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Nebraska has finalized an agreement to play Bethune-Cookman University on Oct. 27 at Memorial Stadium to fill an opening on the 2018 football schedule. The contest will replace the Huskers’ Sept. 1 game against Akron which was cancelled due to severe storms in Lincoln.

 

Bethune-Cookman plays in the Football Championship Subdivision and owns a 1-2 record in 2018, following a loss at Florida Atlantic last Saturday. The Wildcats compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and posted a 6-2 record in league play in 2017. Coach Terry Sims in his fourth season guiding the BCU program.

 

“Our great fans and our football student-athletes deserve a full schedule, and we are glad to be able to provide an additional game on Oct. 27 against Bethune-Cookman,” Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said. “We appreciate the patience of our fans through this process. While there may be some conflicts on what was originally a bye week, we know Memorial Stadium will be packed to watch the Huskers on a fall Saturday.

 

“I would like to thank Bethune-Cookman for their great cooperation as we put this agreement together. Athletic Director Lynn Thompson and Head Coach Terry Sims are excited to bring their team to Lincoln, and we look forward to their visit.”

 

Nebraska will pay Bethune-Cookman a guarantee of $800,000 for its trip to Lincoln. The game will be part of the Big Ten’s regular television package. Game time and television information will be available six to 12 days in advance of kickoff.

 

Ticket and Parking Information

Nebraska season ticket holders will receive a new ticket for the Oct. 27 game with Bethune-Cookman, and the original ticket from the Akron game will not be valid for admission. Delivery of tickets for the Oct. 27 game will be via e-mail, and those print at home tickets will be sent the week of Oct. 1. Individuals who do not have an e-mail connected to their account with the Ticket Office will receive printed tickets that will be sent via first class mail the week of Oct. 1.

 

Husker fans who purchase season parking permits through Nebraska Athletics will also receive a new parking permit for the Bethune-Cookman game. The permits will be sent via first class mail to accounts with season permits. Donors who purchase parking from the athletic department for the downtown garages will have the new game automatically added to their keycard.

 

Individuals who purchased single-game tickets for the Akron game through Nebraska Athletics will also receive new tickets for the Bethune-Cookman game. There are no refunds or exchanges for fans who purchased single-game tickets for the Akron game and cannot attend the Oct. 27 game. However, those fans can forward the e-mailed or paper tickets to friends or family or sell via Nebraska’s partner StubHub.

 

More detailed information on ticketing and parking will be posted on Huskers.com, and updated as needed.





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Greg Wagner Outdoor Report

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The Nebraska baseball team’s recruiting class has been ranked in the top 35 of Baseball America’s recruiting rankings, which was released this week.

After announcing its top 25 recruiting classes last week, Baseball America released its “Next 10” list in alphabetical order this week. NU is ranked between 26th and 35th nationally, along with Arkansas, Duke, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Oregon, Oregon State, Tennessee and Wake Forest. Nebraska is one of two Big Ten teams ranked in the top 35 recruiting classes by Baseball America, along with No. 24 Illinois.

The Huskers welcome 15 newcomers to the 2019 roster, including 11 freshmen, as the entire recruiting class made it to campus.

Two newcomers - Spencer Schwellenbach and Bo Blessie - were drafted in June 2018, but chose to come to Nebraska to play college baseball. Schwellenbach, an infielder/right-handed pitcher from Saginaw, Mich., was selected in the 34th round by the Cleveland Indians. Blessie, a right-handed pitcher from Midland, Texas, was drafted in the 36th round by the Washington Nationals.

Four newcomers - Aaron Palenksy, Trey Kissack, Ty Roseberry and Gareth Stroh – bring previous college baseball experience to NU’s roster.

Palensky is a sophomore outfielder from Papillion, Neb., who spent one season at Southeast Community College. Kissack is a junior right-handed pitcher from Grand Island, Neb., who played one season at UNC-Greensboro and one year at Southeast Community College.

Roseberry is a junior first baseman from Kearney, Neb., who transferred from Nebraska-Kearney. Stroh is a senior left-handed pitcher from Kearney (Gibbon High School), who spent two years at Purdue after spending one year at Coffeyville Community College. In 2017, he earned third-team All-Big Ten honors for the Boilermakers.

Of the 42 student-athletes on Nebraska’s roster, 27 return from last year’s squad, including Big Ten All-Freshman Team selections Jaxon Hallmark and Gunner Hellstrom. Hallmark started 50 games last season and ranked among the top five on the team in several statistical categories, including batting average (.261), hits (48) and RBIs (24). Hellstrom started 19 of his 26 appearances and hit .310, including at least one hit in 11 of his last 17 games with three multi-hit efforts.

