18-Sep-2019 / Steve Stein
The Northwest Softball team scored in its final four at bats to earn a 9-1 win over Aurora Tuesday at the Veterans Complex. Emily Stein went the distance and struck out seven for the Vikings (9-5). She also went 2-3 with an RBI.
Skylee Nelson led a 13 hit attack, going 3-4 with a triple, 2 RBI and a run scored. Northwest visits Cozad Thursday and hosts an invitational Saturday.
Northwest Invitational 9/21 at the Veterans Comples
Northwest vs Centura/Central Valley
Central City vs Gothenburg
Aurora vs Boone Central
Scottsbluff vs Southern Valley
2nd round 10:45
3rd round 1pm
Jake Ritzdorf after Aurora
18-Sep-2019 / Hometown Family Radio Sports Network
Ainsworth def. West Holt, 25-21, 25-20, 25-20
Archbishop Bergan def. Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur, 25-10, 25-22, 25-18
Ashland-Greenwood def. Arlington, 25-12, 25-14, 25-13
Battle Creek def. Pierce, 25-19, 25-16, 25-11
Cambridge def. Hi-Line, 25-21, 25-23, 15-25, 25-21
Centennial def. Fairbury, 22-25, 11-25, 26-24, 25-20, 15-8
Columbus def. Kearney, 25-22, 15-25, 25-23, 25-18
Crete def. Schuyler, 25-12, 25-17, 25-20
Crofton def. Boone Central/Newman Grove, 25-15, 25-23, 26-24
Edgemont, S.D. def. Hemingford, 25-21, 25-14, 21-25, 21-25, 15-9
Elkhorn South def. Millard West, 25-8, 18-25, 25-21, 25-18
Fillmore Central def. Heartland, 16-25, 25-7, 25-20, 16-25, 15-10
Fremont def. Lincoln High, 25-22, 25-22, 25-19
Gering def. Scottsbluff, 25-19, 25-22, 25-22
Grand Island Central Catholic def. Wood River, 25-15, 25-10, 25-7
Hastings St. Cecilia def. Blue Hill, 25-12, 25-16, 25-17
Hershey def. McCook, 25-21, 23-25, 25-14, 25-23
Howells/Dodge def. Wakefield-Allen, 23-25, 30-28, 27-25, 25-22
Humphrey St. Francis def. Fullerton, 14-25, 26-24, 22-25, 25-11, 15-12
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-8, 25-15, 25-11
Lincoln Christian def. Bishop Neumann, 25-22, 25-23, 25-12
Lincoln East def. Lincoln Northeast, 25-20, 25-23, 25-16
Lincoln Lutheran def. Auburn, 25-18, 25-21, 25-11
Lincoln Pius X def. Lincoln Southeast, 25-21, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22
Lincoln Southwest def. Grand Island, 25-15, 25-19, 25-23
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder def. Pender, 25-20, 25-20, 25-14
Lutheran High Northeast def. O'Neill, 25-14, 25-22, 21-25, 25-15
Malcolm def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-15, 25-14, 25-13
Maywood-Hayes Center def. Hitchcock County, 25-13, 25-23, 25-16
Mead def. College View Academy, 25-11, 25-12, 25-11
Millard North def. Papillion-LaVista South, 16-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-19
Millard South def. Gretna, 25-20, 20-25, 16-25, 25-22, 15-8
Neligh-Oakdale def. Randolph, 23-25, 25-13, 25-7, 23-25, 15-10
Norfolk def. Lincoln North Star, 25-15, 25-19, 25-19
Norfolk Catholic def. Hartington Cedar Catholic, 25-15, 26-24, 23-25, 28-26
North Bend Central def. Wisner-Pilger, 25-14, 25-13, 18-25, 25-22
North Platte St. Patrick's def. Gothenburg, 26-24, 25-23, 17-25, 14-25, 16-14
Ogallala def. North Platte, 16-25, 25-18, 25-20, 18-25, 15-9
Omaha Brownell-Talbot def. Weeping Water, 3-0
Omaha Bryan def. Omaha South, 3-2
Omaha Central def. Omaha North, 1-0
Omaha Skutt Catholic def. Aquinas, 27-25, 21-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-5
Overton def. Maxwell, 25-14, 25-14, 25-16
Papillion-LaVista def. Omaha Westside, 25-10, 25-15, 25-18
Plainview def. Wausa, 15-25, 22-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-12
Ponca def. Winnebago, 25-10, 25-8, 25-21
Sandhills/Thedford def. Sandhills Valley, 27-25, 25-9, 21-25, 28-26
Seward def. Ralston, 25-17, 26-24, 25-8
Shelby/Rising City def. Hampton, 25-17, 25-19, 26-24
St. Mary's def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 26-24, 25-19
St. Mary's def. Santee, 25-13, 25-22
St. Paul def. Centura, 25-13, 25-13, 25-17
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller def. Amherst, 25-19, 25-21, 20-25, 23-25, 15-7
Superior def. Sutton, 25-13, 25-19, 25-15
Sutherland def. Wallace, 25-20, 25-21, 25-16
Thayer Central def. Sandy Creek, 25-12, 25-19, 25-7
Wauneta-Palisade def. Southwest, 25-20, 20-25, 25-12, 23-25, 15-11
Waverly def. Norris, 25-16, 25-19, 27-25
Wayne def. Guardian Angels, 25-16, 25-18, 25-20
West Point-Beemer def. Tekamah-Herman, 25-18, 25-23, 25-14
York def. Holdrege, 25-17, 25-6, 25-12
Alma def. Cozad, 25-19, 25-8
Alma def. Arapahoe, 25-12, 25-15
Cozad def. Arapahoe, 25-22, 25-18
Arthur County Triangular
Garden County def. Arthur County, 25-21, 25-18
Garden County def. Mullen, 2-0
Mullen def. Arthur County, 25-6, 25-17
Adams Central def. Aurora, 27-25, 15-25, 25-22
Adams Central def. Minden, 21-25, 25-22, 29-27
Minden def. Aurora, 25-22, 27-25
Axtell def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-7, 25-18
Axtell def. Shelton, 25-10, 25-9
Shelton def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-13, 25-16
