Arcadia-Loup City def. Central City, 25-20, 25-11, 25-13
Ashland-Greenwood def. Yutan, 25-14, 25-18, 25-16
Aurora def. Seward, 25-19, 25-14, 12-25, 16-25, 21-19
Axtell def. Arapahoe, 25-6, 25-17, 25-16
Battle Creek def. Guardian Angels, 25-19, 25-16, 25-22
Bellevue East def. Omaha Burke, 25-14, 13-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-10
Bertrand def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-23, 25-19, 25-16
Burwell def. Anselmo-Merna, 25-18, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22
Centennial def. Cross County, 25-12, 22-25, 25-21, 26-24
Deshler def. Sandy Creek, 18-25, 25-23, 12-25, 25-19, 15-9
Elkhorn South def. Omaha Westside, 25-13, 25-14, 25-11
Elkhorn Valley def. Osmond, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21, 26-24
Elm Creek def. Alma, 25-21, 24-26, 17-25, 25-13, 15-10
Exeter/Milligan def. Nebraska Lutheran, 25-21, 25-18, 25-18
Fillmore Central def. Diller-Odell, 23-25, 25-19, 25-19, 23-25, 15-12
Gering def. Alliance, 27-25, 25-20, 25-17
Hartington-Newcastle def. Randolph, 25-20, 25-16, 25-23
Hastings St. Cecilia def. Centura, 25-17, 25-19, 26-24
Howells/Dodge def. Stanton, 3-0
Kearney def. Norfolk, 25-21, 28-26, 25-19
Kearney Catholic def. North Platte, 25-11, 23-25, 17-25, 27-25, 15-13
Lincoln East def. Lincoln High, 25-22, 25-19, 25-15
Lincoln North Star def. Grand Island, 25-20, 22-25, 25-14, 25-19
Lincoln Pius X def. Fremont, 25-11, 25-19, 25-15
Lincoln Southwest def. Lincoln Northeast, 19-25, 25-15, 25-13, 25-17
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder def. Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur, 25-18, 22-25, 26-24, 25-22
Loomis def. Harvard, 25-18, 28-26, 25-21
Malcolm def. Weeping Water, 25-11, 25-10, 25-11
Mead def. Boys Town, 25-14, 25-13, 25-10
Millard West def. Millard South, 25-15, 25-21, 26-24
Mitchell def. Morrill, 25-10, 25-13, 22-25, 25-23
Neligh-Oakdale def. Creighton, 25-14, 25-11, 25-13
Norris def. Blair, 25-11, 25-7, 25-11
Omaha Brownell-Talbot def. Cedar Bluffs, 19-25, 25-15, 25-21, 22-25, 17-15
Omaha Concordia def. Elmwood-Murdock, 25-15, 25-19, 26-24
Omaha Duchesne Academy def. Omaha Mercy, 25-12, 25-11, 25-14
Omaha Gross Catholic def. Omaha South, 25-18, 25-15, 25-13
Omaha Marian def. Gretna, 3-2
Omaha Northwest def. Omaha Bryan, 25-14, 25-21, 25-17
Omaha Skutt Catholic def. South Sioux City, 25-5, 25-4, 25-9
Overton def. Gibbon, 25-12, 25-12, 25-12
Papillion-LaVista def. Omaha Benson, 25-3, 25-6, 25-4
Pender def. Tekamah-Herman, 25-19, 19-25, 27-25, 26-24
Platteview def. Louisville, 17-25, 25-23, 25-12, 25-23
Plattsmouth def. Bennington, 25-21, 25-17, 25-8
Ponca def. Wakefield-Allen, 25-15, 25-18, 23-25, 25-20
Raymond Central def. Arlington, 21-25, 25-12, 25-22, 25-10
Rock Port, Mo. def. Falls City Sacred Heart, 16-25, 25-19, 26-24
Scottsbluff def. Bridgeport, 19-25, 25-18, 25-17, 18-25, 15-10
Southern def. Fairbury, 25-23, 22-17, 26-28, 25-23
St. Paul def. Columbus Lakeview, 25-18, 25-21, 25-21
Superior def. Minden, 21-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 15-11
Thayer Central def. Sutton, 25-18, 25-22, 19-25, 25-19
Tri County def. Wilber-Clatonia, 23-25, 21-25, 25-7, 28-26, 15-13