Juniors Luke Roskam and Mojo Hagge were also among offensive team leaders in 2018, each ranking in the top four in batting average, hits, doubles and total bases. Senior infielder Angelo Altavilla, who earned third-team All-Big Ten honors in 2017, ranked in the top five of the 2018 team in home runs (5), runs scored (35), RBIs (28) and stolen bases (6).

Senior Matt Waldron led the 2018 pitching staff in ERA (4.26) and wins (6), while ranking second in strikeouts (61). Senior Mike Waldron became a key reliever for the Huskers last season, leading the team in appearances (21) and ranked in the top five of most statistical categories. The 2018 squad also saw double-digit outings from returners Paul Tillotson (16), Nate Fisher (15), Andrew Abrahamowicz (15), Byron Hood (14) and Ethan Frazier (13).





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NEBRASKA at MICHIGAN

SEPT. 22, 2018 | MICHIGAN STADIUM

ANN ARBOR, MICH. | 11 A.M. (CT)

BROADCAST INFO

TV - FS1 (Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Holly Sonders)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 83, XM 384
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App

HUSKERS

Record: 0-2, 0-0 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Troy, 24-19
Rankings: NR
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 19-9 (3rd Year)/0-2 (1st Year)
vs. Michigan: 0-1

WOLVERINES
Record: 2-1, 0-0 Big Ten
Last Game: def. SMY, 45-20
Rankings: 19 AP, 21 Coaches
Coach: Jim Harbaugh
Career/Michigan Record: 88-39 (11th Year)/30-12 (4th Year)
vs. Nebraska: 0-0

The Matchup

Nebraska takes to the road for the first time in 2018, traveling to Michigan for the Big Ten opener. The matchup between two of college football's iconic programs will kick off at Noon ET (11 a.m. CT) on Saturday at Michigan Stadium. The game will be televised on FS1 and available on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

Nebraska and Michigan both rank among the top five all-time in college football in victories and have combined to win 88 conference championships and play in 99 bowl games. Both schools have a history of national championships, most recently sharing the 1997 national title.

Nebraska will head to Ann Arbor looking for its first victory of 2018, following a second close home loss in a 24-19 setback against Troy. The Huskers controlled the stat sheet for a second straight win, but had three costly turnovers in dropping to 0-2.

Michigan will enter Saturday's game with a 2-1 record following a 45-20 victory over SMU on Saturday in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines dropped their opener at No. 8 Notre Dame, but have rolled to wins the past two weeks, outscoring the opposition 94-23. Michigan has made a statement in the running game, churning out 308 and 237 yards on the ground the past two weeks..

This Week's Numbers
10 - Nebraska and Michigan will be meeting for the 10th time on Saturday in Ann Arbor. The series is tied at 4-4-1, with Nebraska holding a 2-1 advantage since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011.

14 - Nebraska sophomore receiver JD Spielman will be playing in his 14th career game on Saturday at Michigan.Spielman needs 58 receiving yards to reach 1,000 career yards, which would mark the fastest Husker to the 1,000-yard plateau. Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers accomplished the feat in 16 games.

7 - Nebraska is one of only seven teams in the FBS to rank among the top 25 nationally in both rushing offense and rushing defense. The Huskers are the only Big Ten team in that group and join Air Force, Cincinnati, Georgia, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.

Nebraska-Michigan Series

Nebraska and Michigan will meet for the 10th time overall and the fourth time as Big Ten opponents on Saturday in Ann Arbor. The schools met each season from 2011 to 2013 as members of the Big Ten Legends Division.

This week's meeting is the first matchup between the schools since the Big Ten switched to an East-West Division format in 2014.

  • Nebraska owns a 2-1 record against the Wolverines in Big Ten matchups, including a 2013 victory at Michigan Stadium.
  • The schools have met in a pair of bowl games, splitting two closely contested games. Michigan defeated the Huskers, 27-23, in the Fiesta Bowl following the 1985 season. Nebraska won 32-28 over the Wolverines in the 2005 Alamo Bowl.
  • Nebraska is 2-2 against ranked Michigan teams, with the Wolverines ranked in four of the past five meetings.
  • Traditional Powers Set for Saturday Showdown

    Nebraska and Michigan are two of the most successful program in the history of college football. Michigan ranks first in college football history with 945 wins, while Nebraska is fifth at 893 victories.

    The Cornhusker football program has won five national championships, while Michigan has 12 national crowns in its history. The schools shared the 1997 national championship, with Nebraska earning the Coaches crown, and Michigan being named the AP national champs.

