09-Sep-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Boulder, Colo. - In a game that was dominated by the Nebraska defense for nearly three quarters, Colorado's offense erupted for 31 points in the final 17 minutes of regulation to force overtime before the Buffaloes hit a 34-yard field goal on the opening possession of OT to claim a 34-31 win over the Cornhuskers on Saturday afternoon at Folsom Field.
Nebraska won the overtime coin flip and elected to defend. The Blackshirts came through by holding the Buffaloes to a James Stefanou field goal to give Colorado its only lead of the game.
The Huskers took their overtime possession 25 yards from victory, but were shut down on first and second down, before a third-down sack of Adrian Martinez put Nebraska at 4th-and-16 from the CU 31. Nebraska elected to try a 48-yard game-tying field goal with Isaac Armstrong, who earlier in the game kicked his first career field goal. Armstrong, Nebraska's regular starting punter, was making his first career collegiate appearance at place-kicker as a replacement for injured returning starter Barret Pickering.
Armstrong's attempt was short and right, as Colorado escaped with the win. Prior to that kick, Armstrong was outstanding during regulation, going a perfect 4-for-4 on PAT kicks. His 26-yard field goal with 2:47 left in the second quarter staked Nebraska to a 17-0 halftime lead. Armstrong also boomed five punts for an average of 46.2 yards in the game.
Nebraska completely controlled the first half in front of nearly 53,000 fans - well over half of which were covered in Husker red - building a 17-point lead while out-gaining Colorado 266-84. The Blackshirts shut down the Buff running game in the half, holding CU to 0 yards on 14 carries.
After halftime, the Blackshirts continued to play well in the third quarter but the offense was unable to get anything going. Colorado finally broke into the scoring column late in the third quarter with an 11-yard touchdown run from Jaren Mangham with 1:42 left to cut Nebraska's lead to 17-7. Mangham finished the game with a team-high 44 yards on 11 carries with two touchdowns to lead the Buff running game, which finished with just 89 yards on 37 carries.
Nebraska started the fourth quarter with the ball, but was forced to punt. Armstrong pinned the Buffs at their own 4 to start the drive in the shadow of their own goal line. However, Colorado set the tone for the final quarter with a flea-flicker on its first play, and Steven Montez connected with K.D. Nixon on a 96-yard touchdown pass to pull the Buffs within 17-14 with 14:22 left. Dixon finished with game highs of six receptions and 148 yards.
Montez finished the game by completing 28-of-41 pass for 375 yards and two scores. He also threw one interception and was sacked three times.
While Colorado had momentum, Nebraska's offense quickly answered on its next offense play, with Maurice Washington taking a short pass from Martinez and racing 75 yards for a touchdown to put the Big Red back up 24-14 with 14:09 left. Washington produced 196 all-purpose yards, including four receptions for a team-high 118 yards, while adding 15 carries for 77 rushing yards to help the Husker offense.
Colorado kept coming, producing an answer of its own with a five-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by Mangham's second touchdown run - this time from seven yards out to pull back within three points at 24-21.
Colorado then came up with a big defensive play, forcing a Martinez fumble to start a potential go-ahead drive on a short field at the Nebraska 35. The Blackshirts stiffened and held Colorado to a 20-yard Stefanou field goal to tie the game for the first time at 24 with 8:30 left.
Martinez and the Husker offense then found an answer of their own, covering 75 yards in eight plays and 2:55, capped by Martinez's six-yard touchdown run to move back in front at 31-24 with 5:49 left.
For the game, Martinez completed 16-of-26 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns through the air. He also threw an interception on a deep pass on Nebraska's final play of regulation. Martinez was 9-for-9 for 180 passing yards and a touchdown in the first half. For the game, he added 19 carries for 66 yards and two more touchdowns on the ground to account for 356 yards of total offense.
