Message from The Chapter President Richard Percival

Sat Game- kickoff at 10 am MST at Beef O Brady’s
O Brady’s has a GREAT breakfast menu to include Blood Mary’s for those that want that. Also Red Beers for us.
We will be doing a very special unavailing at half-time. This is something that we all can be proud of that, so we need a good crowd there.

We will have a lot of really cool things on our raffle again this week. We had over 100 fans attend last weeks game. Thanks to all that came out. Hope to see you again this week!!

Some Husker notes- they have handed out some Blackshirts this week. What a great second have the team played. Armstrong is becoming a real leader on the Team, and it shows as he keeps improving. Admire is with out a dought in the running for the Heisman Trophy. Did you watch the Brook Banger special after the game. What a true icon of Nebraska he was.

We do have a few items that we are selling. I have 4 Tom Osborn autographed books -Beyond the Final Score– asking $15 each. retail for $30
also have a large Black Idaho Husker t-shirt asking $15.00
Let me know if you would like.. you can send me a replay back to this email address…

Hope to see LOTS OF RED on Sat.. GO HUSKERS!!!

Richard Percival


Huskers @ Rytgers

Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska football team held a 45-minute walkthrough on Thursday afternoon in the Hawks Championship Center in preparations for Saturday’s matchup against Rutgers. Head Coach Bo Pelini spoke to the media after practice.

“We had a good week of practice,” Pelini said. “I think our guys recovered pretty well. I thought we did our normal thing Sunday. We had a good Tuesday, Wednesday and just had a walkthrough to tie things up. We’ll put the finishing touches on it Friday. I told our guys – it’s going to happen quickly on Saturday morning. Let’s get our rest tonight and get ready to go and make sure we are ready to meet the challenge.”

Pelini added that tight end Cethan Carter is out for Saturday’s game, and talked about wide receiver Brandon Reilly’s recovery.

“He’s still getting his legs underneath him a little bit,” Pelini said. “But he had a good week of practice. It’s good to have Brandon back and ready to go.”

Pelini also said that the Huskers will continue to do what they have on the offensive line, and expressed pleasure in the rotation.

“(We) kind of go with the hot hand,” Pelini said. “There were two longer drives and it was just kind of the way the game played out. Nothing has really changed on our rotation. Right now we feel good about eight, even nine guys that can play on the offensive line. We are going to rotate guys and keep them fresh. We do the same thing in practice, so it’s really nothing new to our guys.”

Pelini touched on the Rutgers’ offense’s ability to hit long passes downfield, and said the Blackshirts have been preparing for it.

“They’ve hit some deep shots,” Pelini said. “They’ve hit some long balls. Some guys have blown coverage or missed coverage, or just beat guys at times. They’re going to run, run, run. They are going to pound the football at you sometimes. They are going to take their shots down the field. That’s where you have to be ready.”

The Huskers and Scarlet Knights kick off at 11 a.m. (CT) at Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

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Huskers @ Wildcats

Northwestern brings a 3-3 record into Saturday’s matchup, including 2-1 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Wildcats have already eclipsed last year’s win total in conference play, and Northwestern sits in third place in the Big Ten West Division standings. The Wildcats have rebounded from an 0-2 start to win three of their last four games.

Northwestern has been led by its defense this fall, as the Wildcats are allowing just 17.5 points per game. Northwestern has allowed more than 24 points just once this season, and in three Big Ten games, the Wildcats are allowing fewer than 15 points per game. Northwestern ranks 11thS nationally in scoring defense.

The Wildcats are allowing an average of just 358.8 yards per game. Opponents are averaging just 3.7 yards per carry against Northwestern, while completing only 54 percent of their passes. The Wildcats have also intercepted nine passes while forcing 13 turnovers in six games.

Offensively, Northwestern rushes for an average of 129.3 yards per game while throwing for an average of 232.3 yards per game. The WIldcats are averaging just 3.3 yards per rush. Justin Jackson is the leading rusher with 502 yards on 112 carries.

Quarterback Trevor Siemian is completing 59 percent of his passes, but he has thrown more interceptions (5) than touchdowns (4). Siemian has thrown for 1,323 yards this season. His favorite targets have been Dan Vitale and Kyle Prater. Vitale leads the team with 24 receptions for 260 yards and one touchdown, while Prater has hauled in 23 catches for 243 yards and one touchdown.

Series History
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Northwestern, 5-2, including a 2-1 advantage since the Huskers joined the Big Ten Conference. Each of the three conference meetings have been decided by three or fewer points, including furious Husker rallies the past two seasons.

In 2013, Nebraska trailed 24-21 after Northwestern kicked a go-ahead field goal with 1:20 remaining. But the Huskers survived a 4th-and-15 to set up a game-winning 49-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass from Ron Kellogg III to Jordan Westerkamp to earn the win. The previous year in Evanston, Nebraska trailed 28-16 in the fourth quarter before a pair of Taylor Martinez touchdown passes in the final six minutes lifted Nebraska to a 29-28 victory. The 12-point comeback matched the largest fourth-quarter comeback in school history.

In the first meeting as conference foes, a close game went in Northwestern’s favor, as the Wildcats upset the ninth-ranked Huskers, 28-25, in 2011.

Before competing as members of the Big Ten, Nebraska posted a 3-1 record against Northwestern, including a 66-17 win in the 2000 Alamo Bowl. The Huskers are 1-1 all-time in Evanston.

Northwestern Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald
Pat Fitzgerald is looking to lead his alma mater back to a bowl game in his ninth season as Northwestern’s head coach. Fitzgerald had guided the Wildcats to four consecutive bowl games from 2008 to 2012, before Northwestern fell one win short of a bowl game in 2013.
Fitzgerald owns a 58-49 record at Northwestern. The Wildcats are just two years removed from a 10-win season in 2012.

Prior to becoming Northwestern’s head coach in 2006, Fitzgerald made four stops as a defensive assistant. He coached the WIldcats’ linebackers from 2002 to 2005, adding the title of recruiting coordinator his last two seasons as an assistant. Fitzgerald’s first full-time assistant coaching job came as the linebackers and special teams coach at Idaho in 2000. Previously, Fitzgerald served as a defensive graduate assistant at Colorado (1999) and Maryland (1998).

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Brook Berringer film after game

No.18 in our minds and No. 1 in our hearts, Brook Berringer will be honored on Oct. 18th.

