Huskers Meet Illini Friday Night on FS1

GAME 5: NEBRASKA at Illinois


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



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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


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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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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    Nebraska and Wisconsin Game Time Announced

    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.


    High School Football Scores 9/22


    Aquinas 39, Bishop Neumann 14

    Arapahoe 52, Wauneta-Palisade 42

    Arcadia-Loup City 30, St. Paul 8

    Archbishop Bergan 53, Wisner-Pilger 0

    Arlington 28, Louisville 3

    Auburn 52, Falls City 7

    Aurora 57, Gering 20

    Beatrice 20, Omaha Roncalli 14, OT

    Bellevue West 48, Norfolk 7

    Bennington 36, Plattsmouth 0

    Bloomfield 76, Elkhorn Valley 8

    Blue Hill 57, Axtell 30

    Boone Central/Newman Grove 35, Columbus Lakeview 0

    Boys Town 45, Fort Calhoun 6

    Bridgeport 24, Bayard 23

    Broken Bow 51, Minden 0

    Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 74, Pawnee City 0

    Burwell 38, CWC-Ewing 20

    Cambridge 62, Bertrand 30

    Centennial 48, Fillmore Central 7

    Central City 56, Centura 6

    Chadron 30, Gothenburg 7

    Clearwater/Orchard 46, Ainsworth 0

    Cody-Kilgore 37, Hyannis 34

    Columbus 34, Ralston 0

    Creighton 54, Hartington-Newcastle 0

    Diller-Odell 38, Johnson-Brock 28

    Doniphan-Trumbull 70, Sandy Creek 8

    East Butler 28, Clarkson/Leigh 8

    Elkhorn 21, Crete 18

    Elkhorn Mount Michael 35, Schuyler 14

    Elkhorn South 52, Blair 0

    Elm Creek 66, Ravenna 12

    Elwood 56, Maywood-Hayes Center 8

    Fairbury 54, Lincoln Christian 0

    Falls City Sacred Heart 60, Mead 0

    Freeman 27, Johnson County Central 6

    Friend 48, Exeter/Milligan 0

    Fullerton 54, Scribner-Snyder 6

    Gibbon 41, Southern Valley 6

    Gordon/Rushville 40, Mitchell 28

    Gretna 24, Omaha Skutt Catholic 7

    Guardian Angels 62, Omaha Nation 8

    Hartington Cedar Catholic 21, Battle Creek 6

    Harvard 32, Deshler 20

    Hastings St. Cecilia 21, Wood River 16

    Hay Springs def. Banner County, forfeit

    Heartland 56, McCool Junction 26

    Hemingford 36, Perkins County 32

    Hershey 35, Kimball 0

    Holdrege 26, Sidney 23

    Howells/Dodge 46, Neligh-Oakdale 12

    Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 46, Elgin Public/Pope John 14

