 27-25, 26-24

Platteview def. Louisville, 17-25, 25-23, 25-12, 25-23

Plattsmouth def. Bennington, 25-21, 25-17, 25-8

Ponca def. Wakefield-Allen, 25-15, 25-18, 23-25, 25-20

Raymond Central def. Arlington, 21-25, 25-12, 25-22, 25-10

Rock Port, Mo. def. Falls City Sacred Heart, 16-25, 25-19, 26-24

Scottsbluff def. Bridgeport, 19-25, 25-18, 25-17, 18-25, 15-10

Southern def. Fairbury, 25-23, 22-17, 26-28, 25-23

St. Paul def. Columbus Lakeview, 25-18, 25-21, 25-21

Superior def. Minden, 21-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 15-11

Thayer Central def. Sutton, 25-18, 25-22, 19-25, 25-19

Tri County def. Wilber-Clatonia, 23-25, 21-25, 25-7, 28-26, 15-13

Wauneta-Palisade def. Perkins County, 25-11, 25-14, 25-13

Waverly def. Wahoo, 25-17, 25-8, 25-22

Winside def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14

Adams Central Triangular

Adams Central def. York, 26-24, 25-21

Adams Central def. Lexington, 25-14, 25-27, 25-12

York def. Lexington, 25-18, 25-12

Beatrice Triangular

Grand Island Northwest def. Beatrice, 25-9, 20-25, 25-23

Grand Island Northwest def. Hastings, 25-16, 25-22

Hastings def. Beatrice, 25-21, 25-21

Boone Central/Newman Grove Triangular

Pierce def. Boone Central/Newman Grove, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23

Wayne def. Pierce, 25-17, 25-15

Wayne def. Boone Central/Newman Grove, 25-13, 26-24

Brady Triangular

Maywood-Hayes Center def. Medicine Valley, 25-13, 25-8

Maywood-Hayes Center def. Brady, 25-14, 25-14

Medicine Valley def. Brady, 26-24, 25-23

Cozad Triangular

Broken Bow def. Ord, 20-25, 25-12, 25-10

Broken Bow def. Cozad, 25-11, 25-8

Ord def. Cozad, 25-11, 25-20

Creek Valley Triangular

Haxtun, Colo. def. Creek Valley, 25-14, 25-12

Leyton def. Creek Valley, 25-23, 25-18

Leyton def. Haxtun, Colo., 25-23, 25-19

Heartland Triangular

Doniphan-Trumbull def. Heartland, 25-19, 25-23

Giltner def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 25-9, 22-25, 25-14

Heartland def. Giltner, 17-25, 26-24, 25-23

High Plains Community Triangular

High Plains Community def. Hampton, 25-23, 23-25, 25-17

Meridian def. High Plains Community, 25-18, 25-19

Meridian def. Hampton, 25-11, 26-24

Kimball Triangular

Bayard def. Potter-Dix, 25-21, 25-20

Kimball def. Bayard, 25-21, 26-24

Nebraska Christian Triangular

Fullerton def. Spalding Academy, 25-9, 25-15

Nebraska Christian def. Spalding Academy, 25-9, 25-8

Nebraska City Triangular

Nebraska Christian def. Fullerton, 25-16, 25-20

North Central Triangular

North Central def. Ainsworth, 25-12, 19-25, 25-14

Stuart def. North Central, 25-23, 25-17, 20-25

Osceola Triangular

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Osceola, 25-17, 25-12

East Butler def. Bruning-Davenport/Shickley, 25-8, 25-6

East Butler def. Osceola, 27-25, 16-25, 25-19

Palmer Triangular

Central Valley def. Palmer, 25-16, 25-12

CWC def. Central Valley, 25-18, 25-14

CWC def. Palmer, 25-4, 25-7

Paxton Triangular

Dundy County-Stratton def. Paxton, 25-16, 25-20

Dundy County-Stratton def. Wallace, 25-23, 25-19

Wallace def. Paxton, 17-25, 25-18, 25-15

Red Cloud Triangular

Kenesaw def. Red Cloud, 25-9, 25-23

Lawrence-Nelson def. Kenesaw, 25-13, 25-16

Lawrence-Nelson def. Red Cloud, 25-8, 25-17

Santee Triangular

Bloomfield def. Santee, 28-26, 25-11

Boyd County def. Bloomfield, 25-22, 25-15

Boyd County def. Santee, 25-13, 25-8

Shelby/Rising City Triangular

Clarkson/Leigh def. Shelby/Rising City, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17