Central Valley Triangular
Arcadia-Loup City def. Ansley-Litchfield, 25-14, 25-13
Arcadia-Loup City def. Central Valley, 25-18, 25-19
Central Valley def. Ansley-Litchfield, 25-21, 25-21
Chadron def. Bridgeport, 25-20, 25-10
Sidney def. Chadron, 25-20, 25-18
Sidney def. Bridgeport, 25-13, 25-11
Cross County Triangular
Cross County def. Heartland Lutheran, 26-24, 25-13
Cross County def. McCool Junction, 25-14, 25-14
Heartland Lutheran def. McCool Junction, 25-23, 25-20
Central City def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 25-14, 25-19
Gibbon def. Central City, 25-21, 25-18
Gibbon def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 16-25, 25-19, 25-22
Dundy County-Stratton Triangular
Brady def. Dundy County-Stratton, 25-14, 22-25, 25-17
South Loup def. Dundy County-Stratton, 25-20, 25-22
South Loup def. Brady, 25-18, 25-10
Cody-Kilgore def. Hay Springs, 25-23, 25-23
Hay Springs def. Hyannis, 25-21, 25-20
Hyannis def. Cody-Kilgore, 25-20, 25-14
Kenesaw def. Harvard, 25-21, 25-23
Lawrence-Nelson def. Harvard, 25-12, 25-18
Lawrence-Nelson def. Kenesaw, 25-8, 25-18
Elmwood-Murdock def. Conestoga, 25-16, 25-17
Louisville def. Elmwood-Murdock, 25-20, 25-22
Louisville def. Conestoga, 25-11, 25-11
Johnson County Central def. Southern, 25-20, 25-18
Palmyra def. Sterling, 25-22, 25-22
Pawnee City def. Lewiston, 22-25, 25-15, 25-14
Tri County def. Parkview Christian, 25-13, 25-9
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, 25-16, 25-21
Diller-Odell def. Meridian, 25-9, 25-23
Falls City Sacred Heart def. Freeman, 25-19, 25-15
Johnson-Brock def. Exeter/Milligan, 25-20, 25-8
Nebraska City Triangular
Plattsmouth def. Nebraska City, 26-24, 17-25, 25-16
Syracuse def. Nebraska City, 25-10, 25-23
Syracuse def. Plattsmouth, 25-21, 26-24
Bellevue West def. Bennington, 25-11, 25-17
Platteview def. Bellevue West, 25-22, 25-20
Platteview def. Bennington, 25-11, 25-17
High Plains Community def. Riverside, 24-26, 25-6, 25-14
Riverside def. Palmer, 25-14, 25-11
Boyd County def. Creighton, 26-24, 25-21
Summerland def. Boyd County, 25-14, 25-23
Summerland def. Creighton, 25-15, 25-15
Twin Loup Triangular
North Central def. Twin Loup, 25-21, 25-18
Pleasanton def. North Central, 23-25, 25-20, 25-14
Pleasanton def. Twin Loup, 25-20, 25-22
Osmond def. Winside, 15-25, 25-15, 25-16
Osmond def. Homer, 25-23, 25-17
Winside def. Homer, 25-19, 25-10
Raymond Central def. East Butler, 2-0
Yutan def. Raymond Central, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16
Yutan def. East Butler, 25-16, 25-14
17-Sep-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
• The top-ranked Nebraska volleyball team welcomes No. 2 Stanford to the Devaney Center for a 2018 NCAA Championship rematch this Wednesday at 7 p.m. The match will be televised on BTN and streamed online at FoxSports.com and on the FoxSports app. Larry Punteney and Salima Rockwell will call the action.
• Wednesday's match can also be heard on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com and also on the official Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 26th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren (Cook) West, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.
• The Huskers' match against Stanford will be the fifth all-time No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in program history. The Huskers are 2-2 all-time in No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchups. The only other No. 1 vs. No. 2 match played in Lincoln was on Aug. 26, 1995, when No. 1 Stanford beat No. 2 Nebraska, 3-1, at the NU Coliseum. Of Nebraska's five all-time top-two showdowns, three of them will have been against Stanford.
• Three points is all that separated the teams in the 2018 NCAA Championship match in Minneapolis, as Stanford walked away with its eighth NCAA title and prevented the Huskers from winning their sixth. While Stanford returned six starters - including four AVCA All-Americans - from that team, the Huskers have had to replace two All-Americans in outside hitter Mikaela Foecke and libero Kenzie Maloney with two true freshmen.
• Stanford is 9-6 all-time against the Huskers. The last meeting was a five-set classic in the 2018 NCAA Championship match in Minneapolis. Stanford pulled out the 3-2 win (28-26, 22-25, 25-16, 15-25, 15-12) to win the national title.
• In last year's match, Lauren Stivrins had a career day with 19 kills on .615 hitting with five blocks. Nicklin Hames had a career-high 62 set assists and 12 digs. NU will need to find a way to replace the 27 kills Foecke recorded in that match. For Stanford, Kathryn Plummer had 19 kills, and Holly Campbell and Audriana Fitzmorris added 15 and 14, respectively. The Huskers outhit Stanford in the match, .271 to .250, but Stanford won the serving battle with seven more aces (9-2) and the same number of errors (eight).