    Kearney 61, Fremont 16

    Kearney Catholic 26, Cozad 14

    Kenesaw 77, Thayer Central 18

    Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 74, Niobrara/Verdigre 0

    Lawrence-Nelson 44, Giltner 36

    Lexington 50, Alliance 19

    Lincoln High 54, North Platte 14

    Lincoln Lutheran 42, Malcolm 7

    Lincoln North Star 35, Omaha South 0

    Lincoln Pius X 35, Bellevue East 0

    Lincoln Southwest 56, Omaha Bryan 14

    Logan View 42, Tekamah-Herman 20

    Loomis 24, Eustis-Farnam 22

    Lutheran High Northeast 49, Stanton 6

    Medicine Valley 50, Alma 14

    Meridian 54, Sterling 36

    Milford-Dorchester 36, Ashland-Greenwood 34

    Millard North 55, Omaha Benson 6

    Millard South 35, Lincoln Southeast 27

    Minatare 56, Potter-Dix 13

    Mullen 56, Garden County 32

    Nebraska Christian 50, Nebraska Lutheran 22

    Nebraska City Lourdes 52, Tri County 28

    Norris 42, Platteview 14

    North Central 48, Osmond 8

    Oakland-Craig 28, Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 20

    Ogallala 28, Chase County 20

    Omaha Brownell-Talbot 44, Palmyra 0

    Omaha Burke 47, Omaha Northwest 8

    Omaha Concordia 42, Douglas County West 25

    Omaha Gross Catholic 52, South Sioux City 6

    Omaha North 26, Grand Island 20

    Omaha Westside 63, Omaha Central 7

    Ord 21, Adams Central 20

    Osceola 54, Cedar Bluffs 8

    Overton 48, Amherst 6

    Palmer 59, High Plains Community 10

    Parkview Christian 56, Weeping Water 0

    Paxton 58, Crawford 30

    Pender 46, Homer 40

    Pleasanton 51, Central Valley 22

    Ponca 42, Crofton 0

    Randolph 44, Winside 14

    Riverside 84, Elba 0

    Sandhills/Thedford 44, Brady 42

    Scottsbluff 34, Grand Island Northwest 27

    Seward 35, Hastings 0

    Silver Lake def. McPherson County, forfeit

    Sioux County 74, South Platte 39

    Southern 15, Raymond Central 9

    Southwest 58, Dundy County-Stratton 50, OT

    St. Edward 48, Santee 7

    Superior 56, Franklin 15

    Sutton 44, Shelby/Rising City 0

    Syracuse 46, Conestoga 9

    Twin Loup def. Sumner-Eddyville-Miller, forfeit

    Twin River 14, Cross County 12

    Valentine 12, North Platte St. Patrick's 6

    Wahoo 63, David City 0

    Wakefield 58, Plainview 12

    Wallace 62, Hitchcock County 12

    Walthill 57, Hampton 40

    Wausa 48, Emerson-Hubbard 22

    Waverly 41, Nebraska City 0

    Wayne 48, Madison 6

    West Holt 50, Boyd County 14

    West Point-Beemer 41, O'Neill 21

    Wilber-Clatonia 42, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 6

    Wynot 62, Allen 12

    York 20, McCook 7

    Yutan 44, Elmwood-Murdock 19


    Huskers Hand No. 2 Penn State Shocking Home Sweep

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The 14th-ranked Nebraska volleyball team handed No. 2 Penn State its first sweep in Rec Hall in 14 years as the Huskers upset the previously unbeaten Nittany Lions on Fridaynight, 26-24, 25-19, 25-20, in front of a crowd of 3,763.

    The Huskers (8-3, 1-0 Big Ten) won their sixth straight match against Penn State and gave the Nittany Lions (10-1, 0-1 Big Ten) their first 3-0 loss at home since Oct. 18, 2003 against Minnesota.

    Seniors Annika Albrecht, Briana Holman and Kelly Hunter led the charge for the inspired Huskers. Albrecht had a career-high 19 kills on .400 hitting and added six digs and four blocks. Holman, who was questionable to play leading up to the match with an ankle injury, had a season-high 13 kills and hit .750. She also had three blocks. Hunter had 39 assists, six kills and nine digs. Mikaela Foecke and Lauren Stivrins each added eight kills.

    The Husker attack was sharp all night as they hit .347, the highest by a Penn State opponent this season. The defense was just as strong, holding the Nittany Lions to a season-low .227 hitting percentage. Nebraska won the digs battle, 51 to 43, and edged Penn State in blocks, 7.0 to 6.5. Kenzie Maloney had 12 digs, and Sydney Townsend added 10.

    Simone Lee had 15 kills and 13 digs to lead the Nittany Lions.

    Set 1: The Huskers led early after Hunter opened the match with a kill and NU proceeded to connect on five kills in seven attacks for a 7-4 advantage. Penn State drew even at 9-9 before Stivrins terminated across the court and Foecke added a kill. Holman scored the next four points for the Huskers via kills and put NU ahead 15-13 at the media timeout. Penn State tied the set again at 16-16 on a kill by Lee, but Stivrins answered again for the Huskers. The teams engaged in a sideout battle until Penn State took a 20-19 lead, its first of the set. After a timeout, Sweet posted a kill and Penn State hit wide to put NU back in front, 21-20. Albrecht tacked on her sixth kill and the Huskers led 22-20 before Penn State took a timeout. It made little difference, however, as Albrecht pounded another kill on the next point. Lee killed for Penn State to end Foecke's service run and then added another to cut it to 23-22 Huskers. Holman gained set point for the Big Red after Hunter handled a tough pass and, while off balance, set Holman for a kill. The Nittany Lions scored two straight to tie the set at 24-24, but they served long for NU's third set point. And the Huskers didn't let that one slip away, as Stivrins and Hunter combined for a block to nab the 26-24 win. The Huskers won the hitting battle .364 to .250.

    Set 2: Holman and Albrecht took over in set two as they accounted for a 5-0 run with three straight kills and then went in on two straight blocks for an 8-4 Husker lead. Hunter put down back-to-back kills to put the Huskers up 13-9. NU led 15-12 at the media timeout after another kill by Hunter. After the media timeout, Holman and Foecke tallied back-to-back kills to make it 17-12 and force a Penn State timeout. Penn State drew within 19-17 on a kill by Lee, and the Huskers used a timeout. Albrecht responded with her 12th kill of the match, and Stivrins also terminated for a 21-17 Husker advantage. After a PSU timeout, Albrecht once again found an open spot on the floor for a 22-18 lead. Albrecht and Foecke finished off the 25-19 win as the Huskers hit .390. In the second set alone, Holman and Albrecht combined for 12 kills and teamed up for two blocks.

