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Evanston, Illinois – Sophomore kicker Drew Luckenbaugh made a 37-yard field goal in overtime, and Northwestern came from behind for a stunning 34-31 victory over Nebraska on Saturday at Ryan Field.

Nebraska (0-6, 0-4 Big Ten) had leads of 28-14 and 31-21 in the fourth quarter, but Northwestern (3-3, 3-1) rallied late in regulation to force overtime and win its first home game in four attempts this season.

The Huskers had possession first in overtime, but on fourth-and-1 from the Northwestern 16-yard line, a fumbled shotgun snap resulted in a scrambling Adrian Martinez throwing a pass in the end zone that Northwestern defensive back JR Pace caught for his second interception of the game.

Northwestern, which entered overtime with 29 rushing yards, kept the ball on the ground for three plays in setting up the field goal for Luckenbaugh, who had made a 31-yard attempt but missed from 42 yards in regulation.

Nebraska lost to Northwestern in overtime for the second consecutive season and has lost four straight overtime games, dating to a 2014 win at Iowa.

Martinez, a freshman quarterback, completed 25 of 35 passes for 251 yards and one touchdown and became just the second freshman quarterback in Nebraska history to reach 1,000 passing yards in a season, joining Taylor Martinez.

Senior running back Devine Ozigbo ran 22 times for 169 yards to surpass 100 rushing yards in a game for the second time this season, as Nebraska finished with 231 rushing yards.

Down 10 points, Northwestern drove to the Nebraska 13-yard line before settling on a 31-yard field goal by Luckenbaugh to pull the Wildcats within seven points.

Nebraska senior linebacker Luke Gifford fielded an onside kick at the Northwestern 47-yard line with 2:26 remaining. The Wildcats responded by using all three of their timeouts, as Nebraska ran the football three times and only took 15 seconds off the clock. But junior punter Isaac Armstrong pinned the Wildcats at their 1-yard line with 2:02 remaining.

Northwestern answered by covering all 99 yards, the key play a 32-yard completion from senior quarterback Clayton Thorson to senior wide receiver Nagel to the Nebraska 32-yard line. Thorson tied the game with 12 seconds to play with a 5-yard touchdown pass to freshman receiver JJ Jefferson, and Nebraska kneeled out the clock to force overtime.

Northwestern took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove to the Nebraska 41-yard line, but safety Antonio Reed intercepted Thorson on a deep pass, giving the Huskers possession at their 4-yard line. That was Reed’s second career interception.

Nebraska responded with its longest scoring drive of the season, covering 97 yards in 15 plays. Martinez sparked the series with a run of 12 yards on a third-and-8 draw play. On the next play, Martinez connected with senior receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. for a 26-yard gain over the middle, then hit sophomore receiver JD Spielman on a 13-yard swing pass, as the offense picked up the tempo. Spielman finished with eight receptions for 76 yards.

Ozigbo carried four times thereafter, including a 1-yard touchdown run that gave the Huskers a 20-14 lead with 7:07 remaining in the third quarter.

The Blackshirts responded with a quick three-and-out. Sophomore defensive end Ben Stille sacked Thorson and Gifford pressured Thorson into a third-down incompletion, forcing a Northwestern punt. Gifford finished with a team-high 3.5 tackles for loss.

Northwestern regained possession at its 20-yard line after a turnover, and the Wildcats drove to the Nebraska 24-yard line. But the Huskers forced a stop on third-and-long, and Luckenbaugh missed a 42-yard field attempt.

Nebraska responded with a 37-yard run by Ozigbo to end the third quarter with the Huskers leading, 20-14. Ozigbo began the fourth quarter with gains of 21 and 4 yards, and Washington carried for 11 yards before scoring a 3-yard touchdown run with 13:40 remaining. Martinez ran for a two-point conversion and 28-14 lead.

