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Lincoln – The Big Ten Conference and its TV partners announced a pair of start times for Husker basketball home games which had been listed as TBA.

The Nov. 14 Gavitt Games matchup with Seton Hall will tip off at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised on BTN, while the Michigan State game on Jan. 17 will tip at 7 p.m. and will be shown on FSN.

With today’s announcement, the Huskers will make a minimum of 18 appearances on BTN during the 2018-19 season and start times for every regular-season game, except for the Jan. 6 game at Iowa, have been set.

Date Opponent TV Tipoff Nov. 14 Seton Hall (Gavitt Games) BTN 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 Michigan State FS1 7 p.m.





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The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team finishes non-conference play by hosting the Husker Invite this weekend at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers will play Central Michigan on Friday at Noon and New Mexico on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The tournament concludes with the Huskers playing Missouri State on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Other matches in the tournament include Missouri State vs. New Mexico (Friday, 10 a.m.), Central Michigan vs. Missouri State (Friday, 5 p.m.) and New Mexico vs. Central Michigan (Saturday, 11:30 a.m.).

All three NU matches will have a BTN Plus ($) live stream at BTN2GO.com. They will also air on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided for both matches at Huskers.com and on the official Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 25th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren (Cook) West, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.

About the Huskers
• The Huskers (6-1) have won six matches in a row and enter the week ranked fourth in the AVCA Coaches Poll.
• Senior All-America outside hitter Mikaela Foecke leads the team with 3.68 kills per set and 2.52 digs per set. She has a team-best 13 service aces (0.52 per set).
• Foecke had a career-high 25 kills on .351 hitting with 13 digs at No. 14 Creighton last week. She was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week for her performance.
• Jazz Sweet is producing 3.00 kills per set on .326 hitting for the Big Red. Over the past four matches, Sweet is averaging 3.20 kills per set on .416 hitting.
• Senior libero Kenzie Maloney leads the Big Red back row with 4.04 digs per set.
• Freshman setter Nicklin Hames has double-doubles in four straight matches, including a career-high 56 assists with 11 digs at Creighton last week.
• Over her last three matches, Capri Davis is averaging 3.09 kills per set for the Huskers. She had a career-high 18 at Creighton last week.
• Nebraska head coach John Cook has 698 career wins and will become the 10th active Division I head coach to reach 700 career wins with the Huskers’ eighth win of the season. A total of 26 Division I coaches all-time have reached the 700-win mark.
• Nebraska ranks third among Big Ten teams in opponent hitting percentage at .128.
• The Huskers also rank third in the Big Ten with 1.88 aces per set.

Coaches
• John Cook, Nebraska: 19th year at Nebraska (537-70); 26th year overall (698-143)
• Mike Gawlik, Central Michigan: 3rd year at Central Michigan (29-37)
• Jeff Nelson, New Mexico: 12th year at New Mexico (209-137); 24th year overall (450-283)
• Melissa Stokes, Missouri State: 23rd year at Missouri State (497-233)

Series History
• Nebraska is 1-0 all-time against Central Michigan, winning the lone meeting 3-0 on Sept. 12, 1987.
• Nebraska is 5-2 against New Mexico all-time. The last meeting was Sept. 10, 2016, a 3-0 Husker win.
• Nebraska and Missouri State are deadlocked at 15-15 in the all-time series. The teams have not played since 1993, when Nebraska won 3-0 on Sept. 24.

Scouting Central Michigan
• Central Michigan is 3-6 on the season and went 1-2 at the Indiana State Sycamore Invitational last weekend. The Chippewas beat Indiana State in five sets to snap a four-match losing skid.
• Kalina Smith leads Central Michigan with 3.06 kills per set. Savanna Thompson and Lyza Myers both average 2.47 kills per set.
• The Chippewas are hitting .169 on the season and are allowing opponents to hit .239.

