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.

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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#19 Huskers vs McNeese State

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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Gameday!

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A message from the chapter President

Can You Feel It!!!!!!!!!!
Here it comes… This Sat.. 1:30pm MDT Kick off — Beef O Brady’s

Here is what you can expect that is new this year….
A Idaho Huskers Membership Card..
Show this card to your waitress upon your order and receive a discount on food items(not to be used in conjunction with an already discount) but wait that is not the best part..

You will be able to drink your favorite beverage from a Idaho Husker Glass.. you will be getting the Happy Hour Discount — any time of day or night with this…..
NOW UNDERSTAND.. the GLASSES are NOT YOURS to take home.. the chapter owns them and they are to remain at Beef O Bradys for next time you come in.. If you wish to have some of your own– let me know…
Jim has final say on anything he is providing for us…

We will also be having our other normal activities also….
There is no charge for the membership card this year… but if you wish to make a donation that would be great…
also we have one football magnet- with Nebraska schedule on it… One per family…

Gerry and Marilyn Woof will be taking care of things this sat as I will be partying in Denver with the huskers there.
Give them a hand if they need it…

I also have Cards for you all to have to hand out to fans you run across that has our information on it…

This will be our first full year at Beef O Brady’s – remember this is a family friendly establishment, so bring the whole family.. FYI- The Ohio State will be having their game before us… Bring all your Friends– lets really fill the place up as Jim is really stepping up to make us feel like this is OUR HOUSE!!!!!..
Thanks Jim and Linda and Staff….

Richard Percival

Idaho Huskers
GO BIG RED!

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Game 1 – Florida Atlantic

GAME 1: FLORIDA ATLANTIC at NEBRASKA
AUG. 30, 2014 | MEMORIAL STADIUM
LINCOLN, NEB. | 2:30 p.m. (CT)

BROADCAST INFO
TV – BTN
RADIO – Husker Sports Network
SATELLITE RADIO – Sirius Channel 146, XM 201
INTERNET RADIO – Huskers.com

HUSKERS
Record: 0-0, 0-0
Rankings: Coaches-22; AP-22
Last Game: Season Opener
Coach: Bo Pelini
Career/NU Record: 58-24/7th year
vs. FAU, 1-0

OWLS
Record: 0-0, 0-0
Rankings: Coaches-NR; AP-NR
Last Game: Season Opener
Coach: Charlie Partridge
Career/FAU Record: First Year
vs. NU: 0-0

The Matchup
Nebraska begins its 125th season of college football by playing host to Florida Atlantic on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff for the Huskers’ season opener is set for shortly after 2:30 p.m. CDT with BTN providing national television coverage of the contest.

The 2014 season is an historic one for Nebraska, as it marks the 125th season in the storied history of Cornhusker football. Nebraska ranks fourth all-time in victories among all college football programs and is the nation’s winningest program since 1970. NU has won five national championships and 43 conference championships in the history of its program.

This year’s Husker squad will be looking to capture the school’s first conference title since the 1999 season. Nebraska finished the 2013 season with a 9-4 record, capped by a Gator Bowl victory over Georgia, and NU enters the 2014 season as one of only three schools to win at least nine games each of the past six years.

The Huskers return 14 starters from last year’s team, and Nebraska will open the 2014 season ranked 22nd in both major national polls. Nebraska carries the nation’s longest winning streak in season openers into Saturday’s game. The Huskers have won 28 straight season openers dating back to 1986, including a 2009 win over Florida Atlantic in the season opener in the two schools’ only previous meeting.

Florida Atlantic finished the 2013 season with a 6-6 record, including winning its final four games of the season. FAU returns 15 starters for first-year coach Charlie Partridge.

The Series
Nebraska won the only previous meeting with Florida Atlantic, posting a 49-3 victory in the 2009 season opener for both teams at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska rushed for 259 yards in the game, while forcing three Owl turnovers to key the easy victory.

The Coaches
Nebraska: Bo Pelini (Ohio State, ‘90) owns a 58-24 record (.707) in his seventh season as Nebraska head coach. Pelini 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. 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.

Florida Atlantic: Charlie Partridge (Drake, ‘95) is in his first season as Florida Atlantic’s head coach and his first-ever head coaching job. Partridge has served as an assistant coach at Pitt, Wisconsin and Arkansas before moving into his current role. He is just the fourth head coach in the history of the FAU program.

Nebraska Football
Nebraska is 865-357-40 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 431 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 Florida Atlantic
Florida Atlantic returns 15 starters in Charlie Partridge’s first season as head coach. FAU is one of eight 2014 Husker opponents that were bowl eligible in 2013. Florida Atlantic brings a four-game winning streak into today’s game, the nation’s ninth-longest win streak.

