The Huskers (11-2, 3-1 Big Ten) lost for the first time in conference play despite hitting .336 against the Badgers (8-4, 4-0 Big Ten). Wisconsin was even more efficient, hitting .376 and out-serving the Huskers with a 3-0 advantage in aces and three fewer service errors.
Nebraska fell for the first time in John Cook's tenure at Nebraska when hitting .300 or better in a match. The Badgers' .376 hitting percentage was the best by a Husker opponent since 2011 (Purdue, .410). Offensively, Nebraska's .336 performance was its third-best outing of the season and was also the second-best hitting percentage by a Wisconsin opponent this season.
Lexi Sun had 15 kills for NU, and Jazz Sweet had 13 kills with a .524 hitting percentage and a team-best three blocks. Lauren Stivrins had nine kills on .727 hitting, and Madi Kubik added nine kills and 10 digs while hitting a career best for the second straight match (.364).
Nicklin Hames had 42 assists, and Kenzie Knuckles had 10 digs to lead the Big Red.
Wisconsin (8-4, 4-0 Big Ten) had three players with double-digit kills, and all three hit better than .390. Molly Haggerty had 11 kills, and Dana Rettke and Danielle Hart each had 10 kills.
Although the Huskers were swept at home for the first time since 2014, they had chances in all three sets as they led 21-20 in set one, led 16-14 in set two and led 20-19 in set three. But the Badgers played cleaner down the stretch in all three sets. The match featured 11 lead changes and 34 tie scores.
The Huskers are back at home next weekend for a pair of matches. The Big Red hosts Michigan State next Friday at 8 p.m., and Michigan on Sunday at 1 p.m. Friday's match will be televised on BTN, and Sunday's match will be televised on ESPN2. Husker Sports Network will broadcast all the action on HSN radio affiliates, Huskers.com and the Huskers app.
Set 1: NU fell behind 6-3, but two kills by Sun and one by Stivrins brought the Huskers back to a 7-7 tie. After Wisconsin reclaimed a 10-8 lead, Sweet and Kubik responded with three straight kills to put Nebraska ahead 11-10. Kubik and Sun added two more kills to take Nebraska to a 15-12 lead at the media timeout. But Wisconsin charged back with a 6-2 run to take a 19-18 lead. Sweet struck back-to-back kills to put Nebraska on top, 21-20, but Wisconsin scored the next four points to earn set point at 24-21, and the Badgers won 25-22.
Set 2: The Huskers took an 11-9 lead after Sweet tallied a kill and a block with Schwarzenbach, and Stivrins tacked on a kill. Sun terminated her eighth kill to keep the Huskers up two, 15-13, at the media timeout, but Wisconsin came back to take an 18-16 lead with back-to-back kills and two Husker miscues. NU fell behind 21-18 and couldn't get closer than two points the rest of the way as Wisconsin earned the 25-21 win.
Set 3: The Huskers held the upper hand, taking an 11-8 lead with Sweet and Sun leading the way offensively. But the Badgers rallied to tie the set at 13-13. Sweet produced another trio of kills to lead the Huskers to an 18-17 advantage, but the Badgers pulled ahead 23-20 after a 4-0 spurt, and they closed out the match with a 25-22 win.
McCallum, a sophomore from Norfolk, Neb., who has played most of the season for injured returning starter Barret Pickering, waited through three icing timeouts from Northwestern Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald. McCallum's kick was true through the middle of the uprights setting off an on-field celebration in a gutsy win for the Big Red, which improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten.
McCallum's kick was just the second walk-off winning kick by Nebraska in the history of Memorial Stadium, joining Josh Brown's walk-off winner in a 34-32 win over Colorado on Nov. 24, 2000. It was just the third walk-off win overall by Nebraska in the history of the Big Red's 96-year-old landmark. The other was a Hail Mary pass from backup quarterback Ron Kellogg to Jordan Westerkamp for an unforgettable 27-24 win over Northwestern on Nov. 2, 2013.
Saturday's game-winning drive was also engineered by a reserve quarterback, as Noah Vedral led the Huskers to victory in the fourth quarter after taking over for an injured Adrian Martinez. Vedral's final drive covered 42 yards in six plays and just one minute, after a heroic interception by Husker senior defensive back Lamar Jackson on Northwestern's final offensive play of the game. It was the only turnover in an old-fashioned defensive slugfest.