Scouting New Mexico
• New Mexico enters the weekend at 5-4 after taking two of three matches at the North Florida Tournament last weekend. The Lobos beat North Florida and USC Upstate, but fell to Furman.
• Lauren Twitty is the team’s top attacker with 3.53 kills per set and adds 2.56 digs per set.
• Tai Bierria chips in 2.95 kills per set and 2.54 digs per set.
• Middle blocker Victoria Spragg leads the team with 1.11 blocks per set and is hitting .317 with 1.43 kills per set.

Scouting Missouri State
• Missouri State is off to a 5-5 start and went 2-1 at the Texas A&M Invitational last weekend. The Bears picked up a big road win over the Aggies, 3-2, and also swept Nicholls State. Their loss came to Pepperdine, 3-0.
• Amelia Flynn paces the attack with 3.06 kills per set and adds 2.31 digs per set.
• Makina Wratten leads the team with 1.31 blocks per set, which ranks second among Missouri Valley Conference players. As a team, Missouri State ranks second in the MVC with 2.22 blocks per set.
• Daniele Messa has served 11 aces this season for the Bears.

Foecke, Maloney Captain Young Husker Squad
• Seniors Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney are co-captaining the 2018 Husker squad. Foecke and Maloney are the lone players on the team who have been part of both the 2015 and 2017 NCAA Championship teams, and the duo will look to become the first in program history to appear in four straight final fours and win three national championships.
• Foecke, an outside hitter from West Point, Iowa, was selected the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship in both 2015 and 2017 after leading the Huskers to their fourth and fifth NCAA titles all-time.
• Foecke became the fourth player in NCAA history to twice be named the MOP - as she also earned the honor in 2015 - and she was the first to earn the honor in non-consecutive years.
• Foecke was named an AVCA second-team All-American and was unanimously selected to the All-Big Ten team and was an AVCA All-North Region pick for the third straight year in 2017.
• Foecke was a unanimous preseason All-Big Ten selection entering her senior season. She had a career-high 25 kills on .351 hitting with 13 digs at Creighton on Sept. 6, earning Big Ten Co-Player of the Week honors.
• Foecke ranks 12th on Nebraska’s career kills list with 1,262, which also ranks fifth in the rally-scoring era (2001 to present). Her 102 career aces are fifth-most in school history in the rally-scoring era.
• Maloney, a libero from Louisville, Kentucky, was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team in 2017 and was a PrepVolleyball.com first-team All-American after serving a school-record 13 aces during the NCAA Tournament.
• In her first season as NU’s libero in 2017, Maloney played all 125 sets and averaged 3.62 digs per set and 0.95 aces per set with season totals of 452 digs and 37 aces, second-most on the team.
• Maloney was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team this year. She is averaging a team-high 4.04 digs per set and had a career-high 25 digs in a win at No. 14 Creighton.

Stivrins, Sweet Stepping Up in Sophomore Seasons
• After earning All-Big Ten Freshman team honors in 2017, middle blocker Lauren Stivrins and opposite hitter Jazz Sweet are both playing bigger roles as sophomores in the program.
• Stivrins is averaging 1.92 kills per set on a team-best .364 hitting percentage to go with 0.96 blocks per set. She added serving to her repertoire this season and is third on the team with nine aces.
• Stivrins finished the 2017 season with 2.07 kills per set on .309 hitting and 1.02 blocks per set while playing all 125 sets. She tallied nine kills on .316 hitting against Florida in the NCAA Championship match and had seven kills and a career-high nine blocks in the NCAA Semifinal vs. Penn State.
• Sweet also played in all 125 sets last season and had 2.22 kills per set on .273 hitting in her first year as a Husker. Sweet posted 12 kills on .375 hitting against Penn State in the NCAA Semifinal.
• This year, Sweet moved into the starting lineup for the Big Red and is second on the team in kills per set at 3.00 and is hitting .326. Sweet also has 17 blocks this season, third-most on the team behind only the two middles.

