NEBRASKA vs MINNESOTA
OCT. 20, 2018 | MEMORIAL STADIUM
LINCOLN, NEB. | 2:30 P.M. (CT)
TV - BTN (Kevin Kugler, James Laurinaitis, Lisa Byington)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 94, XM 195
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Record: 0-6, 0-4 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Northwester, 34-31 (OT)
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 19-12 (3rd Year)/0-6 (1st Year)
vs. Minnesota: 0-0
Record: 3-3, 0-3 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Ohio State, 30-14
Coach: P.J. Fleck
Career/Minnesota Record: 38-32 (6th Year)/8-10 (2nd Year)
vs. Nebraska: 1-0
Nebraska begins a stretch of four home games in five weeks on Saturday afternoon when the Huskers play host to Minnesota at Memorial Stadium. The Big Ten West Division matchup is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff with the game televised on BTN. The contest can also be heard on the IMG Husker Sports Network.
Nebraska heads into the contest looking for its first win of 2018 following a 34-31 overtime loss at Northwestern on Saturday. Nebraska took a two-touchdown lead early in the fourth quarter, but saw the Wildcats storm back to defeat the Huskers on an overtime field goal. The Nebraska offense was productive again, rolling up better than 480 yards for the third straight game.
Minnesota will come to Lincoln with a 3-3 overall record and an 0-3 mark in the Big Ten Conference. The Gophers were victorious in each of their three non-conference games before dropping their three Big Ten games, including a 30-14 loss at Ohio State last Saturday. The Gophers have leaned on a strong defense in the first half of the season, allowing 354.2 yards per game to rank fifth in the Big Ten. Minnesota Coach P.J. Fleck is in his second season at the helm of the Gopher program.
This Week's Numbers
100 - Sophomore receiver JD Spielman is five receptions from becoming the 12th Husker with 100 career receptions. Spielman would be the first Husker to reach that milestone before his junior season. Spielman has 27 receptions over the past three games.
2 - Nebraska freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez is one of two players in the country averaging 225 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game, joining Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.
150 - Running back Devine Ozigbo has topped 150 rushing yards in two of the past three games. Ozigbo had 159 yards and two touchdowns at Northwestern, two weeks after a career-high 170 yards against Purdue.
• Nebraska has played Minnesota more than any other Big Ten opponent. The series has featured 58 all-time meetings, including 51 prior to Nebraska joining the Big Ten in 2011.
• Nebraska and Minnesota played 19 straight seasons between 1934 and 1952 and met for eight straight seasons between 1967 and 1974.
• Nebraska won 16 straight games in the series between 1963 and 2012, before a Minnesota win in 2013.
Husker Offense Hopes to Sustain Momentum Against Gophers
Head Coach Scott Frostand his staff oversaw one of the nation's most potent offenses at UCF in 2017. Nebraska has shown an improved offense in 2018, with the ability to be explosive.
Nebraska opened the year with 565 yards of total offense against Colorado. Nebraska had back-to-back 500-yard games in Big Ten play, including a season-high 582 yards against Purdue and 518 yards at No. 16 Wisconsin.
• Nebraska averages 440.5 yards of total offense per game to rank fifth in the Big Ten.
• The consecutive 500-yard games against Purdue and Wisconsin marks the first time NU has had back-to-back 500-yard outputs in Big Ten games. It is the first time NU has had consecutive 500-yard games in conference play since the final two Big 12 games in 2007.
• The 565 yards against Colorado in the opener marked the first 500-yard total offense game for the Huskers since posting 556 yards at Northwestern in 2016.
• The total offense output against Colorado was the best at the time by Nebraska in 35 games, dating back to a 610-yard effort against Southern Miss in 2015.
Offense Hopes to Sustian Momentum at Wisconsin
Head Coach Scott Frost and his staff oversaw one of the nation's most potent offenses at UCF in 2017. Nebraska has shown signs this season of an explosive offense, beginning with its effort in the opener with Colorado when NU had 565 yards of total offense.
Nebraska has posted back-to-back conference games with better than 500 yards of total offense, including a season-high 582 yards against Purdue and 518 yards at Wisconsin.