Northwestern answered quickly. On the third play of their ensuing series, the Wildcats scored when Thorson hit Flynn on a 61-yard pass to cut Nebraska’s lead to 28-21 with 12:31 to play.

The Wildcats regained possession, but senior safety Tre Neal intercepted Thorson at the 50 and returned the ball to the Northwestern 36. That led to a 34-yard field goal by freshman Garrett Pickering with 5:41 remaining for a 31-21 lead.

Nebraska opened the game with an impressive 75-yard touchdown drive that needed only four plays.

Ozigbo got the Huskers into Northwestern territory with a 33-yard run, and on the next play, Martinez hit Spielman on a crossing route, and Spielman scored on the 42-yard catch-and-run for a 7-0 lead.

The Blackshirts forced a Northwestern punt after the Wildcats gained one first down on their opening possession. Nebraska put together a 12-play drive that covered 52 yards but stalled at the Northwestern 42-yard line, and Pickering hit the right upright on a 45-yard field goal attempt.

Nebraska led 7-0 after the first quarter, its first lead after the opening period since last season’s game at Purdue, which was also the Huskers’ last victory.

Northwestern tied the game 7-7 with a nine-play drive that covered 80 yards. Thorson had two 17-yard completions on the series, to Flynn and Jefferson, and then completed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Nagel on third-and-8.

The Wildcats took the lead late in the second quarter when the pocket collapsed on Martinez, who fumbled as he succumbed to a sack. Sophomore defensive end Earnest Brown IV picked up the loose football and ran 10 yards for a touchdown and 14-7 lead.

Nebraska answered with an impressive touchdown drive that covered 83 yards in eight plays and covered 2:11. Martinez hit junior receiver Mike Williams on a 24-yard pass that pushed the Huskers into Northwestern territory.

Ozigbo then gained 18 yards on a catch-and-run before capping the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run up the middle with 42 seconds remaining in the second quarter. The extra point, though, was no good, and Northwestern held a 14-13 lead at halftime.

Nebraska fell to 8-5 all-time against Northwestern and dropped to 4-2 all-time in Evanston. The loss snapped the Huskers’ four-game win streak at Ryan Field.

Nebraska returns home Saturday to play Minnesota. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.




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Monday (10/08/2018)

McCool Junction 55, Lewiston 13

Thursday (10/11/2018)

Centennial 41, David City 7
Clearwater-Orchard 54, St. Mary's 8
Elkhorn South 62, Omaha Northwest 20
Lincoln Northeast 57, Bellevue East 14
Lincoln Pius X 27, Norfolk 7
Omaha Skutt Catholic 42, Gross Catholic 0
Sandhills/Thedford 44, Brady 12
Twin Loup 52, Stuart 38
Walthill 56, Elba 0

Friday (10/12/2018)