    Set 3: Nebraska came out on the attack once again and went up 9-6 after a pair of blocks, one by Sweet and Stivrins and one by Albrecht and Stivrins. Penn State cut it to 14-13 before an Albrecht kill and a block by Stivrins and Albrecht. Later, Stivrins pounded a kill for an 18-15 lead. The Nittany Lions got within 18-17, but Stivrins came up big as she did all night to give the Huskers a two-point edge again. Holman's 13th kill of the match made it 22-19 Huskers. Albrecht added back-to-back kills for match point, and the Huskers clinched the sweep on her 19th and final kill of the night.

    Up Next: The Huskers travel to face Rutgers on Saturday at 6 p.m. (CT). The match can be viewed online with a BTN Plus subscription and can be heard on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates and on Huskers.com.



    Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst Fired

    Lincoln, Nebraska, Sept. 21, 2017 – The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has announced it has begun a search for a new director of athletics. The university has ended Shawn Eichorst’s employment, effective immediately.

    “Shawn has led Nebraska Athletics in many positive ways, but those efforts have not translated into on-field performance,” Chancellor Ronnie Green said. “Our fans and our student-athletes deserve leadership that drives the highest levels of competitiveness, as well as excellence across all facets of Husker Athletics.”

    Eichorst joined Nebraska in October 2012, and has about $1.7 million remaining on a contract that runs through June 2019. Green and President Hank Bounds decided to seek a new athletic director and met with Eichorst today. Green and Bounds also met with Husker coaches today to share the decision.

    “I want to sincerely thank Shawn for his dedication to and care for our student-athletes, and for his commitment to their success here at Nebraska, and in life,” Green said. “He has positively influenced countless lives at this university, and I wish him and his family the very best going forward.”

    In a statement, Eichorst said, “While I am deeply disappointed in the decision today, I am grateful for the wonderful years that my family and I have spent at Nebraska. I am proud of how our student-athletes, coaches and staff represented this great university and state, and I am confident that the future is bright for Nebraska Athletics.”

    The search for a new director of athletics began today. The university expects to appoint an interim athletic director to oversee day-to-day operations of Nebraska Athletics until a new, permanent director of athletics begins.

    The chancellor said the university will reach out to stakeholders knowledgeable of Nebraska Athletics, as well as those who have run successful college programs around the nation, for guidance and perspective in the search for a new permanent director of athletics. The search will focus on finding a director who helps put Husker teams into the best place of opportunity to compete and to uphold the athletic program’s outstanding academic achievement, Green said.

    Green will hold a media availability at 2:30 p.m. at the Van Brunt Visitors Center, 313 N. 13th St., on the university campus.

    “Winning can and often does happen in concert with well-run, quality college programs that work to ensure the success of the student,” he said. “That’s our expectation. We take pride here in doing things right and doing the right thing, and that won’t change. This is not an either-or equation. We can and should win in that kind of environment.”


    Huskers Begin Big Ten Play at No. 2 Penn State


    SEPT. 22, 2017 | REC HALL




    TV - BTN

    ONLINE - BTN2GO.com
    RADIO - Husker Sports Network
    INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com




    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. | 6 P.M. (CT)

    RADIO - Husker Sports Network
    INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com

    The Nebraska volleyball team opens Big Ten play on Friday at No. 2 Penn State at 7 p.m. (CT) at Rec Hall in University Park, Pennsylvania. The match will be televised on BTN and streamed on BTN2GO.com. The Huskers will then travel to New Brunswick, New Jersey to play Rutgers on Saturday at 6 p.m. (CT). That match will be streamed online with a BTN Plus subscription.

    Husker Sports Network will broadcast all the action on HSN affiliates including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM 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.


