Sat kickoff is at 10 am..at Beef O Brady’s
Thanks to all that brought turkey’s last week… in talking with the Meridian food bank they are still in need of some Turkey’s so if we could provide them with 10 more from the Idaho Huskers that would be GREAT. So again this week we are doing the Turkey Drive for the Meridian Food Bank.. along with any canned or dry food.
This weeks game is going to be another tough game as Minnesota has a very good team, so come cheer and support the HUSKERS !!! We had a great turn out again last week and there will be some very nice items on the raffle again.
On a sad note- Jim’s ( owner of Beef O Brady’s) father passed away earlier this week. I will have a card for everyone to sign to show our support. I ask that you keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers this week. He might be there Sat so if he his just let him know in your own way that he has our support.
Lets have a good crowd and give back the support that he and his staff have given us…
The Ohio game is on at the same time as us.. we will have plenty of seats for everyone.. So Lets Fill OUR HOUSE with all the HUSKER RED we can and be the BEST FOOTBALL FANS WE CAN!!!!!
Don’t forget Beef O Brady’s has a great Bloody Mary drink for those that want it.. also red beers — just ask..Great breakfast menu also..
So Get you RED on and I will see you at the Game Bright and Early……
GO BIG RED!
Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska football team held a 45-minute walk-through on Thursday inside the Hawks Championship Center in preparation for its showdown against Wisconsin on Saturday. Head Coach Bo Pelini spoke to the media after practice.
“We’ll finish up our preparation tomorrow,” Pelini said. “I thought we had a good week and we’ll be ready to go.”
Pelini added that I-back Ameer Abdullah’s status is the same that it has been and said, “I’d expect him to play.” He also said that he didn’t prepare I-backs Imani Cross and Terrell Newby any differently this week.
Pelini also talked about Wisconsin’s backup I-back Corey Clement.
“He’s a really good back,” Pelini said. “I think both their backs are good. They play good around them too. Their offensive line is good. Their receivers block. It’s a good scheme.”
Pelini said that linebacker Marcus Newby is out for the game, but said the rest of the team is healthy, including tight end Cethan Carter.
“He’s had a good week,” Pelini said. “He’s healthy. He’s looking good. He’s confident in what he’s doing, so I feel good about it.”
Pelini added that the team is ready for the environment of Camp Randall Stadium.
“We’ve been in tough environments before,” Pelini said. “I think our guys will respond fine. I think our guys are looking forward to playing. It’s a fun environment. (They have) great fans. It will be loud. Our kids are looking forward to it.”
The Huskers and Badgers are set to battle on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis. at 2:30 p.m. (CT) on ABC.
Huskers Open November by Hosting Boilermakers
Nebraska Game Notes
GAME 9: NEBRASKA vs. PURDUE
NOV. 1, 2014 | MEMORIAL STADIUM
LINCOLN, NEB. | 2:30 p.m. (CT)
TV – ABC/ESPN2
RADIO – Husker Sports Network
SATELLITE RADIO – Sirius Channel 138, XM 196
INTERNET RADIO – Huskers.com
Record: 7-1, 3-1
Rankings: Coaches-16; AP-17
Last Game: def. Rutgers, 42-24
Coach: Bo Pelini
Career/NU Record: 65-25/7th year
vs. Purdue: 1-0
Record: 3-5, 1-3
Rankings: Coaches-NR; AP-NR
Last Game: lost to Minnesota, 39-38
Coach: Darrell Hazell
Career/PU Record: 20-26, 4th year/4-16, 2nd year
vs. Nebraska: 0-1
Nebraska plays its second consecutive home game on Saturday when Purdue visits Memorial Stadium for the first time. The matchup between the Huskers and Boilermakers is set for 2:30 p.m. CT and will be televised by ABC.
The Huskers come into the contest with a 7-1 record, including 3-1 in Big Ten Conference action. The Huskers are tied for the lead with Minnesota in the Big Ten’s West Division at the halfway point in conference play.
Nebraska is coming off a 42-24 victory over Rutgers last Saturday in Lincoln to improve to 5-0 at home this season. Senior I-back Ameer Abdullah continued to build a record-setting season with 225 rushing yards and a school-record 341 all-purpose yards. The Huskers will enter Saturday’s game ranked 17th in the Associated Press Poll and No. 16 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The first College Football Playoff rankings will be released on Tuesday.
For the second straight week, Nebraska will welcome an opponent to Memorial Stadium for the first time. The Huskers have twice traveled to Purdue, including last year’s 44-7 victory, however this will mark the Boilermakers’ first trip to Lincoln.