• NU's last win over Stanford was on Aug. 29, 2008, a Husker sweep in Omaha. Stanford has won both matches played since then.
• John Cook, Nebraska: 20th year at Nebraska (567-76); 27th year overall (728-149)
• Kevin Hambly, Stanford: 3rd year at Stanford (69-6); 11th year overall (247-92)
About the Huskers
• Nebraska is off to a 7-0 start for the first time since 2016. It's only the third time in the last 11 years that Nebraska has won its first seven matches of the season. The Huskers have beaten both ranked teams they've faced this season - then-No. 18 Creighton (3-1) and then-No. 25 San Diego (3-2).
• The Huskers ascended to No. 1 in the AVCA Coaches Poll on Monday following a 3-0 weekend at the Ameritas Players Challenge, coupled with a Stanford loss to Minnesota. It marks Nebraska's nation-leading 100th all-time week at No. 1 in the AVCA Coaches Poll.
• Lexi Sun leads the Huskers with 4.04 kills per set on .287 hitting this season. The junior from Encinitas, California was named the MVP of the Ameritas Players Challenge last weekend after a career-high 23 kills against Loyola Marymount. She ranks sixth in the Big Ten in kills this season.
• All-America middle blocker Lauren Stivrins leads the Huskers in blocks with 1.23 per set. She is also putting up 2.15 kills per set on .311 hitting.
• Nebraska ranks first in the Big Ten with an opponent hitting percentage of .123. The Huskers have held four of their seven opponents below .100 hitting this season.
• Nebraska ranks third in the Big Ten in digs with 15.69 per set.
• Stanford had a 37-match win streak snapped on Saturday by Minnesota. The Golden Gophers beat the then-No. 1 Cardinal, 3-1, in University Park, Pennsylvania.
• Stanford is playing one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the nation. The Cardinal own wins over No. 7 Florida, No. 3 Texas and No. 4 Penn State. Wednesday's match will be Stanford's fifth straight top-10 opponent.
• Two-time AVCA National Player of the Year Kathryn Plummer leads the Cardinal with 5.50 kills per set on .350 hitting. Audriana Fitzmorris adds 2.64 kills per set on .319 hitting.
• Stanford returned six starters from last year's NCAA Championship team, including first-team All-Americans in setter Jenna Gray and libero Morgan Hentz.
Huskers Ranked No. 1 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 1 in the AVCA Coaches Poll this week for the first time since the end of the 2017 season.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 100 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history.
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 490 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 545 AVCA Coaches Polls since it was established in 1982. Nebraska and Stanford are the only two programs to be ranked in every poll all-time.
Three Huskers Named to Preseason All-Big Ten Team
• Nicklin Hames, Lauren Stivrins and Lexi Sun were all voted to the 14-player preseason team by the conference's head coaches. Additionally, the Huskers were picked second in the preseason poll behind Wisconsin. Minnesota was third.
• Stivrins, a Scottsdale, Arizona native, had a breakout sophomore season to earn first-team All-Big Ten and first-team AVCA All-America honors in 2018. The Huskers' co-captain averaged 2.36 kills per set and had a hitting percentage of .421, the third-highest mark in school history and the No. 3 mark in the nation last season. Stivrins was selected to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team after a career-high 19 kills on .615 hitting in the championship match against No. 1 Stanford.
• Hames, a sophomore from Maryville, Tennessee, set the Huskers to the NCAA Championship match as a true freshman. The Huskers' co-captain finished the season with 10.49 assists per set and 3.32 digs per set, along with 40 service aces, second-most on the team. Hames had 25 double-doubles during the 2018 season, which broke Jordan Larson's school record for double-doubles. She tallied a career-best 62 assists in the NCAA final against Stanford with 12 digs.
• Sun, a junior from Encinitas, California, is Nebraska's top returning kills leader. She averaged 3.11 kills per set and 2.69 digs per set in 2018, her first season as a Husker. Sun was one of NU's top servers with 30 aces on the season, and she played a big role for the Huskers down the stretch with 19 kills and 12 digs in the NCAA Semifinal win over Illinois.
"29,029" and "To Be Continued..."
• The 2019 Nebraska volleyball team has two slogans for the season: 29,029 and To Be Continued...
• 29,029 is the elevation in feet of Mount Everest. The Huskers, who nearly reached the peak of college volleyball in 2018 before coming up three points short against Stanford, are using the memory of that defeat to motivate them in 2019. The Huskers will play 29 regular-season matches, and Head Coach John Cook said the hardest part of climbing Mount Everest is the final 29 feet. "Many people say the elevation is 29,000 feet, forgetting the final 29 feet. We got to that 29,000 (in 2018). We didn't get that last 29 feet. All the bad things happen in the last 29 feet. People mentally let go, they're exhausted, they get stuck. Our whole theme is we've got to figure out how to get the last 29 feet."
• The Huskers also have a team slogan of "To Be Continued..." in 2019. The slogan references the Huskers continuing what they couldn't quite finish in 2018 - winning an NCAA Championship. It also means carrying on the recent success of the program (four straight NCAA Semifinals appearances) and preparing to bring back the entire team for the 2020 season, as the Huskers have no seniors on their roster for the first time in program history. The ellipsis signifies the three points that separated the Huskers from a national championship in 2018.
Foecke and Maloney Leave Big Shoes to Fill
• This year, the Huskers will be without two players who led the program to four straight final fours from 2015-18 in Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney. The All-Americans both graduated, leaving big production to replace at outside hitter and libero. Foecke and Maloney won two NCAA titles, two Big Ten titles and won more postseason matches than any other player in Husker history.