Berringer Film Will Follow Next Husker Game
From: Randy York’s N-Sider

Say this for BTN – the network has a great sense of timing, announcing Wednesday afternoon that Unbeaten: The Life of Brook Berringer, an original film, will debut on Saturday, Oct. 18, at approximately 9:30 p.m. CT. Yes, that time is based on Nebraska and Northwestern avoiding overtimes in their nationally televised game in Evanston, Ill.

And isn’t it ironic that Brook, No.18 in our minds and No. 1 in our hearts, will be honored on Oct. 18th of this month? Since posting nearly three weeks ago that BTN was in the finishing stages of making this film, I have been besieged with emails asking for more specificity. Now that we have it, it will be intriguing to see how closely fans across the country tune in to see how filmmakers Bill Friedman, Matthew Engel and Kevin Shaw document a truly beloved quarterback’s legacy, on and off the field.

The hour-long documentary will be available on both BTN and BTN2Go, and that’s a big deal for ubiquitous users and social media enthusiasts, who undoubtedly will check out the film at the same time they keep up with live college football action elsewhere. The vast majority, I believe, will watch the documentary in the comfort of their own homes, even though the network’s live and on-demand features enable viewing via the internet through smartphones and tablets as well. The documentary will also re-air on Monday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. CT and Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. CT.

My Plan: DVR the Film, Have Kleenex Nearby

Personally, I will DVR the film and watch it where I can “feel it” from start to finish and be equipped with a box of Kleenex nearby. Why miss the debut? I will be among those leaving Ryan Field on that Saturday night and plan to remain in Chicago Sunday to take in the Bears-Dolphins game at Soldier Field.

Having talked to Friedman at length, I can say I have great faith in BTN’s coordinating producer for original programming. Three weeks ago, he gushed about the footage BTN already had in putting this film together. At that time, BTN’s crew was in Lincoln to honor the 20th anniversary of the 1994 national championship team that Brook helped engineer. Memories were vivid that weekend, and BTN was smart to find the film’s finishing touches in an emotionally charged environment.

Producer: A Great College Football Story in Nebraska

The film is a story about human character. “Brook (above) was way ahead of his time,” Friedman said. “He built a reputation for giving back, and he’s beloved because so many think he represents what a Nebraskan should be.” In Friedman’s mind, Berringer’s “life is a great college football story that happens to take place in Nebraska.” He also calls the documentary a testimony to Brook’s resilience and selflessness.

In its news release, BTN promotes how Unbeaten features rare, archival footage of Berringer on camera, plus highlights of key Nebraska games leading up to the National Championship and interviews with Tommie Frazier, Tom Osborne, and Brook’s mother, Jan Berringer, who shares some of the thousands of letters she received in the wake of his passing. Husker fans are well aware that Berringer died in the crash of a 2-seat airplane he was piloting two days before the 1996 NFL Draft. He was 22 years old.

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Huskers @ Spartans

Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska football team went through a 50-minute walkthrough at the Hawks Championship Center on Thursday in preparation for Saturday night’s showdown against Michigan State.

Head Coach Bo Pelini spoke to the media afterward and expressed pleasure with the team’s performance this week.

“It was good,” Pelini said. “It’s not over yet. We have one more day. There are always some mistakes early in the week. I thought we corrected them as the week went on. I thought that walkthrough was very clean. We’ve got some things to clean up. We’ve got our final run-through tomorrow and our guys made a couple of adjustments on both sides of the football today. We’ll practice it tomorrow and be ready to go.”

Pelini mentioned that the team’s focus will be on “us” and that the Huskers need to play loose to have success against the Spartans.

“(We need to) execute our football,” Pelini said. “Don’t treat this any different than we have up to this point. We have to execute our football and do what we are being coached to do. That’s been a constant theme for us. I know they’ll play hard and at the end of the day, we need to execute at a high level and do the things we’ve done up to this point.”

Sophomore Tommy Armstrong enters the matchup with a 12-1 record as the starting quarterback, without a loss on the road. Pelini expressed confidence in Armstrong.

“Tommy is a confident kid and we have a lot of confidence in him,” Pelini said. “I have confidence in this football team. I know we are playing a good football team. It will be a battle. The teams are going to go at it. It’s going to come down to little things. It always does.”

Pelini added that junior linebacker David Santos is “doubtful” for Saturday, but said it shouldn’t change too much with the defense and that the Blackshirts will “go kind of the way (they) did last week.”

The Huskers and Spartans square off on Saturday in East Lansing, Mich., at 7 p.m. (CT) on ABC. NU is seeking its second Big Ten win of the season as the Huskers take on the defending conference champions.

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Miami preview

Miami seeks its eighth consecutive regular-season non-conference victory tonight, as the Hurricanes have not lost a regular-season non-conference game since a 41-3 defeat at Notre Dame on Oct. 6, 2012. Miami brings a 2-1 record into tonight’s game, rebounding from a conference road loss to Louisville in the season opener to post consecutive victories over Florida A&M and Arkansas State by a combined score of 82-27.

Under center, Miami starts true freshman Brad Kaaya, a high school teammate of Nebraska sophomore I-back Terrell Newby. Kaaya is completing 60 percent of his passes through three games and has amassed 693 passing yards with seven touchdowns against five interceptions. His favorite targets has been Herb Waters and Braxton Berrios who have hauled in 10 catches apiece, but the Hurricanes’ biggest threat has been speedster Phillip Dorsett who is averaging 35.5 yards per catch on his eight receptions with four touchdowns.

Kaaya’s transition to college football has been aided by a solid running game highlighted by Duke Johnson. Johnson has carried the ball 43 times this fall for 277 yards and two touchdowns. He is averaging 92.3 yards per game, and Johnson ranks eighth on Miami’s all-time rushing list with 2,144 career yards.

Miami is averaging 31.7 points per game and 382.7 yards of total offense per contest. Defensively, the Hurricanes are allowing 19.3 points per game. Opponents are averaging only 259.7 total yards against Miami, as the Hurricanes have limited their first three opponents to only 248 rushing yards.

Series History
The all-time series between Nebraska and Miami is tied, 5-5. The Huskers and Hurricanes are meeting for the first time since the 2002 BCS National Championship Game, and the programs are facing each other in the regular season for the first time since 1976. Six of the 10 all-time meetings have been in bowl games, including each of the last five matchups.