Young Huskers Making Instant Impact
• Eight of the 15 Huskers on the roster are new to the team this season, and four have played a major role already.
• Freshman setter Nicklin Hames has started every match at setter and has five double-doubles in seven matches. The Knoxville, Tennessee native is averaging 9.84 assists and 3.24 digs per set. Her 10 service aces are second-most on the team.
• Freshman middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach has started every match and leads the team in blocks with 1.16 per set while also contributing 1.00 kills per set on .258 hitting.
• Freshman defensive specialist Megan Miller has started every match in the back row and is providing 1.52 digs per set, as well as six aces from the service line.
• Freshman outside hitter Capri Davis has played in six of seven matches and was huge for the Huskers in a 3-2 comeback win at No. 14 Creighton, providing 18 kills.
• Two other newcomers - defensive specialist Chen Abramovich and setter Brooke Smith - have both played this season. Smith was part of the Huskers’ 2015 NCAA Championship team and 2016 Big Ten Championship team. She played the 2017 season at Kansas State before transferring back to Nebraska for her senior season. Smith was cleared by the NCAA to start playing for the Huskers on Sept. 7.
• Nebraska also added sophomore outside hitter Lexi Sun to its attack in the offseason. The University of Texas transfer was a 2017 first-team All-Big 12 selection and received All-America honorable mention in her freshman season with the Longhorns. A native of Encinitas, California, Sun was the PrepVolleyball.com National Player of the Year, the Gatorade Player of the Year and the All-USA Volleyball Player of the Year as a senior at Santa Fe Christian.

Huskers Will Play School-Record 19 Home Matches
• Nebraska will play a school-record 19 regular-season home matches in 2018.
• Nine of the Huskers’ 10 non-conference matches will be played at the Devaney Center this season. The only road trip was to Omaha where NU beat Creighton, 3-2, on Thursday, Sept. 6.
• The 2018 season marks the first time the Huskers won’t play a non-conference match outside of Nebraska since 2007.

Huskers Aiming for 250th Consecutive Regular-Season Sellout
• Nebraska carries an NCAA women’s record 240 consecutive regular-season sellouts. Should the Huskers continue to sell out, their 250th straight sellout would be on Friday, Nov. 2 against Penn State.

Cook Closing in on 700 Career Wins
• Nebraska head coach John Cook has a 698-143 career record and will become the 10th active Division I head coach to reach 700 career wins with the Huskers’ eighth win of the season. A total of 26 Division I coaches all-time have reached the 700-win mark.
• Cook passed former Husker head coach and AVCA Hall of Famer Terry Pettit on the all-time career wins list earlier this season. Pettit finished his career with 694 career wins, which Cook passed on Aug. 31 when Nebraska beat Wake Forest.

Huskers Ranked No. 7 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 4 in the AVCA Coaches Poll this week.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 99 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history.
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 474 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 529 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; Joins AVCA Hall of Fame
• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 19th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2018. He has led the Huskers to four national championships, eight final fours, 12 conference championships and 16 top-10 final rankings since 2000. Cook has 698 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 .885 win percentage in that time (537-70).
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 52 AVCA All-Americans and 19 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, both among the best in the nation. He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in 2000 and 2005, and a seven-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017, his first and second Big Ten honors with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
• Cook was named the AVCA North Region Coach of the Year in 2016, 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 was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2017, joining 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 fifth straight season in 2017, averaging 8,202 fans per match, nearly 2,000 more than any other school.
• In 2016, the Huskers also led the nation with an average attendance of 8,210 fans per match, a new NCAA attendance 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).

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.
• Following the 2017 season, Husker assistant Tyler Hildebrand was named the Director of Coaching, Beach Volleyball for USA Volleyball in his home state of California.
• 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. Tamas led his Fighting Illini squad to the Sweet 16 in his first year, while Busboom Kelly made the NCAA Tournament with Louisville and was named the AVCA East Region Coach of the Year.
• 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 eight years, five of Cook’s Husker assistants have become head coaches.