• Stivrins, Hames and Sweet are among 10 returning players who will be counted on to step up for the Huskers. Jazz Sweet also returns to lead the Huskers on the right side, and sophomore Callie Schwarzenbach is back after breaking the Nebraska freshman record for blocks last season with 177. Sophomore hitter Capri Davis played a big role last year coming off the bench, and sophomore Megan Miller and Hayley junior Densberger both have a plethora of experience in the back row.
• A group of six freshmen will help offset the loss of the most decorated senior class in school history. Three of the six newcomers - outside hitter Madi Kubik, middle blocker Riley Zuhn, libero Kenzie Knuckles - were PrepVolleyball.com All-Americans and ranked among the top 40 prospects in the 2019 class. The Huskers' incoming class was ranked No. 2 by PrepVolleyball.com.
Huskers Visit Asia in Summer of 2019
• The Nebraska volleyball team took a 17-day trip to Japan and China over the summer. The Huskers took on top professional teams from the two countries during the trip, winning about half of the sets they played. Head Coach John Cook called it "by far the best" of the five trips his teams have taken to Asia in his 20 years at Nebraska.
• In addition to the highly competitive matches, the Huskers also toured numerous sites in Asia, including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China. With six newcomers and no seniors on the roster for the 2019 season, the trip was a great opportunity for the team to bond on and off the court, a team that will spend the next two years playing together.
• The NCAA allows a team to take a foreign trip every four years, and Cook has made it a habit to take his team to Asia. Previous trips have usually paid off with successful seasons. In the last four seasons following a Cook-led foreign trip, Nebraska has responded by winning three conference titles and two national championships.
• Cook took his first team to Asia prior to the 2000 season, his first as Nebraska's head coach. The Huskers responded with a 34-0 season and the program's second national championship.
• In 2006, Cook took his team back to Asia and the results were the same: another national championship. The Huskers went 33-1 following their international trip and capped the national title with a 3-1 victory over Stanford in front of 17,209 fans at the Qwest Center in Omaha.
• Nebraska went back to Asia in 2010. Although NU did not win the national title that year, it did put together a 29-3 season that included a Big Ten title. Nebraska took a No. 3 ranking into the NCAA Tournament but was upset in a four-set loss at No. 11 Washington in the NCAA Regional Semifinal.
• The Huskers' last Asia trip in 2014 with only one senior was followed by a 23-10 season. But the following year saw that young group go on to win the program's fourth national title.
Nebraska Fans Continue Record-Setting Consecutive Sellout Streak
• Nebraska volleyball holds an NCAA women's record 258 consecutive regular-season sellouts.
• Nebraska led the nation in attendance in 2018 for the sixth straight year since moving into the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2013, averaging 8,205 fans per match.
• Nebraska has ranked in the top three nationally in attendance every season since 1990 (28 straight seasons).
AVCA Hall of Fame Head Coach John Cook in 20th Season at Nebraska
• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 20th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2019. He has led the Huskers to four national championships, nine final fours, 12 conference championships and 17 top-10 final rankings since 2000.
• Cook has 728 career wins and is one of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA history. Since taking over the program in 2000, Cook has led the Huskers to a nation-leading .882 win percentage in that time (567-76).
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 55 AVCA All-Americans and 19 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, both among the best in the nation. He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in 2000 and 2005, and a seven-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017, his first and second Big Ten honors with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
• Cook is one of only four active coaches - and one of six all-time - to be a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year and was honored in 2008 by USA Volleyball, receiving its All-Time Great Coach Award.
• Cook was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2017, joining former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit in the hall.
• Cook became the ninth active Division I head coach to reach 700 career wins in 2018.
17-Sep-2019 / Steve Stein
The Northwest Softball team hosts Aurora Tuesday at the Veterans Complex. The Vikings broke a four game skid with a win over GICC on Thursday to go to 8-5. The Huskies come in 5-11 after splitting games at the Schuyler triangular.
JV Begins at 5pm with the varsity at 6:30. We'll have coverage at 6:15 on 103.1 2-Day-FM, featuring an interview with Skylee Nelson.
16-Sep-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
The Nebraska volleyball team moved to No. 1 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll, which was announced on Monday.
The Huskers received 37 of 64 first-place votes and totaled 1,550 points. Stanford dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 with 23 first-place votes and 1,538 points. Texas, Penn State and Baylor rounded out the top five.
It marks the first time the Huskers have held the No. 1 spot since the final poll of the 2017 NCAA Championship season. It also marks the Huskers' nation-leading 100th week all-time holding the No. 1 ranking in the AVCA poll.
On Wednesday at 7 p.m., the Huskers will host No. 2 Stanford, which held the No. 1 spot all season until a 3-1 loss against Minnesota on Saturday. Wednesday's match, which will be televised on BTN, will be the first time NU has played a match as the No. 1 team in the nation since Nov. 26, 2016. It will be the fifth all-time No. 1 vs. No. 2 match-up in program history. The Huskers are 2-2 all-time in No. 1 vs. No. 2 match-ups. The only other No. 1 vs. No. 2 match played in Lincoln was on Aug. 26, 1995, when No. 1 Stanford beat No. 2 Nebraska, 3-1.
16-Sep-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
NEBRASKA vs ILLINOIS
SEPT. 21, 2019 | MEMORIAL STADIUM
CHAMPAIGN, ILL. | 7 P.M. (CT)
TV - BTN (Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Rick Pizzo)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 83, XM 83
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App
2019 Record: 2-1, 0-0 Big Ten
Last Game: Northern Illinois (W, 44-8)
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 25-16 (4th Year)/6-9 (2nd Year)
vs. Illinois: 1-0
2019 Record: 2-1, 0-0 Big Ten
Last Game: Easton Michigan (L, 34-31
Coach: Lovie Smith
Career/Ill Record: 11-28 (4th Year)/Same
vs. Nebraska: 0-3
Nebraska opens Big Ten Conference play on Saturday night with the Huskers traveling to Champaign to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini. The prime-time tilt at Illinois' Memorial Stadium is set to kick off shortly after 7 p.m. CT, with national television coverage on BTN and radio coverage available on the Husker Sports Network from Learfield-IMG.