Nebraska is 3-0 against Miami in Lincoln and the Huskers are 3-1 against the Hurricanes in regular-season meetings. Miami is 4-2 against Nebraska in bowl games, including Orange Bowl victories that clinched the national title for the Hurricanes following the 1983 and 1991 seasons and Miami’s 2002 National Championship Game victory over the Huskers. Nebraska defeated Miami in the 1995 Orange Bowl, clinching Tom Osborne’s first national championship during the 1994 season.

Miami Head Coach Al Golden
Al Golden led Miami back to a bowl game in 2013, when the Hurricanes opened the year 7-0 and finished with a 9-4 record. He has has won 13 of his last 18 games on the Hurricane sideline and owns a 24-16 record in his fourth season at Miami.

Golden came to Miami after serving as the head coach at Temple from 2006 to 2010, when he led the Owls to a 27-34 record. In compiling a 17-8 record in his final two seasons, Golden led Temple to its first bowl appearance in 20 years in 2009.

Before becoming a head coach, Golden spent five seasons as the defensive coordinator at Virginia from 2001 to 2005. He coached linebackers for Penn State, his alma mater, in 2000 after previously coaching the linebackers at Boston College from 1997 to 1999. Golden’s first collegiate coaching job was as a graduate assistant at Virginia.

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Huskers beat Fresno State

Fresno, Calif. – Nebraska scored on four plays of 55 or more yards and never looked back, as the No. 21 Huskers rolled to a 55-19 win late Saturday night.

Nebraska improved to 3-0 with its first road victory of the season while snapping Fresno State’s 13-game home winning streak, which was the second-longest home streak in the nation. Playing in front of thousands of Husker fans on a 99-degree night in Fresno and a CBS Sports Net television audience, the Husker attack racked up 562 yards of total offense, including 280 rushing and 282 passing. NU got 178 more yards in the return game, including 140 yards on six punt returns.

The Blackshirts held the Bulldogs to 346 total yards, including just 105 on the ground and 241 yards on 59 passing attempts.

The Huskers got big nights from senior I-back Ameer Abdullah, sophomore quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr., wide receivers Kenny Bell and Jordan Westerkamp and freshman punt returner De’Mornay Pierson-El.

Abdullah, a Heisman Trophy and All-America candidate from Homewood, Ala., notched his 19th career 100-yard rushing game with 19 carries for 110 yards and a touchdown. Abdullah increased his career rushing total to 3,373 yards in the No. 5 spot on the Nebraska all-time list. He passed Rex Burkhead (3,329) and pulled within 31 yards of Roy Helu (3,404) and 61 yards of Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch (3,434).

Abdullah did pass 1983 Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier on Nebraska’s career all-purpose yardage list. Abdullah closed the night with 5,449 career yards, nudging past Rozier’s 5,445 in the No. 2 spot on the Husker all-time list. Abdullah needs just 141 yards to catch Husker Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers (5,586) on the Husker career chart.

Bell and Westerkamp both produced 80-yard receiving games, as Bell pulled down a team-high five catches for 84 yards and Westerkamp added two catches for 85 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown to open the scoring. Lane Hovey also had a solid receiving night for NU, hauling in three catches for 48 yards, and all three of his receptions went for first downs.

Armstrong completed 12-of-21 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 65 yards rushing on nine carries. Armstrong finished with 325 yards of total offense, pushing his yardage total over 1,000 already this season.

Freshman punt returner De’Mornay Pierson-El added a huge night for the Big Red, returning five punts for 150 yards, including an electric 86-yard return for a touchdown in the second quarter.

The Huskers wrote the storyline early, as Armstrong connected with Jordan Westerkamp for a 70-yard touchdown pass on 3rd-and-9 on NU’s fourth offensive play of the game’s to jump to a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.

After the Blackshirts second defensive stop of the night, Abdullah took the first play of NU’s second possession to the house, sprinting 57 yards to paydirt and a 14-0 Husker lead less than three minutes into the action.

The Blackshirts lost the shutout on a bizarre play late in the first quarter. On fourth down, Fresno State quarterback Brian Burrell pooch-punted with the Husker defense on the field. His punt bounced inside the NU 10, and was batted out of the back of the end zone by David Santos for a safety.

The Blackshirts answered with a stop and NU drove into scoring range before freshman place-kicker Drew Brown missed the first field goal of his career.

Despite the missed opportunities, the Blackshirts continued to play solid defense and the offense continued to drive. In the second quarter, NU pushed the lead to 17-2 on a 38-yard field goal by Brown.

The Huskers then struck with another big play, as De’Mornay Pierson-El exploded on an electric 86-yard punt return for a touchdown with five minutes left in the first half to put the Big Red up 24-2. It was Nebraska’s first punt return for a touchdown since Abdullah’s return against Idaho State in 2012.

After another Blackshirt stop, Pierson-El continued to spark the Huskers with a 51-yard return on his next touch. A 15-yard facemask on the end of the return put NU at the Fresno State 27, and Brown capitalized with his second field goal of the night five plays later to send the Huskers to the halftime locker room with a 27-5 lead.

The Big Red kept their foot on the gas to start the second half with the Blackshirts forcing a quick stop on the Bulldogs’ opening drive. Armstrong and the Huskers then blasted down the field, starting with a 13-yard Armstrong pass to Bell, before Armstrong kept it himself for a powerful 27-yard gallop. Armstrong then hooked up with Westerkamp for a 15-yard pass, before throwing a 20-yard strike down the middle to sophomore tight end Cethan Carter for a touchdown. Armstrong’s second touchdown pass of the game put NU up 34-5 with 11:50 left in the third quarter.

Following a 66-yard touchdown run by Burrell, Nebraska zipped 98 yards in just four plays, capped by an Imani Cross 62-yard sprint to the end zone. Cross carried three times for 69 yards on the drive, while Hovey added a key 29-yard reception to convert on third down inside the NU 10.

The Huskers took a 41-12 lead to the fourth quarter before Armstrong connected with tight end Sam Cotton on a 23-yard strike with 10:48 left to make it 48-12.

Nebraska’s defense forced another punt, but the Fresno State added its final touchdown after a Husker fumble set the Bulldogs up inside the red zone. Fresno State capitalized two plays later on Burrell’s nine-yard pass to Delvo Hardaway.