On the ensuing kick-off, Laviska Shenault Jr. broke into the open on the return for Colorado, but Cam Taylor-Britt came up with a big individual special teams play by forcing a fumble that was recovered by walk-on Luke Reimer near midfield. However, an unsportsmanlike penalty on Nebraska during the recovery and an intentional grounding call on first down put Nebraska at its own 21 facing 2nd-and-17.
The Buffaloes forced a punt and took over 75 yards from a tie. Colorado completed the comeback to force overtime with Montez's 26-yard touchdown pass to Tony Brown with 46 seconds left. Brown finished with five receptions for 60 yards.
Junior wide receiver JD Spielman made Nebraska's first big play of the game with his 65-yard touchdown catch on NU's opening drive. Spielman finished with five catches for 112 yards, while adding one carry for eight yards.
Defensively, Nebraska got big games across its defensive line, led by five tackles, including two for loss from Khalil Davis. Ben Stille and Alex Davis both added two tackles for loss, while Carlos Davis added a 12-yard sack. Will Honas led the Blackshirts with a career-high nine tackles, while Mohamed Barry, Collin Miller and Marquel Dismuke all pitched in six stops. Lamar Jackson added a first-half interception, while Cam Taylor-Britt forced two fumbles while coming up with five tackles.
Nebraska (1-1) will look to bounce back next week at home with another tough test from Northern Illinois. Kickoff between the Huskers and the Huskies is set for 7 p.m. in what will be the 370th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. The game will be televised by FS1.
09-Sep-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
SAN DIEGO – The No. 2 Nebraska volleyball team pulled off a thrilling 3-2 (22-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-22, 15-11) comeback win at No. 25 San Diego on Saturday night at Jenny Craig Pavilion at the SDSU/USD Invitational.
The Huskers trailed the match 2-1 and were down 22-21 in set four to the Toreros, but scored the final four points of the fourth set and then never trailed in set five, capping the victory with a 15-11 final set. Nebraska improved to 4-0 on the season and returns home to host the Ameritas Players Challenge next weekend.
Lexi Sun tied her career high with 21 kills and had 12 digs and four blocks while hitting .318. Lauren Stivrins added 14 kills on .393 hitting with eight blocks. Madi Kubik contributed 11 kills and 16 digs, and Jazz Sweet had nine kills and four blocks.
The Huskers out-blocked San Diego, 12.5 to 7.0. Callie Schwarzenbach added four blocks for the Big Red, and Nicklin Hames had three to go with her 49 assists and a team-high 17 digs.
Nebraska had a .252 to .235 edge in hitting percentage. Kenzie Knuckles chipped in 14 digs, and Megan Miller had 11.
Katie Lukes and Grace Frohling each had 17 kills for the Toreros (2-3).
Set 1: San Diego held an 8-6 lead despite committing four early service errors. The Toreros led 11-8 with eight kills on .500 hitting, but a kill by Schwarzenbach started a 6-0 Husker run, highlighted by back-to-back blocks by Sweet and Stivrins. A back-row kill by Sun and an ace by Knuckles gave the Huskers the 14-11 advantage. After USD ended the run, Stivrins and Kubik combined for another block, and a USD error made it 16-12 Big Red. But the Toreros put together a 3-0 run to tie the set at 17-17. Sun's fourth kill put the Huskers up 18-17, but the Toreros scored five of the next six points to go up 22-19. San Diego earned set point at 24-20. Kubik notched back-to-back kills, but the Toreros held on for the 25-22 win. USD out-hit NU .237 to .097 in the set.
Set 2: The Toreros committed five errors early on to give the Huskers a 6-2 lead. A kill by Kubik and another USD error made it 8-3 Huskers. Schwarzenbach and Sweet teamed up for a block, and Sun terminated from the back row for a 16-10 Husker lead. But USD cut NU's lead to three, 19-16, forcing a Husker timeout. Kubik then crushed a kill from the back row to restore a four-point lead, and USD hit wide to make it 21-16 Huskers. After San Diego used a timeout, Sun hammered down an overpass to make it 22-16, and a kills by Sweet and Sun gave NU set point at 24-16. After USD scored the next three points, Hames dumped a kill to end the set at 25-19 and tie the match at 1-1.