    Huskers Ready to Open Big Ten Conference Action

    Nebraska will begin the Big Ten portion of its 2018 schedule Saturday at Michigan. The game marks the start of the Huskers' eighth season of Big Ten competition.

  • The Huskers are 5-2 in Big Ten openers since joining the league in 2011.
  • Michigan is the fifth different school Nebraska has faced in a Big Ten opener. It also marks the second straight year, Nebraska has opened league play against an East Division foe, after defeating Rutgers in last year's Big Ten opener.
  • Nebraska has won 39 of its past 43 conference openers overall, with three of those losses against top-20 teams.
  • Overall, Nebraska is 91-21-2 all-time in conference openers (.807 winning percentage).
  • Saturday's game is also the first of five Big Ten road games in 2018. The Huskers are 3-4 in their first conference road game since joining the Big Ten. NU has won its last two conference road openers, picking up wins at Northwestern (2016) and Illinois (2017).
  • Huskers to Face Nationaly Ranked Wolverine Squad

    The trip to Ann Arbor on Saturday will mark Nebraska's first game of the 2018 season against a ranked opponent. Michigan enters the game ranked 19th in the Associated Press poll and No. 21 by the coaches.

    Nebraska has four upcoming games against teams in the AP poll including No. 4 Ohio State, No. 18 Wisconsin, No. 19 Michigan and No. 24 Michigan State.

  • Nebraska will be looking for its first win over a ranked opponent since a win over No. 22 Oregon in Lincoln in 2016. It would also be the highest ranked team Nebraska has defeated since a 39-38 win over No. 6 Michigan State in 2015.
  • The Huskers' last road win over a ranked opponent was a 17-14 win at No. 12 Penn State in 2011.
  • Head Coach Scott Frost led UCF to three consecutive wins against ranked teams to complete the 2017 season, capping the perfect campaign with a win over No. 7 Auburn in the Peach Bowl. Frost was 3-1 overall against ranked opponents at UCF, with the only loss at No. 5 Michigan in 2016.
  • Nebraska Set for Frost's First Big Ten Game

     Scott Frost will coach his first Big Ten Conference game on Saturday at No. 19 Michigan. The contest will also mark Frost’s first road game as Nebraska’s head coach and first time facing a ranked opponent at Nebraska.

  • The last first-year head coach to win his conference opener at Nebraska was Bill Callahan in 2004, when the Huskers defeated Kansas, 14-8, to open Big 12 play. Callahan is also the last first-year Husker to win his first road game, leading the Huskers to a 24-17 victory at Pittsburgh on Sept. 18, 2004.
  • The trip to Ann Arbor brings Frost back to the location of his first road game as a head coach. On Sept. 10, 2016, UCF lost to Michigan in the second game of Frost’s head coaching career.
  • Michigan also marked the first road game for Bob Devaney as Nebraska’s head coach. Devaney led Nebraska to a 25-13 victory over the Wolverines at the Big House on Sept. 29, 1962 in his second game as Husker head coach.
  • NU Looks to Keep Run Game Moving Against Wolverines

    Nebraska churned out 329 rushing yards in the opener against Colorado, and added 187 rushing yards against Troy.

    The rushing total against Colorado bettered Nebraska's season highs from 2017. In fact, the Huskers had 243 rushing yards by halftime, surpassing last year's single-game high of 225 yards against Arkansas State.

  • The 329 rushing yards were Nebraska's most yards on the ground since rushing for 458 yards against Illinois in 2014.
  • Nebraska surpassed 300 yards on the ground for the first time since rushing for 310 yards at Northwestern on Sept. 24, 2016.
  • Adrian Martinez (117) and running back Greg Bell (104) both cracked the century mark on the ground. That marked the first time Nebraska had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game since a 2014 win over Illinois.
  • Nebraska had a pair of runs of 40 yards or more against Colorado–a 41-yard touchdown by Martinez and a 45-yard rush by Bell. That was the first time Nebraska had two runs of at least 40 yards in a game since a 2014 win at Fresno State.
  • Nebraska was solid again on the ground against Troy, rushing for 187 yards. NU was again led on the ground by a true freshman, with Maurice Washington rushing 14 times for 92 yards.
  • Head Coach Scott Frost led a successful rushing attack in his previous meeting with Michigan. In a 2016 loss at Ann Arbor, UCF rushed for 275 yards, more rushing yards than Michigan has allowed in a single game in the subsequent 27 games.
  • Huskers Elect Four Captains

    Four Husker seniors were elected by their teammates as captains for the 2018 season. On offense, the captains are OG Jerald Foster and WR Stanley Morgan Jr. Representing the defense are NT Mick Stoltenberg and LB Luke Gifford.