Purdue will come to Lincoln with a 3-5 overall record and a 1-3 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Boilermakers were idle last weekend after nearly pulling an upset at Minnesota on Oct. 18. Purdue led the Gophers by 11 points in the second half, before Minnesota rallied for a 39-38 victory. Purdue has fielded a potent offense in recent weeks, averaging 447 yards per game over the last three contests.
Saturday’s matchup will be the first meeting between the two teams at Memorial Stadium and just the third all-time in the series. The matchup is tied at one win apiece after the Huskers won 44-7 in West Lafayette last season. The schools will meet every year as members of the Big Ten’s West Division.
Nebraska: Bo Pelini (Ohio State, ‘90) owns a 65-25 record (.722) 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 63 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.
Purdue: Darrell Hazell (Muskingum, ‘86) is in his second season as Purdue’s head coach and owns a 4-16 record with the Boilermakers. Hazell served as the head coach at Kent State in 2011 and 2012, guiding the Golden Flashes to a 16-10 record, including 11-2 in 2012. Hazell’s assistant coaching stops included Ohio State, Rutgers and West Virginia.
Nebraska is 872-358-40 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 438 wins, 26 more than any other school.
- Nebraska’s 107 football Academic All-Americans lead the nation.
- The Huskers have 110 All-Americans in school history.
Purdue enters Saturday’s game with a 3-5 overall record, including a 1-3 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Boilermakers were off last week, giving them two weeks to prepare for the matchup with Nebraska.
Purdue is facing a ranked opponent for the third time this season. The Boilermakers have fared well in their two previous matchups against ranked teams, despite losing both games. Purdue led then-No. 11 Notre Dame late in the second quarter, but the Fighting Irish scored the game’s final 20 points in a 30-14 victory. A month later, the Boilermakers faced a top-10 Michigan State squad coming off a victory over Nebraska. Purdue put up 31 points against the Spartans and trailed by seven with the ball in the final three minutes before Michigan State sealed a 45-31 victory with an interception return for a touchdown.
Dual-threat quarterback Austin Appleby has been a big boost for a Boilermaker offense that ranks 99th nationally in total offense and 76th in scoring offense. Appleby has started Purdue’s last three games under center, and the Boilermakers are averaging 447 yards of total offense and 35.7 points per game during that stretch. In the first five games of the season, Purdue averaged just 312 yards of total offense and 23.8 points per game.
Appleby has averaged 205 passing yards and 45 rushing yards per game in his three starts, despite rushing for minus-20 yards against MSU.
Purdue’s running backs have benefitted from a dual-threat quarterback. With Appleby as the starting quarterback, Purdue has averaged nearly 260 rushing yards per game. Akeem Hunt leads the team with 640 yards and five touchdowns, and he has rushed for 376 yards in Appleby’s three starts. Raheem Mostert is averaging 6.1 yards per carry and in Appleby’s three starts, Mostert has carried the ball 10 times for 173 yards.
Defensively, Purdue is allowing 429 yards and 31.3 points per game, including 255.5 passing yards and 173.8 rushing yards per game. The Boilermakers have also allowed the 22nd-most first downs of any team in the country. Purdue allows opponents to convert 49.2 percent of the time on third down, a total that ranks 119th nationally.
The all-time series between Nebraska and Purdue is tied 1-1. The teams are meeting in Lincoln for the first time, as each of the previous two meetings were in West Lafayette. Purdue shut out the Huskers, 28-0, in the first meeting in 1958. In the first meeting as conference foes last season, Nebraska beat the Boilermakers, 44-7.
Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini
Bo Pelini is in his seventh season as Nebraska’s head coach and owns a 65-25 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.
Purdue Head Coach Darrell Hazell
Darrell Hazell is in his second year of a rebuilding project at Purdue, where he has guided the Boilermakers to a 4-16 record, including a 1-11 mark in Big Ten play. Hazell earned his first Big Ten victory at Illinois on Sept. 27.
Prior to coming to Purdue, Hazell was the head coach at Kent State in 2011 and 2012. He compiled a 16-10 record with the Golden Flashes. In his final season at Kent State, Hazell was named the MAC Coach of the Year after leading the Golden Flashes to an 11-3 record. The 11 wins were a school record.
Before becoming a head coach, Hazell spent more than 20 years as a collegiate assistant at Ohio State (2004-10), Rutgers (2001-03), West Virginia (1999-2000), Army (1997-98), Pennsylvania (1992-94), Oberlin College (1986-87; 1989-91) and Eastern Illinois (1988).
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.
Huskers Celebrating 125th Season of Football
The 2014 season marks the 125th year of intercollegiate football at Nebraska. Since the school’s first football season in 1890, Nebraska has earned its place as one of the traditional national powers in college football.