Wauneta-Palisade def. Perkins County, 25-11, 25-14, 25-13
Waverly def. Wahoo, 25-17, 25-8, 25-22
Winside def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 25-12, 25-15, 25-14
|Adams Central Triangular|
Adams Central def. York, 26-24, 25-21
Adams Central def. Lexington, 25-14, 25-27, 25-12
York def. Lexington, 25-18, 25-12
Grand Island Northwest def. Beatrice, 25-9, 20-25, 25-23
Grand Island Northwest def. Hastings, 25-16, 25-22
Hastings def. Beatrice, 25-21, 25-21
|Boone Central/Newman Grove Triangular|
Pierce def. Boone Central/Newman Grove, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23
Wayne def. Pierce, 25-17, 25-15
Wayne def. Boone Central/Newman Grove, 25-13, 26-24
Maywood-Hayes Center def. Medicine Valley, 25-13, 25-8
Maywood-Hayes Center def. Brady, 25-14, 25-14
Medicine Valley def. Brady, 26-24, 25-23
Broken Bow def. Ord, 20-25, 25-12, 25-10
Broken Bow def. Cozad, 25-11, 25-8
Ord def. Cozad, 25-11, 25-20
|Creek Valley Triangular|
Haxtun, Colo. def. Creek Valley, 25-14, 25-12
Leyton def. Creek Valley, 25-23, 25-18
Leyton def. Haxtun, Colo., 25-23, 25-19
Doniphan-Trumbull def. Heartland, 25-19, 25-23
Giltner def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 25-9, 22-25, 25-14
Heartland def. Giltner, 17-25, 26-24, 25-23
|High Plains Community Triangular|
High Plains Community def. Hampton, 25-23, 23-25, 25-17
Meridian def. High Plains Community, 25-18, 25-19
Meridian def. Hampton, 25-11, 26-24
Bayard def. Potter-Dix, 25-21, 25-20
Kimball def. Bayard, 25-21, 26-24
|Nebraska Christian Triangular|
Fullerton def. Spalding Academy, 25-9, 25-15
Nebraska Christian def. Spalding Academy, 25-9, 25-8
|Nebraska City Triangular|
Nebraska Christian def. Fullerton, 25-16, 25-20
|North Central Triangular|
North Central def. Ainsworth, 25-12, 19-25, 25-14
Stuart def. North Central, 25-23, 25-17, 20-25
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Osceola, 25-17, 25-12
East Butler def. Bruning-Davenport/Shickley, 25-8, 25-6
East Butler def. Osceola, 27-25, 16-25, 25-19
Central Valley def. Palmer, 25-16, 25-12
CWC def. Central Valley, 25-18, 25-14
CWC def. Palmer, 25-4, 25-7
Dundy County-Stratton def. Paxton, 25-16, 25-20
Dundy County-Stratton def. Wallace, 25-23, 25-19
Wallace def. Paxton, 17-25, 25-18, 25-15
|Red Cloud Triangular|
Kenesaw def. Red Cloud, 25-9, 25-23
Lawrence-Nelson def. Kenesaw, 25-13, 25-16
Lawrence-Nelson def. Red Cloud, 25-8, 25-17
Bloomfield def. Santee, 28-26, 25-11
Boyd County def. Bloomfield, 25-22, 25-15
Boyd County def. Santee, 25-13, 25-8
|Shelby/Rising City Triangular|
Clarkson/Leigh def. Shelby/Rising City, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17
Lutheran High Northeast def. Shelby/Rising City, 25-19, 25-16
Lutheran High Northeast def. Clarkson/Leigh, 25-19, 22-25, 25-17
|South Loup Triangular|
Cambridge def. Maxwell, 26-24, 25-11
South Loup def. Cambridge, 27-25, 25-14
South Loup def. Maxwell, 25-22, 25-8
|St. Mary's Triangular|
Elgin Public/Pope John def. St. Mary's, 25-20, 25-11
Humphrey St. Francis def. Elgin Public/Pope John, 25-13, 25-12
Humphrey St. Francis def. St. Mary's, 25-13, 25-12