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Lexington 0 McCook 9

 
Varsity Singles
1 Zion Moyer def T. Berry 8-0
2 Syd Wier def I. McDowell 8-2
3 Mason Michaelis def E. Young 8-3
4 Logan Barenberg def H. Goodwin 8-1
5 Caden Bortner def K. Allen 9-7
6 Isaac Hinze def E. Aguirre 8-3

 

Varsity Doubles
1 Michaelis/Bortner def Berry/Young 8-3
2 Barenberg/Hinze def McDowell/Goodwin 8-2
3 Moyer/Wier def Aguirre/Allen 8-2

 

Lexington Junior Varsity 3 McCook Junior Varsity 26
Junior Varsity Singles
Joel Gray def D. Salinas 6-0
Nick Wolvin def E. Mins 7-5
Brandan Eckhardt def A. Perez 6-0
Paul Stoney def W. Luther 7-6 (8-6)
Casey Carlin def D. Escalante 6-2
Davin Brunswick def D. Kuepner 6-4
Peyton Rambali def A. Lopez 7-6 (7-4)
Jadon Karp def M. Cureten 7-6 (8-6)
Matthew Pochop def T. Amos 6-0
Tyler Kinne def D. Mosquein 6-0
James Neel def E. Pineda 6-3
Hayden Markut lost to A. Con 6-4
Spencer Rogers lost to L. Bowen 6-1
Spencer Rogers def A. Con 6-0
Junior Varsity Doubles
Gray/Wolvin def Mins/Salinas 6-1
Gray/Wolvin def Perez/Luther 6-0
Eckhardt/Stoney def Perez/Luther 6-3
Eckhardt/Stoney def Mins/Salinas 6-0
Carlin/Brunswick def Escalante/Kuepner 6-1
Carlin/Brunswick def Cureten/Lopez 6-2
Rambali/Karp def Cureten/Lopez 6-4
Rambali/Karp def Escalante/Kuepner 6-2
Pochop/Kinne def Pineda/Amos 6-1
Pochop/Neel def Pineda/Mosquein 7-5
Neel/Brown def Mosquein/Con 6-0
Neel/Brown def Pineda/Bowen 6-1
Markut/Isaac Nielsen def Mosquein 6-1
Brown/Nielsen lost to Amos/Bowen 7-5
Rogers/Markut def Amos/Con 6-1

 

Next action: Friday varsity @ Lexington invite 9:00





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The McCook Community College Lady Indian volleyball team swept Garden City Community College Tuesday night 25-11, 25-19, 25-14. It was the fourth straight win for MCC.

Sophomore Ryan Maddera (Evans, Colo.) led the Lady Indians with 14 kills and three aces. Freshman Mallory Brown, (Colorado Springs) had six.

“Our middles (Ty Johnson) and Hannah (Emmerson) played a great game for us,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said.

Johnson, a sophomore from Conroe, Texas had eight kills. Emmerson, a sophomore from Greeley, Colo., also had eight kills.

“Another positive for us is that our defense is tightening up in the back row” Kobza said.

Sophomore libero Brooklyn Evans (Ogden, Utah) had four aces.

“We really didn’t play to our level and the girls know we need to pick up the intensity before Thursday,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said.

The Broncbusters fall to 0-13 on the year.

The Lady Indians improve to 7-4 on the season and continue a four-game home stand Thursday against North Platte at 7 p.m. for Spirit Day – War Zone. Students and other fans will don war paint and come dressed for battle with arch-rival North Platte. The night is also designated Community Hospital Night with all Community Hospital employees and their families invited as special guests.

The Lady Indians who are 2-0 on this first home stand conclude it Tuesday against Central Community College at 7 p.m.

 





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A pair of McCook Community College pitchers who finished up their Indian careers this past spring have signed on with new teams this fall.