The Huskers have won five national championships, 43 conference championships and last year became just the third school to appear in 50 bowl games. Since 1962 alone, Nebraska has produced nine or more wins in 46 of 52 seasons.
Nebraska will be celebrating its 125th season throughout 2014.
Huskers Strive for Strong Second Half of 2014 Season
Nebraska completed the first half of the season with a 5-1 mark, and has started the second half of the season with victories over Northwestern and Rutgers to improve to 7-1 overall. The 7-1 start marks Nebraska’s first record of 7-1 through eight games since 2011, and the third in five seasons.
- The win over Rutgers improved Nebraska to 3-1 in conference play, marking the fifth straight season the Huskers have won three of their first four games in conference play.
- Nebraska is hopeful the wins over Northwestern and Rutgers will propel the Huskers to a similar second half of the season as in 2012. Nebraska posted a 6-0 record in the second half of the 2012 regular season. That surge started with a 29-28 road victory at Northwestern.
- The Huskers posted 5-1 records in the second half of the regular season in both 2009 and 2010 under Bo Pelini, and won their final four games of the season in 2008.
- Nebraska has had a good run of success in the month of November under Bo Pelini. In his first six seasons as head coach, Nebraska is 19-6 in the month of November. The Huskers have won 8 of their last 10 November games heading into Saturday’s matchup with Purdue.
- Nebraska posted perfect 4-0 November records in both 2009 and 2012 en route to appearances in the Big 12 and Big Ten Championship games, respectively.
NU Rushing Attack Once Again Among Nation’s Best
Nebraska boasts one of the nation’s top rushing attacks, averaging 293.4 yards per game to rank second in the Big Ten and sixth nationally. The Huskers have rushed for better than 300 yards three times this season, including two games of more than 400 yards.
The running game was held in check at Michigan State, as the Huskers rushed for 47 yards on 37 attempts. Nebraska got back on track at Northwestern with 234 rushing yards, and followed that up with 292 rushing yards in a 42-24 win over Rutgers. The Huskers’ exhibited a powerful running game in starting the season with a 5-0 record.
Nebraska pounded Illinois on the ground, rushing 70 times for 458 yards including a pair of 100-yard rushers. A week earlier, the Huskers dominated the Miami contest with a punishing ground game, rolling up 343 rushing yards on 54 attempts. The Huskers opened the season with an overpowering rushing effort against Florida Atlantic, rolling up 498 yards on the ground, and averaging 8.7 yards per carry. The rushing output was Nebraska’s best under Bo Pelini and the Huskers’ best since rushing for 641 yards at Baylor in 2001.
- Nebraska’s rushing output in the first eight games of the season is the Huskers’ best through eight games since 2001. The Huskers averaged 338.8 rushing yards per game through eight contests in 2001.
- Ameer Abdullah rushed for 208 yards on 22 carries against Illinois with three rushing touchdowns. Fellow I-back Imani Cross had a career-high 109 yards on 22 carries. The game marked the 77th time in school history Nebraska has had two or more 100-yard rushers, and the second time in 2014. Abdullah (232) and Terrell Newby (107) accomplished the feat against Florida Atlantic in the season opener. Nebraska was just shy of the mark against Miami with Abdullah rolling up 229 rushing yards, while quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. added 96 rushing yards.
- The 300+ rushing efforts against FAU, Miami and Illinois give Nebraska 18 games under Bo Pelini in which Nebraska has rushed for at least 300 yards. The Huskers are a perfect 18-0 in those games.
- Nebraska has reached at least 200 rushing yards in 23 games since the start of the 2012 season, including five times in 2013 and six of eight games in 2014. Nebraska is 11-0 since the start of the 2013 season when rushing for 200 or more yards.
- In 2013, Nebraska finished third in the Big Ten and 19th nationally in rushing, averaging 215.7 yards per game. The 2013 rushing success continued Nebraska’s recent surge on the ground. Nebraska has averaged better than 200 rushing yards per game for four straight seasons, and has ranked in the top 20 nationally each year from 2010 to 2013. NU led the Big Ten in rushing in 2012, and topped the Big 12 in rushing offense in 2010.
- NU’s 458 rushing yards against Illinois were its most in four years in Big Ten play, and its most against a conference foe since rushing for 641 yards at Baylor in 2001.
- Ameer Abdullah has surpassed 1,000 yards for the third straight season with 1,249 yards, giving Nebraska a 1,000-yard rusher for each of the past six seasons. That is the longest stretch for NU since the Huskers had at least one 1,000-yard rusher for seven straight seasons from 1979 to 1985.