Ogallala def. Gothenburg, 25-22, 25-16
Ogallala def. Valentine, 25-18, 25-19
Valentine def. Gothenburg, 25-20, 14-25, 25-22
Walthill def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-11, 25-20
Wynot def. Walthill, 25-14, 25-6
|West Point-Beemer Triangular|
Douglas County West def. West Point-Beemer, 25-18, 25-15
Oakland-Craig def. West Point-Beemer, 27-25, 25-20
Oakland-Craig def. Douglas County West, 28-30, 25-23, 25-22
Winnebago def. Whiting, Iowa, 25-12, 25-10
|Wood River Triangular|
Ravenna def. Wood River, 25-23, 25-19
Shelton def. Ravenna, 16-25, 25-22, 25-15
Wood River def. Shelton, 25-16, 25-23
Crawford def. Hemingford, 25-8, 25-14, 25-12
Gordon/Rushville def. Hay Springs, 25-13, 25-18, 25-17
Malcolm def. Johnson County Central, 25-21, 25-19, 25-19
Millard West def. Papillion-LaVista South, 25-22, 25-18, 25-15
Osmond def. Wausa, 25-11, 25-17, 28-26
Wynot def. Randolph, 25-14, 25-10, 25-12
Hastings St. Cecilia def. Southern Valley, 25-10, 25-20
Hastings St. Cecilia def. Cambridge, 25-15, 25-14
Southern Valley def. Cambridge, 25-18, 25-19
Madison def. St. Edward, 25-15, 25-23
Riverside def. Madison, 25-9, 25-23
Riverside def. St. Edward, 25-20, 25-10
Chase County def. North Platte St. Patrick's, 25-12, 25-19
Chase County def. Southwest, 25-20, 25-19
Southwest def. North Platte St. Patrick's, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21
Milford def. Nebraska City, 2-1
Syracuse def. Ralston, 25-14, 25-16
Syracuse def. Milford, 25-18, 25-18
Ralston def. Nebraska City, 25-15, 25-11
NEBRASKA at MINNESOTA
OCT. 12, 2019 | TCF BANK STADIUM
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. | 6:30 P.M. (CT)
TV - FS1 (Brian Custer, Robert Smith)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin
SATELLITE RADIO - XM 382
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App
2019 Record: 4-2, 2-1 Big Ten
Last Game: Northwestern (W, 13-10)
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 27-17 (4th Year)/8-10 (2nd Year)
vs. Minnesota: 1-0
2019 Record: 5-0, 2-0 Big Ten
Last Game: Illinois (W, 40-17)
Coach: P.J. Fleck
Career/MN Record: 47-35 (7th Year)/17-13 (3rd Year)
vs. Nebraska: 1-1
Nebraska heads on the road for the second time in Big Ten Conference play this Saturday when Nebraska travels to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Game time from Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium is set for shortly after 6:30 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally on FS1. The game can be heard on the Husker Sports Network from Learfield-IMG.
The contest is a key early-season matchup in the Big Ten West Division race, with both schools looking to establish themselves as division contenders as the 2019 season reaches the midway point.
Nebraska will bring a 4-2 record into the contest, including a 2-1 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Huskers are coming off a dramatic 13-10 victory over Northwestern in Lincoln, winning the game on a field goal as time expired. The last-second victory over the Wildcats marked just the second time in Memorial Stadium history that Nebraska has secured a victory on a walk-off field goal.