    2018 Nebraska Team Captains
    Jerald Foster, Sr., OG, Lincoln, Neb.
    Stanley Morgan Jr., Sr., WR, New Orleans, La.
    Luke Gifford, Sr., LB, Lincoln, Neb.
    Mick Stoltenberg, Sr., NT, Gretna, Neb.

  • This marks the second straight season Nebraska has had three Nebraska natives as captains. Prior to last season Nebraska had not had three homegrown captains since 2001.
  • This marks the 13th straight season at least one native Nebraskan has been elected as a captain.
  • Foster and Gifford were teammates at Lincoln Southeast High School. This marks the first time high school teammates have served as captains in the same year since Jerry Tagge and Jim Anderson in 1971. Tagge and Anderson both went to high school at Green Bay West in Wisconsin. Foster and Gifford are the first pair on in-state high school teammates to serve as captains together.
  • Foster is serving as a captain for the second straight season, and becomes just the 11th two-time team captain in NU history. This marks the sixth straight season an offensive lineman has served as a captain.




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    Kearney, Neb. – The Emporia State Hornets scored 20 unanswered points and made a couple of late defensive stops to rally past Nebraska-Kearney, 20-17, Saturday afternoon at Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field.

    The Hornets (2-1) have now taken 11 of the last 13 meetings with the Lopers (2-1). UNK still leads the all-time series, 12-11.

    A Homecoming crowd of 6,217 saw the Lopers jump out to a 14-0 lead nine minutes into the action but the Hornets used a ball control offense to grab a 20-17 early in the fourth quarter. UNK got one first down after Emporia moved ahead for good but then was forced to punt.

    The winning touchdown came on fourth and one from the Loper eight-yard line with 10:43 left. For the second time on the day, senior quarterback Braxton Marstall had to chase down a high snap. This one went through his hands but bounced back right back to him. He managed to regain his composure and throw a dart to senior receiver Justin Brown from about 20 yards out (officially an eight-yard completion).  

    "Tale of two halves … Emporia did a good job with adjustments at halftime. I thought our defense did an outstanding job against a high-powered offense. Their offense controlled the clock in the second half and made us work," said Loper head coach Josh Lynn. "It does sting; it's Homecoming and we had a chance to win. But we didn't execute in the second half like we needed to in order to win."

    With 6:10 remaining, the Lopers got another crack at it and moved the ball from its own 24-yard line to the Hornet 15. The big gainer was a 20-yard pass completion from QB Alex McGinnis (Crete) to receiver Trey Lansman (Harlan, Ia.). On the previous play, ESU was called for pass interference on the 6-7 former basketball star.

    On third down, an apparent 15-yard TD toss from McGinnis to Lansman in the left corner of the end zone was ruled incomplete. True freshman Brian Covarrubias (Grand Island) then saw his 32-yard field goal bang high off the right post. He made a 31-yarder late in the first half to make 17-0.

    Kearney still had another chance to win or tie the game as the defense made a stop and the offense got the ball back at its own 43-yard line with 46 seconds left. McGinnis completed two passes for a total of 20 yards but then threw an incomplete pass with two ticks left. That setup a "Hail Mary" and the prayer wasn't answered an ESU defender hit McGinnis as he was winding up, resulting in an incomplete pass.

    Known for its quick passing game, Emporia ran 51 times for 204 yards (4.0 ypc) and two TD's. Veteran back Landon Nault ran 29 times for 124 yards with Marstall scrambling for 72 yards on nine carries.

    "The game plan was to make their running game beat us. We weren't going to let that excellent QB (Marstall) beat us. They moved it but holding that offense to 20 points is a good effort," said Lynn. "We've got to move the ball so our defense isn't on the field that long. And if you put up 17 points early, you've got to put up some more to win games."

    Emporia seemingly had the ball the entire third quarter when it scored 14 points and finished with 86 offensive plays to UNK's 71. At one point, the play differential was in the high 20's. Marstall completed 20 of 35 passes for 132 yards and that one TD. Eight different Hornets caught a pass led by Brown (five, 35 yds.) and Tyler Harris (five, 34 yds.).data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAPABAP///wAAACH5BAEKAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw%3D%3D

    The Hornets took the second half kickoff and marched 90 yards in 11 plays. They had a long drive to end the first half but an errant snap resulted in a 32-yard loss and wiped off a potential field goal try.

    UNK had three "three-and-outs" to start the second half and, after the second, the Hornets drove 46 yards in nine plays to make it 17-14. A pass interference penalty on fourth and eight from the UNK 33-yard line kept the drive alive. Overall, the Lopers were docked for 109 yards on nine penalties.