    About the Huskers
    • Nebraska finished non-conference play with a 7-3 record after a 2-1 weekend at the Omaha Challenge hosted by UNO at Baxter Arena. The Huskers swept Kansas State and Omaha but were upset by Northern Iowa, 3-1, which snapped the Big Red’s six-match win streak.
    • Nebraska ranks 13th nationally in opponent hitting percentage after holding foes to .137 through non-conference play. The Huskers rank third in the Big Ten in that category.
    • As a team, the Huskers are fourth in the Big Ten with 16.50 digs per set.
    • Mikaela Foecke leads the Huskers with 3.29 kills per set and is averaging 2.71 digs per set. The junior has four double-doubles this season.
    • Jazz Sweet adds 2.74 kills per set and is hitting a team-high .354. The freshman right-side hitter has at least five kills in every match this season and has hit over .300 in seven of 10 matches.
    • Annika Albrecht was named the co-MVP of the Omaha Challenge last weekend. The senior outside hitter is averaging 2.68 kills and 2.97 digs per set. 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.
    • Senior setter Kelly Hunter is putting up 10.04 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 is the eighth Husker in school history to surpass 3,000 career assists. She now has 3,132 in her career and ranks seventh in school history. With 67 more assists she will pass Lauren Cook for sixth in NU history.
    • Senior middle blocker Briana Holman averages 2.26 kills and 1.18 blocks per set.
    • Junior libero Kenzie Maloney is averaging 4.62 digs per set, which ranks third in the Big Ten.
    • Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins chips in 2.18 kills and 0.88 blocks per set for the Huskers. Stivrins has at least six kills in every match this season and has improved her blocking of late with 1.40 blocks per set over Nebraska’s last three matches.


    • John Cook, Nebraska: 18th year at Nebraska (506-68); 25th year overall (667-141)
    • Russ Rose, Penn State: 39th year at Penn State (1,223-196)
    • CJ Werneke, Rutgers: 10th year at Rutgers (76-208); 16th year overall (187-294)


    Series History
    • Nebraska holds a 19-10 lead in the series with Penn State. The Huskers have won five straight in the series and have not lost to the Nittany Lions since Nov. 29, 2014 in University Park. Nebraska won 3-2 (22-25, 25-17, 25-23, 23-25, 15-11) at Penn State and 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-22) in Lincoln in the regular season last year. The Huskers then came out on top in an epic regional semifinal match on Dec. 9 at the Devaney Center. Nebraska trailed the match 2-0 and faced elimination down 24-22 in set three. But the Huskers won the final four points of the third set and then won the fourth set, 25-19, before dominating the fifth set, 15-6.
    • Nebraska is 3-1 all-time against Rutgers with all three wins coming in the Big Ten era. The Huskers swept the Scarlet Knights in 2014 and 2016 in New Brunswick, and in 2015 in Lincoln. This season marks the first in Rutgers’ four years in the Big Ten in which the Huskers will play Rutgers twice. Rutgers’ lone win was in 1978.


    Scouting Penn State
    • Penn State went 10-0 in non-conference action and has not lost a match since last year’s Dec. 9 regional semifinal match at Nebraska. The Nittany Lions have two neutral-site wins over No. 4 Stanford already this season. Penn State leads the Big Ten in hitting (.360) with first-team All-American Haleigh Washington leading the way with a conference-best .534 hitting percentage. Washington averages 2.54 kills and 1.49 blocks per set. Fellow first-team All-American Simone Lee contributes a team-high 3.94 kills per set on .334 hitting. Ali Frantti adds 2.53 kills and 1.79 digs per set. All three players were preseason All-Big Ten selections.


    Scouting Rutgers
    • At 5-7 entering Friday’s match against Iowa, Rutgers has already won its most matches since 2014. Rutgers has lost 31 straight Big Ten matches entering the weekend and is 1-59 all-time in Big Ten matches. Rutgers has served 72 aces this season, third-most in the Big Ten. Kamilla Cieslik averages 3.40 kills and has 19 aces this year. Sahbria McLetchie adds 2.83 kills and 1.75 digs 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 eighth on NU’s career assists chart with 3,132. She 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.
    • Hunter was named Big Ten Setter of the Week four times last season, giving her seven career awards. She set a career high with 61 assists at Penn State. She posted 11.24 assists per set to rank third in the Big Ten.


    Foecke Poised for Bigger Role
    • Junior outside hitter Mikaela Foecke is NU’s top hitter with 3.29 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 2.71 digs per set and a .980 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).


    Holman Leads Husker Middle Blockers
    • Senior Briana Holman guides a relatively inexperienced group of Husker middle blockers.
    • Holman is averaging 2.26 kills and a team-best 1.18 blocks per set for the Huskers while hitting .295. 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 so far that has happened.
    • Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins is averaging 2.18 kills per set and has started every match.
    • Freshman outside hitter Jazz Sweet had an outstanding debut with 14 kills on .375 hitting against Oregon and 16 kills on .323 hitting at Florida. Sweet is second on the team in kills at 2.74 per set and is hitting a team-high .354.
    • 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 seven matches.


    Huskers Ranked No. 14 in AVCA Coaches Poll
    • Nebraska is ranked No. 14 in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll.
    • 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 459 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
    • Nebraska has appeared in all 515 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 667 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 (506-68).
    • 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.