Set 3: A couple of highlight-reel plays gave the Huskers some energy early in set three. Stivrins kicked a ball to a teammate to keep a rally alive, which Sweet terminated to tie the set at 2-2. Then a sprawling dig by Miller resulted in a block by Hames and Stivrins that put the Huskers up 3-2. But San Diego regained an 11-9 lead on an ace by Thana Fayad. Stivrins and Kubik strung together back-to-back kills, and USD hit long for a 12-11 Husker lead. Stivrins tipped a kill and then teamed with Sun for a stuff block to keep NU in front, 14-13. With the score tied 16-16, Zuhn posted her third kill of the set to make it 17-16, but the Toreros scored the next two to go ahead 18-17. The Toreros went ahead 21-19 after a Husker passing error led to a USD kill, and the lead increased to 24-20 after a Husker attacking error and a kill by Roxie Wiblin. Sun posted a pair of kills to slice the deficit in half, 24-22, but the Toreros finished it off at 25-22 on a kill by Frohling. NU hit .316 in set three but allowed San Diego to hit .325.
Set 4: San Diego scored the first two points of the set and led early on, but Sun terminated a long rally and USD committed an attacking error to give NU its first lead at 7-6. With Hayley Densberger still serving the run, Schwarzenbach and Sun posted back-to-back blocks to put the Big Red up 9-6 and force a San Diego timeout. Sweet tipped a kill off a block to make it 11-9 after San Diego had pulled within one, but the Toreros tied the set at 11-11 after two Husker breakdowns. The teams traded sideouts for 10 rallies before San Diego went up 17-16 on a kill by Wiblin. Sun answered with a kill for the Huskers and then served NU's second ace of the night for an 18-17 lead. After an NU service error, Schwarzenbach produced a kill to make it 19-18, but another service error tied the set again at 19-19. USD went up 20-19 after NU hit long, but the Toreros did the same on the next rally to make it 20-20. Stivrins notched her 10th kill to put NU back in front, but Frohling answered for USD and the Toreros went up 22-21 after NU was in the net. After a timeout, Sun posted back-to-back kills to put the Big Red back on top, 23-22. Stivrins and Hames then combined for a stuff block for set point at 24-22. Sun clinched the set for the Huskers on the next rally with her 19th kill. NU finished the set on a 4-0 run that Kubik served.
Set 5: Sweet opened the set with a kill to the far corner, and a kill by Stivrins and an ace by Kubik made it 3-1 Huskers. Stivrins put down her 12th kill for a 4-2 lead, but USD answered with two kills to tie the set at 4-4. NU went back ahead after a USD hitting error and Schwarzenbach kill made it 6-4. The Toreros tied the score again before Sweet pounded her eighth kill of the match to give NU a 7-6 lead. Sweet and Schwarzenbach then made it 8-6 with a stuff block. The Toreros committed a bad set, and Kubik tapped a kill to the floor for a 10-7 Husker advantage. USD sided out after a timeout, but Sweet posted a big kill to keep NU up by three, 11-8. Stivrins connected on the slide for a 12-9 lead, and Sun posted her 20th kill to increase the lead to four at 13-9. The Toreros recorded a kill out of a timeout, but Stivrins smashed her 14th kill for match point at 14-10. Sun sealed the match for the Huskers at 15-11 with her career-high-tying 21st kill. The Huskers hit .440 in the final set.
Up Next: Nebraska hosts the Ameritas Players Challenge next weekend at the Devaney Center. The Huskers will play High Point on Friday at Noon and Denver at 7:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, the Huskers will finish the weekend against Loyola Marymount at 1 p.m.