Minnesota enters the game with a perfect 5-0 record, including a 2-0 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Gophers are coming off a 40-17 victory over Illinois on Saturday in Minneapolis to keep their perfect start intact. Minnesota has relied on an explosive offense, averaging 410 total yards and 35.8 points per game. The Gophers have won their past seven games overall, including a win over Wisconsin in the 2018 regular-season finale and a victory in the Quick Lane Bowl. The Gophers are ranked No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and are just outside of the top 25 in the AP Poll.
Minnesota holds a 32-25-2 edge in the all-time series between the two schools, including a 22-13-2 advantage in games played in Minneapolis. The Huskers are 2-2 in four games at Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium.
• Nebraska owns a 5-3 advantage over the Gophers since joining the Big Ten Conference, including last year's 53-28 win in Lincoln.
• Nebraska has played Minnesota more than any other opponents with this Saturday marking the 60th all-time meeting. The schools met 51 times before Nebraska joined the Big Ten, including 19 straight seasons from 1934 to 1952. NU also played Minnesota eight straight years from 1967 to 1974.
• Nebraska won 16 straight games in the series between 1963 and 2012, before a Minnesota victory in 2013. .
Minnesota a Memorable Matchup for Several Years
Nebraska defeated Minnesota 53-28 last season for the Huskers' first win of the season. Nebraska put up some noteworthy numbers in last year's meeting, and several current Huskers have enjoyed memorable matchups with Minnesota.
• Nebraska put up 659 yards of total offense in last year's win over Minnesota, which at the time marked the Huskers' highest output ever in a Big Ten Conference game (NU broke the record with 674 yards of total offense at Illinois last month).
• The Huskers scored 53 points last season against Minnesota, which marked the first time Nebraska had scored 50 points in a Big Ten Conference game.
• Last year's 53-28 victory over Minnesota marked Scott Frost's first win as Nebraska's head coach.
• Adrian Martinez (125 yards) and Maurice Washington (109 yards) each had the highest rushing totals of their career in last season's matchup with Minnesota, when the Huskers had three 100-yard rushers for the fifth time in school history.
• Martinez completed his first 11 passes in last year's game and finished 25-of-29 for 276 yards, completing 86.2 percent of his passes. The effort set a Nebraska record for a quarterback who attempted at least 20 passes in a game.
• In the last trip to Minneapolis in 2017, JD Spielman totaled a career-high 291 all-purpose yards. Spielman's 291 all-purpose yards rank fifth in school history and are the second-highest total a Husker has ever had on the road. Spielman posted his 100th career reception in last year's win over Minnesota.
Nebraska Joins 900-Win Club
Nebraska reached a major milestone in the history of its program with its win at Illinois on Sept. 21, becoming the fifth program in the country with 900 all-time victories. Nebraska joined Michigan, Ohio State, Texas and Alabama in the 900-win club. Oklahoma and Notre Dame joined the 900-win list a week later on Sept. 28.
Rk. School (Wins)
1. Michigan (957)
2. Ohio State (917)
3. Texas (912)
4. Alabama (910)
5. Nebraska (901)
Notre Dame (901)
Frost Offenses Impressive on Opening Drives
One common theme of a Scott Frost-led offense has been a fast start, and that has held true for Frost's tenure in Lincoln. NU has scored on its opening drive in three of six games in 2019.
Nebraska received the opening kickoff against South Alabama and drove nine plays and 81 yards for a touchdown to a take a 7-0 lead. At Colorado, Nebraska drove 96 yards in five plays on its first possession to take a 7-0 lead. The Huskers opened with a field goal on the game's first drive against Northern Illinois, covering 58 yards in eight plays. The opening-drive success has continued a theme throughout Frost's head coaching tenure.
• Nebraska scored on its first possession seven times in 12 games last season, including six of the final seven games. All seven of NU's opening scoring drives resulted in touchdowns. In Frost's two seasons, Nebraska has scored on its opening possession 10 times in 18 games.
• NU received the opening kickoff nine times in 2018 and scored touchdowns on six of those drives while punting only once. The Huskers had a game-opening touchdown drive to take a 7-0 lead in five straight games during the Big Ten Conference season.