    Huskers Open Fall Season This Weekend

    The Nebraska softball team begins its fall season this weekend, which will include eight home games and one scrimmage.

    The Huskers will kick off the fall season with the Red-White scrimmage on Friday, Sept. 22 beginning at 3:30 p.m. The scrimmage will feature all current Huskers, including freshmen and transfer athletes, as well as some former Huskers.

    On Sept. 24, NU welcomes South Dakota for a double header beginning at 1 p.m.

    The next weekend, Nebraska hosts the Big Red Fall Classic on Sept. 30 and Oct.1. The Huskers will play two games against Colorado State on Sept. 30 at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. The following day, Colorado State will play UNO at 10 a.m. Then, Nebraska will face Colorado State at 12:30 p.m., before competing against UNO at 3 p.m.

    On Oct. 5, the Big Red plays Butler Community College at 4 p.m. Nebraska wraps up the fall season on Oct. 10 when the team plays Bellevue University at 5 p.m. The final two games will last 10 innings.

    All games will take place at Bowlin Stadium and are free admission.

    Nebraska returns 15 players from last season, including seniors Laura Barrow, Caitlin Bartsch, Kaylan Jablonski, Gina Metzler, Taylor Otte and Austen Urness. Jablonski, along with junior Alyvia Simmons claimed All-Big Ten Accolades last season.

    Other returning juniors include Madi Unzicker and Bri Cassidy. Joining the upperclassmen as returners are sophomores Alexis Perry, Sydney McLeod, Lexey Kneib, Tristen Edwards, Rindy Bryant and Bree Boruff.

    NU welcomes five freshmen in Sarah Yocom, Rylie Unzicker, Ally Riley, Payton Huscroft and Olivia Ferrell, as well as junior college transfer Regan Mergele, who is a two-time All-American and a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association national champion.


    Huskers in the Haymarket Presented by SCHEELS Set for Oct. 6

    Lincoln – The Husker basketball programs will be taking their opening preseason event to downtown Lincoln next month, as the first-ever Huskers in the Haymarket presented by SCHEELS will take place on Friday, Oct. 6.

    This interactive, fan-friendly event will take place outside on Canopy Street between R and Q Streets, as the street next to the Railyard near Pinnacle Bank Arena will be closed for the event. The event runs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. includes both the Husker men’s and women’s programs and is free to the public.

    Huskers in the Haymarket will feature dunk and 3-point contests, as well as other games featuring both teams and fans in attendance. The event will conclude with remarks from Husker players and coaches. In case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled.

    Both Husker programs will open the 2017-18 season on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, as the NU women will open against SIU-Edwardsville while the men host Eastern Illinois. The Husker women have their exhibition game against Minnesota State-Mankato on Sunday, Nov. 5, while the men host Northwood University in their lone exhibition on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

    Season tickets for both programs are available by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling the Nebraska Athletics Ticketing and Development Office at (800) 8-BIGRED or 402-472-3111. For the men’s program, only 300 Level seating is currently available at $108, while women’s season tickets range from $85 to $170.

    Huskers N the Haymarket Presented by SCHEELS

    Date: Friday, Oct. 6
    Time: 8-9:30 p.m.
    Location: Canopy Street (between R and Q Streets)
    Cost: Free
    Note: In case of inclement weather, the event will not be rescheduled


    Huskers Open Big Ten Play with Rutgers



    LINCOLN, NEB. | 2:30 p.m. (CT)



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    Record: 1-2, 0-0 Big Ten
    Last Game: lost to N. Illinois, 21-17
    Rankings: NR
    Coach: Mike Riley
    Career/NU Record: 109-93 (17th Year)/16-13 (3rd Year)
    vs. Rutgers: 1-0


    Record: 1-2, 0-0 Big Ten
    Last Game: def. Morgan State, 65-0
    Rankings: NR
    Coach: Chris Ash
    Career/RU Record: 3-12 (2nd Year)/Same
    vs. Nebraska: first meeting

    The Matchup

    Nebraska will play its third home game in four weeks on Saturday afternoon, as the Huskers welcome Rutgers to Memorial Stadium for the 2017 Homecoming contest. Game time in Lincoln is set for shortly after 2:30 p.m. CT, with national television coverage on BTN and radio coverage on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

    The Huskers enter Saturday's contest with a 1-2 record following a 21-17 loss to Northern Illinois in Lincoln. The Husker defense held NIU in check throughout the game, but two costly interceptions for touchdowns spelled the difference in the setback.

    The game against Rutgers marks the Huskers' 2017 Big Ten opener. A year ago, the Huskers posted a 6-3 conference record to finish in second place in the Big Ten West. Since joining the Big Ten in 2011, Nebraska has posted a 4-2 record in Big Ten Conference openers, including a win at Northwestern in last year's league opener.