• Nebraska averages 432.2 yards of total offense per game to rank fifth in the Big Ten.
• The consecutive 500-yard games against Purdue and Wisconsin marks the first time NU has had back-to-back 500-yard outputs in Big Ten games. It is the first time NU has had consecutive 500-yard games in conference play since the final two Big 12 games in 2007. • The 565 yards against Colorado in the air marked the first 500-yard total offense game for the Huskers since posting 556 yards at Northwestern in 2016.
• The total offense output against Colorado was the best at the time by Nebraska in 35 games, dating back to a 610-yard effort against Southern Miss in 2015.
Huskers Passing Game Stressing Opposing Defenses
Nebraska has featured a high-powered passing attack over the past three games. The Huskers threw for 323 yards againt Purdue, had a season-high 407 passing yards at Wisconsin before also topping 250 yards at Northwestern.
• Nebraska's consecutive 300-yard passing games were its first since doing so against Minnesota and Penn State in 2017.
• The Huskers are averaging 247.8 passing yards per game to rank seventh in the Big Ten.
NU Looks to Find Success in the Running Game
Nebraska churned out 329 rushing yards in the opener against Colorado, and has shown the ability to feature a strong rushing attack this season.
• Nebraska had 231 rushing yards at Northwestern, marking the fourth time in 2018 the Huskers topped 180 rushing yards. NU is averaging 192.7 rushing yards per game to rank sixth in the Big Ten.
• The rushing total against Colorado bettered Nebraska's season highs from 2017. In fact, the Huskers had 243 rushing yards by halftime, surpassing last year's single-game high of 225 yards against Arkansas State.
• The 329 rushing yards were Nebraska's most yards on the ground since rushing for 458 yards against Illinois in 2014.
• Nebraska surpassed 300 yards on the ground for the first time since rushing for 310 yards at Northwestern on Sept. 24, 2016.
• Nebraska had a pair of 100-yard rushers against Colorado. That marked the first time Nebraska had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game since a 2014 win over Illinois.'
• Nebraska has added two more 100-yard games, with Devine Ozigbo topping 150 yards against both Purdue and Northwestern.
• Ozigbo's career-high 170 rushing yards against Purdue were the most by a Husker in a Big Ten game since Ameer Abdullah had 225 rushing yards against Rutgers in 2014.
B1G Receiving Duo
Spielman and Morgan were at their best in conference play in 2017. Spielman and Morgan ranked first and second, respectively, in the Big Ten last season in receiving yards per play in conference play.
Spielman led the league with 88.1 receiving yards per game in conference-only games, while Morgan averaged 85.9 yards per game in league play. They were the only returning Big Ten players who averaged at least 59 receiving yards per game in Big Ten play last season.
• Both Spielman and Morgan are back among the league leaders in 2018. Spielman ranks third in the league in receiving yards in all game and is second in Big Ten games at 106.3 yards per game.
• Morgan ranks 10th in the conference in receiving yards per game.
LINCOLN, Neb. | PORTLAND, Ore. – The University of Nebraska Huskers and adidas Football today unveiled the new adidas Primeknit A1 ‘Memorial Tribute’ alternate uniforms, which will make their on-field debut for the Cornhuskers’ game against Illinois on Saturday, November 10.
2018 marks 100 years since the culmination of World War I (WWI). The new adidas Primeknit A1 ‘Memorial Tribute’ alternate uniforms pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the end of the WWI and celebrates Memorial Stadium. The venue was originally named Memorial Stadium to honor more than 700 Nebraskans who died in WWI and those who served in the Civil War, Spanish-American Wars. Memorial Stadium also honors Nebraskans who served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam and more.
In collaboration with University of Nebraska Athletics, the new adidas Primeknit A1 ‘Memorial Tribute’ alternate uniform was specifically inspired by the first team to play in Memorial Stadium and continues the school’s age-old tradition of honoring Nebraska’s veterans. The field hosted its first football game on October 20, 1923 and this will be the Huskers’ 96th season at the stadium.
Similar to the 1923 Huskers’ jerseys, the 2018 Nebraska ‘Memorial Tribute’ uniform features a throwback tonal, paneled front. The buff-colored pant is designed to resemble the first façade of Memorial Stadium, which was also a characteristic of the 1923 uniform. Additionally, the newalternate uniform showcases key aspects of the 85,000-seat arena, including the numbers and fonts which were inspired by the original clock in Memorial Stadium.