Burrell finished the night with 241 passing yards while completing 30-of-59 attempts. He connected with Josh Harper on a game-high nine receptions for 76 yards. Harper is the son of former Husker All-American Willie Harper.

Ryker Fife capped the scoring with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Christian Bailey with 3:04 left, closing a seven-play, 44-yard march after Hovey recovered Fresno State’s onside kick attempt.

Josh Kalu led the Huskers with six unassisted tackles, including one for loss and a forced fumble, while Vincent Valentine provided a dominant presence in the middle. Valentine recorded three tackles for loss including a pair of sacks among his four total tackles. The Huskers finished with four sacks on the night, including nine-yard sacks from Greg McMullen and Marcus Newby.

The Huskers return home next Saturday to close non-conference play against Miami. Kickoff against the Hurricanes is set for 7 p.m. with live national television coverage by ESPN2.

Scoring Summary
Final: #21 Nebraska 55, Fresno State 19
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
Bulldog Stadium (Fresno, Calif.)

First Quarter (NEB, 14-2)
NEB – 13:14 – Jordan Westerkamp 70 pass from Tommy Armstrong Jr. (Drew Brown kick), 4 plays, 82 yards, 1:46 – NEB 7-0
NEB – 12:03 – Ameer Abdullah 57 run (Brown kick), 1 play, 57 yards, 0:10 – NEB 14-0
FSU – 9:09 – Team Safety – NEB 14-2

Second Quarter (NEB, 27-5)
NEB – 12:18 – Brown 38 FG, 10 plays, 59 yards, 4:47 – NEB 17-2
NEB – 9:11 – De’Mornay Pierson-El 86 punt return (Brown kick) – NEB 24-2
NEB – 5:40 – Brown 22 FG, 5 plays, 22 yards, 2:00 – NEB 27-2
FSU – 2:08 – Kody Kroening 27 FG, 14 plays, 63 yards, 3:25 – NEB 27-5

Third Quarter (NEB, 41-12)
NEB – 11:50 – Cethan Carter 20 pass from Armstrong (Brown kick) – 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:27 – NEB 34-5
FSU – 4:42 – Brian Burrell 66 run (Kroening kick) – 2 plays, 78 yards, 0:34 – NEB 34-12
NEB – 2:47 – Imani Cross 62 run (Brown kick) – 4 plays, 98 yards, 1:47 – NEB 41-12

Fourth Quarter (55-19)
NEB – 10:48 – Sam Cotton 23 pass from Armstrong (Brown kick) – 5 plays, 55 yards, 2:30 – NEB 48-12
FSU – 6:25 – Delvo Hardaway 9 pass from Burrell (Kroening kick) – 2 plays, 14 yards, 0:39 – NEB 48-19
NEB – 3:04 – Christian Bailey 10 pass from Ryker Fife (Brown kick) – 7 plays, 44 yards, 3:20 – NEB 55-19

Final: #21 Nebraska 55, Fresno State 19
Attendance: 41,031
Time of Game: 3:41
Game Start: 9:40 p.m. (central)

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Huskers @ Fresno State

GAME 3: NEBRASKA at FRESNO STATE
SEPT. 13, 2014 | BULLDOG STADIUM
FRESNO, CALIF. | 9:30 p.m. (CT)

BROADCAST INFO
TV – CBS Sports Network
RADIO – Husker Sports Network
SATELLITE RADIO – Sirius Channel 108, XM 199
INTERNET RADIO – Huskers.com

HUSKERS
Record: 2-0, 0-0
Rankings: Coaches-21; AP-RV
Last Game: def. McNeese State, 31-24
Coach: Bo Pelini
Career/NU Record: 60-24/7th year
vs. Fresno St., 1-0

BULLDOGS
Record: 0-2, 0-0
Rankings: Coaches-NR; AP-NR
Last Game: lost to Utah, 59-27
Coach: Tim DeRuyter
Career/FSU Record: 20-8/3rd Season
vs. NU: 0-0

The Matchup
Nebraska takes to the road for the first time in 2014 on Saturday evening when the Huskers travel to Fresno State to take on the Bulldogs. Game time from Fresno’s Bulldog Stadium is set for 9:30 p.m. CT and the game will be available nationally on the CBS Sports Network.

The Huskers head to Fresno with a 2-0 record after escaping with a 31-24 victory over McNeese State last Saturday in Lincoln. Senior I-back Ameer Abdullah supplied the winning margin on a highlight-reel 58-yard catch and run for a touchdown with 20 seconds remaining. The win marked Nebraska’s 10th straight victory in games decided by seven or fewer points dating back to September of 2012.

Nebraska has started 2-0 for the sixth time in Bo Pelini’s seven seasons as head coach, and will be looking for its first 3-0 start to a season since 2011. Nebraska will also be looking for a win in its road opener for the second straight year.

Saturday’s game will be the second all-time matchup between the schools and the second in a three-game series. The Huskers prevailed, 42-29, in the only other meeting in 2011 in Lincoln. The third meeting in the three-game series is scheduled for 2016 in Lincoln.

Fresno State will enter the contest with an 0-2 record, following road losses at USC and Utah to open the season. The Bulldogs have won 13 straight home games entering Saturday’s contest, marking the nation’s longest home winning streak.

The Series
Nebraska defeated Fresno State, 42-29, in Lincoln in 2011 in the only previous meeting. The Huskers were spurred by a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Ameer Abdullah, who set a Nebraska record with 211 kickoff return yards in the contest.

The Coaches
Nebraska: Bo Pelini (Ohio State, ‘90) owns a 60-24 record (.714) in his seventh season as head coach. He has guided NU to nine or more wins in each of his first six seasons as head coach, joining Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne in accomplishing that feat at Nebraska. His 60 wins trail only Osborne and Devaney on the NU wins list. Pelini joins Alabama’s Nick Saban as the only head coaches in the nation to win nine or more games each of the past six seasons.

Fresno State: Tim DeRuyter (Air Force, ‘85) is in his third season as head coach and owns a 20-8 record. DeRuyter has guided the Bullogs to a Mountain West title and a bowl game in each of his first two seasons, including an 11-2 record last season. Before taking over as the head coach at Fresno, DeRuyter had assistant stints at Texas A&M, Air Force, Nevada, Ohio and Navy.