Offensively, the Owls return their leading rusher, passer and two of their three leading receivers from 2013. Defensively, FAU brings back its top two tacklers.

The Owls averaged 26.4 points per game in 2013 following a strong finish, when FAU averaged 37.8 points per game over its final four contests. Florida Atlantic featured a balanced offensive attack, averaging 183 yards rushing per game and 198 yards passing.

Quarterback Jaquez Johnson was a dual threat who led Florida Atlantic with 772 rushing yards and 1,876 passing yards. He also led the team with 10 rushing touchdowns, while completing 58 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Florida Atlantic featured one of the nation’s top defenses in 2013, and the Owls return six starters. FAU allowed only 326 yards per game in 2013, a total that ranked 11th nationally. Florida Atlantic was especially stingy against the pass, ranking second nationally by allowing only 162 passing yards per game. The Owls also ranked third nationally in pass efficiency defense.

Linebacker Andrae Kirk led the team with 84 tackles last season and safety Damian Parms was second with 78 stops. Both players return for the Owls this fall. Defensive lineman Brandin Bryant, an Omaha native, is FAU’s returning sack leader after totaling 6.0 sacks and 9.5 tackles for losses as a junior in 2013.

Series History
Nebraska and Florida Atlantic meet for the second time Saturday. The only other meeting was a 49-3 NU victory in the 2009 season opener at Memorial Stadium. The 24th-ranked Huskers cruised to the win behind three rushing touchdowns from Roy Helu Jr., who ran for 152 yards on 16 carries.

Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini
Bo Pelini is in his seventh season as Nebraska’s head coach and owns a 58-24 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 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 one of five NU coaches to win 50 or more games, joining Tom Osborne, Bob Devaney, Frank Solich and Dana X. Bible.

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.

Florida Atlantic Head Coach Charlie Partidge
Charliee Partridge is the fourth head coach in Florida Atlantic history, as the Owls program dates back to only 2001. Partridge will coach his first game as a collegiate head coach today. A South Florida native, Partridge has spent the past 12 seasons as a full-time defensive assistant.

Partridge was the assistant head coach and coached the defensive line on Brett Bielema’s Arkansas staff in 2013. Partridge also served on Bielema’s staff at Wisconsin from 2008 to 2012, including his final two seasons as associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator. Partridge was on the sidelines for Nebraska’s 30-27 come-from-behind victory over Wisconsin in 2012. He was on the winning side in Badger victories over the Huskers in 2011 and the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game.

Before his five-year tenure at Wisconsin, Partridge spent five seasons at Pitt from 2003 to 2007. He earned his first full-time coaching position as the recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach at Eastern Illinois in 2002. Partridge also served as Iowa State’s director of football operations in 2000 and 2001 and was the Cyclones’ defensive graduate assistant in 1998 and 1999. He received his start in the coaching field as a graduate assistant at Drake in 1996 and 1997 after starring for the Bulldogs as a player from 1992 to 1995.

Huskers vs. Conference USA/Florida Schools
Nebraska will look to improve to 2-0 against Florida Atlantic and continue its success against members of the Conference USA. Florida Atlantic is in its second season in the conference, after previously being a member of the Sun Belt Conference. The Owls posted a 4-4 record in league play last season.

Heading into Saturday’s matchup with FAU, Nebraska owns an 11-1 all-time record against schools that are currently members of Conference USA. Nebraska is 3-1 against Southern Miss, including wins in both 2012 and 2013. The Huskers are 2-0 against Louisiana Tech and own single victories over FAU, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Rice, UAB and Western Kentucky.

2014 Schedule to Feature Seven Bowl Teams
In 2014, Nebraska will face seven teams that participated in bowl games a year ago. The Huskers’ non-conference schedule will open with home games against Florida Atlantic (Aug. 30) and 2013 FCS playoff participant McNeese State (Sept. 6).

NU will take to the road for the first time in 2014 on Sept. 13 with a trip to Fresno State for a matchup with a Bulldog team that won 11 games in 2013. The Fresno State game is the first of five straight prime-time contests for the Huskers. Nebraska closes non-conference play against Miami on Sept. 20 in Lincoln. The game will feature programs that combined for eight national championships from 1983 to 2001.

The Huskers open Big Ten action with Homecoming against Illinois on Sept. 27, followed by prime-time road games at defending Big Ten champion Michigan State on Oct. 4 and at Northwestern on Oct. 18. Nebraska will welcome both Rutgers (Oct. 25) and Purdue (Nov. 1) to Lincoln for the first time on back-to-back weekends.