Four quotes are inscribed on each corner of Nebraska’s stadium that communicate honor and glory of the state’s fallen heroes. University of Nebraska Athletics chose to showcase the quote in the Southwest corner, which is centered above each number on the new jerseys. It reads, “Not the victory but the action; Not the goal but the game; In the deed the glory.” The words have gone on to become famous among Husker Nation and are a motto for the team.
Merging style and innovation, the Huskers’ new adidas Primeknit A1 ‘’Memorial Tribute’ alternate football uniform redefines the compression silhouette and takes the innovation and design of football jerseys and pants to the next level, with an emphasis on full range of motion, fit, form and function.
A new body-mapping jersey design features an all-new ribbed knit pattern on the chest and shoulder pads to produce a refined fit, while knit engineered mesh channels feature Climacool technology to provide enhanced breathability and cooling zones. The development of a new innovative chevron pattern on the chest of the jersey aligns with a player’s shoulder pads and generates increased durability for high-contact zones for protection and the inside of the jersey features silicon grip patterns on the shoulders to lock the pads in place.
Delivering a clean, iconic look, Primeknit finishes inspired by the adidas UltraBOOST and NMD are incorporated into the collar, while sleeve cuff and hem for added comfort and a new infinity neckline eliminates distractions and allows for a full range of motion. Additionally, the revolutionary Primeknit A1 football pants have been re-engineered with just two seams and bonded pockets for added comfort and a clean compression look and feel, along ribbed Primeknit on the knees for added durability.
To complete the head-to-toe look, the team will wear a replica 1923 helmet with a contemporary form, complete with cream-white stitched strapping details, along with traditional black adizero 5-Star and FREAK cleats.
For more info on the Cornshuskers’ new adidas Primeknit A1 ‘Memorial Tribute’ alternate uniform, visit http://news.adidas.com/US and join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram via@HuskerNBNation, @Huskersand @adidasFball #teamadidas.
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Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team practiced for approximately two hours on Thursday inside the Hawks Championship Center in helmets only.
Head Coach Scott Frost addressed the media after practice to discuss how the team's week of preparation has gone.
"I think we had our best of week practice ever again. So, if our goal is to get better day by day, it's been a good week,” Frost said. “We're not super deep so we can't just run these guys into the ground. I think we've gone far enough making some improvements that we can afford to let the guys recover a little bit, and we'll try to be smart the rest of the year."
Frost was then asked to expand upon his belief that this was the team’s best week of practice.
"I've said a few times I think the Purdue game was a real turning point for us from a culture standpoint. Everybody seems happy, seems to be fighting together, seems to get what it takes to do the little things the right way, to give yourselves a chance," Frost explained. "The detail has been better, the efforts been better. Understanding what we're trying to accomplish scheme-wise is getting better. There's a lot of things that the guys have improved."
As for Saturday’s game at Northwestern, Frost was asked about the Huskers’ defensive approach against a Northwestern team who ran the ball only eight times in a win over No. 19 Michigan State last week. The Wildcats are without the services of starting running back Jeremy Larkin, who retired due to injury.
"I don't want to say they're going to be one-dimensional because they've been a really good running team before,” Frost said. “I don’t know how much of the run versus pass ratio for them (was) their situation or how much of it was the teams they were playing. We’ve got to be good against the run. Wins start with being able to run the ball and stop the run. I don't really think they're going to be one-dimensional. If they are (one-dimensional) then we need to do a good job in the pass game, and they're really efficient at that."
Nebraska will finish preparations with a helmets-only walk-through on Friday. The Huskers face off against Northwestern on Saturday at 11 a.m. C with the Big Ten Network providing television coverage.
Chicago -- University of Nebraska guard James Palmer Jr. was honored Thursday morning, as he was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team. The team was announced prior to the start of the Big Ten Media Day here in Chicago.
Palmer, a returning first-team All-Big Ten selection, is one of three returning starters back for the Huskers, as he averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in leading the Huskers to a 22-11 record in 2017-18. Palmer reached double figures in 31 of 33 games, including a career-high 34-point effort at Ohio State.