The biggest offensive play of the final drive came on a 32-yard strike from Vedral to Wan'Dale Robinson. The freshman wide receiver/running back carried the offensive load for the Huskers from start to finish, hauling in seven receptions for a career-high 123 yards. He also led the Huskers with seven carries for 44 yards, including a highlight-reel 42-yard touchdown burst in the first quarter to give Nebraska an early lead.
On a sunny but windy day inside Memorial Stadium, Nebraska used a gusty wind at its back in the first quarter as an advantage to take a 7-0 lead. However, Nebraska's touchdown did not come through the air but on the nimble legs of Robinson, who made a spectacular cut to create space for himself just beyond the line of scrimmage and run untouched down the Husker sideline to the south end zone. Nebraska took a 7-0 lead with 4:25 left in the first quarter, as Robinson's run capped an eight-play, 70-yard drive that put the Huskers in the driver's seat.
The Blackshirts pitched a shutout for the rest of the first quarter, and Nebraska's offense capitalized while going against the wind in the second quarter. The Huskers used a 35-yard McCallum field goal with 8:24 left in the half to push their lead to 10-0. McCallum's field goal put the finishing touches on a 10-play, 61-yard drive that consumed 5:10.
On the ensuing kickoff, Northwestern return man Riley Lees uncorked a 50-yard return to put the Wildcats at Husker 45 to open the drive. Northwestern operated in full attack mode, but the Blackshirts held the Cats to just 23 yards on nine plays before Charlie Kuhbander snuck a 40-yard field goal inside the left upright to cut Nebraska's lead to 10-3 with 5:15 left in the half.
The defenses held the rest of the quarter to send the Huskers to halftime with a 10-3 lead.
In the third quarter, Northwestern kept the wind at its back and took advantage on its first possession, going 58 yards on six plays capped by quarterback Aidan Smith's two-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 10 with 11:20 left. Smith finished his day as the game's leading rusher with 64 yards on 16 carries with one score against a tough-minded Blackshirt unit. Smith also completed 19-of-32 passes for 136 yards, but the Huskers made the Wildcats pay for his interception with one minute left.
Jackson finished with four tackles to go along with his interception, while linebackers Mohamed Barry and Collin Miller each led the Huskers with eight stops on the day. Marquel Dismuke and JoJo Domann both pitched in seven stops, while defensive tackle Darrion Daniels played a strong game inside with six stops, including a TFL.
The Huskers mounted a threat late in the third quarter, ignited by a 49-yard catch-and-run on a shovel pass to Robinson. However, the drive stalled just inside the red zone, and McCallum hit the right upright on the potential go-ahead field goal, sending the game to the fourth quarter tied at 10.
On Nebraska's final play of the third quarter, Martinez limped off the field after trying to fight for an extra yard to stretch for a first down on a third-down conversion. Martinez finished 13-of-20 passing for 145 yards, while adding 26 rushing yards on nine carries against a stout Wildcat defense.
Vedral stepped up to the challenge in the final quarter, completing 2-of-5 passes for 41 yards while adding seven carries for 33 yards, including two carries for 13 total yards on Nebraska's final two plays from scrimmage to put McCallum in the dead middle of the field at the 7-yard-line.
Nebraska's win over Northwestern, which slipped to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the Big Ten, marked the sixth time in nine Big Ten meetings that the game between the Huskers and Wildcats was decided by a field goal or less. The teams are 3-3 in those six games.
Nebraska, which has equaled its win total from each of the previous two seasons returns to Big Ten road action next week to take on Minnesota. Kick-off between the Huskers and the Golden Gophers is set for 6:30 p.m. with live television coverage by BTN.
