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Thursday (09/28/2017)

Arlington 34, Douglas County West 13
Bloomfield 42, North Central 8
Central City 54, Twin River 7
Central Valley 58, Ansley-Litchfield 30
Columbus Lakeview 42, Columbus Scotus 41
Creighton Preparatory School 42, Papillion-LaVista South 12
Elkhorn South 45, Seward 7
Fort Calhoun 31, Omaha Concordia 13
Fremont 27, Lincoln Northeast 21
Gibbon 57, Sandy Creek 7
Kearney 42, Millard North 0
Kenesaw 82, Franklin 7
Lincoln High 48, Omaha Central 0
Lincoln North Star 35, Omaha Northwest 21
Norfolk 41, Bellevue East 6
Omaha Burke 35, Omaha Westside 28
Papillion-LaVista 49, Omaha Benson 26
Ralston 33, Platteview 30
Wauneta-Palisade 55, Wallace 34

Friday (09/29/2017)

Adams Central 35, Grand Island Central Catholic 7
Anselmo-Merna 44, Brady 42
Aquinas Catholic 40, David City 0
Arapahoe 76, Loomis 14
Arcadia-Loup City 36, Centura 0
Archbishop Bergan 12, Logan View 7
Auburn 53, Conestoga 7
Aurora 56, Crete 27
Axtell 36, Shelton 14
BDS 57, Sterling 20
BRLD 50, Tekamah-Herman 14
Beatrice 41, South Sioux City 0
Bellevue West 72, Omaha South 7
Blair 52, Plattsmouth 27
Blue Hill 40, Lawrence-Nelson 24
Boone Central/Newman Grove 43, Ord 15
Boys Town 26, Bishop Neumann 8
Bridgeport 36, Kimball 7
CWCE 44, Ainsworth 22
Cambridge 72, Alma 6
Centennial 21, St. Paul 12
Chadron 30, Ogallala 0
Chase County 40, Gordon-Rushville 12
Clarkson/Leigh 36, Neligh-Oakdale 20
Clearwater-Orchard 62, Boyd County 6
Cody-Kilgore 19, Sioux County 6
Cozad 53, Minden 6
Creighton 84, Niobrara/Verdigre 0
Crofton 15, Stanton 8
Deshler 68, Red Cloud 18
Diller-Odell 1, Omaha Christian Academy 0 (Forfeit)
Doniphan-Trumbull 14, Hastings St. Cecilia 7
East Butler 50, Nebraska Lutheran 28
Elm Creek 60, Amherst 6
Elmwood-Murdock 14, Malcolm 0
Emerson-Hubbard 36, Winside 14
Eustis-Farnam 68, Hitchcock County 32
Exeter-Milligan 58, Weeping Water 6
Fairbury 69, Ashland-Greenwood 8
Falls City Sacred Heart 61, Meridian 8
Friend 1, Mead 0 (Forfeit)
Garden County 70, Sandhills/Thedford 20
Gothenburg 21, Broken Bow 10
Gretna 49, Bennington 0
Gross Catholic 28, Mount Michael Benedictine 0
Harvard 62, Elwood 20
Hastings 49, Alliance 14
Hay Springs 54, Minatare 46
Heartland 82, Thayer Central 24
Hemingford 51, Sutherland 6
Homer 50, Omaha Nation 6
Howells-Dodge 58, Elgin Public/Pope John 22
Humphrey St. Francis 74, Scribner-Snyder 6
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 80, High Plains Community 34
Hyannis 60, Arthur County 47
Johnson County Central 62, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 0
Kearney Catholic 56, Mitchell 37
Lexington 35, Gering 19
Lincoln Christian 41, Raymond Central 0
Lincoln Lutheran 35, Freeman 20
Lincoln Pius X 49, Lincoln Southeast 21
Lincoln Southwest 34, North Platte 0
Louisville 28, Syracuse 13
Lourdes Central Catholic 42, Johnson-Brock 32
Maxwell 68, Morrill 18
McCook 17, Scottsbluff 14
Medicine Valley 42, Southwest 6
Milford-Dorchester 50, Southern 8
Millard South 38, Grand Island 17
Millard West 70, Omaha Bryan 0
Mullen 86, Crawford 46
Norfolk Catholic 35, O'Neill 0
Norris 48, Nebraska City 21
North Platte St. Patrick's 55, Bayard 13
Northwest 49, Holdrege 12
Oakland-Craig 61, Wisner-Pilger 12
Omaha North 44, Lincoln East 7
Omaha Roncalli Catholic 44, Schuyler 0
Omaha Skutt Catholic 39, Columbus 7
Osceola 38, Fullerton 12
Osmond 32, Stuart 22
Overton 32, Bertrand 28
Parkview Christian 50, Pawnee City 48
Paxton 76, Leyton 22
Perkins County 66, Dundy County-Stratton 58
Pierce 50, Wayne 34
Plainview 54, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 22
Ponca 28, Battle Creek 20
Randolph 48, Allen 22
Riverside 1, Santee 0 (Forfeit)
Shelby-Rising City 42, Fillmore Central 13
Silver Lake 76, Maywood-Hayes Center 12
South Loup 56, Ravenna 6
South Platte 67, Potter-Dix 30
Spalding Academy 66, Elba 0
St. Mary's 46, Elkhorn Valley 36
Superior 68, McCool Junction 63
Sutton 74, Cross County 7
Tri County 49, Cedar Bluffs 6
Twin Loup 57, Pleasanton 0
Valentine 15, Hershey 0
Wahoo 49, North Bend Central 6
Walthill 55, St. Edward 32
Waverly 28, Elkhorn 27
West Holt 37, Burwell 7
West Point-Beemer 54, Madison 20
Wilber-Clatonia 41, Palmyra 6
Wilcox-Hildreth 1, McPherson County 0
Winnebago 60, Pender 42
Wood River 35, Southern Valley 20
Wynot 56, Wausa 34
York 42, Sidney 7
Yutan 1, Omaha Brownell Talbot 0 (Forfeit)

Saturday (09/30/2017)

Hampton 47, Heartland Lutheran 12
Hartington Cedar Catholic 40, Lutheran High Northeast 16
Palmer 30, Nebraska Christian 6





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GAME 6: NEBRASKA vs. WISCONSIN

OCT. 7, 2017 | MEMORIAL STADIUM

LINCOLN, NEB. | 7 p.m. (CT)

 