Kaden Sitzman, will continue his career at Kansas Wesleyan in Salina and Ryan Marstiller has signed on to continue his career this Fall at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash.

“I am proud of both of these guys and want to wish them the best of luck pursuing their college degree while being able to play college baseball as well,” MCC Baseball Coach Jon Olsen said.

SITZMAN: “Kaden did a really nice job for us over his two years at McCook,” Coach Jon Olsen said. During the 2017 season he went 3-2 with a couple saves during a season that saw the Indians one game away from playing in the region championship game.

“We didn’t achieve the goals we set for ourselves as a team this past year, but Kaden was a great worker and teammate, and I really enjoyed him being part of our team over the past two years.”

Sitzman, a 6-0 right-handed pitcher is a McCook High School graduate who started seven games this past season and struck out 29 hitters in 25 innings

“Kaden loves the game of baseball and he loves being around his teammates, I have a feeling Kaden will be around the game in one way or another all his life,” Olsen said. “I wish him the best of luck down there.”

MARSTILLER: Ryan Marstiller, a 6-2 right-handed pitcher from Centennial, Colo., will play for the Central Washington University Wildcats – a team that fell to Montana State Billings 10-6 in the 2018 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Baseball Championship to finish 27-26 on the season.

“Ryan was only with us for a year as he transferred in as a sophomore, but he played a big role for us this past season,” Olsen said.

“Ryan was our most consistent starter on the mound and has a lot of ability to finish his college career up there.”

Marstiller appeared in 12 games last season, started eight and went 3-3 with two complete games. He pitched 69 innings, walked 12 and struck out 51 hitters.

Ryan was just another example of some who combined playing baseball with his college education, he was a great student athlete. He did an excellent job in the classroom, on the field, and in the community.”





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Kearney Catholic 6 McCook 3

 
Varsity Singles
1 Zion Moyer lost to J. Poland 8-3
2 Syd Wier def C. Conrad 8-4
3 Mason Michaelis def B. Grokreutz 8-4
4 Logan Barenberg lost to L. Seibert 9-7
5 Caden Bortner lost to B. Thiele 8-4
6 Isaac Hinze lost to N. Obrecht 9-8 (7-1)
Varsity Doubles
1 Bortner/Michaelis lost to Groskreutz/Conrad 8-4
2 Barenberg/Hinze def Obrecht/Thiele 8-4
3 Moyer/Wier lost to Seibert/Poland 8-6
Kearney Catholic Junior Varsity 1 McCook Junior Varsity 7
Junior Varsity Singles
Joel Gray def N. Svec 6-2
Nick Wolvin lost to T. Schirmer 6-4
Brandan Eckhardt def B. Prellwitz 6-4
Paul Stoney def C. Kluthe 6-2
Junior Varsity Doubles
Gray/Wolvin def C. Hopkins/C. Shalp 6-0
Gray Wolvin def N. Svec/T. Schirmer 6-4
Eckhardt/Stoney def J. Runge/M. Eschenbrenner 6-3
Eckhardt/Stoney def C. Kluthe/B. Prellwitz 6-3
Grand Island Central Catholic 1 McCook 8
Varsity Singles
1 Zion Moyer def J. Henry 8-0
2 Syd Wier lost to E. Fox 8-6
3 Mason Michaelis def J. McNamara 8-2
4 Logan Barenberg def J. Farias 9-8 (7-4)
5 Caden Bortner def J. Palik 8-4
6 Isaac Hinze def J. Frieden 8-3
Varsity Doubles
1 Bortner/Michaelis def Farias/Frieden 8-1
2 Barenberg/Hinze def McNamara/Palik 8-6
3 Moyer/Wier def Henry/Fox 8-1
 