Nebraska 13, Northwestern 10
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019
Attendance: 89,384 (372nd consecutive sellout)
First Quarter (NEB 7-0)
4:25 - NEB - Wan'Dale Robinson 42 run (Lane McCallum kick) - 8 plays, 70 yards, 3:47 - NEB 7-0
Second Quarter (NEB 10-3)
8:24 - NEB - McCallum 35 FG - 10 plays, 61 yards, 5:10 - NEB 10-0
5:15 - NU - Charlie Kuhbander 40 FG - 9 plays, 23 yards, 3:00 - NEB 10-3
Third Quarter (10-10)
11:20 - NU - Aidan Smith 2 run (Kuhbander kick) - 6 plays, 58 yards, 1:55 - 10-10
Fourth Quarter (13-10)
0:00 - NEB - McCallum 24 FG - 6 plays, 42 yards, 1:00 - NEB 13-10
Time of Game: 3:12
Jeff Gross post-game Alliance
The McCook Community College volleyball team picked up a straight-set win Friday night in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center over Lamar 25-12, 25-14, 25-20.
“We really worked on blocking a lot this week and after the North Platte game I felt like that really showed up, tonight for sure – especially out of Kallie Cathcart and Mackenzie Anderson,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said.
Both are freshmen. Mackenzie Anderson from Ogallala and Kallie Cathcart is from Holly, Colo. Cathcart had six kills and six block assists and one solo block on the night.
“Kallie played really good tonight, she’s a very talented little player, ‘little’ but she plays really big,” Kobza said of the 5-7 outside hitter.
Freshman Fernanda Canedo, (Cochabamba, Boliva) led MCC with nine kills. Sophomore Mallory Brown (Colorado Springs) had eight kills and two ace serves.
“This was a good start for the weekend but tomorrow we have to turn around and play a completely different ball game,” said MCC Coach Hayley Kobza.
“Northeastern Junior College is competitive and tough, we have to not make small mistakes like we did tonight -- especially in the third set. That was not our game plan.”
Lamar falls to 3-14. The Lady Indians improve to 15-7 and 2-1 in Region IX South play and will face Northeastern Junior College Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.
The Plainswomen were 13-5 and ranked 19th in the nation entering Friday night’s game at 18-5 Western Nebraska.
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LAMAR, Colo. – The McCook Community College golf team finished in second place for the fifth time in six Region IX tournaments Friday, finishing 16 shots behind Eastern Wyoming. After starting the day with a five-shot lead, Eastern Wyoming improved the advantage to 16 shots, out-golfing MCC 594-610 at the end of the final round Friday.
“We played in our toughest conditions of the season today, very windy and the greens are small and sloped making them tough to judge our approach shots,” said MCC Golf Coach Tyler Loop.
Sophomore transfer Kyle Zimbelman (North Platte) finished in second place with a two-day, five-over par 145, shooting rounds of 70 and 75. Eastern Wyoming’s Tomas Kubata won with a one-under 139 after shooting a 68 on Friday.
Sophomore Chesney Tatman (North Platte) was third with a nine-over 149. He shot rounds of 74-75.
“We shot a 306 today which is decent considering the conditions but we had our fair share of penalties over the two days that probably kept us from getting first.” Loop said.
Sophomore Trevor Oberg (McCook) finished with a 159. Sophomore KC Carlson (Delta, Colo.) shot 160 and freshman Kojie Santos (Melbourne, Australia) shot a 164.
Participating as an individual, freshman Deniz Sari (Koblenz, Germany) shot rounds of 75 and 77 to finish in a fifth-place tie with a two day total of 152.
Eastern Wyoming won five of the six Fall tournaments to earn 57 points in the year-long points standings. MCC won its own invite and finished in second five times to earn 45 points in the standings. The season and points standings will resume Mach 19-20 at the Otero Junior College tournament in La Junta, Colo.
The Indians will travel to Norfolk next weekend for a non-conference tournament as the Nebraska Golf Association hosts the Nebraska Intercollegiate Tournament.
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS OF LAMAR INVITATIONAL
1. Eastern Wyoming +34 299-296--594
2, McCook CC +50 304-306--610
3. Northeastern JC +107 319-348--667
4. Lamar CC +141 336-365--701
5. Central Wyoming +147 360-347--707
6. Otero JC +148 347-361--708
MCC INDIVIDUAL SCORES
2.Kyle Zimbelman +5 70-75--145
3. Chesney Tatman +9 74-75--149
10. KC Carlson +19 82-77--159
11. Trevor Oberg +20 78-82--160
14. Koji Santos +24 85-79--164
Competing as an individual
T. 6. Deniz Sari +12 75-77-152