Adams Central 42, Kearney Catholic 33
Ainsworth 26, Boyd County 18
Alma 44, Southwest 22
Anselmo-Merna 48, Pleasanton 30
Aquinas Catholic 54, Twin River 22
Arapahoe 46, Hitchcock County 12
Arcadia-Loup City 53, Amherst 40
Arlington 26, Platteview 7
Arthur County 40, Crawford 20
Ashland-Greenwood 38, Nebraska City 7
Auburn 51, Lincoln Christian 0
Aurora 42, Milford 13
BDS 34, Cross County 18
BRLD 38, Archbishop Bergan 7
Battle Creek 13, Hartington Cedar Catholic 7
Bayard 48, Perkins County 20
Bishop Neumann 41, Raymond Central 12
Blair 47, Bennington 21
Bloomfield 44, Wynot 26
Boone Central/Newman Grove 23, Wayne 6
Boys Town 33, Douglas County West 21
Broken Bow 33, ONeill 14
Burwell 21, South Loup (Callaway/Arnold) 14
Cambridge 39, Dundy County-Stratton 34
Cedar Bluffs 22, Omaha Christian Academy 12
Central City 21, Fillmore Central 20
Central Valley 40, CWCE 12
Chadron 47, Mitchell 21
Clarkson/Leigh 54, Mead 16
Cody-Kilgore 61, Sioux County 26
Columbus Scotus 42, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS) 6
Creighton 42, West Holt 15
Deshler 72, Hampton 12
Diller-Odell 1, Parkview Christian 0
Doniphan-Trumbull 16, Hastings St. Cecilia 7
EMF (Exeter-Milligan/Friend) 56, Nebraska Lutheran 18
East Butler 52, Osceola-High Plains 42
Elm Creek 50, Ansley-Litchfield 16
Elmwood-Murdock 66, Omaha Brownell Talbot 20
Elwood 64, Loomis 26
Emerson-Hubbard 58, Pender 26
Fairbury 34, Sandy Creek 20
Falls City Sacred Heart 62, Pawnee City 6
Freeman 26, Syracuse 6
Fullerton 44, Heartland 6
Giltner 1, Franklin 0
Gordon-Rushville 26, Bridgeport 22
Gothenburg 35, Ogallala 14
Grand Island Central Catholic 30, Gibbon 18
Gretna 38, Fremont 6
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 64, Homer 8
Hartington-Newcastle 49, Wausa 30
Harvard 79, Silver Lake 8
Hastings 31, Beatrice 30
Hay Springs 43, Hyannis 32
Hemingford 79, Morrill 12
Holdrege 29, Minden 26
Howells-Dodge 60, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 42
Humphrey St. Francis 44, Riverside 34
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 83, St. Edward 40
Johnson-Brock 56, Meridian 6
Kenesaw 56, Blue Hill 0
Lawrence-Nelson 56, Axtell 6
Lexington 35, Cozad 12
Lincoln East 21, Millard West 13
Lincoln High 66, Kearney 31
Lincoln Lutheran 54, Falls City 6
Lincoln North Star 52, Omaha Bryan 16
Lincoln Southeast 37, Papillion-LaVista South 30
Lincoln Southwest 21, Grand Island 7
Louisville 35, Tekamah-Herman 28
Lutheran High Northeast 90, Madison 26
Malcolm 20, Johnson County Central 14
McCook 61, Gering 12
McCool Junction 69, Dorchester 8
Medicine Valley 46, Garden County 30
Millard South 38, Creighton Preparatory School 30
Minatare 98, Potter-Dix 14
Mount Michael Benedictine 54, South Sioux City 6
Mullen 46, Maxwell 6
Nebraska Christian 40, Ravenna 12
Neligh-Oakdale 28, Elkhorn Valley 16
Norfolk Catholic 55, Stanton 12
Norris 50, Ralston 7
North Central 64, Niobrara/Verdigre 0
North Platte 48, Omaha Benson 7
North Platte St. Patrick's 37, Southern Valley 18
Northwest 42, Crete 7
Oakland-Craig 40, Yutan 14
Omaha Burke 38, Millard North 9
Omaha Central 35, Omaha South 21
Omaha Concordia 24, Fort Calhoun 7
Omaha North 52, Bellevue West 49
Omaha Roncalli Catholic 52, Schuyler 6
Omaha Westside 38, Columbus 0
Ord 36, Valentine 0
Osmond 80, Elgin Public/Pope John 8
Overton 48, Bertrand 22
Palmer 50, Shelton 6
Palmyra 46, Weeping Water 8
Papillion-LaVista 31, Elkhorn 7
Paxton 66, Leyton/Banner County 12
Pierce 45, West Point-Beemer 7
Plainview 52, Winside 8
Ponca 26, Crofton 0
Randolph 32, Allen 26
Red Cloud 34, Heartland Lutheran 29
Scottsbluff 58, Alliance 21
Shelby-Rising City 34, North Bend Central 14
Sidney 14, Chase County 12
South Platte 59, Creek Valley 39
Southern 42, Tri County 18
Spalding Academy 61, Santee 20
St. Paul 42, Centura 0
Sterling 43, Lewiston 15
Sutherland 44, Kimball 26
Sutton 60, Superior 6
Thayer Central 32, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 8
Wahoo 21, Columbus Lakeview 7
Wakefield 74, Winnebago 14
Wauneta-Palisade 1, Wallace 0
Waverly 35, Plattsmouth 0
Wilber-Clatonia 56, Conestoga 0
Wilcox-Hildreth 39, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 18
Wisner-Pilger 68, Omaha Nation 14
Wood River 41, Hershey 6
York 42, Seward 40