    Nebraska will also be looking to extend its success on Homecoming, which includes winning its past eight Homecoming contests.

    Rutgers will come to Lincoln with a 1-2 record after a 65-0 victory over Morgan State on Saturday in Piscataway, N.J. The Scarlet Knights are in their second season under Head Coach Chris Ash, and have been strong on defense in 2017. Rutgers is allowing just 297.1 yards per game, including less than 100 rushing yards per contest.


    Nebraska Football Top 10

    • Nebraska is 890-374-40 all-time, one of only 10 schools with 800 wins.

  • The Cornhuskers rank fourth all-time with their 890 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 355 consecutive sellouts.

    Nebraska-Rutgers Series

    The matchup on Saturday afternoon between Nebraska and Rutgers is the fourth all-time between the schools and the third as Big Ten Conference members.

    Rutgers made a trip to Lincoln in 2014 before Nebraska won a game in New Jersey in 2015. The first meeting between the teams was played at the New York Polo Grounds in 1920.

    Huskers Ready to Open Big Ten Conference ActionNebraska will begin the Big Ten portion of its 2017 schedule against Rutgers on Saturday. The game marks the start of the Huskers' seventh season of Big Ten competition.

  • The Huskers are 4-2 in Big Ten openers since joining the league in 2011.
  • Rutgers is the fourth different school Nebraska has faced in a Big Ten opener. This marks the first time Nebraska has opened league play against an East Division opponent since the league switched to an East-West format in 2014.
  • Nebraska has won 38 of its past 42 conference openers overall, with three of those losses against top-20 teams.
  • Overall, Nebraska is 90-21-2 all-time in conference openers (.805 winning percentage).
  • Nebraska is 17-7 overall in Big Ten home games since joining the conference.

    NU Looks for Homecoming Success vs. Scarlet Knights

    Nebraska will play host to Rutgers on Saturday in the annual Homecoming game in Lincoln. The game will be Nebraska’s 107th Homecoming game. The Huskers boast an all-time record of 80-22-4 (.774 winning percentage) in Homecoming games.

    Nebraska has won its past eight Homecoming games, including a 5-0 record against Big Ten opponents on Homecoming. Nebraska also won 36 straight Homecoming games from 1969 to 2004.


    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 16-13 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.

    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.

    Wilbon, Spielman Join First-Time Starters for 2017 Huskers

    Junior I-Back Mikale Wilbon and redshirt freshman receiver JD Spielman made their first career starts on Saturday against Northern Illinois. Wilbon and Spielman were the seventh Husker to earn their first carer starts in 2017.

    The previous week at Oregon, redshirt freshman offensive tackle Matt Farniok stepped in on the right side in place of an injured David Knevel. Farniok again started against NIU as Knevel remained on the sidelines.

    In the season opener against Arkansas State, six Huskers made their first career starts at Nebraska. Five of those players were making their first college starts in addition to Tanner Lee making his first start in Lincoln.

    First-Time starters in 2017
    • Tyler Hoppes, TE (3)
    • Connor Ketter, TE (3)
    • Luke Gifford, LB (3)
    • Eric Lee Jr., CB (3)
    • Tre Bryant, IB (2)
    • Matt Farniok, RFr., OT (2)
    • Mikale Wilbon, Jr., IB (1)
    • JD Spielman, RFr., WR (1)


    Huskers Striving for Balanced Offensive Attack

    The Nebraska offense will continue to strive for a balanced attack in 2017. The Huskers got off to a good start in that area in the season-opening w

    in over Arkansas State, but have not been as strong in the run game the past two weeks.

    The Huskers rushed for 225 yards against the Red Wolves, while passing for 238 yards. It marked the first time NU had topped 200 yards in both rushing and passing since accomplishing that feat in three straight wins against Oregon, Northwestern and Illinois in 2016.

  • The Huskers showed the ability to feature explosive plays on offense. NU had a pair of runs of better than 20 yards, and had three pass plays of at least 25 yards. The Huskers backed that up with one 20-yard rush at Oregon and six pass plays of at least 20 yards.
  • Running back Tre Bryant rolled up 192 rushing yards, while receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. had 102 receiving yards vs. Arkansas State. It marked the first time Nebraska has had a 100-yard rusher and receiver in the same game since a 2014 victory over Illinois when Ameer Abdullah ran for 208 yards and Kenny Bell had 105 receiving yards.
  • Bryant and Morgan duplicated the feat at Oregon, with Bryant rushing for 107 yards and Morgan posting 103 receiving yards. This marked the first time Nebraska has had consecutive games with a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver since 1983. Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier and No. 1 NFL Draft pick Irving Fryar accomplished the feat against Minnesota and UCLA.