Grand Island Central Catholic Junior Varsity 3 McCook Junior Varsity 5
Junior Varsity Singles
Joel Gray lost to E. Comer 7-5
Nick Wolvin lost to J. Schardt 6-4
Brandan Eckhardt def Z. Breknase 6-2
Paul Stoney lost to A. King 6-2
Junior Varsity Doubles
Gray/Wolvin def E. Comer/J. Schardt 6-4
Gray Wolvin def E. Comer/A. King 6-2
Eckhardt/Stoney def A. King/Z. Breknase 6-1
Eckhardt/Stoney def A. King/Schardt 6-3
Next Action: Tuesday varsity/junior varsity host Lexington 4:00





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NEBRASKA vs. TROY

SEPT. 15, 2018 | MEMORIAL STADIUM

LINCOLN, NEB. | 11 A.M. (CT)

BROADCAST INFO

TV - BTN (Joe Benanati, James Laurinaitis, Damon Benning)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 136, XM 196
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App

HUSKERS

Record: 0-1, 0-0 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Colorado, 33-28
Rankings: NR
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 19-8 (3rd Year)/0-1 (1st Year)
vs. Troy: 0-0

TROJANS
Record: 1-1, 0-0 Sun Belt
Last Game: def. Florida A&M, 59-7
Rankings: NR
Coach: Neal Brown
Career/Troy Record: 26-14 (4th Year)/Same
vs. Nebraska: 0-0

The Matchup

Nebraska stays at home on Saturday to take on the Troy Trojans in a non-conference contest at Memorial Stadium. The game is set for an 11 a.m. kickoff with the contest televised on BTN and available on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

The Huskers enter the contest with an 0-1 mark following a 33-28 loss to Colorado last Saturday in the season opener in Lincoln. Nebraska showed promising signs on both sides of the ball, rolling up 565 yards of total offense and registering seven sacks. However, three turnovers and a late Colorado score were the difference in the contest.

Troy comes to Lincoln with a 1-1 record, following a 59-7 victory over Florida A&M on Saturday evening. The Trojans opened the year with a home setback against Boise State, but rebounded by rolling up 477 yards of offense and forcing four turnovers in the victory. Troy is coming off an outstanding season in 2017, posting an 11-2 record and capturing the Sun Belt Conference crown.

Saturday's matchup will be the fifth all-time meeting between the schools. The Huskers defeated Troy four times in six seasons between 2001 and 2006, with each of the games at Memorial Stadium.

This Week's Numbers
329 - Nebraska rushed for 329 yards on 54 carries against Colorado. The rushing total was Nebraska's first 300-yard game since a 310-yard effort at Northwestern in 2016, and the highest by the Huskers since NU rushed for 458 yards against Illinois on Sept. 27, 2014.

7 - Nebraska recorded seven sacks for 43 yards against Colorado. The seven sacks were the most by Nebraska since also posting seven at Michigan in 2013. Nebraska had a total of 14 sacks as a team in 2017 with a high of five at Illinois.

87 - In the opener against Colorado, 87 percent of the Huskers' total offense output was produced by players making their Husker debut. Of the 565 total yards, 492 were produced by players in their first Nebraska game, including 236 passing yards and 256 rushing yards.

Nebraska-Troy Series

Nebraska and Troy will meet for the fifth time on Saturday, with NU holding a 4-0 edge in the series.

  • The four previous meetings have all been played in Lincoln between 2001 and 2006.
  • Nebraska won each of the first four meetings by 15 or more points, including a pair of shutouts in the most recent meetings in 2003 and 2006.
  • DeJuan Groce returned two punts for touchdowns in the 2002 victory in Lincoln, setting a Nebraska record.
  • Huskers vs. Sun Belt

    Nebraska owns a perfect 9-0 record all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference. The most recent matchup was a a season-opening victory over Arkansas State in 2017.

  • In addition to a 4-0 record against Troy, Nebraska is 3-0 against Arkansas State and 1-0 against both Louisiana-Lafayette and South Alabama.
  • In addition to Saturday's game, Nebraska has future games scheduled against South Alabama (2019) and Georgia Southern (2022).
  • 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.
  • Martinez Excels in First Career Start at Nebraska

    True freshman Adrian Martinez made a memorable first start for Nebraska on Saturday against Colorado. Martinez rushed 15 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns, including a 41-yard run in the first quarter. He completed 15-of-20 passes for 187 yards and one touchdown.