BROADCAST INFO

TV - BTN
RADIO - Husker Sports Network
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 81, XM 81
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com

 

HUSKERS

Record: 3-2, 2-0 Big Ten
Last Game: def. Illinois, 28-6
Rankings: NR
Coach: Mike Riley
Career/NU Record: 111-93 (17th Year)/18-13 (3rd Year)
vs. Wisconsin: 1-3

 

BADGERS
Record: 4-0, 1-0 Big Ten
Last Game: def. Northwestern, 33-24
Rankings: AP-9; Coaches-8
Coach: Paul Chryst
Career/WIS Record: 44-25 (6th Year)/25-6 (3rd Year)
vs. Nebraska: 2-0

The Matchup

Nebraska returns to Lincoln for a difficult two-game homestand at Memorial Stadium, beginning with a Saturday night matchup against No. 9 Wisconsin. The Big Ten West Division showdown is set for shortly after 7 p.m. CT, with national television coverage on BTN and radio coverage on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

The Huskers come into the game with a 3-2 record and a 2-0 mark in the Big Ten Conference following a 28-6 win against Illinois last Friday. The Huskers continued to play outstanding defense in the victory, holding Illinois to just two field goals and 199 total yards. The Blackshirt defense has allowed just 23 points in its past 14 quarters of football. The Husker offense also excelled at Illinois, scoring touchdowns on all three of its first half possessions.

Wisconsin will bring a perfect 4-0 record and a 1-0 mark in Big Ten play to Lincoln. The Badgers opened conference play with a 33-24 victory over Northwestern on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. Coach Paul Chryst's squad is ranked ninth in the Associated Press Poll this week and No. 8 according to the USA Today Coaches Poll.

The Badgers feature a balanced offensive attack, averaging 233 yards on the ground and 226 yards per game through the air. Wisconsin also features one of the Big Ten's top defenses, allowing just 13.5 points and 247.0 yards per game.

 

Nebraska Football Top 10

• Nebraska is 892-374-40 all-time, one of only 10 schools with 800 wins.

  • The Cornhuskers rank fourth all-time with their 892 victories.
  • Nebraska has won five national titles (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997).
  • The Huskers have won 46 conference championships.
  • Nebraska’s 53 all-time bowl appearances rank second in NCAA history.
  • Three Huskers have won the Heisman Trophy (Rodgers, Rozier, Crouch).
  • Nebraska’s 107 football Academic All-Americans lead the nation.
  • The Huskers have 110 first-team All-Americans in school history.
  • Nebraska football is the only team in any sport in NCAA history to total 100 athletic and academic All-Americans.
  • Memorial Stadium has been sold out every game since Nov. 2, 1962, a streak of 357 consecutive sellouts.
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    Nebraska-Wisconsin Series

    • Nebraska and Wisconsin are playing for the Freedom Trophy for their fourth season in 2017. The trophy debuted in 2014 when the schools started competing in the Big Ten West Division and meeting each season.

  • Nebraska and Wisconsin have met six times since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011, with the Badgers holding a 5-1 advantage. The teams have split two games in Lincoln.
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    Riley, Chryst Share Long History

    Nebraska Head Coach Mike Riley and Wisconsin head man Paul Chryst are both in their third seasons at their respective schools, but have a long history.

    Chryst worked for Riley on two different occasions at Oregon State, and was also on Riley's staff with the World League's San Antonio Riders.

    Chryst served as the Beavers' offensive coordinator in 2003 and 2004 when Riley returned to Corvallis. Chryst was also on the OSU staff in 1997 and 1998 as an assistant coach. The two first worked together in 1991 and 1992 when Chryst was an offensive assistant on Riley's San Antonio staff.

     

    Nebraska, Wisconsin Ties

    The ties between Riley and Chryst are far from the only Nebraska-Wisconsin connections.

  • Nebraska Interim Director of Athletics Dave Rimington served as a graduate assistant coach at Wisconsin under Barry Alvarez. Rimington was on the Wisconsin staff in the early 1990s, helping the Badgers to the 1993 Rose Bowl. Rimington earned a master's degree in international business from Wisconsin in 1992.
  • Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and a former Blackshirt. Alvarez lettered as a linebacker for Coach Bob Devaney's Huskers from 1965 to 1967.
  • Wisconsin assistants Ted Gilmore (2005 to 2010) and Joe Rudolph (2007) both spent time on the Nebraska coaching staff.
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    Huskers, Badgers Have Recent History of Late-Game Drama

    The two most recent meetings between Nebraska and Wisconsin have provided for dramatic finishes.

    Wisconsin escaped the 2015 game in Lincoln with a 23-21 victory after connecting on a field goal in the game's final seconds. Nebraska had taken the lead in the final four minutes of the contest, before losing in the waning seconds. That loss was one of four games in 2015 Nebraska lost on the opponent's final play or in overtime.

    Last season, No. 7 Nebraska lost a 23-17 overtime decision to the 11th-ranked Badgers in Madison. The Huskers rallied from a 17-7 fourth-quarter deficit to force the extra session, but the Badgers prevailed in overtime.

  • The two most recent matchups between Nebraska and Wisconsin in Lincoln (2012, 2015) have been decided by a total of five points.
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    Riley Hopes for Continued Success vs. Ranked Opponents

    Nebraska will likely face back-to-back ranked teams in its next two games. Wisconsin is ranked ninth in the Associated Press Poll heading into this week's game. Ohio State will visit Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14 and is currently ranked No. 10th in the country.

  • Mike Riley-coached teams have 16 wins over ranked teams in his 17 seasons as a college coach, 14 at Oregon State and Husker wins over Michigan State in 2015 and Oregon in 2016.
  • The 2015 win over No. 6 Michigan State marked the sixth top-10 opponent a Riley-coached team defeated since 2006. The win was Nebraska's first over a top-10 opponent since October of 2011.
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    Huskers Look to Defeat Top-10 Foe in Lincoln

    The opportunity against a top-10 opponent at Memorial Stadium is not a new occasion for Nebraska.

  • The win over No. 6 Michigan State in 2015 was Nebraska's first over a top-10 opponent since a 24-3 victory over No. 9 Michigan State in 2011.
  • An unranked Nebraska team has defeated a top 10 foe three times in school history, most recently the 2015 win over MSU.
  • Nebraska has won six of its past nine matchups against ranked teams at Memorial Stadium dating back to 2009.
  • Nebraska has won three of its past four gameas at Memorial Stadium against top-10 opponents dating back to 2010.
  • The Huskers are 3-2 against ranked Big Ten teams at Memorial Stadium since 2011.
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    Nebraska Looks to Extend Prime-Time Home Dominance

    Memorial Stadium is always a tough environment for visiting teams in Lincoln. That is never more true than in night games at Memorial Stadium.