He is one of only five returning power conference plays who averaged 17.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 3.0 apg last season, while his 18.8 points per game in conference play is not only the most of any returning Big Ten player, it is the highest returning total by a Big Ten player since the 2012-13 season.
Palmer, a 6-foot-6, 207-pounder from Upper Marlboro, Md., will look to be Nebraska’s first two-time first-team All-conference performer since Eric Piatkowski in 1993 and 1994.
2018-19 PRESEASON BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Carsen Edwards, Jr., G, Purdue
2018-19 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
Romeo Langford, Fr., G, Indiana
Juwan Morgan, Sr., F, Indiana
Anthony Cowan Jr., Jr., G, Maryland
Charles Matthews, Sr., G, Michigan
Nick Ward, Jr., F, Michigan State
Cassius Winston, Jr., G, Michigan State
Jordan Murphy, Sr., F, Minnesota
James Palmer Jr, Sr., G, Nebraska
CARSEN EDWARDS, Jr., G, Purdue
ETHAN HAPP, Sr., F, Wisconsin
LINCOLN, Neb. - The fifth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team got back on the winning track with a 3-0 (25-13, 30-28, 25-11) win over Indiana in front of 8,243 fans on Wednesday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The Huskers (15-2, 6-1 Big Ten) rebounded from their first Big Ten loss of the season to Minnesota on Saturday by stifling Indiana to .094 hitting in the match. Lexi Sun had 11 kills, nine digs and four blocks, and Jazz Sweet had 11 kills while hitting .435 with five blocks. Mikaela Foecke added 10 kills and nine digs.
Nebraska served seven aces on the night, including a career-high-tying four by Kenzie Maloney, who also had a match-high 11 digs. Sun had a pair of aces, and Nicklin Hames had one to go with her 31 assists and 10 digs.
The Huskers had a .301 hitting percentage for the match but were particularly sharp in the third and final set with a .593 clip. Nebraska had a big edge in blocks, 11-6. Callie Schwarzenbach led the way with nine, matching her best effort in a three-set match this season.
Indiana (11-7, 2-5 Big Ten) got seven kills each from Deyshia Lofton and Hayden Huybers. Kamryn Malloy had six kills.
Set 1: Nebraska cruised in the first set to a 25-13 win. The Huskers had three service aces and eight kills by five different players, led by Sun's three. NU led 11-6 before going on a 9-0 run to take a 20-6 lead. Nebraska held Indiana to .037 hitting in the set.
Set 2: Nebraska turned a 4-3 lead into an 11-5 lead with a 7-2 spurt, sparked by a Maloney ace and a block and a kill by Sun. The Huskers doubled up the Hoosiers, 16-8, after three blocks which Schwarzenbach was in on, two with Sweet and one with Sun. The Hoosiers got within 18-15 after a 6-1 run, and they then tied the set at 20-20 after four consecutive points to make the run 11-3. The teams traded sideouts for the next 10 rallies to a 25-25 tie. An ace serve by Indiana gave the Hoosiers set point at 26-25, but Sun terminated an out-of-system ball to tie the set at 26-26. A block by Hames then gave Nebraska set point at 27-26, but Indiana kept the set going with a kill by Malloy. A solo block by Malloy on the next rally made it 28-27 Hoosiers, but Sun answered with a clutch kill once again to level the score. After Indiana hit wide to put the Huskers back in front, Sweet finished the set with a kill to make it 30-28 Big Red. The set ended with nine ties and four lead changes and was the highest-scoring set the Huskers played since a 30-28 win on Nov. 4, 2015 at Purdue.
Set 3: Nebraska came out with a point to prove in set three, bolting to a 5-0 lead with three kills by Sweet and two blocks by Sweet and Schwarzenbach. After Indiana got on the board, kills by Sun, Sweet and Foecke and an ace by Sun made it 10-1 Huskers. Nebraska piled on the points and clinched the match with a 25-11 win.
Up Next: The Huskers begin a four-match road stretch at No. 9 Penn State on Saturday at 7 p.m. (CT). It marks the first of three straight matches against top-10 opponents on the road.