    The final scoring drive covered 55 yards and lasted 11 plays. ESU converted two third downs before the "lucky bounce" on fourth down.

    "Offensively, we didn't get anything going until late in the second half. We had some missed blocks in there and we were backed up on our side of the field (in the second half) and had to play conservatively. They did a good job of keeping us off the field by establishing drives and controlling the ball. That's what we like to do," said Lynn.

    UNK came in averaging 379 yards on the ground but mustered 189 today (3.7 ypc). McGinnis had team-highs in carries (21) and yards (73) with junior back Darrius Webb having 67 yards on 19 totes. He scored from nine and eight yards, respectively, to start the scoring.

    "Our double option scheme got going in the first half but they did a good job of shutting that down and making us go in between the tackles," said Lynn.

    Finishing with 316 yards, the Lopers took the opening kickoff and went 82 yards in 10 plays. Emporia then decided to go for it on fourth and five from the Loper 35-yard line. A Marstall pass deflected off the hands of a receiver and right into the hands of senior corner Malik Webb (Roper, N.C.).

    A 2017 All-MIAA pick, Webb raced 62 yards down the field to setup Webb's second score of the game. He finished the day with three tackles and two pass breakups.

    Linebackers Jace McDown and Gary Woods II (10) combined for 22 tackles to lead the Hornet defense while Loper inside backer Sal Silvio (Kansas City) had a game-high 15 stops. Next, junior safety Dallas Vaughn (St. Louis) was in on 12 tackles (eight solo) with senior end Tye Spies (Mullen) making eight. Finally, senior OLB Cliffond Taylor (Miami) had seven tackles and one of UNK's three TFL's.

    Both defenses had fourth down stops; Emporia when it trailed 14-0 late in the first quarter and UNK early in the third when it was up 17-7. Both efforts came in or near the red zone. 

    UNK heads to nationally-ranked Pittsburg State next Saturday night. 




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    LINCOLN, Neb. - The fourth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team finished non-conference play with its ninth straight win, defeating Missouri State 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-4) on Saturday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in front of a crowd of 8,149. The Huskers (9-1) wrapped up a 3-0 weekend to take the Husker Invite team title over the Bears (7-6), who had won their previous two matches in the tournament by sweeps.

    The Huskers put on a clinic, hitting .500 with just four attacking errors on 84 swings while holding the Bears to -.011 hitting. Nebraska's 25-4 win in set three matched its most decisive win in the 25-point rally scoring era (2001-present). The Huskers also won 25-4 against Louisiana-Monroe in 2013. 

    Lauren Stivrins had 11 kills and hit a career-best .714 on the night. Mikaela Foecke also had 11 kills and hit .478 without an error. She also added 11 digs. Lexi Sun chipped in nine kills and seven digs while hitting .368, and Jazz Sweet had eight kills on .500 hitting with five blocks.

    One night after posting a career-high 13 blocks, Callie Schwarzenbach led the Huskers again with nine blocks and added five kills on .417 hitting. Nicklin Hames set the Huskers to their season-high .500 hitting percentage with 35 assists and two kills on two attacks. 

    The Huskers out-blocked the Bears, 13-2, and had a 44-31 advantage in digs. Kenzie Maloney led all players with 17 digs, a season high for a three-set match. 

    Maloney was named the most valuable player of the Husker Invite. Foecke, Stivrins and Hames were also named to the all-tournament team.

    Set 1: Hames served the Huskers to a 4-0 lead to start the match, but the Bears answered with a 6-1 run to go up 6-5, thanks to consecutive service aces off the top of the net. Hames and Sweet posted back-to-back kills to regain a 12-10 lead for the Huskers. Stivrins terminated consecutive rallies to make it 19-16 Huskers, and the Huskers pulled away down the stretch for the 25-19 win with kills by Foecke and Sweet and a Foecke ace. The Huskers had a .419 to .083 advantage in hitting. Missouri State stayed close thanks to two more aces than the Big Red (3-1) and three fewer service errors (2-5). 

    Set 2: The Huskers got off to another good start with Hames serving a 5-0 run. Schwarzenbach was in on two blocks, and Foecke and Sweet had kills. Foecke and Schwarzenbach then struck kills before Sun stuffed a Missouri State attack for an 8-2 Husker lead. Later in the set, Schwarzenbach and Foecke fired kills before a Hames ace made it 17-8 Huskers. Nebraska continued to pile on with consecutive kills by Sun, Stivrins and Foecke, helping the Huskers to a 25-12 win.