    The Huskers have won 20 straight home night games in Lincoln. NU is 46-5 all-time in Memorial Stadium night games. Included in the 20-game home night win streak was a 30-27 win over Wisconsin in 2012.

  • The Huskers’ dominance at night in Lincoln has been impressive, as 33 of the home night wins have been by at least 13 points.
  • Nebraska’s five losses in home night games have all come against teams that won at least 10 games in that season (Washington, 1991; Texas, 2002; USC, 2007; Virginia Tech and Missouri, 2008).
  • Nebraska is 1-0 in home night games this season, defeating Arkansas State 43-36 in the season opener.
  • Nebraska's most recent loss in a night game at Memorial Stadium came against No. 4 Missouri in 2008.
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    Nebraska to Honor 1997 National Title Team
    Nebraska will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1997 national championship team this weekend, including a Friday night banquet and recognition on the field on Saturday.

  • The 1997 Huskers (13-0) won the fifth national title in school history and third in four years. Nebraska was voted No. 1 in the coaches' poll, while Michigan (12-0) was voted No. 1 in the Associated Press poll.
  • The 1997 season marked Tom Osborne's final season on the Husker sideline, as the Hall-of-Fame coach capped his career with a 42-17 win over No. 3 Tennessee in the Orange Bowl.
  • Nebraska's senior class capped a remarkable run with its 1997 national title. In their four seasons, the Husker seniors compiled a 49-2 record with three undefeated national championship seasons.
  • 13 Numbers on NU's 13-0 1997 Season

    255—Head Coach Tom Osborne capped his Hall of Fame career in 1997 with his third national title, finishing his 25-year career with 255 victories.

    60—Nebraska’s 1997 season culminated a five-year run that saw the Huskers post a 60-3 record and win three national championships.

    30—NU’s average margin of victory in its 13 wins, including eight victory of 28 points or more.

    513.7—Nebraska’s total offense per game average which ranked first in the country.

    392.7—Nebraska ranked first in the nation by averaging 392.7 yards rushing per game. NU ran for at least 335 yards in all 13 games.

    47.1—Nebraska led the nation in scoring, averaging better than 47 points per game. The Huskers scored at least 42 points eight times in 1997.

    17—Nebraska had 17 individual 100-yard rushing games in 1997, including 12 by I-back Ahman Green.

    1,000—Senior quarterback Scott Frost topped 1,000 yards both rushing and receiving and was the first Husker to accomplish that feat.

    44—The Nebraska defense recorded 44 sacks during the season, including eight games with at least four sacks of opposing quarterbacks.

    257.3—Nebraska allowed opponents 257.3 yards of total offense per game to rank fifth nationally in total defense. The Huskers held eight opponents to 260 or fewer yards.

    73.4—The Blackshirts allowed opponents to rush for an average of 73.4 yards per game and ranked third in the nation in rush defense. Five opponents gained less than 50 yards rushing in 1997.

    3—Nebraska had three first-team All-Americans in 1997—offensive guard Aaron Taylor, defensive tackle Jason Peter and defensive end Grant Wistrom. Ahman Green earned second-team All-America honors.

    2—Senior Grant Wistrom and junior Joel Makovicka earned first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors during the 1997 season.

     

    Husker Great Dave Rimington Serving at Interim A.D.

    Dave Rimington, a native of Omaha and a two-time Husker All-American, is serving as Nebraska's Interim Director of Athletics. Rimington was named to the post by Chancellor Ronnie Green on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

    Widely considered to be the greatest center in college football history, Rimington is president of the New York-based Boomer Esiason Foundation. He has agreed to take a leave of absence from the foundation to lead Nebraska Athletics on an interim basis. The appointment is scheduled for up to 60 days.

    A four-year letter winner at Nebraska, Rimington is the only player to win the Outland Trophy in consecutive years – 1981 and 1982 – and is among the most decorated offensive linemen in college football history. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of fame in 1997 and is one of just 25 Huskers to have his jersey retired.

     

    Riley in Third Season at Helm of Husker Program

    Head Coach Mike Riley is in his third season as the Nebraska head coach in 2017. Riley has guided the Huskers to an 18-13 record.

  • Riley is in his 26th season as a head coach, tying for the second-most experience of any FBS head coach entering the 2017 season.
  • Riley is one of eight active FBS head coaches who also has experience as an NFL head coach.
  • Riley owns 16 victories over nationally ranked opponents during his college head coaching tenure.
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    Jaimes Joins Rare Club for NU Offensive Linemen

    True freshman Brenden Jaimes earned his first career start against Rutgers. Jaimes started at right tackle where senior David Knevel and redshirt freshman Matt Farniok were both limited by injury.

    A native of Austin, Texas, Jaimes became just the fifth true freshman offensive lineman to start a game at Nebraska since 1972, and the first since 2011. Jaimes is also just the 11th offensive lineman to play at Nebraska as a true freshman.

    The status of Knevel and Farniok for this week's game at Illinois remains uncertain.

    True Freshman OL Starters in Nebraska History (Since 1972)
    • Matt Slauson, OG (3 games, 2005)
    • Jacob Hickman, C (1 game, 2006)
    • Javorio Burkes, OT (3 games, 2007)
    • Tyler Moore, OT (4 games, 2011)
    • Brenden Jaimes, OT (2 game, 2017)

     





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    The Big Ten Conference announced on Monday morning that Nebraska’s Oct. 14 game against Ohio State at Memorial Stadium will kick off at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised nationally on FS1.

    Game time's for four of NU's final five games of the season are still TBA. As of now, after the Ohio State game the only game with a set time is the Iowa game on Friday, Nov. 24, which is set for 3 p.m.

    Check Huskers.com for the latest information. The Husker football schedule can be found here.





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    Lincoln – Nebraska linebacker Ben Stille was honored Monday by the Big Ten for his performance against Illinois, as he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

    Stille, a redshirt freshman from Ashland, Neb., shined with four tackles, including three tackles for loss, and his first career sack in Nebraska’s 28-6 win over Illinois. His three tackles for loss were the most by any Husker in 2017 and his five-yard sack in the first quarter helped NU hold Illinois to a field goal after they had first-and-goal at the NU 3-yard line. Stille’s performance helped limit Illinois to 199 total yards, while the six points allowed by the Blackshirts was their lowest in a road contest since 2006.