Abdullah Reaching the End Zone At Record-Setting Pace
Abdullah ran for touchdowns of 53, 48 and 23 yards against Rutgers as part of a record-setting 341 all-purpose yards in a 42-24 victory. A week earlier, Abdullah produced a career-high four rushing touchdowns against Northwestern, marking the first time a Husker had scored four touchdowns in a game since 2010.
Abdullah has 17 rushing touchdowns this season, including five consecutive games with multiple rushing touchdowns. He has added two receiving touchdowns, giving him a nation-leading 19 total touchdowns on the year. Abdullah’s average of 14.3 points per game is tied for second nationally, trailing only Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon.
The touchdown barrage has allowed Abdullah to surge up the NU career touchdown lists, while putting him in position to challenge some lofty marks on the single-season lists.
- Abdullah has scored 45 total touchdowns during his Nebraska career to rank in a tie for third with Ahman Green in school history. He is seven touchdowns shy of Mike Rozier’s second-place total. Abdullah has reached the end zone four different ways. He has 37 career rushing touchdowns, including 17 in 2014, six receiving touchdowns, as well as a punt return touchdown and a touchdown on a kickoff return.
- Abdullah’s 37 career rushing touchdowns are fifth in school history, trailing Calvin Jones by three touchdowns and Ahman Green by five touchdowns.
- Abdullah’s 19 total touchdowns this season are tied for fifth on the NU single-season list. He is just three touchdows from tying the No. 2 spot on the list and he is in position to challenge Mike Rozier’s school-record 29 touchdowns in 1983.
- Abdullah’s streak of five straight games with multiple rushing touchdowns ties a school record, matching Mike Rozier’s five-game streak in his Heisman winning season of 1983.
- Abdullah has racked up 114 points this season on his 19 touchdowns. The 114 points are tied for eighth on the NU single-season scoring list.
Memorial Stadium Home Sweet Home for Ameer
In Nebraska’s first five home games, Abdullah has rushed for 948 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 8.3 yards per carry. Abdullah has also amassed 1,291 all-purpose yards through five home games, an average of 258.2 all-purpose yards per game. Perhaps most impressively, Abdullah has scored 12 touchdowns at Memorial Stadium in 2014, while the Huskers’ five home opponents have combined for just 13 touchdowns.
In Nebraska’s past three home games against Power Five Conference opponents Miami, Illinois and Rutgers, Abdullah’s numbers have increased. He has rushed for more than 200 yards in each of those three games. In the three contests, Abdullah is averaging 220.7 rushing yards per game, 8.7 yards per carry and 288.7 all-purpose yards per game.
Abdullah has rushed for 200 yards in four of Nebraska’s five home games this season – including three straight – to tie the Nebraska season record with four 200-yard rushing games. He also produced a school-record 341 all-purpose yards against Rutgers last Saturday and 313-yard all-purpose yards against Miami on Sept. 20. Those efforts mark the only two 300-yard all-purpose games by an FBS player this season and are two of only a trio of 300-yard all-purpose games in the history of Nebraska football.
Last season, Abdullah joined 1983 Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier as the only Huskers to ever gain 1,000 yards rushing in a home season. Abdullah needs 52 rushing yards against Purdue to top 1,000 yards at home for the second straight year. Rozier owns the most rushing yards in a season at Memorial Stadium with 1,144 yards in 1983. Abdullah has two games to accumulate the 197 yards needed to pass Rozier’s record. Abdullah is averaging 189.6 rushing yards per home game this season.
Abdullah and Bell Linked in Record Books Once More
Seniors Ameer Abdullah and Kenny Bell have been linked throughout their Nebraska careers as leaders and playmakers for the Husker offense. Fittingly, the senior captains have twice hit signifcant milestones on the same day in 2014.
In the season opener against Florida Atlantic, the duo eclipsed milestone yardage marks.
- Abdullah cracked the 5,000-yard mark in career all-purpose yardage with a 241-yard effort. He has continued to pile up all-purpose yards throughout the season and now has 6,604 career all-purpose yards to pass 1972 Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers (5,586) and move to the top of the NU career chart.
- Abdullah’s 232 yards rushing against Florida Atlantic were a career high. The total also pushed him past 3,000 career rushing yards, joining seven other Huskers. Abdullah has now surpassed 4,000 career rushing yards, following his fifth 100-yard game of the season at Northwestern. Abdullah’s 4,226 career yards are second in school history and leave him 554 yards shy of Mike Rozier’s school record of 4,780 career rushing yards.