06-Sep-2019 / Associated Press
Auburn def. Fairbury, 27-25, 22-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-7
Aurora def. York, 25-27, 25-15, 25-27, 26-24, 15-11
Axtell def. Elm Creek, 3-2
Battle Creek def. Creighton, 25-13, 25-17, 25-4
Bishop Neumann def. Ashland-Greenwood, 18-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13
Bridgeport def. Kimball, 25-15, 25-15, 16-25, 23-25, 15-13
Broken Bow def. Gothenburg, 26-24, 27-25, 25-14
Centura def. Central City, 20-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-22
Chadron def. Gordon/Rushville, 25-15, 25-20, 25-15
Columbus def. Crete, 25-17, 25-19, 25-21
Columbus Lakeview def. Seward, 18-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-21
Cross County def. Shelby/Rising City, 25-22, 22-25, 25-14, 25-20
Douglas County West def. Logan View-Scribner-Snyder, 25-9, 25-20, 25-20
Elkhorn South def. Millard South, 25-20, 27-25, 21-25, 25-17
Fillmore Central def. David City, 25-14, 15-25, 25-17, 25-15
Garden County def. Leyton, 25-22, 25-21, 25-20
Gretna def. Bellevue West, 24-26, 25-15, 25-15, 23-25, 15-13
Hastings def. McCook, 25-22, 25-17, 25-16
Hastings St. Cecilia def. Grand Island Central Catholic, 25-16, 26-24, 22-25, 25-21
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge def. Randolph, 25-19, 25-10, 25-17
Lincoln Lutheran def. Omaha Concordia, 25-13, 25-10, 25-9
Lincoln North Star def. Fremont, 25-17, 25-18, 18-25, 25-18
Lincoln Southeast def. Lincoln Northeast, 27-29, 25-18, 25-13, 25-9
Lincoln Southwest def. Kearney, 17-25, 25-19, 25-15, 16-25, 17-15
Maxwell def. Brady, 21-25, 27-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-11
Milford def. Centennial, 25-20, 25-17, 21-25, 25-18
Millard West def. Omaha Benson, 25-15, 25-7, 25-6
Mitchell def. Hemingford, 25-15, 25-13, 25-8
Morrill def. Bayard, 20-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-17
Norfolk Catholic def. Pierce, 25-14, 25-17, 25-17
Norris def. Bennington, 25-23, 25-16, 25-14
O'Neill def. Boone Central/Newman Grove, 22-25, 23-25, 25-13, 25-12, 15-13
Omaha Burke def. Omaha Northwest, 25-13, 19-25, 25-16, 29-27
Papillion-LaVista def. Millard North, 27-25, 25-21, 25-22
Platteview def. Arlington, 25-15, 25-16, 25-13
Plattsmouth def. Blair, 25-10, 25-17, 25-13
Schuyler def. Cornerstone Christian, 25-17, 25-19, 25-19
Sedgwick County, Colo. def. South Platte, 25-16, 21-25, 25-16, 25-23
St. Paul def. Ord, 25-18, 25-11, 25-10
Superior def. Lawrence-Nelson, 25-19, 25-23, 25-23
Sutherland def. Paxton, 25-12, 25-16, 25-11
Thayer Central def. Tri County, 25-10, 25-17, 25-16
Twin River def. Osceola, 25-18, 25-20, 25-15
Vermillion, S.D. def. South Sioux City, 17-25, 25-15, 26-24, 22-25, 15-13
Wahoo def. Raymond Central, 28-26, 25-13, 25-17
Wauneta-Palisade def. Cheylin, Kan., 23-25, 25-13, 25-13, 25-22
Yutan def. Cedar Bluffs, 25-17, 25-15, 25-17
Anselmo-Merna def. Twin Loup, 25-21, 23-25, 25-17
Anselmo-Merna def. Ansley-Litchfield, 25-21, 23-25, 25-17
Twin Loup def. Ansley-Litchfield, 18-25, 25-17, 25-17
Alma def. Cambridge, 8-25, 25-23, 25-17
Bertrand def. Alma, 25-20, 25-22
Cambridge def. Bertrand, 18-25, 25-14, 25-13
Boyd County Triangular
Boyd County def. Santee, 25-16, 25-9
Neligh-Oakdale def. Santee, 25-18, 25-7
Central Valley Triangular
Central Valley def. Riverside, 25-17, 25-15
Central Valley def. Fullerton, 16-25, 25-15, 25-21
Fullerton def. Riverside, 25-14, 20-25, 25-19
Clarkson/Leigh def. Madison, 25-17, 25-11
Stanton def. Madison, 25-7, 25-12