    On the season, the 6-foot-5 linebacker has seven tackles in his two appearances, and shares NU’s team lead with four tackles for loss.

    The Huskers return to action Saturday night, as they host No. 9 Wisconsin at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for shortly after 7 p.m. and the game will be carried nationally by BTN and on the IMG Husker Sports Radio Network.






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    MATCH 13: #8 NEBRASKA vs. #3 MINNESOTA

    SEPT. 29, 2017 | 5 P.M. (CT)

    LINCOLN, NEB. | BOB DEVANEY SPORTS CENTER

     

    BROADCAST INFO

    TV - BTN
    ONLINE - BTN2GO.com
    RADIO - Husker Sports Network
    INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com
    LIVE STATS - Huskers.com

     

    MATCH 14: #8 NEBRASKA vs. #7 WISCONSIN

    SEPT. 30, 2017 | 7 P.M. (CT)
    LINCOLN, NEB. | BOB DEVANEY SPORTS CENTER

     

    BROADCAST INFO

    TV - NET
    ONLINE - BTN2GO.com
    RADIO - Husker Sports Network
    INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com
    LIVE STATS - Huskers.com


    The eighth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team welcomes No. 3 Minnesota and No. 7 Wisconsin to the Bob Devaney Sports Center for two key Big Ten matches this weekend. Nebraska (9-3, 2-0 Big Ten) and Minnesota (12-1, 1-1 Big Ten) will play at 5 p.m. on Friday on BTN and BTN2GO.com. The Huskers will battle the Badgers (10-1, 1-1 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. on Saturday on NET and BTN2GO.com.

    Husker Sports Network will broadcast all the action on HSN affiliates including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha on Friday. Saturday’s match will air on AM 590 in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com and on the official Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 24th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren Cook, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.

     

    Huskers to Retire Jordan Larson’s Jersey
    Former Husker All-American and two-time Olympian Jordan Larson will have her jersey retired on Friday during intermission. Larson will be the eighth former Husker to have her jersey retired and the first since Nancy (Meendering) Metcalf in 2011. Larson was a three-time All-American from 2006 to 2008 and led the Huskers to the 2006 NCAA title. The Hooper, Nebraska native is one of only five Huskers to record more than 1,000 kills and digs in a career and finished her career with a school-record 186 service aces.

    Following her collegiate career, Larson joined the U.S. National Team on a full-time basis and competed in the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Olympics, earning a silver and bronze medal, respectively. She helped Team USA win the gold medal at the 2014 FIVB World Championships, the first-ever major tournament gold medal for the U.S. Women’s National Team. Larson has collected numerous professional accolades, including most valuable player of the CEV Champions League in 2014-15, most valuable player of the 2015 FIVB Club World Championships, and USA Volleyball’s Indoor Female Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016.

     

    Fans Can Participate in Pregame Light Show
    This weekend fans are encouraged to participate in a special pregame light show by downloading the Husker Lights app on their phones and holding them up during Nebraska player introductions. The app is available on both Apple and Android devices.

     

    About the Huskers
    • The Huskers began the Big Ten slate with a perfect 2-0 record on opening weekend, sweeping No. 2 Penn State and Rutgers on the road. Annika Albrecht was named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week and the Big Ten Player of the Week for the first time in her career after averaging 5.17 kills on .400 hitting last weekend. Albrecht had a career-high 19 kills with six digs and four blocks at Penn State. Kelly Hunter was named the Big Ten Setter of the Week with 12.33 assists per set in the two sweeps.
    • Nebraska is 13th nationally and second in the Big Ten in kills per set at 14.55.
    • Nebraska ranks 14th nationally in opponent hitting percentage at .142, a mark that ranks third in the Big Ten.
    • The highest opponent hitting percentage against the Huskers this season is .232 by Northern Iowa. The Huskers have held their first 12 opponents under .250 hitting for the first time since 2013.
    • Mikaela Foecke leads the Huskers with 3.28 kills per set and is averaging 2.62 digs per set. The junior has four double-doubles this season.
    • Albrecht is averaging 3.05 kills per set and 2.78 digs per set. Her 122 kills in 12 matches this season equals her combined total through her first three years at Nebraska.
    • Over the last four matches, Albrecht is averaging 4.69 kills per set on .371 hitting. She has at least 12 kills in each of the four matches.
    • Albrecht has 114 career service aces, which ranks 10th in NU career history. With three more aces, she will move into a tie for ninth.
    • Jazz Sweet adds 2.55 kills per set and is hitting .304.
    • Hunter, a two-time Big Ten Setter of the Week this season, is putting up 10.48 assists per set and 2.48 digs per set. The only NCAA Division I setter who has set her team to both a national and conference championship, Hunter ranks sixth in school history with 3,206 career assists at NU.
    • Senior middle blocker Briana Holman averages 2.43 kills and 1.16 blocks per set with a team-high .333 hitting percentage.
    • Junior libero Kenzie Maloney is averaging 4.45 digs per set, which ranks fifth in the Big Ten.
    • Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins chips in 2.25 kills and 0.90 blocks per set for the Huskers. Stivrins has at least six kills in every match this season.

     

    Coaches
    • John Cook, Nebraska: 18th year at Nebraska (508-68); 25th year overall (669-141)
    • Hugh McCutcheon, Minnesota: 6th year at Minnesota (146-38)
    • Kelly Sheffield, Wisconsin: 5th year at Wisconsin (123-26); 17th year overall (396-138)

     

    Series History
    • Nebraska leads Minnesota, 33-7, and is 7-3 in the Big Ten era. The teams split last year’s matchups with NU winning 3-2 in Lincoln on Oct. 23 and Minnesota winning 3-1 in Minneapolis on Nov. 23. Friday’s match will be the only meeting between the teams this regular season.
    • Nebraska leads Wisconsin, 18-3-1, and is 7-2 in the Big Ten era. The Huskers snapped a two-match skid to the Badgers last year when they swept Wisconsin in Lincoln on Oct. 21 in the only meeting between the teams in 2016. The teams will play again in Madison on Oct. 11.