Lutheran High Northeast def. Shelby/Rising City, 25-19, 25-16

Lutheran High Northeast def. Clarkson/Leigh, 25-19, 22-25, 25-17

South Loup Triangular

Cambridge def. Maxwell, 26-24, 25-11

South Loup def. Cambridge, 27-25, 25-14

South Loup def. Maxwell, 25-22, 25-8

St. Mary's Triangular

Elgin Public/Pope John def. St. Mary's, 25-20, 25-11

Humphrey St. Francis def. Elgin Public/Pope John, 25-13, 25-12

Humphrey St. Francis def. St. Mary's, 25-13, 25-12

Valentine Triangular

Ogallala def. Gothenburg, 25-22, 25-16

Ogallala def. Valentine, 25-18, 25-19

Valentine def. Gothenburg, 25-20, 14-25, 25-22

Walthill Triangular

Walthill def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-11, 25-20

Wynot def. Walthill, 25-14, 25-6

West Point-Beemer Triangular

Douglas County West def. West Point-Beemer, 25-18, 25-15

Oakland-Craig def. West Point-Beemer, 27-25, 25-20

Oakland-Craig def. Douglas County West, 28-30, 25-23, 25-22

Winnebago Triangular

Winnebago def. Whiting, Iowa, 25-12, 25-10

Wood River Triangular

Ravenna def. Wood River, 25-23, 25-19

Shelton def. Ravenna, 16-25, 25-22, 25-15

Wood River def. Shelton, 25-16, 25-23





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VOLLEYBALL

Crawford def. Hemingford, 25-8, 25-14, 25-12

Gordon/Rushville def. Hay Springs, 25-13, 25-18, 25-17

Malcolm def. Johnson County Central, 25-21, 25-19, 25-19

Millard West def. Papillion-LaVista South, 25-22, 25-18, 25-15

Osmond def. Wausa, 25-11, 25-17, 28-26

Wynot def. Randolph, 25-14, 25-10, 25-12

Cambridge Triangular

Hastings St. Cecilia def. Southern Valley, 25-10, 25-20

Hastings St. Cecilia def. Cambridge, 25-15, 25-14

Southern Valley def. Cambridge, 25-18, 25-19

Riverside Triangular

Madison def. St. Edward, 25-15, 25-23

Riverside def. Madison, 25-9, 25-23

Riverside def. St. Edward, 25-20, 25-10

Southwest Triangular

Chase County def. North Platte St. Patrick's, 25-12, 25-19

Chase County def. Southwest, 25-20, 25-19

Southwest def. North Platte St. Patrick's, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21

Syracuse Tournament

Milford def. Nebraska City, 2-1

Syracuse def. Ralston, 25-14, 25-16

Championship

Syracuse def. Milford, 25-18, 25-18

Third Place

Ralston def. Nebraska City, 25-15, 25-11





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NEBRASKA at MINNESOTA
OCT. 12, 2019 | TCF BANK STADIUM
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. | 6:30 P.M. (CT)

BROADCAST INFO
TV - FS1 (Brian Custer, Robert Smith)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg SharpeMatt DavisonBen McLaughlin
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INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App

HUSKERS
2019 Record: 4-2, 2-1 Big Ten
Last Game: Northwestern (W, 13-10)
Rankings: NR
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 27-17 (4th Year)/8-10 (2nd Year) 
vs. Minnesota: 1-0

GOPHERS
2019 Record: 5-0, 2-0 Big Ten
Last Game: Illinois (W, 40-17)
Rankings: RV
Coach: P.J. Fleck
Career/MN Record: 47-35 (7th Year)/17-13 (3rd Year)
vs. Nebraska: 1-1

The Matchup
Nebraska heads on the road for the second time in Big Ten Conference play this Saturday when Nebraska travels to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Game time from Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium is set for shortly after 6:30 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally on FS1. The game can be heard on the Husker Sports Network from Learfield-IMG. 