Stanton def. Clarkson/Leigh, 19-25, 25-13, 25-20
Blue Hill def. Wood River, 27-29, 25-19, 25-16
Blue Hill def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 25-22, 24-26, 28-26
Wood River def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 25-19, 25-19
Elgin/Elgin Pope John Triangular
CWC def. Elgin Public/Pope John, 25-17, 25-5
CWC def. Stuart, 25-11, 25-14
Stuart def. Elgin Public/Pope John, 16-25, 26-24, 25-20
Homer def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-15, 25-19
Ponca def. Homer, 25-18, 25-17
Ponca def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-14, 25-11
Deshler def. Pawnee City, 21-25, 25-19, 25-16
Freeman def. Pawnee City, 23-25, 25-20, 25-23
Diller-Odell def. Elmwood-Murdock, 25-15, 25-10
Diller-Odell def. Johnson-Brock, 25-7, 25-20
Elmwood-Murdock def. Sterling, 25-22, 26-24
Johnson-Brock def. Sterling, 25-12, 25-16
Adams Central def. Ravenna, 21-25, 25-12, 26-24
Gibbon def. Ravenna, 26-24, 25-22
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Hampton, 25-11, 25-15
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Exeter/Milligan, 25-9, 25-8
Exeter/Milligan def. Hampton, 19-25, 25-17, 25-21
Franklin def. Shelton, 25-13, 25-22
Franklin def. Red Cloud, 25-20, 25-16
Franklin def. Harvard, 25-16, 25-18
Harvard def. Red Cloud, 25-20, 25-22
Shelton def. Harvard, 25-20, 25-16
Shelton def. Red Cloud, 25-14, 22-25
Heartland def. Sandy Creek, 25-16, 25-12
Heartland def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-14, 25-21
Sandy Creek def. Wilber-Clatonia, 23-25, 25-9, 25-23
Hi-Line def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 21-25, 25-8, 25-19
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller def. Hi-Line, 25-23, 25-18
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-20, 25-17
High Plains Community Triangular
Giltner def. High Plains Community, 25-17, 24-26, 25-11
Giltner def. East Butler, 25-9, 25-7
High Plains Community def. East Butler, 21-25, 25-11, 25-8
Hitchcock County Triangular
Dundy County-Stratton def. Arapahoe, 25-16, 28-26
Hitchcock County def. Arapahoe, 25-10, 25-17
Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer Triangular
Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer def. Falls City, 25-18, 25-17
Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer def. Johnson County Central, 23-25, 25-18, 25-17
Johnson County Central def. Falls City, 25-14, 25-20
Arcadia-Loup City def. Amherst, 25-10, 25-17
Arcadia-Loup City def. Kenesaw, 27-29, 25-13, 25-14
Kenesaw def. Amherst, 25-16, 25-21
Louisville def. Omaha Brownell-Talbot, 25-18, 25-12
Malcolm def. Louisville, 20-25, 25-20, 25-18
Malcolm def. Omaha Brownell-Talbot, 24-26, 25-7, 25-16
McCool Junction Triangular
Nebraska Lutheran def. McCool Junction, 25-20, 26-24
Sutton def. McCool Junction, 25-21, 25-16
Sutton def. Nebraska Lutheran, 25-21, 22-25, 25-11
Lexington def. Holdrege, 2-1
Minden def. Lexington, 25-18, 25-17
Minden def. Holdrege, 25-11, 25-13
Northeast Nebraska Tournament
Oakland-Craig def. Pender, 25-14, 25-14
Wayne def. Pender, 25-8, 25-10
Wayne def. Oakland-Craig, 25-20, 25-23
Guardian Angels def. Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur, 23-25, 25-16, 25-20
Lutheran High Northeast def. Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur, 25-18, 25-18
Lutheran High Northeast def. Guardian Angels, 13-25, 27-25, 25-19
West Point-Beemer def. Wakefield-Allen, 25-18, 25-17
Wisner-Pilger def. West Point-Beemer, 23-25, 25-15, 25-22