     

    Scouting Minnesota
    • No. 3 Minnesota (12-1, 1-1 Big Ten) suffered its first loss of the season, 3-0, at home to Michigan State last Sunday. The Golden Gophers rank 12th in the nation in hitting at .297. Setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson was a first-team All-American last year and averages 12.20 assists per set. Opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy is one of the best freshmen in the nation, averaging 4.38 kills per set to lead the Big Ten. Alexis Hart (3.18 kills per set) and Molly Lohman (1.86 kills, 1.44 blocks per set) received All-America honorable mention last year.

     

    Scouting Wisconsin
    • No. 7 Wisconsin (10-1, 1-1 Big Ten entering Friday’s match at Iowa) won nine straight matches to open the season before dropping its Big Ten opener at home to Michigan State, 3-2, last Friday. The Badgers rebounded with a 3-0 sweep of Michigan on Sunday. Freshman middle blocker Dana Rettke leads the Badgers with 3.33 kills and 1.61 blocks per set, and the 6-8 standout is hitting .453. Tionna Williams was a third-team AVCA All-American last year. She averages 2.55 kills and 1.45 blocks while hitting .442. Freshman setter Sydney Hilley provides 11.92 assists per set.

     

    Hunter Guides Young Husker Squad
    • All-America setter Kelly Hunter is in her senior season after leading NU to a national championship and a Big Ten championship the past two seasons as team captain and starting setter.
    • Hunter was a second-team AVCA All-American in 2016 and an All-Big Ten setter, becoming the first Husker setter since Lauren Cook in 2012 to make the All-Big Ten team. She is a preseason All-Big Ten selection.
    • Hunter ranks sixth on NU’s career assists chart with 3,206.
    • Hunter was named the Big Ten Setter of the Week on Sept. 11 after a double-double of 31 assists and 14 digs against UCLA on Sept. 9.
    • She added another honor on Sept. 25 after averaging 12.33 assists in sweeps at Penn State and Rutgers. She has eight career weekly Big Ten awards.

     

    Foecke Poised for Bigger Role
    • Junior outside hitter Mikaela Foecke is NU’s top hitter with 3.28 kills per set. She received All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2016 and was an AVCA All-Region honoree.
    • Foecke worked hard to become a six-rotation player entering her junior season and has been effective in that role, adding 2.62 digs per set and a .982 reception percentage.
    • Foecke was a unanimous preseason All-Big Ten selection and was one of just two players to earn a unanimous selection (Minnesota setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson).
    • Foecke was the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player in 2015 - becoming just the third freshman to earn the honor - after 19 kills on .385 hitting in the championship win against Texas. The other freshmen to win the award were Deja McClendon (Penn State, 2010) and Kerri Walsh (Stanford, 1996).

     

    Albrecht Steps Up as Senior Captain
    • Senior outside hitter Annika Albrecht was named a team captain along with Kelly Hunter prior to the season and has stepped into her new role as a six-rotation hitter for the Huskers.
    • Albrecht is second on the team in kills with 3.05 per set and adds 2.78 digs per set and nine service aces. She ranks 10th in school history in career aces with 114.
    • The North Aurora, Illinois native made national headlines this season when she tallied a career-high 19 kills on .400 hitting in a 3-0 sweep at Penn State on Sept. 22. For her performance, Albrecht was named the Big Ten Player of the Week, Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week and the espnW Player of the Week. The honors were all the first of her career.

     

    Holman Leads Husker Middle Blockers
    • Senior Briana Holman guides a relatively young group of Husker middle blockers, as she teams with redshirt freshman Lauren Stivrins and is backed up by true freshman Chesney McClellan.
    • Holman is averaging 2.43 kills and a team-best 1.16 blocks per set for the Huskers while hitting a team-best .333. She was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 5 and the MVP of the Ameritas Players Challenge after a dominating display over three matches with 25 kills and 18 blocks on .525 hitting.
    • Holman earned AVCA All-Region honors for the third time in her career last season and received All-Big Ten honorable mention.
    • Holman was a first-team AVCA All-American at LSU in 2014 with 3.94 kills and 1.47 blocks per set. She was a two-time All-SEC performer for the Tigers and represented the U.S. Collegiate National Team at the World University Games in South Korea in July 2015.

     

    Huskers Turn to Freshmen for Instant Impact
    • With five true freshmen and two redshirt freshmen on the roster, the Huskers needed some new talent to step up in a big way in 2017, and that has happened.
    • Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins is averaging 2.25 kills per set and has started every match.
    • Freshman outside hitter Jazz Sweet is third on the team in kills at 2.55 per set and is hitting .304. Sweet had an outstanding debut with 14 kills on .375 hitting against Oregon and 16 kills on .323 hitting at Florida.
    • Redshirt freshman setter Hunter Atherton has made two starts and played in seven matches with an average of 6.14 assists and 1.82 digs per set. Atherton also has five service aces, third-most on the team.
    • Freshman outside hitter Anezka Szabo, who plays the same right-side hitter position as Sweet, tallied 10 kills on .400 hitting against Saint Mary’s and has played in nine matches.

     

    Huskers Ranked No. 8 in AVCA Coaches Poll
    • Nebraska is ranked No. 8 in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll, up six spots from No. 14 last week.
    • The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 98 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history.
    • The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 460 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
    • Nebraska has appeared in all 516 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.

     

    Cook Adds to Legacy; Will Join AVCA Hall of Fame in December
    • Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 18th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2017. He has led the Huskers to three national championships, seven final fours, 11 conference championships and 15 top-10 final rankings since 2000. Cook has 669 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 (508-68).
    • Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 49 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 six-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016, his first Big Ten honor with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
    • Cook was named the AVCA North Region Coach of the Year this season, his fifth career regional coaching honor and fourth while at Nebraska.
    • 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 will be inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in December in Kansas City, Missouri. Cook will join former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit in the hall.

     

    Husker Fans Set Attendance Standard Once Again
    • Nebraska fans led the nation in attendance for a fourth straight season as their 8,210 average per match in 2016 established a new NCAA attendance record, topping its 2015 average of 8,206.
    • The Huskers’ total attendance of 155,986 in 19 home matches also set a school record.
    • In 2013, the Huskers led the nation in attendance (8,175) for the first time since 1992, ending Hawaii’s 21-year reign as the national leader.
    • The Huskers repeated as attendance champions in 2014 with 8,083 fans per match, which included a school-record 8,585 fans at the Oct. 3 win against Penn State.
    • Nebraska has ranked in the top three nationally in attendance every season since 1990 (27 straight seasons).
    • The Huskers have sold out every regular-season match since 2001, a streak of 224 consecutive matches, the longest sellout streak in the history of NCAA women’s athletics.
    • The Devaney Center has hosted the three largest regular-season crowds in NCAA history and seven of the 10 largest.