Nebraska heads into Big Ten action with a 2-1 record, following an impressive 44-8 victory over Northern Illinois last Saturday in Lincoln. Nebraska opened a 16-0 lead early in the second quarter and never looked back as the Blackshirt defense held NIU out of the end zone. The Huskers rolled up 525 yards of total offense, including better than 235 yards both rushing and passing.
Illinois will enter Saturday's contest with a 2-1 record, following a 34-31 loss to Eastern Michigan on Saturday in Champaign. Illinois had opened the year with victories over Akron and at Connecticut before the setback this past weekend. Coach Lovie Smith's team has been strong on defense this season, allowing less than 320 yards per game, including just 79.3 rushing yards per game.
Nebraska and Illinois have a history of opening league play against each other. Since their first meeting as Big Ten opponents in 2013, the Huskers have opened conference play against Illinois four times in seven seasons. Nebraska is 5-1 against the Illini since joining the Big Ten Conference.
Nebraska holds a 12-3-1 all-time edge in the series, including a 3-2-1 record in games played at Illinois.
• Nebraska is 5-1 against the Fighting Illini since joining the Big Ten, with the lone setback a 14-13 loss in 2015. Nebraska's five wins have come by an average of 21.4 points.
• One of Nebraska's memorable victories in the series occurred on Oct. 3, 1925, a 14-0 Nebraska win in Champaign. It was the only time in Red Grange's Illinois career that he was held scoreless in a home game.
Huskers Set to Open Big Ten Conference Action
Nebraska begins its ninth season of Big Ten Conference action on Saturday night in Champaign. The game marks the fourth time Nebraska has opened Big Ten play against Illinois.
• The Huskers are 5-3 in Big Ten openers since joining the league in 2011.
• Nebraska has won 39 of its past 44 conference openers overall, with four of those losses against top-20 teams.
• Overall, Nebraska is 91-22-2 all-time in conference openers (.800 winning percentage).
• Saturday's game is the first of four Big Ten road games for Nebraska in 2019. The Huskers are 3-5 in their first conference road game since joining the Big Ten.
Huskers Looking for Win No. 900
Nebraska will be looking to reach a major milestone on Saturday night at Illinois. A victory over the Fighting Illini would be win No. 900 in program history.
• The Huskers would join just four other programs in the 900-win club. The other current members of that club include Michigan (955), Ohio State (914), Texas (911), Alabama (908). Notre Dame and Oklahoma also sit at 899 victories. Notre Dame plays at Georgia this Saturday, while Oklahoma does not play this week.
• Nebraska has reached its last two milestone victories on the road with win No. 800 coming at Kansas State in 2006 (21-3) and win No. 700 also in Manhattan in 1996 (39-3).
Frost Offenses Impressive on Opening Drives
One common theme of a Scott Frost-led offense has been a fast start, and that has held true for Frost's tenure in Lincoln. Nebraska has scored on its opening drive in each of the first three games in 2019.
NU received the opening kickoff against South Alabama and drove nine plays and 81 yards for a touchdown to a take a 7-0 lead. At Colorado, Nebraska drove 96 yards in five plays on its first possession to take a 7-0 lead. The Huskers opened with a field goal on the game's first drive against Northern Illinois, covering 58 yards in eight plays. The opening-drive score continued a theme from 2018.
• Nebraska scored on its first possession seven times in 12 games last season, including six of the final seven games. All seven of NU's opening scoring drives resulted in touchdowns. In Frost's two seasons, Nebraska has scored on its opening possession 10 times in 15 games.
• NU received the opening kickoff nine times in 2018 and scored touchdowns on six of those drives while punting only once. The Huskers had a game-opening touchdown drive to take a 7-0 lead in five straight games during the Big Ten Conference season.
• The Huskers scored on nearly 60 percent of their opening possessions in 2018, even with a pair of drive-ending turnovers in opponent territory. Nebraska's average touchdown drive covered more than 74 yards, including one 80-yard touchdown march and five 75-yard scoring drives.
• Over the last three seasons - 2018-19 at Nebraska and 2017 at UCF - Frost's offenses have scored a touchdown on their opening possession 18 times in 28 games (64 percent). The average length of the touchdown drive in that span is 74 yards.
• In three-plus years as a head coach, Frost's offenses have scored on their opening drive 23 times in 41 games, with 21 touchdowns and two field goals. In 81 games over six-plus seasons as a play-caller, Frost's offenses have scored on their first possession of the game 44 times, putting points on the board in more than half of their opening possessions.
• Frost's Opening Drive Scoring Percentage: 54% (44 of 81 drives)
• Frost's Opening Drive Touchdown Percentage: 47% (38 of 81 drives)
Blackshirt Defense Making Noise Early in 2019 Season
The Nebraska defense has focused on taking a step forward in 2019, specifically causing more turnovers and big impact plays. Through three games, Nebraska has done an outstanding job of checking that box, particularly in home wins over South Alabama and Northern Illinois.
• Nebraska has nine takeaways through three games to rank first in the Big Ten and fifth nationally in that category.
• Nebraska had five takeaways against South Alabama including four in the second half. The five takeaways matched the most in two seasons under Scott Frost (Illinois, 2018) and was only the fourth time since 2010 that a Nebraska defense recorded five or more takeaways.