  • The 117 rushing yards by Martinez were the most rushing yards by a Nebraska quarterback since Tommy Armstrong Jr. rushed for 132 yards at Northwestern in 2016. It marked the most rushing yards for a quarterback in a season opener since Taylor Martinez ran for 135 yards against Chattanooga in 2011.
  • The 41-yard touchdown run by Martinez was the longest rush by a Husker quarterback since Armstrong had a 42-yard run against McNeese State in 2014.
  • Martinez accounted for 302 yards of total offense, just the third 300-yard total offense game by a Nebraska freshman. It was also the first-ever 300-yard total offense game by a true freshman quarterback.
  • Martinez became the first true freshman quarterback in NU history to start a season opener. He was just the second freshman quarterback to start an opener, joining Taylor Martinez who started as a redshirt freshman in 2010.
  • Martinez joined Tommie Frazier (1992) and Cody Green (2009) as the only true freshmen to start at quarterback in Husker history.
  • Huskers Show Potential for Powerful Running Game

    Nebraska churned out 329 rushing yards on 54 attempts against Colorado. Both totals bettered Nebraska's season highs from the 2017 season. 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 has 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 in the game–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.
  • High-Octane Offense Post Prolific Nubmers in Game One

    Head Coach Scott Frost and his staff oversaw one of the nation's most potent offenses at UCF in 2017. The season opener against Colorado showed that Nebraska could feature similar explosiveness in 2018.

  • Nebraska posted 565 yards of total offense vs. Colorado, with 329 rushing yards and 236 through the air.
  • The 565 yards marked the first 500-yard total offense game for the Huskers since posting 556 yards at Northwestern in 2016.
  • The total offense output was the best by Nebraska in 35 games, dating back to a 610-yard effort against Southern Miss in 2015.
  • Morgan Aims to Be Nebraska's All-Time Leading Receiver

    After setting a school record with 986 receiving yards in 2017, Stanley Morgan Jr. will look to become Nebraska’s all-time leading receiver this fall.

    Morgan has 124 career receptions, which ranks seventh on NU’s all-time list. He needs 57 receptions to tie Kenny Bell (181) atop the Husker chart. Morgan has 1,818 career receiving yards to rank fifth on Nebraska’s all-time list. Against Colorado, he moved past Terrence Nunn into the top five on the list. Morgan needs 871 yards to tie Bell (2,689) for the most receiving yards in program history.

    The New Orleans native put himself in position to challenge Nebraska’s all-time records thanks to a breakout junior season, when he earned All-Big Ten accolades. Morgan caught 61 passes for 986 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2017 after entering the year with 58 career receptions, 757 career receiving yards and five career touchdown catches.

  • Morgan set Nebraska records with 986 receiving yards and five 100-yard receiving games in 2017, while ranking third in school history in touchdown receptions (10) and fifth in catches (61).
  • He led the Big Ten and ranked 14th nationally in receiving yards per game (89.6) in 2017. His 986 receiving yards ranked second nationally among players who saw action in 11 or fewer games.
  • Morgan led all Big Ten wide receivers and ranked 16th nationally in touchdown catches with his 10 touchdown grabs.
  • He produced his first five career 100-yard receiving efforts in 2017, leading the Big Ten in that category.
  • Morgan posted 185 receiving yards at No. 13 Penn State, the second-highest total in school history.
  • He had at least three catches in every game last season. Morgan had five catches in the opener with Colorado, extending his streak to 27 consecutive games with a reception, the fifth-longest streak in Husker history
  • Defense Shows Playmaking Ability in Season Opener

    The Nebraska defense showed the ability to be one of the nation's most improved units in 2018. Despite falling to Colorado, the positive signs from the defense were evident last Saturday.