     

    Huskers Get Depth From Former Husker Women’s Basketball Player Allie Havers
    • The Huskers gained some depth at middle blocker when former Husker women’s basketball player Allie Havers joined the team in the spring.
    • Havers, a 6-5 native of Mattawan, Michigan, has one season of eligibility to play volleyball, a sport she excelled at in high school. Havers was a first-team Class A all-state player in Michigan in 2012 and a finalist for Michigan’s Miss Volleyball in 2013.
    • On the Nebraska women’s basketball team, Havers closed her career having played in 125 games with 50 starts. She ranked among the top 50 career scorers (720 points) and top 25 career rebounders (541) in Husker history.

     

    Cook’s Coaching Tree Continues to Grow
    • Nebraska head coach John Cook’s assistant coaches have a great track record of moving on to become head coaches.
    • After the 2016 season, Nebraska assistants Chris Tamas and Dani Busboom Kelly both accepted high-level Division I head coaching jobs. Busboom Kelly became the head coach at Louisville, while Tamas accepted the head coaching job at Big Ten foe Illinois.
    • Seven assistants under Cook have become head coaches following their time on Cook’s Nebraska staff: Craig Skinner (Kentucky), Lee Maes (Virginia), Lizzy Stemke (Georgia), Dan Conners (UC Davis), Dan Meske (Augustana, Associate Head Coach at Louisville), Busboom Kelly and Tamas.
    • In the last seven years, five of Cook’s Husker assistants have become head coaches.

     

    New Players, New Coaches
    • Not only are six of the 15 Husker players new to the program, so are the two Husker assistant coaches. Former Husker and U.S. Olympic libero Kayla Banwarth, and former Long Beach State men’s associate head coach Tyler Hildebrand are on the Husker bench this year.
    • Hildebrand joined the Nebraska coaching staff as an assistant in February of 2017. Hildebrand came to Nebraska after five seasons on the coaching staff of the Long Beach State men’s volleyball program, including two seasons as associate head coach. In 2017, he was the AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Assistant Coach of the Year. A former All-American at Long Beach State, Hildebrand was the top assistant there from 2013-15 after a decorated playing career on the U.S. Men’s National Team. He is a former setter who coordinated both the offense and the blocking defense at Long Beach State at one point in his career.
    • Banwarth joined the Nebraska volleyball coaching staff as an assistant in January of 2017. Banwarth completed an illustrious playing career for the Huskers in 2010 before embarking on a professional playing career that saw her win an Olympic bronze medal with the U.S. National Team, as well as an FIVB World Championship. Banwarth is relatively new to the coaching profession after finishing her professional career with the U.S. National Team at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. A U.S. National Team libero since 2011, Banwarth spent two years as a volunteer assistant coach for the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team.





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    Lincoln – University of Nebraska linebacker Chris Weber is a semifinalist for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy as the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced the semifinalists for the award today.

    The Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments®. Is presented to the top scholar-athlete in college football. Weber will look to be NU’s third Campbell Trophy winner, joining Kyle Vanden Bosch (2000) and Rob Zatechka (1994).

    On the season, Weber has started all four games and is third on the team with 22 tackles and second on the team in pass breakups and quarterback hurries. A 2017 captain, he is a three-year letterwinner who has played in 40 career games as a Husker. He had a career-high 17 tackles against Illinois as a sophomore. In the classroom, he is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District VII selection and a three-time distinguished scholar. Weber has also been instrumental in NU’s off field outreach, as he has been named to the Brook Berringer Citizenship and the Tom Osborne Citizenship team in each of the past four years. Earlier this year, Weber led NU’s Uplifting Athletes Road Race efforts, raising more than $35,000 for pediatric cancer research.

    To be nominated, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of playing eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

    Nebraska is one of only five NCAA programs with multiple Campbell Award winners, joining Florida, Ohio State, Tennessee and Texas.

    The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Nov. 1, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5, where the winner of the 28th William V. Campbell Trophy® will be announced.





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    Nebraska volleyball senior outside hitter Annika Albrecht was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday, while fellow senior Kelly Hunter was selected as the Big Ten Setter of the Week.

    The team captains guided the Huskers to a pair of road sweeps to begin Big Ten play over the weekend. Albrecht had a career-high 19 kills, six digs and four blocks while hitting .400 in a 3-0 sweep at then-No. 2 Penn State, the Nittany Lions' first time being swept at home since 2003. Hunter had 39 assists and nine digs in the victory.

    Albrecht followed up on her career night with 12 kills on .400 hitting in a 3-0 sweep at Rutgers, while Hunter added 35 assists and six digs.

    For the week, Albrecht averaged 5.17 kills and 1.67 digs per set while hitting .400. Hunter averaged 12.33 assists per set and led the Huskers to a combined .366 hitting percentage in the two matches.

    Albrecht's honor is the first of her career. Hunter collected her second Big Ten weekly award of the season and the eighth of her career.





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    Lincoln, Nebraska, Sept. 26, 2017 – Dave Rimington, a native of Omaha and a two-time Husker All-American, will return to Lincoln as the University of Nebraska's interim director of athletics, Chancellor Ronnie Green announced today.

    Widely considered to be the greatest center in college football history, Rimington is president of the New York-based Boomer Esiason Foundation. He has agreed to take a leave of absence from the foundation to lead Nebraska Athletics on an interim basis. The appointment is scheduled for up to 60 days.

    Rimington, who will begin the new role immediately, and Chancellor Green will hold a media availability from 1 to 1:20 p.m. today in West Memorial Stadium’s third-floor club area.

    "I'm so pleased that we could count on Dave Rimington, who is a Husker through and through, to answer our call to lend his administrative expertise and unwavering support for Nebraska Athletics during this key time of transition," Green said. "I am confident that Dave will provide exceptional leadership as we move forward in our search for a new, permanent director of athletics."

    The announcement follows the university's Sept. 21 decision to end Shawn Eichorst's employment as director of athletics.

    "I am humbled and grateful to accept this responsibility," Rimington said. "I look forward to working with the coaches, staff and student-athletes at Nebraska, which is a truly special place that has had a profound impact on my life and the lives of countless others."