The contest is a key early-season matchup in the Big Ten West Division race, with both schools looking to establish themselves as division contenders as the 2019 season reaches the midway point.

Nebraska will bring a 4-2 record into the contest, including a 2-1 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Huskers are coming off a dramatic 13-10 victory over Northwestern in Lincoln, winning the game on a field goal as time expired. The last-second victory over the Wildcats marked just the second time in Memorial Stadium history that Nebraska has secured a victory on a walk-off field goal. 

Minnesota enters the game with a perfect 5-0 record, including a 2-0 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Gophers are coming off a 40-17 victory over Illinois on Saturday in Minneapolis to keep their perfect start intact. Minnesota has relied on an explosive offense, averaging 410 total yards and 35.8 points per game. The Gophers have won their past seven games overall, including a win over Wisconsin in the 2018 regular-season finale and a victory in the Quick Lane Bowl. The Gophers are ranked No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and are just outside of the top 25 in the AP Poll.

Series History
Minnesota holds a 32-25-2 edge in the all-time series between the two schools, including a 22-13-2 advantage in games played in Minneapolis. The Huskers are 2-2 in four games at Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium. 

• Nebraska owns a 5-3 advantage over the Gophers since joining the Big Ten Conference, including last year's 53-28 win in Lincoln.

• Nebraska has played Minnesota more than any other opponents with this Saturday marking the 60th all-time meeting. The schools met 51 times before Nebraska joined the Big Ten, including 19 straight seasons from 1934 to 1952. NU also played Minnesota eight straight years from 1967 to 1974. 

• Nebraska won 16 straight games in the series between 1963 and 2012, before a Minnesota victory in 2013. .

Minnesota a Memorable Matchup for Several Years
Nebraska defeated Minnesota 53-28 last season for the Huskers' first win of the season. Nebraska put up some noteworthy numbers in last year's meeting, and several current Huskers have enjoyed memorable matchups with Minnesota.

• Nebraska put up 659 yards of total offense in last year's win over Minnesota, which at the time marked the Huskers' highest output ever in a Big Ten Conference game (NU broke the record with 674 yards of total offense at Illinois last month).

• The Huskers scored 53 points last season against Minnesota, which marked the first time Nebraska had scored 50 points in a Big Ten Conference game. 

• Last year's 53-28 victory over Minnesota marked Scott Frost's first win as Nebraska's head coach.

• Adrian Martinez (125 yards) and Maurice Washington (109 yards) each had the highest rushing totals of their career in last season's matchup with Minnesota, when the Huskers had three 100-yard rushers for the fifth time in school history.

• Martinez completed his first 11 passes in last year's game and finished 25-of-29 for 276 yards, completing 86.2 percent of his passes. The effort set a Nebraska record for a quarterback who attempted at least 20 passes in a game.

• In the last trip to Minneapolis in 2017, JD Spielman totaled a career-high 291 all-purpose yards. Spielman's 291 all-purpose yards rank fifth in school history and are the second-highest total a Husker has ever had on the road. Spielman posted his 100th career reception in last year's win over Minnesota. 

Nebraska Joins 900-Win Club
Nebraska reached a major milestone in the history of its program with its win at Illinois on Sept. 21, becoming the fifth program in the country with 900 all-time victories. Nebraska joined Michigan, Ohio State, Texas and Alabama in the 900-win club. Oklahoma and Notre Dame joined the 900-win list a week later on Sept. 28.