Nebraska Football
Nebraska is 867-357-40 all-time, one of just eight schools with 800 all-time victories
- Nebraska has won five national championships (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997).
- The Cornhuskers have won 43 conference championships.
- NU’s 50 all-time bowl appearances rank third nationally.
- Since 1970, NU has 433 wins, 24 more than any other school.
- Nebraska’s 107 football Academic All-Americans lead the nation.
- The Huskers have 110 All-Americans in school history.

Scouting Fresno State
Fresno State hosts its first home game of the season Saturday when it welcomes No. 21 Nebraska to Bulldog Stadium. Although FSU is 0-2 this season and has been outscored by 71 points, Fresno State has won 13 consecutive home games, the longest home winning streak in the country. The Bulldogs have averaged 46.0 points per game at home during the win streak.

The Bulldogs are averaging 20.0 points through two games this season while averaging 221.5 passing yards per game and 106.0 rushing yards per contest. Marteze Waller is the leading rusher, carrying 31 times for 158 yards and two touchdowns this season. Brandon Connette has added 23 carries for 53 yards while completing 23-of-41 passes for 245 yards. Brian Burrell has completed 19-of-35 passes for 198 yards and two TDs.

Josh Harper is Fresno State’s leading receiver with 12 catches for 139 yards. Josh is the son of Willie Harper, who was a two-time All-America defensive lineman at Nebraska in 1971 and 1972, and he was a member of the Huskers’ 1970 and 1971 national championship teams.

Defensively, Fresno State has surrendered more than 50 points in each of its first two games. In addition to allowing 55.5 points per game, the Bulldogs are allowing an average of 613.5 yards per game. FSU ranks last nationally in scoring defense and next-to-last in total defense. Opponents average 6.6 yards per play against the Bulldogs.

Series History
The only previous meeting between Nebraska and Fresno State came on Sept, 10, 2011 in Lincoln, when the 10th-ranked Huskers held off Fresno State, 42-29. Ameer Abdullah, then a freshman, set a school record with 211 kickoff return yards, including a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Kenny Bell had his first career reception against Fresno State, a 42-yard grab in the second quarter.

Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini
Bo Pelini is in his seventh season as Nebraska’s head coach and owns a 60-24 record with the Huskers. Pelini has won or shared four divisional titles in his first six seasons as head coach, including the 2012 Big Ten Legends Division crown. He guided NU to three straight Big 12 North Division crowns from 2008 to 2010, becoming the first coach in the history of the Big 12 to win at least a share of a division title in each of his first three years.

He has guided Nebraska to at least nine wins each of his six seasons, and three 10-win seasons. Pelini is third on the Nebraska career victories list, trailing only Tom Osborne and Bob Devaney.
Pelini took charge of the Huskers after a highly successful five-year run as a collegiate defensive coordinator, including orchestrating NU’s defensive efforts in 2003. Pelini picked up his first college head coaching victory as NU’s interim coach in the 2003 Alamo Bowl against Michigan State.

Following his one season at Nebraska, Pelini served as the co-defensive coordinator at Oklahoma in 2004, helping the Sooners to the Big 12 title and BCS title game. He then followed with three seasons as the defensive coordinator at LSU. With the Tigers, Pelini led three consecutive defenses to No. 3 national rankings in total defense. He culminated his time in Baton Rouge by helping the Tigers to the 2007 national championship.

In addition to his five seasons as an assistant at the collegiate level, Pelini coached in the NFL for nine seasons, serving three years each with the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers. Pelini was a team captain and four-year letterman as a safety at Ohio State from 1987 to 1990.

Fresno State Head Coach Tim DeRuyter
Tim DeRuyter is in his third season at Fresno State, where he has guided the Bulldogs to a 20-8 record. DeRuyter inherited an FSU team that went 4-9 in 2011 before he led the Bulldogs to back-to-back Mountain West championships in 2012 and 2013. With a pair of conference titles in his first two seasons, DeRuyter ended Fresno State’s 13-year drought without a conference championship. Last fall, Fresno State began the season 10-0 and defeated Utah State in the Mountain West Championship Game. DeRuyter has taken Fresno State to a bowl game in each of his first two seasons.

Fresno State has been especially tough at home in DeRuyter’s first two seasons. FSU is a perfect 12-0 at Bulldog Stadium under DeRuyter. Fresno State has scored at least 37 points in each of its 12 home games under DeRuyter, while averaging 51.9 points per game at Bulldog Stadium the past two seasons. Fresno State has been held under 40 points only twice in 12 home games under DeRuyter.

A graduate of the Air Force Academy in 1985, DeRuyter came to Fresno State after serving as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Texas A&M in 2010 and 2011. He served as defensive coordinator for his alma mater from 2007 to 2009, after coordinating the defenses at Nevada (2005-06), Ohio (2002-04 and 1995-98) and Navy (1999-2000). DeRuyter also coached the Navy secondary in 2001 and was an assistant coach at Air Force from 1989 to 1992.

Huskers Set for Road Opener
Nebraska hits the road for the first time in 2014, traveling to Fresno State for its road opener. The Huskers will be looking to win their road opener for the second straight season, after winning 42-7 at Purdue in the 2013 road opener. The Huskers’ task in Fresno will not be easy as the Bulldogs own the nation’s longest home winning streak at 13 games.

Last season, Nebraska ended Michigan’s home winning streak at 19 games with a 17-13 November victory.

Nebraska is 3-3 in road openers under Bo Pelini, including a 2-2 mark in road openers against non-conference opponents. Nebraska finished 4-1 away from home in 2013, including a 3-1 record in road games. The Huskers own a 19-9 overall road record under Pelini.

Huskers vs. Mountain West
Nebraska will square off with a member of the Mountain West Conference for the second straight season after defeating Wyoming in the 2013 season opener in Lincoln. Nebraska has had good success against the Mountain West Conference over the years.

- Nebraska is 33-2 all-time against current members of the Mountain West Conference, including its 2011 victory over Fresno State.

- Nebraska has 2016 home games scheduled against Fresno State and fellow Mountain West Conference member Wyoming. Both of those games complete three-game series against the opponents.

Game-Winning Touchdown Latest Addition to Abdullah’s Legacy
Senior I-back Ameer Abdullah has quickly exhibited why he is a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy during the first two weeks of the 2014 season. Abdullah opened the season against Florida Atlantic with 21 carries for a career-high 232 yards and a touchdown in a 55-7 win over Florida Atlantic. His play earned him Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors for the second time in his career.