    A four-year letter winner at Nebraska, Rimington is the only player to win the Outland Trophy in consecutive years – 1981 and 1982 – and is among the most decorated offensive linemen in college football history. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of fame in 1997 and is one of just 17 Huskers to have his jersey retired.

    The Omaha South graduate helped lead the Huskers to Big Eight titles in 1981 and 1982. He played seven years in the National Football League and joined the Boomer Esiason Foundation in 1993. In 2004, he was inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame.

    As president of the Boomer Esiason Foundation, Rimington has developed a variety of educational programs, scholarships and new-media initiatives that have directly benefited those affected by cystic fibrosis across the United States. Under Rimington's leadership, the foundation has taken an innovative and active approach to education, awareness and fundraising strategies through new media and technology.

    The Rimington Trophy, established in 2000 and awarded in Lincoln each year to honor the most outstanding center in college football, was named in his honor. He and his wife, Lisa, and four children live in New York City.





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    GAME 5: NEBRASKA at Illinois

    SEPT. 29, 2017 | MEMORIAL STADIUM

    CHAMPAIGN, ILL. | 7 p.m. (CT)

     

    BROADCAST INFO

    TV - FS1
    RADIO - Husker Sports Network
    SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 83, XM 83
    INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com

     

    HUSKERS

    Record: 2-2, 1-0 Big Ten
    Last Game: def. Rutgers, 27-17
    Rankings: NR
    Coach: Mike Riley
    Career/NU Record: 110-93 (17th Year)/17-13 (3rd Year)
    vs. Illinois: 1-1

     

    FIGHTING ILLINI
    Record: 2-1, 0-0 Big Ten
    Last Game: lost to USF, 47-23
    Rankings: NR
    Coach: Lovie Smith
    College Career/ILL Record: 5-10 (2nd Year)/Same
    vs. Nebraska: 0-1

    The Matchup

    Nebraska hits the road for the first time in Big Ten Conference play taking on Illinois on Friday night in Champaign. Game time at Illinois' Memorial Stadium is set for shortly after 7 p.m. CT, with national television coverage on FS1 and radio coverage on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

    The Huskers enter the matchup at Illinois with a 2-2 record, and a 1-0 mark in conference play following a 27-17 victory over Rutgers on Saturday. Nebraska relied on a strong running game and tough defense to control the second half of the game against Rutgers. The Huskers rushed for nearly 200 yards, while allowing less than 200 yards of total offense to the Scarlet Knights.

    Illinois comes into Friday's matchup with a 2-1 record, including a 2-0 mark at home in 2017. The Fighting Illini last played at South Florida on Friday, Sept. 15, when they lost 47-23. Illinois will have a 14-day break before Friday's contest with the Huskers. Illinois opened the season with
    non-conference victories over Ball State and Western Kentucky.

    The 2017 season marks the fifth consecutive year the Nebraska-Illinois contest has been one of the Huskers' first two conference games. Aside from its traditional post-Thanksgiving game, Friday's game will mark the first time Nebraska has played a weekday regular-season game since 2010.

     

    Nebraska Football Top 10

    • Nebraska is 891-374-40 all-time, one of only 10 schools with 800 wins.

  • The Cornhuskers rank fourth all-time with their 891 victories.
  • Nebraska has won five national titles (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997).
  • The Huskers have won 46 conference championships.
  • Nebraska’s 53 all-time bowl appearances rank second in NCAA history.
  • Three Huskers have won the Heisman Trophy (Rodgers, Rozier, Crouch).
  • Nebraska’s 107 football Academic All-Americans lead the nation.
  • The Huskers have 110 first-team All-Americans in school history.
  • Nebraska football is the only team in any sport in NCAA history to total 100 athletic and academic All-Americans.
  • Memorial Stadium has been sold out every game since Nov. 2, 1962, a streak of 357 consecutive sellouts.
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    Nebraska-Illinois Series

    The Friday matchup between Nebraska and Illinois will be the fifth between the schools as Big Ten opponents. The schools now meet each year as members of the Big Ten West Division.

  • Nebraska has limited Illinois to 19 or fewer points in all four Big Ten meetings between the teams. NU has scored at least 31 points in three of the four meetings.
  • The Huskers and Illinois met seven times between 1892 and 1925, but played just three times between 1926 and 2013.
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    Huskers Prepare for Big Ten Conference Road Opener

    Nebraska will play the first of four Big Ten road games at Illinois. In the Big Ten schedule rotation, all West Division teams play five home games and four road contests in 2017.

  • Nebraska is 2-4 in Big Ten road openers since joining the conference, including a 24-13 win at Northwestern last season.
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    Nebraska to Play Rare Weeknight Midseason Game

    Nebraska is a regular on Friday at season's end, playing on the Friday following Thanksgiving each of the past 27 seasons. However, the Huskers have made rare weeknight appearances during the middle of the season.

    The Big Ten Conference added Friday night games to its schedule this season, including a conference tilt between the Huskers and Fighting Illini.

  • Nebraska played Thursday night road contests at Kansas State (2010), Missouri (2009), Southern Miss (2003), Oklahoma State (1995), Texas Tech (1994) and Oklahoma State (1993).
  • Nebraska also played a Thursday night home contest against Rice in 2001. The game was originally scheduled for Sept. 15, but was postponed following 9/11.
  • Nebraska is a perfect 7-0 in its non-Black Friday weeknight games since 1993.
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    Huskers Look for Continued Success Against Illini

    Nebraska has been victorious in three of four games against Illinois since joining the Big Ten. The Huskers have won three games by 15 or more points, while its lone setback was a last-second one-point loss in 2015.

  • NU has outscored Illinois by an average of 32.0-15.6 in the four meetings since 2013.
  • The Husker offense has been productive against Illinois, gaining better than 500 yards twice, and averaging 465.0 yards per game in the past four meetings. Illinois has averaged only 340.7 yards per game in the matchups.
  • The NU offense has been particularly effective on the ground against Illinois, rushing for 295.8 yards per game over the past four seasons.
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    Riley in Third Season at Helm of Husker Program

    Head Coach Mike Riley is in his third season as the Nebraska head coach in 2017. Riley has guided the Huskers to a 17-13 record.