Rk. School (Wins)
1. Michigan (957)
2. Ohio State (917)
3. Texas (912)
4. Alabama (910)
5. Nebraska (901)
    Notre Dame (901)
    Oklahoma (901)

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. NU has scored on its opening drive in three of six games in 2019. 

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. At Colorado, Nebraska drove 96 yards in five plays on its first possession to take a 7-0 lead. The Huskers opened with a field goal on the game's first drive against Northern Illinois, covering 58 yards in eight plays. The opening-drive success has continued a theme throughout Frost's head coaching tenure. 

• 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. In Frost's two seasons, Nebraska has scored on its opening possession 10 times in 18 games.

• 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 31 games (58 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 23 times in 44 games, with 21 touchdowns and two field goals. In 84 games over six-plus seasons as a play-caller, Frost's offenses have scored on their first possession of the game 44 times, putting points on the board in more than half of their opening possessions.

• Frost's Opening Drive Scoring Percentage: 52% (44 of 84 drives)    
• Frost's Opening Drive Touchdown Percentage: 45% (38 of 84 drives)


Blackshirt Defense Making Noise Early in 2019 Season
The Nebraska defense has focused on taking a step forward in 2019, specifically causing more turnovers and big impact plays. Nebraska has shown that ability in stretches this season, particularly in home wins over South Alabama and Northern Illinois. 

• Nebraska has 11 takeaways through six games to rank fifth in the Big Ten and 15th nationally in that category. 

• Nebraska had five takeaways against South Alabama, including four in the second half. 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 against the Jaguars–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. Nebraska is fourth in the nation in defensive touchdowns. 

• 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's effort against South Alabama marked the 16th time in school history the Huskers have scored on offense, defense and special teams in the same game.  It was the first time since 2012 NU had accomplished that feat, and the first instance against an FBS opponent since 2009 at Colorado.

• Nebraska has added six takeaways over the past five games, including a critical interception by Lamar Jackson against Northwestern with 1:00 remaining to set up a game-winning field goal. 

• Nebraska has averaged 2.2 takeaways in its past 11 games. Prior to that, Nebraska averaged 1.0 takeaway in its 30 previous games spanning three seasons. 

• The Huskers have forced three or more turnovers in four of their last 11 games. Before the current stretch, NU had not forced three turnovers in 30 games dating back to game two in 2016.

• Nebraska has forced 18 fumbles in its past 11 games. Prior to that, Nebraska had forced just 14 fumbles in its previous 34 games. 

• Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander has a history of producing disruptive defenses. In 43 games as a defensive coordinator (UCF, Nebraska) Chinander's defenses have scored 11 touchdowns.

Defending the Run Key for Blackshirts
Nebraska made big strides in defending the run early in the 2019 season. The Huskers held each of the first three opponents to less than 100 yards rushing. Illinois' run-heavy attack gained 221 yards on the ground before Ohio State ran for 368 yards. Nebraska allows 165.3 yards rushing per game. 

• Nebraska held three straight opponents to fewer than 100 yards rushing to open the season, marking the first time NU held three straight opponents to less than 100 yards on the ground since early in the 2017 season. 

• The Huskers are allowing 4.05 yards per rush through six games, an improvement over last season when Nebraska surrendered 5.0 yards per rush. 

Offense Ranks Among Nation's Top Big-Play Units
Nebraska's offense has numerous big-play weapons that have helped the Huskers stress opposing defenses. Highlighted by 14 plays of 20 yards or more at Illinois, Nebraska ranks as one of the Big Ten and national leaders in producing chunk plays.

• NU has 36 scrimmage plays of 20-plus yards to rank second in the Big Ten and 12th nationally. 

• The Huskers rank in the top three in the Big Ten in plays of 40+ (13), 50+ (5) and 60+ (4) yards and are among the nation's top 17 teams in each of those categories.

• On the ground, Nebraska leads the Big Ten in rushes of 30+ (7), 40+ (7), 50+ (3) and 60+ (2) yards. Nebraska is in the top 12 in the nation in each of those categories.