While the numbers in the opener were impressive, Abdullah produced a signature moment against McNeese State when the Huskers needed it most. With the game tied 24-24 in the final minute, Abdullah unleashed a highlight-reel 58-yard catch and run for a touchdown that gave Nebraska a 31-24 victory. Abdullah finished the day with 184 all-purpose yards, including a career-high 96 receiving yards on three receptions.

Abdullah entered the year as the active career leader in the FBS ranks in all-purpose yards, while ranking third in career rushing yards. His Big Ten-leading 1,690 rushing yards in 2013 were the most for any returning player in the FBS ranks.

His 232 yards rushing against FAU ranked as the 15th-best rushing effort in school history, and bettered his previous career best of 225 yards against Illinois in 2013. The outing marked his 18th career 100-yard rushing game, the third-most in Nebraska history.

The impressive two-game start to 2014 has the Homewood, Ala., native in rare company in Nebraska history.

- Abdullah has become the eighth player in Nebraska history to top 3,000 career rushing yards and the third NU I-back to join that group since 2010. Abdullah has increased his career rushing total to 3,263 yards to move into the No. 6 spot on the Husker career rushing list. Abdullah is just 66 rushing yards from the top five on the NU career list. He would need 1,518 yards the remainder of the year to surpass Rozier’s school-record total of 4,780 yards.

- Abdullah has topped 1,000 yards on the ground each of the past two seasons, and is one of only nine players in Nebraska history with a pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Abdullah is attempting to become the first player in Husker history with three 1,000-yard seasons.

- Abdullah’s 1,690 yards in 2013 were fourth on the NU single-season rushing list. The rushing yardage total was the highest by a Nebraska player since 1997.

- Abdullah was the first Husker to reach 1,000 rushing yards in eight or fewer games since Ahman Green in 1997.

- Abdullah rushed for 100 or more yards in 11 of 13 games in 2013, including a season-high 225 yards against Illinois. His 11 100-yard games tied the school record, also held by Rozier, Green and Lawrence Phillips. Abdullah rushed for 100 yards in eight straight games last season, tying the fourth-longest streak in school history.

- Abdullah has 18 career 100-yard rushing efforts, passing Eric Crouch (17) against FAU for the third-most in school history. The 18 100-yard games, trails only Rozier (26) and Green (20) on the NU career list.

- In addition to his running skills, Abdullah is a receiving threat out of the backfield. He had 26 receptions for 232 yards and two touchdowns in 2013 and has 55 career receptions. His 96 receiving yards against McNeese State were a career high and the most by a Husker running back since Marlon Lucky had eight catches for 115 yards at Colorado in 2007.

- Abdullah had 1,999 all-purpose yards in 2013, the No. 3 single-season total in school history. With 241 all-purpose yards against Florida Atlantic and 184 against McNeese State, Abdullah has increased his career all-purpose yardage total to 5,339 yards. He has joined Heisman winners Johnny Rodgers and Mike Rozier as the only players to top 5,000 career all-purpose yards and is 247 all-purpose yards from the top spot on the NU career list.

- Abdullah has scored a total of 29 touchdowns during his Nebraska career and has reached the end zone four different ways. He has 21 career rushing touchdowns, including two in 2014, five receiving touchdowns, as well as a punt return touchdown and a touchdown on a kickoff return.

Huskers Bidding for Seventh Straight Nine-Win Season
Nebraska posted a 9-4 record in 2013, capped by a victory over Georgia in the Gator Bowl. The nine-win season in 2013 was Nebraska’s sixth straight under Head Coach Bo Pelini’s leadership and put Nebraska in elite company.

- Nebraska is one of three schools that has won at least nine games each of the past six seasons, joining Alabama and Oregon.

- Pelini has guided Nebraska to 10-win seasons in three of his six seasons.

- The six straight years with at least nine wins marks the first time NU has accomplished that since its NCAA record streak of 33 straight nine-win seasons from 1969 to 2001.

- Nebraska has 48 nine-win seasons in school history, including 40 since 1969. The Huskers’ 27 all-time 10-win seasons are third-most in college football history.

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Nebraska Games Notes
GAME 2: McNEESE STATE at NEBRASKA
SEPT. 6, 2014 | MEMORIAL STADIUM
LINCOLN, NEB. | 11 a.m. (CT)

BROADCAST INFO
TV – ESPNU
RADIO – Husker Sports Network
SATELLITE RADIO – Sirius Channel 119, XM 203
INTERNET RADIO – Huskers.com

HUSKERS
Record: 1-0, 0-0
Rankings: Coaches-18; AP-19
Last Game: def. Florida Atlantic, 55-7
Coach: Bo Pelini
Career/NU Record: 59-24/7th year
vs. MSU, 0-0

COWBOYS
Record: 0-0, 0-0
Rankings: Coaches-No. 9, FCS
Last Game: Season Opener
Coach: Matt Viator
Career/MSU Record: 62-27/9th Season
vs. NU: 0-0

The Matchup
Nebraska stays at home for week two of the 2014 season, taking on the McNeese State Cowboys on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Game time in Lincoln is set for 11 a.m. CDT, with the contest televised nationally on ESPNU.

The Huskers opened the 2014 season with an impressive 55-7 win over Florida Atlantic. The Husker offense had a record-setting afternoon against the Owls, while the defense only allowed FAU points on the Owls’ opening drive.

Nebraska racked up 784 yards of total offense to set a Big Ten modern era record and the most total offensive yards by a Husker team since 1991. The NU rushing attack was in full force, rolling up 498 yards on the ground, the most by Nebraska since 2001. Heisman candidate Ameer Abdullah led the way with a career-high 232 yards on 21 carries.

On Saturday against McNeese State, the Huskers will be looking to improve to 2-0 on the season for the sixth time in seven seasons under Head Coach Bo Pelini.

Saturday’s matchup will mark McNeese State’s season opener. The Cowboys posted a 10-3 record last season and advanced to the FCS playoffs. McNeese State returns 16 starters from that team and was ranked ninth in the FCS preseason coaches poll. The Cowboys have defeated an FBS opponent each of the past two years, knocking off Middle Tennessee State in 2012 and South Florida in 2013.