• Nebraska scored a pair of defensive touchdowns against the Jaguars–a 38-yard interception return by Eric Lee Jr. in the third quarter and a fumble recovery in the end zone by Alex Davis in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring. The two defensive touchdowns marked the first time Nebraska scored a pair of defensive touchdowns since having two interception returns for touchdowns against Southern Miss in 2013. Nebraska is tied for the national lead in defensive touchdowns.
• Lee's interception return for a touchdown was the first by a Husker since Marcus Newby had an interception for a touchdown against Northwestern in 2017.
• Davis' fumble recovery for a touchdown was the first by the Huskers since Josh Mitchell returned a fumble 57 yards for a touchdown against Miami in 2014.
• Nebraska also scored on a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown by JD Spielman in the third quarter. The three non-offensive touchdowns were a first for Nebraska since the Huskers had three defensive touchdowns in a 31-3 win over Wake Forest in 2005.
• Nebraska's effort against South Alabama marked the 16th time in school history the Huskers have scored on offense, defense and special teams in the same game. It was the first time since 2012 NU had accomplished that feat, and the first instance against an FBS opponent since 2009 at Colorado.
• Nebraska has added two takeaways each of the past two weeks. NU is +2 in turnover margin through three games.
• Nebraska has averaged 2.8 takeaways in its past eight games. Prior to that, Nebraska averaged 1.0 takeaway in its 30 previous games spanning three seasons.
• The Huskers have forced three or more turnovers in four of their last eight games. Before the current streak, NU had not forced three turnovers in 30 games dating back to game two in 2016.
• Nebraska has forced 15 fumbles in its past eight games. Prior to that, Nebraska had forced just 14 fumbles in its previous 34 games.
• Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander has a history of producing disruptive defenses. In 41 games as a defensive coordinator (UCF, Nebraska) Chinander's defenses have scored 11 touchdowns.
Bootle and Jackson Break Up Opponent's Passing Game
Junior Dicaprio Bootle wreaked havoc on opponent passing games in 2018. Bootle broke up 15 passes and had a career-high 39 tackles in his first season as a starter in 2018, helping Nebraska rank 34th nationally in pass efficiency defense, a 61-spot improvement from the 2017 season.
• Bootle broke up 15 passes in 2018, ranking ninth nationally in breakups and 16th nationally in passes defended per game (1.3). Bootle's 15 pass breakups ranked second on Nebraska's season chart and were the most by a Husker since DeJuan Groce broke up a school-record 17 passes in 2000. Bootle opened the 2019 season with a team-high two PBU against South Alabama, and added one PBU at Colorado.
• Bootle earned third-team All-Big Ten honors last year, becoming the first Husker cornerback to be honored by the conference in four seasons.
• Senior Lamar Jackson lines up opposite Bootle at corner, giving Nebraska one of the conference's best cornerback tandems. Jackson has an interception and a team-high five PBU in 2019. Jackson had a career-high four breakups against Northern Illinois, bettering his previous career high of two breakups in a single game. Jackson is tied for the national lead in passes defended per game at 2.0 per contest.
Husker Offense Showing Versatility
In non-conference play, the Nebraska offense has shown the versatility to both strike quickly and drive the length of the field.
• Against Colorado, Nebraska had two touchdown drives of 95 yards or longer (95 and 96). That marked the first time the Huskers have had two 95-yard scoring drives in the same game since the 2000 Fiesta Bowl against Tennessee (97- and 99-yard touchdown drives).
• Through three games, Nebraska has seven scoring drives that have covered 75 yards or more.
• Nebraska also had two long scoring plays at Colorado with touchdown passes of 65 (Martinez-Speilman) and 75 yards (Martinez-Washington). That marked the first time the Huskers had multiple 65-yard pass plays in the same game since 2006 against Kansas.
• Nebraska flashed its quick-strike ability and explosiveness against Northern Illinois. Nebraska produced nine plays of 20 yards or more against the Huskies, including eight before halftime. The eight first-half chunk plays matched Nebraska's combined total in its first two games.
• Nebraska had a pair of 60-yard runs against Northern Illinois. Dedrick Mills had a career-long 61-yard run in the first quarter, and Maurice Washington had a personal-best 60-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. That marked the second time in the past six games Nebraska has produced a pair of 60-yard runs in the same game.
16-Sep-2019 / NSAA
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16-Sep-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
The Big Ten Conference announced Monday morning that Nebraska's Sept. 28 home game against Ohio State at Memorial Stadium will kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT with national television coverage on ABC. This will be Ohio State's third visit to Memorial Stadium since the Huskers joined the Big Ten with all three of the games played under the lights.
The matchup with the No. 6 Buckeyes will mark Nebraska's second straight primetime game at Memorial Stadium, following the Huskers' 44-8 victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday. It will also be Nebraska's third consecutive night game overall, with kickoff at Illinois this Saturday set for 7 p.m. and television coverage on BTN.
14-Sep-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Lincoln, Neb. - Adrian Martinez accounted for more than 300 yards of total offense and had a hand in three touchdowns, while Dedrick Mills rushed for 116 yards and a score on just 11 carries, as Nebraska rolled to a 44-8 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday night.
Playing in front of the 370th consecutive sellout with 89,593 fans at Memorial Stadium, Martinez completed 16-of-27 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns, and added 44 yards and another score on the ground to finish with 301 yards of total offense. Nebraska closed non-conference play with a 2-1 record, while Northern Illinois slipped to 1-2 on the season.
Martinez and Mills led a balanced Big Red offense that put up 525 yards of total offense, including 287 passing and 238 rushing yards. Northern Illinois managed 350 total yards, but just 74 on the ground, as the Blackshirts kept the Huskies out of the end zone, surrendering just a pair of field goals on the night.