The home stretch of the 2014 season will feature road trips to Wisconsin (Nov. 15) and Iowa (Nov. 28) sandwiched around the home finale against Minnesota on Nov. 22.

Abdullah Looks to Add to His Husker Legacy
Senior I-back Ameer Abdullah enters 2014 as one of the nation’s top returning rushers. He rushed for a Big Ten-leading 1,690 yards in 2013 and ranked seventh nationally in rushing yards per game. Abdullah also led the Big Ten and ranked 13th nationally in all-purpose yards per game. His 1,690 yards are the most for any returning player in the FBS ranks in 2014.

Abdullah was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and was one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award. Abdullah will be a leading contender for numerous national honors this fall, including the Doak Walker Award, first-team All-America honors and the Heisman Trophy.
Abdullah is the nation’s active career leader in all-purpose yards and is third among active players in career rushing yards. His 17 career 100-yard rushing games are also the most among active players returning to the FBS ranks in 2014.

The Homewood, Ala., native not only ranks among the nation’s statistical leaders, he has also put himself in lofty territory on Nebraska’s career charts.

- 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 has 2,977 career rushing yards to rank eighth in school history. A third 1,000-yard rushing season would move him to No. 2 on Nebraska’s all-time rushing list, trailing only 1983 Heisman winner Mike Rozier. Abdullah would need to rush for 1,803 yards in 2014 to match Rozier’s school-record total of 4,780 yards.

- 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 career-high 225 yards against Illinois. His 11 100-yard games tied the school record, also held by Rozier, Green and Lawrence Phillips. He rushed for 100 yards in eight straight games last season, tying the fourth-longest streak in school history.

- Abdullah has 17 career 100-yard rushing efforts, tying Eric Crouch for the third-most in school history. The 17 100-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 51 career receptions.

- Abdullah had 1,999 all-purpose yards in 2013, the No. 3 single-season total in school history. With 4,914 career all-purpose yards, Abdullah is 672 all-purpose yards from the top spot on the NU career list. He trails only Heisman winners Rozier and Johnny Rodgers in that category.

- Abdullah has scored a total of 26 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.

Bell Poised to Move to Top of NU Receiving Lists
Abdullah is not the only Husker offensive playmaker poised to leave a legacy in the Nebraska statistical record books in 2014. Receiver Kenny Bell has been a regular in the starting lineup the past three seasons and is in position to break the Husker career records for receptions and receiving yards.

Bell battled through nagging injuries as a junior to lead Nebraska with 52 receptions for 577 yards and four touchdowns. His play earned the 6-1, 185-pound Bell honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades after he was a second-team choice as a sophomore in 2012.

Bell enters 2014 with 134 career catches for a total of 1,901 receiving yards. His 134 catches rank fifth in school history, 32 catches behind career record holder Nate Swift. Bell has 1,901 career receiving yards to rank third in school history. He sits 578 yards from Johnny Rodgers’ school-record 2,479 career receiving yards.

- 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.

- Bell has 15 career TD catches to rank in a tie for fourth in school history. Bell has a knack for the big play. Each of his last 13 touchdown receptions have covered at least 20 yards, including all four of his TD catches in 2013.

- 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.

- Bell reached the 1,000-yard career receiving mark in 20 games, making him the second-fastest Husker to reach that mark. Only Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers reached 1,000 career receiving yards in fewer games.

Gregory Set to lead Blackshirts
Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory immediately showed he was one of the Big Ten’s top newcomers in 2013. By season’s end, Gregory reached another level and was one of the nation’s top overall defenders.

Gregory was a first-team All-Big Ten choice for his play and was also named the Nebraska Team Defensive MVP in his first season in the program. He is in line to contend for national honors in 2014.

The 6-6 Gregory led the Big Ten with 10.5 sacks for 69 yards in losses. Gregory’s 0.8 sacks per game ranked 15th nationally. Gregory was at his best in conference play, with nine of his sacks coming in Big Ten action. Gregory’s nine sacks in conference play were 2.5 more than any other Big Ten defender.

Gregory had a season-high three sacks at Michigan and added 2.5 sacks against Purdue, with one of those resulting in a Husker safety. Gregory had at least one sack in six of eight Big Ten games, including five straight games from the Purdue through Michigan State contests. He closed the year with a sack and two tackles for loss in the Gator Bowl victory over Georgia.