The Series
Nebraska won the only previous meeting with McNeese State, posting a 38-14 victory over the Cowboys in 2002 at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska quarterback Jammal Lord set then-Nebraska records for total offense (369 yards) and rushing yards by a quarterback (218 yards) in the victory.

The Coaches
Nebraska: Bo Pelini (Ohio State, ‘90) owns a 59-24 record (.711) in his seventh season as head coach. He has guided NU to nine or more wins in each of his first six seasons as head coach, joining Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne in accomplishing that feat at Nebraska. His 59 wins trail only Osborne and Devaney on the NU wins list. Pelini joins Alabama’s Nick Saban as the only head coaches in the nation to win nine or more games each of the past six seasons.

McNeese State: Matt Viator (McNeese State, ‘85) is in his ninth season as the head coach at his alma mater. Viator has guided the Cowboy program to a 62-27 record in his first eight seasons, and has had a winning record every season. Viator is a three-time finalist for FCS National Coach of the Year and guided McNeese State to the FCS playoffs in 2007, 2009 and 2013.

Nebraska Football
Nebraska is 866-357-40 all-time, one of just eight schools with 800 all-time victories
- Nebraska has won five national championships (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997).
- The Cornhuskers have won 43 conference championships.
- NU’s 50 all-time bowl appearances rank third nationally.
- Since 1970, NU has 432 wins, 24 more than any other school.
- Nebraska’s 107 football Academic All-Americans lead the nation.
- The Huskers have 110 All-Americans in school history.

Scouting McNeese State
McNeese State opens its 2014 season today against Nebraska. The Cowboys finished 10-3 in 2013, posting the program’s second 10-win regular season while making an appearance in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs. MSU returns 16 starters from last season.

McNeese State boasted one of the top offenses in the FCS last season, ranking sixth nationally in scoring (40.0 points per game), 17th in total offense (450.9 yards per game), 24th in rushing (208.9 yards per game) and 31st in passing (242.0 yards per game). The Cowboys will need players to step up to repeat those numers in 2014, as MSU loses its leading rusher, passer and receiver from last fall.

The Cowboys do return two of their three leading rushers from 2013 and three of their five leading receivers.

McNeese State was not as proficient on defense as it was on offense in 2013. The Cowboys allowed an average of 28.5 points per game and 416.1 yards per game last fall. MSU ranked 97th in the FCS by allowing an average of 242.9 yards per game, and the Cowboys surrendered 173.2 rushing yards per contest.

MSU returns its leading tackler from last season in defensive back Aaron Sam, who totaled 84 tackles. Linebacker Bo Brown also returns after producing 75 tackles and team-high totals of 12 tackles-for-loss and 4.0 sacks in 2013. Despite Sam and Brown returning, McNeese State must still replace three of its five leading tacklers from last fall.

Series History
Nebraska defeated McNeese State, 38-14, on Oct. 12, 2002, in the only meetings between the programs. Husker quarterback Jammal Lord enjoyed a record-setting day against the Cowboys. Lord rushed for 218 yards and three touchdowns, while completing 12-of-18 passes for 151 yards and one touchdown. His 218 rushing yards were a Nebraska quarterback record, as were his 369 yards of total offense.

Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini
Bo Pelini is in his seventh season as Nebraska’s head coach and owns a 59-24 record with the Huskers. Pelini has won or shared four divisional titles in his first six seasons as head coach, including the 2012 Big Ten Legends Division crown. He guided NU to three straight Big 12 North Division crowns from 2008 to 2010, becoming the first coach in the history of the Big 12 to win at least a share of a division title in each of his first three years.

He has guided Nebraska to at least nine wins each of his six seasons, and three 10-win seasons. Pelini is third on the Nebraska career victories list, trailing only Tom Osborne and Bob Devaney.
Pelini took charge of the Huskers after a highly successful five-year run as a collegiate defensive coordinator, including orchestrating NU’s defensive efforts in 2003. Pelini picked up his first college head coaching victory as NU’s interim coach in the 2003 Alamo Bowl against Michigan State.

Following his one season at Nebraska, Pelini served as the co-defensive coordinator at Oklahoma in 2004, helping the Sooners to the Big 12 title and BCS title game. He then followed with three seasons as the defensive coordinator at LSU. With the Tigers, Pelini led three consecutive defenses to No. 3 national rankings in total defense. He culminated his time in Baton Rouge by helping the Tigers to the 2007 national championship.

In addition to his five seasons as an assistant at the collegiate level, Pelini coached in the NFL for nine seasons, serving three years each with the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers. Pelini was a team captain and four-year letterman as a safety at Ohio State from 1987 to 1990.

McNeese State Head Coach Matt Viator
One of the most successful coaches in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Matt Viator begins his ninth season at McNeese State. Viator owns a 62-27 record with the Cowboys, including a 10-3 mark in 2013. Viator led McNeese State to a 53-21 victory over South Florida last fall. The win was the Cowboys’ first-even win over a BCS Conference opponent, while the 53 points and 32-point margin of victory were both NCAA records for an FCS school against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent.

Viator has never had a losing season, and he has led the Cowboys to three Southland Conference titles and four FCS playoff appearances. A McNeese State alumnus, Viator is a three-time nominee for Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year.

Before becoming MSU’s head coach, Viator served as an assistant for seven seasons from 1999 to 2005. During that time, the Cowboys won three conference titles and advanced to the FCS playoffs four times, including a runner-up finish in 2002. Before becoming a collegiate coach, Viator served as a high school head coach in Louisiana. He coached at Sulphur High School from 1995 to 1998, Jennings High School from 1991 to 1994 and Vinton High School from 1989 to 1990. His first coaching stint was an assistant coach at Sam Houston High School from 1986 to 1988.

Nebraska Extends Season-Opening Win Streak
Nebraska won its season opener for the 29th straight year with a dominant 55-7 victory over Florida Atlantic. The victory was NU’s 29th consecutive season-opening win, five better than Florida’s 24 straight wins in a season opener.

Nebraska has scored at least 37 points in each of its seven season openers under Coach Bo Pelini, and has scored 40 or more points in 21 of the past 29 seasons. During the win streak, NU has limited opponents to 14 points or less 19 times and has won 28 of the 29 games by nine points or more.