In an action-packed first half that featured big plays and blocked kicks, Nebraska powered its way to a 30-5 halftime lead.
Nebraska struck quickly, winning the toss and taking the opening drive 58 yards in eight plays capped by Isaac Armstrong's 36-yard field goal to give the Huskers a 3-0 lead just 2:29 into the game.
The Big Red made it 10-0 on Maurice Washington's 21-yard touchdown catch on a short forward pass with 6:22 left in the opening quarter. Washington's score on a pass from Martinez was the only play of a short drive that was set up by heavy pressure by Nebraska's punt-block unit. NIU punter Matt Ference felt fierce pressure from Isaiah Stalbird and dropped the ball to the turf without punting it. The fumble was recovered by tight end Austin Allen to set up the score.
Nebraska kept the explosive plays going in the second quarter, as Washington raced 60 yards for a touchdown with 12:20 left in the half to give the Huskers a 16-0 lead. However, Armstrong's extra point try was blocked. Washington finished the night with three receptions for 18 yards, while adding 57 rushing yards on just two carries.
Northern Illinois got on the board with 7:58 left in the half on John Richardson's 45-yard field goal to cut Nebraska's lead to 16-3. The Huskies then tried to surprise the Big Red with an on-side kick. The attempt failed and set Nebraska up again with a short field. It took just four plays and 39 seconds for the Husker offense to capitalize, as Mills scampered 24 yards to the end zone to extend Nebraska's margin to 23-3 with 7:19 left in the half. Mills' touchdown was set up by a 26-yard pass from Martinez to Mike Williams to convert on 3rd-and-10.
The teams exchanged block kicks over the next five minutes - with Stalbird blocking a Ference punt to set the Huskers up inside the NIU 20. The offense was unable to capitalize, as a 32-yard Armstrong field goal attempt was blocked by the Huskies.
The Blackshirts stopped the Huskies on the ensuing drive, and instead of putting another Ference punt in harm's way, quarterback Ross Bowers booted a 46-yard punt that pinned Nebraska at its own 4. On the next play, Jordan Cole took down Washington in the end zone for a safety on a completed pass to cut the Husker lead to 23-5 with 1:49 left in the first half.
The defense shut down NIU on the ensuing drive and forced another Bowers punt. Martinez and the Big Red offense took over at the NU 13 with just 44 seconds left. Five plays later, Martinez connected with Kanawai Noa for his first touchdown catch as a Husker - a spectacular 27-yard grab in the back corner of the end zone that sent Nebraska to the locker room with a 30-5 edge.
Noa ended the night with three receptions for 51 yards.
Nebraska averaged 11.2 yards per play in the first half, rolling up 369 yards of total offense on just 33 plays, including three first-half receptions for 73 yards from JD Spielman, who finished the game with four catches for 76 yards. The Blackshirts held Northern Illinois to 144 first-half yards on 43 plays.
NIU opened the second half with the ball and methodically marched 66 yards on 12 plays in 5:13, but had to settle for Richardson's 27-yard field goal to cut the Big Red lead to 30-8. Nebraska's offense sputtered early in the half, before Martinez capped a seven-play, 48-yard drive with his 10-yard touchdown run with 3:00 left to send the Huskers to the fourth quarter with a 37-8 advantage.
The Blackshirts made their final stand midway through the fourth, holding the Huskies out of the end zone on a 4th-and-inches from inside the 1. Martinez and the offense were able to drive out of the shadows of their own goal post before Armstrong's punt left Northern Illinois with a long field and time running short.
Redshirt freshman Braxton Clark then grabbed his first career interception to set the Husker offense up at the NIU 42 with 6:32 left in the game.
Noah Vedral then took the reins of the Husker offense and marched the Big Red to end zone, capped by his own three-yard touchdown run with 4:04 left to complete the scoring. Freshman running back Rahmir Johnson carried three times for nine yards on the drive, while Darien Chase (13 yards), Kurt Rafdal (9) and Jaevon McQuitty (8) added key receptions on the drive.
Mohamed Barry led the Blackshirts with 10 tackles, while fellow linebacker Will Honas contributed six stops. Defensive tackle Carlos Davis was also a disruptive force in the middle, notching six tackles, including 1.5 sacks, while adding a pair of breakups with deflections at the line of scrimmage.
Stalbird starred for the Husker special teams, finishing the game with three tackles, including two for loss, a forced fumble and a blocked punt.
Nebraska opens Big Ten Conference play next week by traveling to Illinois for another 7 p.m. kickoff. The Fighting Illini enter the game with a 2-1 record.
Nebraska 44, Northern Illinois 8
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)
Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019
First Quarter (NEB 10-0)
NEB - 12:31 - Isaac Armstrong 36 FG - 8 plays, 58 yards, 2:29, NEB 3-0
NEB - 6:22 - Maurice Washington 21 pass from Adrian Martinez (Armstrong kick) - 1 play, 21 yards, 0:07, NEB 10-0
Second Quarter (NEB 30-5)
NEB - 12:20 - Washington 60 run (Armstrong kick blocked) - 4 plays, 83 yards, 1:11, NEB 16-0
NIU - 7:58 - John Richardson 45 FG - 8 plays, 48 yards, 4:22 - NEB 16-3
NEB - 7:19 - Dedrick Mills 24 run (Armstrong kick) - 4 plays, 50 yards, 0:39, NEB 23-3
NIU - 1:49 - Jordan Cole safety, NEB 23-5
NEB - 0:05 - Kanawai Noa 27 pass from Martinez (Lane McCallum kick) - 5 plays, 87 yards, 0:39, NEB 30-5
Third Quarter (NEB 37-8)
NIU - 9:47 - Richardson 27 FG - 12 plays, 66 yards, 5:13, NEB 30-8
NEB - 3:00 - Martinez 10 run (McCallum kick) - 7 plays, 48 yards, 3:42, NEB 37-8
Fourth Quarter (NEB 44-8)
NEB - 4:04 - Noah Vedral 3 run (McCallum kick) - 9 plays, 42 yards, 2:28, NEB 44-8
Time of Game: 3:21
14-Sep-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
LINCOLN, Neb. - Behind a career-high 23 kills from Lexi Sun, the No. 2 Nebraska volleyball team rallied from a 31-33 first-set defeat to beat Loyola Marymount in four sets (31-33, 25-19, 25-20, 27-25) on Saturday in front of a crowd of 8,037 at the Ameritas Players Challenge at the Devaney Center on Saturday.