    Set 3: Nebraska's strong starts continued as the Huskers opened up a 9-1 lead with Schwarzenbach posting four blocks and two kills. The Huskers were dominant from start to finish, closing the set at their biggest lead, 21 points. Nebraska had 16 kills on 23 swings (.696) and stuffed five Missouri State attacks. The Bears had three kills on 27 swings and hit -.148 in the set. 

    Up Next: The Huskers begin Big Ten play at home against No. 19 Michigan on Friday. The match will begin at 8 p.m. 

    2018 Husker Invite All-Tournament Team
    Kenzie Maloney, Nebraska (MVP)
    Mariessa Carrasco, New Mexico
    Aubrey Cheffey, Missouri State
    Laynie Dake, Missouri State
    Mikaela Foecke, Nebraska
    Nicklin Hames, Nebraska
    Lyza Myers, Central Michigan
    Lauren Stivrins, Nebraska




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    Lincoln – For the second straight week Nebraska out-yarded its opponent but could not overcome early turnovers in a 24-19 loss to Troy on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

    The Trojans, who are the defending Sun Belt Conference champions, improved to 2-1. Nebraska slipped to 0-2 while playing in front of the 363rd consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium.

    Nebraska managed 364 total yards with sophomore Andrew Bunch playing from start to finish at quarterback for the Big Red. Bunch completed 19-of-27 passes for 177 yards with two touchdowns, but he also threw a pair of interceptions. He added 23 rushing yards on 10 carries.

    As a team, the Huskers out-gained the Trojans 187-143 on the ground, but three first-half turnovers by Nebraska and a 58-yard punt return for a touchdown by Troy’s Cedarius Rookard helped the visitors jump out to a 17-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

    Maurice Washington led the Husker rushing attack with 92 yards on 14 carries, while Greg Bell added 68 yards on 14 totes.

    The Huskers also won the time of possession battle (32:54-27:06), but several big plays in the punting game sparked the Trojans. Not only did Rookard’s return for touchdown help Troy, Tyler Sumpter’s 79-yard punt after the Trojans’ opening offensive possession of the game and two other long punts helped Troy maintain a field position edge. He finished the game with a 53.8-yard-per-punt average.

    For the second consecutive week, the Huskers fought their way back starting with Bunch’s eight-yard touchdown strike to senior wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. with 3:02 left before halftime.

    Trailing 17-7 at the half, the Huskers helped themselves by recovering a fumbled punt by Troy inside its own 10-yard line on its opening touch of the second half. The mishandled punt was recovered by Nebraska’s Cam Taylor and set the Huskers up at the Troy 6. But the Huskers settled for Barret Pickering’s first career field goal from 23 yards out to cut the margin to 17-10 with 10:25 left in the third quarter.

    The Huskers appeared to have tied the score momentarily on a touchdown catch by JD Spielman, but Spielman’s run to the end zone after the catch was wiped away by a holding penalty, and the Huskers settled for Pickering’s 32-yard field goal to cut Troy’s lead to 17-13 with 3:02 left in the third.

    For the game, Nebraska was flagged 10 times for 77 yards, while Troy also committed 10 penalties for 95 yards.

    Troy then mounted its only sustained drive of the second half, marching 62 yards in 10 plays over 4:34 to go up 24-13 with 6:45 left in the contest.

    However the Huskers refused to quit, as Bunch and the Big Red answered with an 11-play, 75-yard drive capped by Spielman’s touchdown catch.

    The Blackshirts then forced a 3-and-out by Troy on the ensuing drive to give the ball back to Bunch and the offense at the NU 27 with 2:31 left in the game. But Nebraska’s chance to complete the comeback was short-lived, as Bunch was intercepted by Will Sunderland. The Trojans ran out the clock for the victory.

    Quarterback Kaleb Barker led the Trojans by completing 14-of-21 passes for 110 yards. He did not throw a touchdown pass but did toss one interception. He also rushed eight times for 12 yards.

    B.J. Smith provided the biggest plays for the Troy offense with 11 carries for 70 yards, including a pair of touchdowns. Sawyer Smith pitched in 60 rushing yards on just four carries, including a 57-burst in the first half to set up a Trojan score.

    Will Honas led the Husker defense with eight tackles, while Tre Neal pitched in seven stops for the Blackshirts. Lamar Jackson added his first career interception as one of Nebraska’s two turnovers forced.

    The Husker offense suffered from three turnovers on the afternoon, but Troy did not convert any of Nebraska’s turnovers directly to points.

    Nebraska will hit the road for the first time next week when they travel to the Big House to battle Michigan. Kick-off in Ann Arbor is set for 11 a.m. (CT) with live national coverage by FS1.