Gregory finished with a team-leading 19 TFL for 101 yards in losses and had a team-high 18 hurries, including four against Michigan State. He added an interception return for a touchdown against South Dakota State and also recovered a fumble and forced a fumble.

Gregory was a dominant force at Michigan, keying a Blackshirt defense that recorded seven sacks and limited Michigan to -21 rushing yards. Gregory had three sacks for 14 yards in losses, including a key sack on the Wolverines’ final offensive possession. He added a 10-yard tackle for loss. Gregory’s play was recognized as he was the co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

- Gregory’s 10.5 sacks were the most ever for a Nebraska newcomer, while his 9.0 sacks in league games were just one shy of the most ever by a Nebraska player in a conference season. Jim Skow had 10.0 sacks in seven Big Eight games in 1985.

- The 10.5 sacks by Gregory ranked ninth on the NU single-season chart, while his 19 tackles for loss tied for ninth, matching the total of Ndamukong Suh from his junior season in 2008.

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Five Captains Named

Nebraska announced Monday that five seniors have been selected as captains for the 2014 season.

The group includes three offensive players in I-back Ameer Abdullah, receiver Kenny Bell and offensive guard Jake Cotton. The defense is represented by cornerback Josh Mitchell and safety Corey Cooper.

The players come from five different states including Nebraska (Cotton), Alabama (Abdullah), Colorado (Bell), Illinois (Cooper) and California (Mitchell). Cooper and Cotton have already earned their undergraduate degrees, while Abdullah, Bell and Mitchell are all on track to graduate this December.

This marks the second consecutive season Nebraska has elected season-long captains after choosing game captains during Bo Pelini’s first five seasons as head coach.

Last season, Nebraska selected four captains prior to the season and added two captains at season’s end, including Abdullah, who now joins a rare list of two-time Husker team captains. Abdullah is just the eighth player in school history to be a captain for two seasons, including five under Pelini.

Others on the list include Taylor Martinez, Rex Burkhead, Brett Maher and Alex Henery in recent years. Prior to Henery in 2009 and 2010, the most recent two-time captain was Ed Weir in 1924-25, while the first two-time captains were James H. Johnson in 1891-92 and John Westover in 1901-02.

Cotton’s selection as a captain marks the ninth straight year a native Nebraskan has been named a team captain, including five Lincoln natives in the group. Cotton is the only returning starter on the offensive line for the 2014 season and is set to line up at left guard for the Huskers for the second straight year.

A fifth-year senior, Bell is in position to become the first player in school history to lead Nebraska in receptions for four straight seasons. He could also become Nebraska’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards this season. Bell’s selection marks the second straight year a receiver has been elected a captain, joining Quincy Enunwa last season.

The defense is represented by a pair of fifth-year senior defensive backs in Cooper and Mitchell. Cooper, a native of Maywood, Ill., has started 17 games over the past two seasons and is Nebraska’s leading returning tackler. A California native, Mitchell has started 15 games during his Nebraska career and has been a contributor in the secondary and on special teams each of the three previous seasons.

Mitchell and Cooper mark the first pair of captains from the same position group since defensive linemen Zach Potter and Ty Steinkuhler were team captains in 2008. The last time two defensive backs were selected as captains in the same year came in 1999, when Mike Brown and Ralph Brown both served as team captains.

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Idaho Huskers Annual Picnic (update)

Idaho Husker Members…

DO NOT FORGET the chapter picnic this Sat… 5 pm Brookwood Community Center Eagle– off eagle road – past floating feather…
It is ok if you are a last minute show!!!!!

NEWS UPDATE…
Special Guest was going to Bo but as you know he is real busy so he is sending a stand in…
we will be having lots of new information on what is happening with our chapter … you will be surprised…

The Husker Olympic Games are looking really exciting… so get your game on..
There will be a metal ceremony— with the Husker Olympic Song!!!!

Hope to see both young and Old there…

if you have questions.. contact me.. 859-6478

Richard Percival

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Idaho Huskers Annual Picnic

The Husker Olympic Games are coming!!!
Sat Aug 16- Starting at 5 pm
Brookwood Community Center- eagle.. off eagle road just past Floating Feather… at the Barn..

It is not to late to attend.. bring a potluck dish and drink…
Chapter will provide hamburger/ Fairbury Hotdogs.
We will have an opening ceremony/special guest.. and then the games will begin..

Get that RED dusted off and gather with all your long lost Husker Friends… HUSKER FOOTBALL is Here!!!!!!
also we will be sharing lots of new exciting ideas that we have been working on this summer…so be on the inside and find out what is happening…

GOOOO BIIIIIG REEEEED!!!!!!

Richard Percival

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