Sun, who was named the tournament's MVP, added 14 digs to go with her 23 kills. She also had three blocks and served a pair of aces. Jazz Sweet tallied a season-high 14 kills on .387 hitting and had three blocks.
The Huskers (7-0) had a .256 to .221 hitting advantage, and NU had seven aces on the day, five more than LMU (4-5). Nebraska trailed by at least three points in all four sets, but the Huskers powered through to win the final three sets.
Nicklin Hames, also an all-tournament selection, had 51 assists and 17 digs, and Madi Kubik had 15 digs with eight kills. Libero Kenzie Knuckles had 13 digs.
The Huskers reached double-digit blocks for the second straight match, recording 11. Lauren Stivrins, the Huskers' third all-tournament team selection, had seven blocks and nine kills, hitting .316. Callie Schwarzenbach had four kills with a season-high seven kills.
Rose Booth had 20 kills and 11 digs for LMU. Savannah Slattery had 19 kills and 14 digs. Slattery was named to the all-tournament team.
Set 1: Loyola Marymount jumped out to a 7-5 lead after kills on four straight rallies. LMU led 10-7, but the Huskers chipped away with a kill by Sun and an ace by Hames to tie the score at 11-11. Kills by Sun, Sweet (twice) and Kubik put the Huskers back in front, 15-12. The Lions responded by coming back to take a 20-17 lead after three straight Husker miscues, an ace serve by Slattery and a kill by Emma Johnson. Kubik tipped a kill to get the Huskers out of the rotation, and she served an ace to pull NU within one, 20-19. Loyola remained in front, 22-20, but Sun placed a kill down the line and then tooled a block to tie the score at 22-22. But LMU got a kill from Rose Booth and benefited from a Husker hitting error to earn set point at 24-22. Sun terminated to keep the Huskers alive, and LMU hit wide to tie the set again, 24-24. Hames and Knuckles provided some athletic digs to keep the next rally alive, and Sweet posted a kill to give NU set point at 25-24. But Sun's next serve hit the net, and LMU's Meredith Teague served an ace to flip the score to LMU's favor, 26-25. Then the teams traded service errors before Sweet extended the set with another kill to make it 27-27. Serving continued to haunt both teams, as they each committed service errors. Booth gave LMU set point once again with a kill on the next rally, but Sun answered. Slattery put LMU back in front, 30-29, with her sixth kill, but the Lions then committed a net violation. LMU hit wide of the antenna to put the Huskers up 31-30, but Teague answered for LMU. Slattery followed with back-to-back kills to end the set in LMU's favor, 33-31. It was the highest scoring set NU has played since the 25-point rally-scoring era began in 2008.
Set 2: The Huskers fell behind 4-0 and had to play catch up throughout the early portion of the set. LMU led 14-12 when Stivrins and Hames stuffed an attack to cut it to 14-13. Sun then pounded her 10th kill to the set at 14-14 for the first time since 0-0. Two more kills by Sun put the Huskers in front, 16-15. Back-to-back kills by Sun and Schwarzenbach put the Huskers up by two, 18-16, and LMU took a timeout. The Lions took another timeout after the Huskers went up 20-18 on a kill by Sun and a block by Sweet and Schwarzenbach. Sweet then recorded three straight kills, and a two-hit violation on LMU and a block by Sweet and Stivrins gave NU the set, 25-19.
Set 3: Once again, a slow start had the Huskers playing from behind as LMU built a 7-4 lead with five early kills. Sun then took over with three kills and a block with Schwarzenbach on the next four rallies, putting NU in front, 8-7. The Huskers extended the lead to 16-9 with a 7-0 run served by Knuckles. Sweet had a pair of kills during the run, and Stivrins added a block and a kill. Stivrins continued her strong set with another block and a kill to take the Huskers to a 19-11 advantage. Kubik served an ace to make it 22-12 and gave NU a 24-15 lead with a kill. After LMU ripped off five points in a row, Schwarzenbach finally finished the set off, 25-20.
Set 4: The Lions bolted to an 11-6 lead. A pair of mental mistakes by LMU helped the Huskers slice the deficit to 13-10, but LMU answered with a pair of kills from Booth to go back up by five, 15-10. Schwarzenbach and Sweet answered with kills for Nebraska, and kills by Sweet and Kubik cut it to two, 16-14. LMU went up 19-15, but Sun terminated and Stivrins served an ace before Schwarzenbach and Hames produced a block to make it 19-18. Loyola tied the set at 23-23, 24-24 and 25-25, fending off Husker set points three times. But Stivrins added her ninth kill of the day before Booth hit wide for LMU, giving the Huskers the 27-25 win.
Up Next: Nebraska plays No. 1 Stanford on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Devaney Center. The match will be televised on BTN and streamed on FoxSports.com and the FoxSports app. Husker Sports Network radio affiliates will broadcast the match statewide, as well as on Huskers.com and the Huskers app.