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    Thursday (09/13/2018)

    Central Valley 72, Elgin Public/Pope John 22
    Clearwater-Orchard 58, West Holt 6
    Creighton Preparatory School 35, Millard North 14
    Lincoln Northeast 24, Norfolk 21
    Lincoln Southwest 30, Elkhorn 0
    Omaha Northwest 45, Omaha Benson 7
    Omaha Roncalli Catholic 62, Ralston 23

    Friday (09/14/2018)

    Adams Central 21, Gothenburg 0
    Allen 34, Winside 0
    Alliance 35, Brush, CO 26
    Ansley-Litchfield 32, Cambridge 30
    Aquinas Catholic 28, Ponca 14
    Archbishop Bergan 27, Stanton 14
    Ashland-Greenwood 54, Boys Town 14
    Auburn 35, Omaha Concordia 28
    Aurora 42, Northwest 27
    BDS 52, Lourdes Central Catholic 26
    Battle Creek 35, ONeill 0
    Bellevue West 38, Elkhorn South 3
    Bishop Neumann 53, Lincoln Christian 6
    Blair 14, Norris 0
    Boone Central/Newman Grove 35, Arlington 6
    Brady 51, Wallace 0
    Broken Bow 28, Chadron 8
    Centennial 41, Sutton 22
    Centura 43, Hershey 20
    Chase County 45, Holdrege 7
    Clarkson/Leigh 58, Parkview Christian 38
    Columbus 28, Fremont 14
    Columbus Lakeview 27, Wayne 6
    Cozad 14, Sidney 7
    Creek Valley 76, Maywood-Hayes Center 38
    Creighton 60, Homer 14
    Crete 56, South Sioux City 8
    Deshler 68, Eustis-Farnam 26
    Doniphan-Trumbull 55, Southern Valley 0
    Dundy County-Stratton 66, Kimball 24
    EMF (Exeter-Milligan/Friend) 62, Thayer Central 20
    Fairbury 28, Falls City 14
    Freeman 34, Sandy Creek 14
    Fullerton 30, Cross County 20
    Gordon-Rushville 28, Bennett County, SD 6
    Grand Island 56, North Platte 0
    Gross Catholic 42, Schuyler 0
    Hartington Cedar Catholic 41, David City 17
    Harvard 68, Sterling 36
    Hastings 51, Gering 7
    Hastings St. Cecilia 41, Wood River 6
    Heartland 66, Nebraska Lutheran 0
    Heartland Lutheran 56, Santee 0
    Humphrey St. Francis 76, Giltner 40
    Johnson County Central 41, Yutan 6
    Johnson-Brock 66, Lawrence-Nelson 14
    Kearney 35, Papillion-LaVista South 7
    Kearney Catholic 43, Ogallala 26
    Kenesaw 74, Twin Loup 7
    Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 52, Osmond 24
    Lincoln High 19, Lincoln Pius X 16
    Lincoln Lutheran 26, Milford 13
    Lincoln North Star 21, Omaha South 6
    Lincoln Southeast 14, Lincoln East 12
    Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS) 38, Fort Calhoun 13
    McCook 63, Beatrice 3
    McCool Junction 64, Silver Lake 12
    Meridian 52, Tri County 24
    Millard West 34, Millard South 27
    Minatare 61, Cody-Kilgore 34
    Minden 41, Fillmore Central 7
    Mitchell 30, Bridgeport 28
    Mount Michael Benedictine 27, Plattsmouth 13
    Norfolk Catholic 49, BRLD 14
    North Bend Central 41, Grand Island Central Catholic 37
    North Platte St. Patrick's 17, Gibbon 7
    Oakland-Craig 63, Syracuse 26
    Omaha Burke 41, Omaha North 24
    Omaha Central 60, Omaha Bryan 14
    Omaha Skutt Catholic 42, York 37
    Omaha Westside 49, Gretna 13
    Ord 44, Central City 14
    Osceola-High Plains 69, Elkhorn Valley 38
    Overton 68, Loomis 0
    Palmyra 60, Southern 59
    Papillion-LaVista 61, Bellevue East 0
    Pierce 59, Columbus Scotus 21
    Plainview 66, Emerson-Hubbard 52
    Randolph 68, Pender 8
    Raymond Central 30, Nebraska City 28
    Red Cloud 66, Elba 13
    Riverside 70, Cedar Bluffs 6
    Sandhills/Thedford 44, Paxton 8
    Scottsbluff 48, Sterling, CO 18
    Seward 56, Bennington 21
    Shelby-Rising City 44, Superior 8
    St. Paul 47, Malcolm 0
    Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 52, Spalding Academy 46
    Sutherland 44, Southwest 12
    Tekamah-Herman 44, Conestoga 8
    Twin River 39, Crofton 19
    Wahoo 60, Platteview 0
    Wakefield 70, Lutheran High Northeast 66
    Waverly 48, Lexington 7
    West Point-Beemer 47, Douglas County West 27
    Wilber-Clatonia 46, Louisville 17
    Wilcox-Hildreth 76, St. Edward 22
    Winner, SD 26, Valentine 20
    Wisner-Pilger 68, Madison 20