Wisner-Pilger def. Wakefield-Allen, 25-18, 25-17
Archbishop Bergan def. North Bend Central, 25-22, 28-26
North Bend Central def. Tekamah-Herman, 25-15, 25-15
Ogallala def. North Platte, 22-25, 25-22, 25-16
Sidney def. North Platte, 29-27, 25-20
Sidney def. Ogallala, 25-21, 25-19
Palmer Double Triangular
Heartland Lutheran def. St. Edward, 25-14, 25-12
Nebraska Christian def. Palmer, 25-5, 25-12
Nebraska Christian def. Heartland Lutheran, 25-13, 25-14
Palmer def. St. Edward, 25-8, 25-17
Palmyra def. Weeping Water, 25-7, 25-10
Palmyra def. Dorchester, 25-23, 25-11
Plainview def. St. Mary's, 25-23, 20-25, 25-17
Summerland def. Plainview, 25-9, 25-15
Summerland def. St. Mary's, 25-14, 25-12Pleasanton Triangular
Overton def. Loomis, 25-15, 25-16
Pleasanton def. Loomis, 25-10, 25-21
Pleasanton def. Overton, 25-9, 25-12
South Loup Triangular
Mullen def. Wallace, 25-13, 25-13
South Loup def. Mullen, 25-10, 25-16
South Loup def. Wallace, 25-11, 25-13
Lewiston def. Parkview Christian, 25-17, 25-13
Southern def. Lewiston, 25-21, 25-8
Southern def. Parkview Christian, 25-3, 25-12
Maywood-Hayes Center def. Southwest, 25-8, 25-9
Maywood-Hayes Center def. Rawlins County, Kan., 25-16, 25-17
Rawlins County, Kan. def. Southwest, 25-20, 25-23
West Holt Triangular
Burwell def. North Central, 25-16, 26-24
North Central def. West Holt, 25-15, 23-25, 25-16
West Holt def. Burwell, 21-25, 25-13, 25-18
Winner, S.D. def. Ainsworth, 25-23, 25-16, 25-21
Winner, S.D. def. Valentine, 25-20, 25-15, 25-18
Elkhorn Valley def. Wausa, 25-10, 25-19
Winside def. Elkhorn Valley, 25-21, 25-17
Winside def. Wausa, 25-18, 25-14
Wynot def. Hartington-Newcastle, 25-17, 22-25, 25-15
Hartington-Newcastle def. Bloomfield, 25-18, 25-13
Wynot def. Crofton, 25-19, 25-17
05-Sep-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
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.
05-Sep-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
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.
04-Sep-2019 / Hometown Family Radio Sports Network
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 def. South Platte, 25-13, 25-16
Brady def. Perkins County, 25-11, 25-20
South Platte def. Perkins County, 25-14, 25-21
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 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 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
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
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 def. Elba, 25-14, 25-4
Nebraska Christian def. Elba, 25-9, 25-9
Nebraska Christian def. Gibbon, 25-17, 25-13
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
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
03-Sep-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
NEBRASKA at COLORADO
SEPT. 7, 2019 | FOLSOM FIELD
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
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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)
Coach: Mel Tucker
Career/CU Record: 1-0 (1st Year)/Same
vs. Nebraska: 4-5
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.
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.
31-Aug-2019 / Husker Athletics
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
31-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
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
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
31-Aug-2019 / Husker Athletics
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.