Saturday (10/13/2018)

McPherson County/Stapleton 36, Maywood-Hayes Center 12




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UNK Becomes First Team to Have a Rushing TD Vs. Northwest Since 2016
 
Kearney, Neb. - Thirteenth-ranked Northwest Missouri State scored 21 first quarter points, made some defensive stops in the second half and recovered an onside kick to hold off Nebraska-Kearney, 27-13, Saturday afternoon in Maryville.

The Bearcats (6-1) are now 12-3 all-time against the Lopers (4-3) and push its overall record to 117-15 over the last decade.

UNK got off the mat after it found itself down 21-0 just 13 minutes into the game. Northwest's first three drives all resulted in touchdowns and covered 75, 75 and 79 yards. The last score was "trick play" as freshman receiver LaTroy Harper threw a 67-yard strike to junior back Brody McMahon.

However, the Lopers controlled the next two quarters and closed within 21-13 with 10:36 remaining. Junior quarterback Alex McGinnis (Crete) ran for a three-yard score, on third and goal, at the 4:31 mark of the first half and then added a five-yard TD run early in the fourth. Northwest hadn't allowed a rushing TD since a 2016 NCAA playoff semifinal win over Ferris (Mich.) State, a string of 19 games and 647 carries.

The Lopers could've had more points at this time of the game but failed on fourth and six from the Bearcat 43-yard line early in the second quarter. They then failed on fourth and five from the Northwest 15-yard line to start the second half and a McGinnis pass on fourth and nine fell incomplete on fourth and nine from the Bearcats 28-yard line. That also came in the third quarter. Overall, UNK ended up 2 for 5 on fourth down.

After McGinnis's second TD run, UNK tried an on-side kick. Northwest unfortunately recovered the loose ball at its own 48-yard line. Eight plays later sophomore Parker Sampson booted a 21-yard field goal to make it a two score game. Prior to this field goal, Northwest had amassed just 39 yards over seven drives. Those possessions ended with five punts, a turnover and a fourth down stop by the Lopers.

UNK tried to come back after the field goal but Northwest picked off McGinnis on the next two drives. The first led to another short field goal by Parker with the second coming in Bearcat territory.

The 'Cats out gained the Lopers 366-331 yards while UNK had the ball seven more minutes. Kearney managed 132 rushing and 199 passing yards with Northwest seeing Elkhorn native Braden Wright go 13 of 26 for 177 yards and one TD. The one-time Loper commit also rushed 11 times for 55 yards and a score.

McGinnis finished 11 of 30 for 199 yards and those two late INT's. He was UNK’s top rusher, carrying the ball 16 times for 44 yards and two TD's. Next, redshirt freshman receiver/back Montrez Jackson (Trenton, Fla.) had his best day in a Blue & Gold uniform. He had three catches for 117 yards and two rushes for nine more yards. Jackson's long reception covered 58 yards.

Besides Wright, former Missouri Western All-American back Josh Caldwell got hot late and tallied 61 yards on 15 carries with receivers Cody Massey and Shawn Bane Jr. combining for 124 receiving yards on eight catches.

Defensively, Kansas City native Sal Silvio had a game-high 13 tackles (11 solo) with St. Louis junior safety Dallas Vaughn at seven tackles, one pass breakup and a fumble recovery. Finally, juniors Jordan Ingraham (Miami and Kevin Wilson (Lakeland, Fla.) had two of UNK's four TFL's.