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    LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team began the Husker Invite with an efficient sweep of Central Michigan on Friday, 25-18, 25-15, 25-11, at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

    The Huskers (7-1) won their seventh straight match behind nine kills each from Mikaela Foecke and Lauren Stivrins and seven kills from Jazz Sweet. Nebraska dominated at the service line with an 8-0 advantage in aces and five fewer errors than the Chippewas (13-8).

    The Huskers out-hit Central Michigan, .347 to .150, including an impressive .750 hitting percentage in set three with 12 kills on 16 swings. NU had a 9-2 advantage in blocks and a 34-27 edge in kills.

    Foecke, Sweet and Stivrins combined for 25 of the Huskers' 34 kills on .458 hitting. Nicklin Hames had 24 assists and seven digs with a pair of aces. Callie Schwarzenbach led all players with five blocks and chipped in four kills. Hayley Densberger served three of the Huskers' eight aces. She and Kenzie Maloney each had seven digs.

    Central Michigan was led by Lyza Myers and Savannah Thompson, both with eight kills.

    Set 1: Nebraska led 15-10 at the media timeout, thanks in part to five service errors by the Chippewas and three kills by Sweet. Back-to-back Foecke kills extended the lead to 20-14, and the Huskers took the first frame, 25-18. Foecke and Sweet combined for nine kills and no errors.

    Set 2: NU jumped out to a 7-2 lead with two kills by Stivrins and a Maloney ace. Densberger served three aces during a 5-0 run that increased the lead to 21-9, and Nebraska finished off the 25-15 on an Anezka Szabo kill.

    Set 3: A 4-0 spurt, keyed by back-to-back blocks by Schwarzenbach, put the Huskers ahead 9-5. Hames served consecutive aces, and Schwarzenbach and Sweet combined for another block to make it 13-6. The Huskers rolled to the 25-11 win, scoring 21 of the last 28 points.

    Up Next: The Huskers host New Mexico at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in their second match of the day. New Mexico was swept by Missouri State in the morning match.





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    Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team continued preparations for Saturday's game against Troy with a helmets-only practice inside the Hawks Championship Center on Thursday morning. Head Coach Scott Frost addressed the media following the practice and gave an update on what will factor into his decision on whether or not to start quarterback Adrian Martinez.

    "It's strictly physical. We have to make sure we can run all the things we want to run, and he's healthy enough to be able to protect himself,” Frost said. “The biggest thing is that we have to make sure he's healthy enough that there's no added risk to further injury."

    Frost also commented on when he might make the decision regarding Saturday’s starting quarterback.

    "It might be two minutes before kickoff,” Frost said. “(Martinez) is going to be out there warming up, he's looked really good, getting better. I don't know if it will be this week and I don't know if it will be next week, he might look great tomorrow and be ready to go. He might not look great a week from Friday. I feel really good about where he is right now considering how the play looked, but right now it's just day to day.”

    Frost also commented on backup quarterback Andrew Bunch, and the confidence he has in him if Bunch were to start on Saturday.

    "He's looked great. He looked really great when he came in (against Colorado). That was a tough situation he came into the other day and he operated well,” Frost said. “He got us down and threw a pass that probably should've won us the game, and then got us down in striking distance to win the game a second time. If it's him, we're going to run our offense and when he's had his opportunities he's looked really good."

    Frost also touched on the staff’s' message to the players on facing an “underdog” this week in Troy, who won at LSU last season.

    "We've been talking to them about it,” Frost said. “Every game matters. For us, we're going to approach every game the same, but I've coached at a place like (Troy), and when you go play a game like this, it's like the super bowl for them.”

    “It's a great opportunity for a team to come into an environment like this and try to win, and they did it last year, they went into LSU, one of the best environments in the country, and beat them pretty handily, so I think our guys know what they are in for. They're going to play a really well coached team that's going to play their butts off, and we have to play harder than them."

    Nebraska faces off against Troy on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. with television coverage on the Big Ten Network and radio coverage on the Husker Sports Network.





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