  • Riley is in his 26th season as a head coach, tying for the second-most experience of any FBS head coach entering the 2017 season.
  • Riley is one of eight active FBS head coaches who also has experience as an NFL head coach.
  • Riley owns 16 victories over nationally ranked opponents during his college head coaching tenure.
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    Diaco Leading-New Look Blackshirt Defense

    Nebraska has three new faces on its defensive staff in 2017. The group is led by new defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, while Donté Williams coaches the Husker cornerbacks and Scott Booker tutors the NU safeties.

  • Diaco was the winner of the 2012 Broyles Award as the nation's best assistant coach, while at Notre Dame. He is regarded as one of the top defensive minds in college football and has a proven track record of success at the highest level. Diaco came to Nebraska after three seasons as the head coach at the University of Connecticut. Diaco has roots in the Big Ten, twice earning All-Big Ten honors as a linebacker at Iowa in the mid-1990s.
  • Williams joined the Nebraska staff last December prior to the Music City Bowl and worked with the secondary during bowl preparation. Williams spent the 2016 season at Arizona, helping compile the Wildcats’ top recruiting class in recent years. He previously coached the secondary at San Jose State, where the Spartans ranked among the nation’s best against the pass under Williams’ direction.
  • Booker brings 10 years of full-time FBS coaching experience to the Nebraska sideline, including five seasons on the Notre Dame coaching staff. Before being elevated to safeties coach in June, Booker served as a special teams consultant with the Huskers. In addition to his duties with the safeties, Booker serves as Nebraska's special teams coordinator in 2017.
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    Jaimes Joins Rare Club for NU Offensive Linemen

    True freshman Brenden Jaimes earned his first career start against Rutgers. Jaimes started at right tackle where senior David Knevel and redshirt freshman Matt Farniok were both limited by injury.

    A native of Austin, Texas, Jaimes became just the fifth true freshman offensive lineman to start a game at Nebraska since 1972, and the first since 2011. Jaimes is also just the 11th offensive lineman to play at Nebraska as a true freshman.

    The status of Knevel and Farniok for this week's game at Illinois remains uncertain.

    True Freshman OL Starters in Nebraska History (Since 1972)
    • Matt Slauson, OG (3 games, 2005)
    • Jacob Hickman, C (1 game, 2006)
    • Javorio Burkes, OT (3 games, 2007)
    • Tyler Moore, OT (4 games, 2011)
    • Brenden Jaimes, OT (1 game, 2017)

     

    Numerous Huskers Make First Career Starts in 2017

    Jaimes is among the latest players to make their first career starts for Nebraska in 2017. Against Rutgers, center Michael Decker, receiver Gabe Rahn and linebacker Sedrick King also made their first career starts at Nebraska.

    The four first-time starters brought Nebraska's first-time starters total in 2017 to 12 players, including six in the season opener, one at Oregon and two against Northern Illinois.

    First-Time starters in 2017
    • Tyler Hoppes, TE (4)
    • Connor Ketter, TE (3)
    • Luke Gifford, LB (4)
    • Eric Lee Jr., CB (4)
    • Tre Bryant, IB (2)
    • Matt Farniok, RFr., OT (2)
    • Mikale Wilbon, Jr., IB (2)
    • JD Spielman, RFr., WR (2)
    • Brenden Jaimes, Fr., OT (1)
    • Michael Decker, So., C (1)
    • Sedrick King, Jr., LB (1)
    • Gabe Rahn, Sr., WR (1)

     

    Injuries Taking Early Toll

    Nebraska has had its share of injuries early in the 2017 season. The hits started in the summer when All-America candidate cornerback Chris Jones was sidelined with a knee injury. The timetable for his return is unknown.

    Nebraska has been without starters David Knevel (RT), Joshua Kalu (S) and Tre Bryant (IB) for all or part of the past three games, and saw linebacker Marcus Newby, center Cole Conrad and receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. all missed the Rutgers contest.

    In addition, key reserves Bryan Reimers (WR) and Tyrin Ferguson (LB) also missed the Rutgers game, and starting safety Aaron Williams was ejected less than five minutes into the game on a targeting call.

  • Through four games, Nebraska has lost 14 games by projected starters to injury.
  • Projected Starters, Games Missed
    • Chris Jones, Sr., CB, 4 games
    • David Knevel, Sr., OT, 3 games
    • Joshua Kalu, Sr., S, 2 games
    • Tre Bryant, So.., RB, 2 games
    • Marcus Newby, Sr., LB, 1 game
    • Stanley Morgan Jr., Jr., WR, 1 game
    • Cole Conrad, Jr., C, 1 game

     

    Blackshirt Defense Making Big Strides

    The Nebraska defense has been impressive since halftime of week two at Oregon. Since that time, Nebraska's defense has allowed just two touchdowns and 17 points in 10 quarters, with three of those points on a field goal allowed after a Husker interception.

    Against Rutgers, Nebraska allowed a 75-yard drive to start the game, but gave up just 119 yards and three points the rest of the game.

  • The 194 yards of total offense by Rutgers was the fewest by a Nebraska opponent under Mike Riley, bettering the 207 yards allowed to Maryland last season. Overall, it was the fewest yards allowed by Nebraska in 47 games dating back to a win at Michigan in November of 2013, when the Blackshirts allowed 175 yards. Nebraska has recorded two of the lowest three opponent yardage totals under Mike Riley in the past two weeks (213 vs. No. Illinois).
  • In the second half of the win over Rutgers, Nebraska allowed just 58 total yards, 10 rushing yards and three first downs.
  • The 194 yards by Rutgers was the fifth-lowest total NU has allowed a Big Ten opponent since joining the conference in 2011.
  • The 407 yards allowed the past two games by Nebraska are the fewest yards the Huskers have allowed in back-to-back games since allowing 377 yards to Minnesota and Iowa in 2012.
  • Nebraska has allowed only 340 yards and just seven offensive points in the second half of its past three games combined. In the three second halves, the Blackshirts have limited opponents to just 340 yards and 16 first downs over six quarters.
  • Since halftime of the Oregon game, Nebraska has forced a total of 13 three-and-out possessions.




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    The Big Ten Conference announced on Monday morning that Nebraska’s Oct. 7 home game against Wisconsin at Memorial Stadium will kick off at 7 p.m. CT and will be televised nationally on BTN.

    Game time's for five of NU's final six games of the season are still TBA. As of now, after the Wisconsin game the only game with a set time is the Iowa game on Friday, Nov. 24, which is set for 3 p.m.

    Check Huskers.com for the latest information. The Husker football schedule can be found here.





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