Northwest saw junior safety Trent Nally have two INT's with senior corner Jack Richards (12) and senior linebacker Nick Hess (nine) combining for 21 tackles.

UNK hosts Fort Hays State next Saturday at 11 a.m. The Tigers blasted Pittsburg State today at home, 50-21.




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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.





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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





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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.





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Lou Platte Conference semi-finals/Tuesday, October 9th 

St Paul -------25  25  25 
Wood River---8   20  18 

Doniphan Trumbull  ---25  25  25
Centura -------------- 20  20  21 

St Paul vs Doniphan Trumbull at 7:00pm in Loup City for the Lou Platte Conference championship match. 3rd place match will take place at 6:00pm between Wood River & Centura. 

2018 Bracket 






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Kearney, NE - The season opener will take place this Friday night with the Tri-City Storm taking the home ice vs De Moines. Puck drop at 7:05pm with a season opener tailgate party starting at 4:00pm. To purchase tickets call the box office at 308-338-8011 or visit kearneyevents.net 



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Hastings, NE - Due to the rainy weather in the central Nebraska region the NSAA has moved up the first pitch times of the state softball tournament to take place starting Wednesday at the Bill Smith Softball Complex. Class A will start things off with first round action at 2:30pm followed by Class B at 4:30pm, and Class C at 7:00pm. Full bracket below. 

State Softball BRACKET 




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NEBRASKA at NORTHWESTERN
OCT. 13, 2018 | RYAN FIELD
EVANSTON, ILL. | 11 A.M. (CT)

BROADCAST INFO
TV - ABC (Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 136, XM 383
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App

HUSKERS
Record: 0-5, 0-3 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Wisconsin, 41-24
Rankings: NR
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 19-12 (3rd Year)/0-5 (1st Year) 
vs. Northwestern: 0-0

WILDCATS
Record: 2-3, 2-1 Big Ten
Last Game: def. Michigan State, 29-19
Rankings: NR
Coach: Pat Fitzgerlad
Career/Northwestern Record: 89-68 (13th Year)/Same
vs. Nebraska: 3-4

The Matchup
Nebraska plays the second of back-to-back Big Ten West Division road games on Saturday, when the Huskers take on the Northwestern Wildcats. The contest from Northwestern's Ryan Field will kick off shortly after 11 am. CT. The game will be televised on ABC and can be heard on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

Nebraska will come into the game looking to pick up its first victory of the 2018 campaign. The Huskers dropped a 41-24 decision at No. 16 Wisconsin on Saturday night. Nebraska will take offensive momentum to Evanston after surpassing 500 yards of total offense for a second straight Big Ten game.

Saturday's matchup at Northwestern will mark the Huskers' third road game in four weeks to open Big Ten play. However it will come in a stadium that has been friendly to Nebraska. Following the Northwestern contest, Nebraska will play four of its next five games at home at Memorial Stadium.

Northwestern comes into the game with momentum following a 29-19 victory at No. 20 Michigan State last Saturday. The win improved Northwestern to 2-1 in Big Ten Conference play and 2-3 overall on the 2018 campaign. The Wildcats used a high-powered passing attack to key the victory, throwing for 373 yards. For the season, Northwestern ranks third in the Big Ten in passing, averaging 293.8 yards per contest.

This Week's Numbers
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 Since joining the Big Ten Conference, Nebraska is 3-0 in matchups with Northwestern in Evanston. The Huskers most recently defeated the Wildcats at Ryan Field in 2016, picking up a 24-13 victory.

209 - Sophomore receiver JD Spielman caught nine passes for 209 yards and a touchdown at Wisconsin. The 209 receiving yards set a Nebraska single-game record, surpassing his own 200-yard effort last season against Ohio State.