• The Huskers scored on nearly 60 percent of their opening possessions in 2018, even with a pair of drive-ending turnovers in opponent territory. Nebraska's average touchdown drive covered more than 74 yards, including one 80-yard touchdown march and five 75-yard scoring drives.
• Over the last three seasons - 2018-19 at Nebraska and 2017 at UCF - Frost's offenses have scored a touchdown on their opening possession 18 times in 31 games (58 percent). The average length of the touchdown drive in that span is 74 yards.
• In three-plus years as a head coach, Frost's offenses have scored on their opening drive 23 times in 44 games, with 21 touchdowns and two field goals. In 84 games over six-plus seasons as a play-caller, Frost's offenses have scored on their first possession of the game 44 times, putting points on the board in more than half of their opening possessions.
• Frost's Opening Drive Scoring Percentage: 52% (44 of 84 drives)
• Frost's Opening Drive Touchdown Percentage: 45% (38 of 84 drives)
Blackshirt Defense Making Noise Early in 2019 Season
The Nebraska defense has focused on taking a step forward in 2019, specifically causing more turnovers and big impact plays. Nebraska has shown that ability in stretches this season, particularly in home wins over South Alabama and Northern Illinois.
• Nebraska has 11 takeaways through six games to rank fifth in the Big Ten and 15th nationally in that category.
• Nebraska had five takeaways against South Alabama, including four in the second half. The five takeaways matched the most in two seasons under Scott Frost (Illinois, 2018) and was only the fourth time since 2010 that a Nebraska defense recorded five or more takeaways.
• Nebraska scored a pair of defensive touchdowns against the Jaguars–a 38-yard interception return by Eric Lee Jr. in the third quarter and a fumble recovery in the end zone by Alex Davis in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring. The two defensive touchdowns marked the first time Nebraska scored a pair of defensive touchdowns since having two interception returns for touchdowns against Southern Miss in 2013. Nebraska is fourth in the nation in defensive touchdowns.
• Lee's interception return for a touchdown was the first by a Husker since Marcus Newby had an interception for a touchdown against Northwestern in 2017.
• Davis' fumble recovery for a touchdown was the first by the Huskers since Josh Mitchell returned a fumble 57 yards for a touchdown against Miami in 2014.
• Nebraska also scored on a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown by JD Spielman in the third quarter. The three non-offensive touchdowns were a first for Nebraska since the Huskers had three defensive touchdowns in a 31-3 win over Wake Forest in 2005.
• Nebraska's effort against South Alabama marked the 16th time in school history the Huskers have scored on offense, defense and special teams in the same game. It was the first time since 2012 NU had accomplished that feat, and the first instance against an FBS opponent since 2009 at Colorado.
• Nebraska has added six takeaways over the past five games, including a critical interception by Lamar Jackson against Northwestern with 1:00 remaining to set up a game-winning field goal.
• Nebraska has averaged 2.2 takeaways in its past 11 games. Prior to that, Nebraska averaged 1.0 takeaway in its 30 previous games spanning three seasons.
• The Huskers have forced three or more turnovers in four of their last 11 games. Before the current stretch, NU had not forced three turnovers in 30 games dating back to game two in 2016.
• Nebraska has forced 18 fumbles in its past 11 games. Prior to that, Nebraska had forced just 14 fumbles in its previous 34 games.
• Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander has a history of producing disruptive defenses. In 43 games as a defensive coordinator (UCF, Nebraska) Chinander's defenses have scored 11 touchdowns.
Defending the Run Key for Blackshirts
Nebraska made big strides in defending the run early in the 2019 season. The Huskers held each of the first three opponents to less than 100 yards rushing. Illinois' run-heavy attack gained 221 yards on the ground before Ohio State ran for 368 yards. Nebraska allows 165.3 yards rushing per game.
• Nebraska held three straight opponents to fewer than 100 yards rushing to open the season, marking the first time NU held three straight opponents to less than 100 yards on the ground since early in the 2017 season.
• The Huskers are allowing 4.05 yards per rush through six games, an improvement over last season when Nebraska surrendered 5.0 yards per rush.