  • Nebraska recorded seven sacks for 43 yards against Colorado. The seven sacks were the most for the Huskers since also recording seven at Michigan in 2013–a span of 56 games. The last time Nebraska had more than seven sacks was in the 2009 Big 12 title game against Texas, when the Huskers had nine sacks.
  • The seven sacks on Saturday represented half of Nebraska's 2017 season team sack total. The Huskers finished 2017 with 14 sacks for 85 yards.
  • Nebraska limited Colorado to 44 rushing yards, including just 12 first-half rushing yards. The 44 yards rushing are the fewest by a Nebraska opponent since Maryland rushed for 11 yards in 2016.




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    The Big Ten Conference announced Monday morning that Nebraska’s Sept. 22 game at Michigan will kick off at 11 a.m. CT (Noon local in Ann Arbor). The game will be televised by FS1





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    The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team set the bar high over the weekend during its first competition of the season.

     

    MPCC’s men’s team placed first and the women’s team came in third at the Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo in River Falls, Wis. on Saturday.

     

    “I’m real proud of the kids,” said Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach. “They’ve had three weeks of practice now and hit the ground running. They’re a very competitive group. It’s kind of like turning pit bulls loose in the practice pen. They want to win, and they are very team-oriented. So, they’re pushing themselves and each other, and they get along awesome. It’s been a really fun start to the year.”

     

    JD Draper, of Oakley, Kan., was named Men’s All-Around Champion after finishing third in the steer wrestling and fourth in the tie-down roping.

     

    Several other MPCC Rodeo Team members proved they are a force to be reckoned with as well. Individual results are as follows:

     

    Steer wrestling: First - JT Bradley, Brewster; Second - Austin Madison, Whiting, Iowa; Fifth – Blake Henry, Rushville

     

    Saddle bronc: Second – Lane Kennedy, Orleans, Neb.

     

    Team roping: Third – Danielle Wray, Ord; Fourth – Sean Miller and Seth Pearson, both of Callaway

     

    Tie-down roping: Sixth - Caden Kinderknecht, WaKeeney, Kan.

     

    “We had six of our eight steer wrestlers in the short-go,” Nokes said. “I would say we will probably have six steer wrestlers in the top 10 at the end of the year. They want it bad and are working hard. We can’t ask much more than that.”

     

    He’s looking forward to watching everyone improve and advance this season.

     

    “I’m very, very happy with how the kids did,” said Nokes. “But, I think at the end of the year we’re going to look back and think this was just an average rodeo for us.”

     

    The team will compete next at its hometown rodeo, the MPCC Stampede, Friday and Saturday at the Wild West Arena in North Platte. 

     

    Performances will start at 7 p.m. each night. Admission is payable at the gate. It’s $10 for adults and free for children 10 and younger.





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    Nebraska senior Mikaela Foecke was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week by the conference office on Monday.

    Foecke averaged 4.25 kills and 2.5 digs per set to lead the Huskers to wins over No. 14 Creighton and Iowa State last week. Foecke had a career-high 25 kills on .351 hitting with 13 digs, five blocks and four aces to guide the Huskers to a 3-2 comeback win at Creighton. The Husker co-captain followed that performance with nine kills, seven digs, two blocks and an ace in a sweep of Iowa State.

    Foecke earned her second career Big Ten Player of the Week honor, and she is the first Husker to garner a weekly honor since she was named player of the week for the first time on Oct. 30, 2017. The other co-player of the week was Illinois' Megan Cooney.

    Big Ten Weekly Honors (Sept. 10, 2018)
    Co-Player of the Week: Megan Cooney, So., ILL
    Co- Player of the Week: Mikaela Foecke, Sr., NEB
    Defensive Player of the Week: Hannah Gruensfelder, So., OSU
    Setter of the Week: Jordyn Poulter, Sr., ILL
    Freshman of the Week: Kaitlyn Hord, PSU





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