441 - Nebraska freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez accounted for 441 yards of total offense at Wisconsin to set a Nebraska freshman record. Martinez has topped 400 yards of total offense each of the past two weeks and ranks second nationally among freshmen in total offense per game.

Nebraska-Northwestern Series

• Since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011, five of the seven meetings between the schools have been decided by three or fewer points or in overtime.

• Nebraska rallied from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit at Ryan Field in 2012 to win 29-28. The comeback equaled Nebraska's largest fourth-quarter rally for victory in school history..

Huskers Look to Continue Road Success in Series
Nebraska owns a 3-0 record at Northwestern since joining the Big Ten. Those wins include double-digit victories in the Huskers' two most recent visits to Evanston.

• The Nebraska-Nortwestern series has been largely dominated by the road team. In seven meetings as Big Ten foes, the visiting team holds a 6-1 record, including Northwestern's 3-1 mark at Memorial Stadium.

• Nebraska will be looking to defeat Northwestern for the fourth straight time on the Wildcats' home field. The last time Nebraska won four or more consecutive games in an opponent's stadium was four straight victories at Baylor spanning from 1997 to 2009.

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. 

Husker Passing Game Stressing Opposing Defenses
Nebraska has featured a high-powered passing attack over the past two weeks against Purdue and Wisconsin. The Huskers threw for 323 yards againt Purdue and then had a season-high 407 passing yards at Wisconsin.

• Nebraska's consecutive 300-yard passing games are its first since doing so against Minnesota and Penn State last season.

• The Huskers are averaging 247.2 passing yards per game to rank seventh in the Big Ten. Nebraska will face a Northwestern pass defense that ranks 11th in the conference.

Nebraska Adds Game with Bethune-Cookman
Nebraska has added a game against Bethune-Cookman University on Oct. 27 at Memorial Stadium to fill an opening on the 2018 football schedule. The contest will replace the Huskers’ Sept. 1 game against Akron which was canceled due to severe storms in Lincoln.

Bethune-Cookman plays in the Football Championship Subdivision and owns a 1-3 record in 2018. The Wildcats compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and posted a 6-2 record in league play in 2017. Coach Terry Sims in his fourth season guiding the BCU program.

• With the addition of the game against Bethune-Cookman, Nebraska will play 12 consecutive weeks and will not have a bye. The 2018 season will mark the first time in school history Nebraska has played 12 consecutive weeks. . 

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 259 rushing yards against Purdue on Sept. 29, marking the third time in 2018 the Huskers topped 180 rushing yards. NU is averaging 185.0 rushing yards per game to rank seventh 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 added a third 100-yard rushing game against Purdue when running back Devine Ozigbo churned out a career-high 170 yards.

• Ozigbo's 170 rushing yards were the most by a Husker in a Big Ten game since Ameer Abdullah had 225 rushing yards against Rutgers in 2014.

Record-Setting Receiving Duo Continues to Shine
In 2017, Stanley Morgan Jr. and JD Spielman combined for 1,816 receiving yards, the highest two-player total in Husker history.

Morgan set an NU record with 986 receiving yards in 2017. Spielman added 830 receiving yards, a total that ranked seventh in school history and was the most ever by a Husker freshman.

The pair of game-breakers is once again helping provide an explosive offense for Nebraska in 2018.

• In five games in 2018, the duo has combined for 57 receptions for 823 yards and six touchdowns. Those totals put them ahead of their combined pace in the 2017 season.

Morgan Aims to Be Nebraska's All-Time Leading Receiver
After setting a school record with 986 receiving yards in 2017, Stanley Morgan Jr. is challenging to become Nebraska’s all-time leading receiver this fall.

Morgan has 144 career receptions, which ranks fourth on NU’s all-time list. After his career-high tying eight catches at Wisconsin, Morgan needs 37 receptions to tie Kenny Bell (181) atop the Husker chart. Morgan has 2,105 career receiving yards to rank fifth on Nebraska’s all-time list. Morgan needs 584 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.