- Bell recorded his fourth career 100-yard receiving game with four catches for 116 yards vs. FAU, including a 63-yard reception to surpass 2,000 career receiving yards. He added his fifth 100-yard game with five catches for 105 yards against Illinois, including a 63-yard TD reception. Bell has increased his career total to 2,473 receiving yards, leaving him just yards behind Johnny Rodgers (2,479) and Nate Swift (2,476) to move to the top of the NU career receiving yardage list.
In a 42-24 win over Rutgers, Abdullah and Bell once again shared a day of re-writing the record book. Abdullah amassed a school-record 341 all-purpose yards, including 225 rushing yards. Bell had six receptions against the Scarlet Knights, increasing his career total to 167 catches, to move him past Nate Swift (166) to the top of the NU career receptions list.
Bell Moves to Top of Nebraska Career Receiving List
Receiver Kenny Bell has been a regular in the starting lineup the past four seasons and has produced record-setting statistical numbers.
With his six receptions against Rutgers, Bell increased his career receptions total to 167, surpassing Nate Swift’s previous record of 166 receptions between 2005 and 2008. Bell has a team-high 33 receptions on the season.
Bell is likely to move to the top of another career chart in this week’s game against Purdue. Bell has 2,473 career receiving yards, leaving him just six yards shy of Johnny Rodgers’ school record of 2,479 career receiving yards.
Bell has a pair of 100-yard receiving games this season and five in his career. The five 100-yard receiving games are the fourth-most in school history. Bell had 116 yards in the season opener against Florida Atlantic, and had five catches for 105 yards, including a 63-yard TD against Illinois.
In addition to his 100-yard receiving games, Bell had five catches for 84 yards against Fresno State, including a 37-yard catch. Against Miami, Bell helped set the tone for the Nebraska offense, hauling in a 40-yard TD reception in the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7. He finished the night with four receptions for 70 yards. Bell added five catches for 89 yards at Northwestern.
- Bell has led Nebraska in receptions for each of the past three seasons, becoming the first player to do so since Matt Davison from 1998 to 2000. In 2014, Bell could become the first player in school history to lead the team in receptions for four straight seasons.
- Bell has topped 50 receptions each of the past two years and could become the first player in Nebraska history with three seasons of 50 or more receptions. With his 33 receptions this season, Bell is the first player in school history with four 30-catch seasons. He has also become the first Husker with four seasons with more than 400 receiving yards.
- Bell has 17 career TD catches to rank third in school history. Bell has a knack for the big play. Each of his last 15 touchdown receptions have covered at least 20 yards, including both of his TD receptions in 2014. Bell has seven receptions of 20 yards or more in 2014, and is averaging 17.3 yards per catch.
- Bell was also a strong threat in the kickoff return game in 2013. He averaged 26.5 yards per return, highlighted by a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Penn State. Bell ranked first in the Big Ten and 18th nationally in yards per kickoff return.
- Bell had a standout sophomore season with 863 receiving yards, the fourth-highest single-season total in NU history and the most by a Husker sophomore.
- Bell had a streak of 23 straight games with a catch end at Iowa in 2012, the third-longest streak in NU history. Since not having a catch in that game at Iowa, Bell has matched the streak, catching a pass in 23 straight games, including all eight games this season. Bell has at least one reception in 46 of the past 47 games.
- Bell reached the 1,000-yard career receiving mark in 20 games, the second-fewest games for a Husker to reach that mark in school history. Only Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers reached 1,000 career receiving yards in fewer games. Bell hit 2,000 career yards in his 41st career game.
The 6-1, 185-pound Bell earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades in 2013 after he was a second-team choice as a sophomore in 2012.
Huskers Winning on ‘Money Down’
Third down is often referred to as the Money Down. Through eight games, Nebraska is cashing in on third downs. The Huskers rank among the Big Ten and national leaders in both converting third downs, and third-down defense.
- Nebraska has converted 51-of-108 third-down attempts (47.2 percent) to rank third in the Big Ten and 19th nationally. Nebraska was 8-of-13 on third downs against Rutgers. A week earlier at Northwestern, the Huskers were 8-of-15 on third down at Northwestern, including 7-of-9 in the second half. On the Huskers’ go-ahead drive in the third quarter, Nebraska converted a 3rd-and-10, a 3rd-and-2 and a 3rd-and-13.
- On the defensive side, the Blackshirts are allowing opponents to convert only 35-of-123 third downs (28.5 percent). That figure ranks third in the Big Ten and sixth nationally. Nebraska also ranked sixth nationally in third-down defense in 2013.
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.
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
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Hope to see LOTS OF RED on Sat.. GO HUSKERS!!!
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.
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.
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).
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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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.
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.
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.