Huskers Bidding for Seventh Straight Nine-Win Season
Nebraska posted a 9-4 record in 2013, capped by a victory over Georgia in the Gator Bowl. The nine-win season in 2013 was Nebraska’s sixth straight under Head Coach Bo Pelini’s leadership and put Nebraska in elite company.

» Nebraska is one of three schools that has won at least nine games each of the past six seasons, joining Alabama and Oregon.

» Pelini has guided Nebraska to 10-win seasons in three of his six seasons.

» The six straight years with at least nine wins marks the first time NU has accomplished that since its NCAA record streak of 33 straight nine-win seasons from 1969 to 2001.

» Nebraska has 48 nine-win seasons in school history, including 40 since 1969. The Huskers’ 27 all-time 10-win seasons are third-most in college football history.

Nebraska Set to Take on FCS Foe
The matchup with McNeese State will mark the fifth straight season Nebraska has faced a Football Championship Subdivison foe. The Huskers defeated South Dakota State, 17-3, in 2010, and defeated the Jackrabbits 59-20 in 2013. Nebraska also beat Chattanooga, 40-7, in 2011, and defeated Idaho State, 73-7 in 2012.

Overall, Nebraska has taken on 10 FCS foes (at game time) since 1992, defeating each of the opponents by an average score of 48.8-10.3. Included in that 10-0 record is a 38-14 win over McNeese State in 2002. Nebraska does not have an FCS opponent on its future schedules following Saturday’s matchup with McNeese State.

Abdullah Looks to Add to His Husker Legacy
Senior I-back Ameer Abdullah quickly exhibited why he is considered a leading contender for the Heisman Trophy and Doak Walker Award in 2014. Abdullah opened the season with a career day, rushing 21 times for a career-high 232 yards and a touchdown in a 55-7 win over Florida Atlantic. His play earned him Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors for the second time in his career.

Abdullah entered the year as the active career leader in the FBS ranks in all-purpose yards, while ranking third in career rushing yards. His Big Ten-leading 1,690 rushing yards in 2013 were the most for any returning player in the FBS ranks.

Abdullah’s outburst against Florida Atlantic could provide the spark for a 2014 season that could leave the Homewood, Ala., native in rare company in Nebraska history.

His 232 yards rushing against the Owls ranked as the 15th-best rushing effort in school history, and bettered his previous career best of 225 yards against Illinois in 2013. The outing marked his 18th career 100-yard rushing game, the third-most in Nebraska history.

The rushing effort against FAU continued Abdullah’s assault on Nebraska’s career charts.

- Abdullah became the eighth player in Nebraska history to top 3,000 career rushing yards and the third NU I-back to join that group since 2010. Against FAU, Abdullah increased his career rushing total to 3,209 yards to move into the No. 6 spot on the Husker career rushing list, passing Ken Clark (3,037 yards) and Calvin Jones (3,153 yards). Abdullah is just 120 rushing yards from the top five on the NU career list. He would need 1,572 yards the remainder of the year to surpass Rozier’s school-record total of 4,780 yards.

- Abdullah has topped 1,000 yards on the ground each of the past two seasons, and is one of only nine players in Nebraska history with a pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons. This fall, Abdullah will attempt to become the first player in Husker history with three 1,000-yard seasons.

- Abdullah’s 1,690 yards in 2013 were fourth on the NU single-season rushing list. The rushing yardage total was the highest by a Nebraska player since 1997.

- Abdullah was the first Husker to reach 1,000 rushing yards in eight or fewer games since Ahman Green in 1997.

- Abdullah rushed for 100 or more yards in 11 of 13 games in 2013, including a season-high 225 yards against Illinois. His 11 100-yard games tied the school record, also held by Rozier, Green and Lawrence Phillips. Abdullah rushed for 100 yards in eight straight games last season, tying the fourth-longest streak in school history.

- Abdullah has 18 career 100-yard rushing efforts, passing Eric Crouch (17) against FAU for the third-most in school history. The 18 100-yard games, trails only Rozier (26) and Green (20) on the NU career list.

- In addition to his running skills, Abdullah is a receiving threat out of the backfield. He had 26 receptions for 232 yards and two touchdowns in 2013 and has 52 career receptions. He had one catch for nine yards in the opener against FAU.

- Abdullah had 1,999 all-purpose yards in 2013, the No. 3 single-season total in school history. With 241 all-purpose yards against Florida Atlantic, Abdullah increased his career all-purpose yardage total to 5,155 yards. He joined Heisman winners Johnny Rodgers and Mike Rozier as the only players to top 5,000 career all-purpose yards and is 431 all-purpose yards from the top spot on the NU career list.

- Abdullah has scored a total of 27 touchdowns during his Nebraska career, and has reached the end zone four different ways. He has 20 career rushing touchdowns, including nine in 2013, four receiving touchdowns, as well as a punt return touchdown and a touchdown on a kickoff return.

Offense Rolls to Record Numbers Against Florida Atlantic
Nebraska’s offensive output against Florida Atlantic sent media and statisticians thumbing through the record books. Nebraska’s 784 total offensive yards ranked as the fifth-highest total in school history and the most by a Husker team since 787 yards in the 1991 season opener against Utah State.

Despite ranking fifth on the NU career total offense list, Nebraska’s 784-yard output ranked as the most total offensive yards by a Big Ten team in conference history, bettering the previous record of 763 yards by Purdue against Indiana in 2004.
The impressive offensive performance left Nebraska and several Huskers ranked among the national leaders after the season’s opening weekend.

- Nebraska ranks second nationally in total offense, as the 784 yards trailed only Arizona’s 787 yards against UNLV.

- The 784 yards of total offense were the second-most in a season opener against an FBS opponent over the past seven years. Only Arizona’s output last weekend topped the Huskers’ offensive explosion.

- Nebraska’s 498 rushing yards also rank second, trailing only Air Force’s 539 yards.

- Nebraska’s 35 first downs were the sixth-highest total nationally, while NU converted 8-of-12 third-down conversions to rank in a tie for ninth nationally in that category.

- The Huskers rank 11th nationally in scoring at 55.0 points per game. On defense, NU ranks ninth nationally in scoring defense after holding FAU to seven points.

- Ameer Abdullah’s 232 yards were the fifth-most rushing yards in the country, while his 241 all-purpose yards ranked sixth.

Click on the “Game Notes” link in the related links section at the top of this page for more notes on this weekend’s game.

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