• 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 led the Big Ten with five 100-yard receiving games in 2017.

• Morgan posted 185 receiving yards at No. 13 Penn State, the third-highest total in school history.

• He has had at least three catches in 17 straight games. Morgan has a streak of 31 consecutive games with a reception, the fourth-longest streak in Husker history.

• Morgan surpassed 2,000 career receiving yards against Purdue and added 93 receiving yards at Wisconsin.

Speilman Building on Freshman All-American Season
JD Spielman emerged in 2017 as one of hte nation's most explosive freshmen, en route to freshman All-America accolades.

After five games in 2018, Spielman is well on his way to topping his receiving numbers from the 2017 campaign.

Last season, Spielman was named a freshman All-American by both USA Today and the Football Writers Association of America and was a third-team coaches' All-Big Ten pick. He also made the Big Ten Network’s All-Freshman team as both a wide receiver and kickoff returner.

He hauled in 55 receptions for 830 yards as a redshirt freshman in 2017, both of which were Nebraska freshman records. He also totaled 669 kickoff return yards to finish with 1,572 all-purpose yards, the most by a freshman in school history.

Spielman is off to an explosive start as the 2018 season reaches the midway point. He leads Nebraska in receptions (32), receiving yards (462) and receiving touchdowns (5).

• Spielman had a record-setting night against No. 16 Wisconsin. He hauled in nine passes for 209 yards and a touchdown. The 209 yards was a Nebraska single-game record, surpassing Speilman's own record of 200 yards last season against Ohio State. 

• Spielman's effort at Wisconsin was his fourth career 100-yard game and his second straight. A week earlier he caught 10 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns against Purdue. That was the first multiple TD reception game of his career.

• Spielman is just the second player in school history to surpass 130 receiving yards in back-to-back games. He joins Frosty Anderson who topped 130 yards in back-to-back 1973 non-conference games against Wisconsin and Minnesota.  

• Spielman has surged up the receiving yardage charts in the past two weeks. Spielman eclipsed 1,000 career receiving yards against Purdue, reaching the milestone in 15 games, fewer than any player in NU history. His 209-yard effort at Wisconsin moved Spielman up nine spots to 14th on the career receiving yardage list at 1,291 yards. He is just 167 yards from the top 10 on the career receiving yardage list. 

• Spielman's 75-yard touchdown reception at Wisconsin marked the seventh career play of  40 yards or longer for Spielman. He has three kickoff returns of that length, three receptions and one rush. Spielman has produced Nebraska's two longest plays from scrimmage this season, when adding his 57-yard TD catch against Colorado. 

• Spielman's 10-catch effort against Purdue marked his second career double-figure receptions effort (11 vs. Ohio State, 2017). He joins Marlon Lucky as the only players in NU history with two double-digit catch games. 

• Spielman led all FBS freshmen in receiving yards (830) in 2017. Spielman also ranked second among all freshmen nationally in kickoff return yards (669) and catches per game (5.0), was third in all-purpose yards (1,572) and fifth with 55 total receptions.

• Among all FBS players, Spielman ranked 13th nationally in all-purpose yards and was one of only five players in the country to total 1,500 all-purpose yards in fewer than 90 attempts in 2017. He also led all FBS players in fourth-down receptions (7) and receiving yards (89).

• Spielman led the Big Ten in kickoff return yards and kick return average and was third in all-purpose yards and receiving yards per game. He also led the league with 88.1 receiving yards per game in conference play.

• An explosive playmaker, Spielman posted Nebraska’s longest return in 2017 (a 99-yard kickoff return vs. Arkansas State), the Huskers’ longest rush (40 yards vs. Northwestern) and the team’s second-longest reception (77 yards vs. No. 9 Ohio State).

• Spielman had 11 catches for a then-school-record 200 yards against No. 9 Ohio State. Spielman’s 11 catches were the most ever by a Husker freshman and ranked third overall in program history.





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