    Bryant Looks to Return to Carry Husker Run Game
    Sophomore I-back Tre Bryant earned the starting job with a strong preseason practice effort. The 5-11, 200-pound Bryant showed through two games when he sits atop the depth chart.

    Bryant was strong in games against Arkansas State and Oregon, topping the century mark in both contests. However, he missed the Northern Illinois contest with a knee injury, but hopes to return soon.

    Bryant carried 31 times for 192 yards and a touchdown in the season opener. It marked the most rushing yards for a Husker in 25 games, dating back to Terrell Newby's 198 yards against South Alabama in 2015. Bryant responded with 20 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown at Oregon before leaving with an injury.

  • Bryant's 31 carries against Arkansas State were the most by a Husker since Ameer Abdullah carried 35 times for 229 yards against Miami in September of 2014.
  • Bryant's previous career highs were 13 carries for 56 yards against Maryland last season. Bryant reached those totals before halftime against Arkansas State with 13 carries for 78 yards before intermission.
  • With his second straight 100-yard rushing day at Oregon, Bryant was the first Husker to post back-to-back 100-yard rushing games to start the season since Ameer Abdullah in 2013.
  • Bryant's 299 rushing yards through two games was the best by a Husker since Taylor Martinez rushed for 301 yards in the first two games in 2011. Bryant's total was the most by a Husker running back since Marlon Lucky rushed for 323 yards in the first two games of the 2007 season.
  • Bryant has posted the three longest runs of his career over the first two games. He had runs of 24 and 35 yards against Arkansas State and had a 25-yard rush at Oregon.
  • Bryant has been impressive on first down through two games. He is averaging 6.5 yards per carry on 36 first-down rushes. Bryant has two touchdowns and eight runs for a first down on his 36 first-down carries.
  • Bryant would top the Big Ten in rushing average at 149.5 yards per game if he qualified by playing 75 percent of games. His 192-yard effort against Arkansas State is the 13th-best rushing outing of the 2017 season in the FBS ranks.

    Veteran Receiving Duo Leading Passing Attack

    Nebraska has the luxury of two veteran and proven pass catchers to lead the receiving corps. Senior De'Mornay Pierson-El and junior Stanley Morgan Jr. Both have extensive playing experience and are off to strong starts in 2017. Morgan has 18 receptions for 299 yards, while Pierson-El has caught 14 passes for 188 yards.

    The duo leads a receiving corps that also features a pair of explosive newcomers in redshirt freshman JD Spielman and true freshman Tyjon Lindsey.

  • The 299 receiving yards by Morgan through two games is the second-most in NU history through the season's first three contests. Morgan's 18 catches through three games is the most in school history.
  • The Nebraska season record for 100-yard receiving games is four by six Huskers, most recently Jordan Westerkamp in 2015.
  • Morgan had seven catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns at Oregon, setting career highs in all three categories. His seven catches bettered five-reception efforts on two previous occasions. His 103 yards were one yard better than his 102 yards in the season opener.
  • Morgan had touchdown catches of 28 and 18 yards at Oregon, marking his first career multiple-TD game.
  • Morgan surpassed the 1,000-yard career receiving mark with his effort against Northern Illinois. Morgan is the 25th Husker to surpass 1,000 career receiving yards, and ranks 24th in NU history with 1,056 career yards.
  • Morgan was Nebraska's second-leading receiver last season with 33 catches for 453 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
  • Pierson-El earned All-America honors as a punt returner in 2014 and has continued to grow as a receiver. He had a 12-yard touchdown against Arkansas State in the opener and had four catches for 67 yards and a touchdown at Oregon. He tied his career high with eight receptions against Northern Illinois, while his 101 receiving yards, was just one shy of his career best.
  • Pierson-El is poised to quickly join Morgan in the 1,000-yard club. Pierson-El has 69 receptions for 874 yards in his NU career.
  • Pierson-El is a versatile performer who is an electrifying punt returner and is used in the NU run game. Against Arkansas State, he rushed two times for 23 yards and narrowly missed a 71-yard touchdown run as he just stepped out of bounds.


    Huskies Upend Huskers

    Lincoln - Nebraska put up 171 more yards of total offense than Northern Illinois, but the Huskies used three interceptions including a pair of first-quarter pick sixes to defeat the Huskers, 21-17, on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

    The loss ended Nebraska's eight-game home winning streak, knocking the Huskers to 1-2 to end non-conference play. Northern Illinois improved to 2-1 with its only setback coming in a 23-20 loss to Boston College in its season opener.

    Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee completed 25-of-47 passes for 299 yards on the day, but he threw a trio of interceptions and was sacked three times. His first interception came on the game's opening drive. After Nebraska drove quickly down the field, NIU's Shawun Lurry jumped a wide receiver screen and raced 87 yards for a touchdown to give the Huskies a 7-0 lead with 11:24 left in the opening period.

    Later in the quarter, Jawuan Johnson picked off another Lee pass and scampered 25 yards into the end zone to give the Huskies a 14-0 lead with 1:13 left in the quarter.

    Nebraska trailed 14-0 after one quarter, despite outgaining NIU, 115-32 in the period, while running 22 plays compared to just 10 for the Huskies.

    The Huskers' first-half offensive struggles culminated with Drew Brown's 37-yard field goal attempt being blocked on the final play of the half.

    While the offense was unable to get untracked, the Blackshirts played solid on defense to keep the Northern Illinois offense off the board in the first half. In fact, Nebraska outyarded NIU, 201-88, in the half and ran 43 plays compared to just 25 for the Huskies.

    The Huskers narrowed the gap in the third quarter, finding the end zone on Lee's first-ever collegiate touchdown run. Lee's four-yard plunge with 8:05 left in the quarter capped a two-play, two-yard drive that followed a fumbled punt by Jalen Embry that was recovered by Nebraska's Marquel Dismuke at the NIU 2.

    Nebraska cut the margin to 14-10 with 15 seconds left in the third quarter on Brown's 36-yard field goal to finish a 15-play, 71-yard drive.

    In the third quarter, Nebraska produced 81 yards on 22 plays, compared to just 28 yards on 11 plays by the Huskies to take a 282-116 edge in total yardage to the fourth quarter.

    The Huskers then took their first lead of the day on Lee's one-yard touchdown run with 11:14 left in the game to cap a six-play, 63-yard march by the Big Red.

    However, Nebraska's lead was short-lived, as Northern Illinois quarterback Daniel Santcaterina moved the Huskies 75 yards in just six plays to put NIU back in front 21-17 with 8:52 remaining.

    Nebraska had two chances to answer down the stretch, the first drive ended with an incomplete pass on 4th-and-7 at the NIU 33 with 5:31 left. The Blackshirts got another stop with 3:09 left, but Lee was intercepted for the third time on 4th and 14 from the Nebraska 16 with 1:36 left.

    Northern Illinois ran out the clock to secure the win, despite Nebraska's 384-213 edge in total yardage. Both defenses did a good job at the line of scrimmage, as Nebraska managed just 85 rushing yards on 36 carries, while the Huskies produced 85 yards on 31 totes. I-back Mikale Wilbon led the Nebraska backs with 90 yards on 24 carries.

    De'Mornay Pierson-El led Nebraska's receivers with 101 yards on a career-high eight receptions, including seven catches for 83 yards in the first half. Stanley Morgan Jr. added six catches for 94 yards to go over 1,000 yards receiving in his career.

    Jordan Huff led the Northern Illinois running game with 105 yards and a touchdown on just 16 carries, while Santacaterina threw for 128 yards on 15-of-22 passing to improve to 2-0 as a starter for the Huskies this season.

    Bobby Jones led the Huskies defense with 14 tackles, while Kyle Pugh and Mykel Williams added double-digit tackles. Luke Gifford led the Huskers with eight stops.

    Nebraska opens Big Ten Conference play next Saturday at Memorial Stadium against Rutgers.

    Northern Illinois 21, Nebraska 17
    Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017
    Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)

    Scoring Summary

    First Quarter (NIU 14-0)
    NIU - 11:24 - Shawun Lurry 87 INT return (Christian Hagan kick), NIU 7-0
    NIU - 1:13 - Jawuan Johnson 25 INT return (Hagan kick), NIU 14-0

    Second Quarter (NIU 14-0)
    No scoring

    Third Quarter (NIU 14-10)
    NEB - 8:05 - Tanner Lee 4 run (Drew Brown kick), 2 plays, 2 yards, 0:48, NIU 14-7
    NEB - 0:15 - Brown 36 FG, 15 plays, 71 yards, 6:20, NIU 14-10

    Fourth Quarter (NIU 21-17)
    NEB - 11:14 - Lee 1 run (Brown kick), 6 plays, 63 yards, 2:14, NEB 17-14
    NIU - 8:52 - Jordan Huff 2 run (Hagan kick), 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:22, NIU 21-17

    Kickoff (TV): 11:05 a.m. (Fox Sports 1)
    Time of Game: 3:15
    Attendance: 89,664

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