Offense Ranks Among Nation's Top Big-Play Units
Nebraska's offense has numerous big-play weapons that have helped the Huskers stress opposing defenses. Highlighted by 14 plays of 20 yards or more at Illinois, Nebraska ranks as one of the Big Ten and national leaders in producing chunk plays.
• NU has 36 scrimmage plays of 20-plus yards to rank second in the Big Ten and 12th nationally.
• The Huskers rank in the top three in the Big Ten in plays of 40+ (13), 50+ (5) and 60+ (4) yards and are among the nation's top 17 teams in each of those categories.
• On the ground, Nebraska leads the Big Ten in rushes of 30+ (7), 40+ (7), 50+ (3) and 60+ (2) yards. Nebraska is in the top 12 in the nation in each of those categories.
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
Arcadia-Loup City def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 25-19, 25-23, 25-12
Bishop Neumann def. Aquinas, 25-16, 23-25, 25-11, 28-26
Burke, S.D. def. Boyd County, 25-14, 25-20, 17-25, 25-19
Chadron def. Gordon/Rushville, 25-10, 25-16, 25-16
Clarkson/Leigh def. Schuyler, 25-8, 25-16, 25-10
Crofton def. West Holt, 25-12, 25-9, 25-14
Deshler def. Shelton, 21-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-16
Garden County def. Hyannis, 25-20, 25-14, 25-8
Grand Island Central Catholic def. Grand Island Northwest, 18-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-14
Hampton def. Red Cloud, 25-21, 25-18, 25-21
Hartington Cedar Catholic def. Guardian Angels, 26-24, 27-25, 27-29, 25-13
Hartington-Newcastle def. Plainview, 25-17, 25-10, 25-10
Johnson County Central def. Pawnee City, 25-12, 25-11, 25-18
Kearney Catholic def. Ord, 20-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-20
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge def. Creighton, 25-13, 25-16, 25-10
Lincoln Christian def. Louisville, 25-18, 25-14, 25-22
Lincoln High def. Grand Island, 25-16, 25-15, 25-16
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder def. Madison, 25-7, 25-19, 25-15
Malcolm def. North Bend Central, 15-25, 8-25, 25-19, 25-18, 17-15
Mead def. Elmwood-Murdock, 25-14, 26-24, 25-11
Milford def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-11, 25-11, 25-19
Millard South def. Omaha North, 25-9, 25-15, 25-14
Millard West def. Lincoln Southwest, 25-16, 21-25, 25-18, 25-16
Norfolk Catholic def. West Point-Beemer, 25-15, 25-13, 25-21
O'Neill def. Ainsworth, 25-12, 25-21, 25-17
Oakland-Craig def. Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur, 3-1
Omaha Brownell-Talbot def. Arlington, 9-25, 25-16, 25-17, 26-24
Omaha South def. South Sioux City, 25-15, 25-12, 25-21
Omaha Westside def. Lincoln North Star, 25-20, 25-21, 25-20
Papillion-LaVista South def. Bellevue West, 25-15, 25-13, 16-25
Pine Bluffs, Wyo. def. Kimball, 25-14, 25-14, 25-10
Platteview def. Fort Calhoun, 3-0
Shelby/Rising City def. Palmer, 25-18, 25-20, 25-15
Summerland def. North Central, 25-23, 25-14, 25-16
Syracuse def. Raymond Central, 25-22, 25-6, 25-16
Thayer Central def. Centennial, 25-11, 25-22, 25-21
Twin River def. Central City, 26-24, 25-17, 25-16
Valentine def. Hershey, 25-12, 25-15, 25-21
Wakefield-Allen def. Osmond, 21-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-20
Wausa def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 25-23, 21-25, 25-17, 25-22
Wayne def. Stanton, 25-16, 25-13, 25-20
Winside def. Winnebago, 25-14, 25-16, 25-19
Yutan def. Conestoga, 25-8, 25-21, 25-21
Alma def. Southwest, 25-13, 23-25, 25-15
Overton def. Alma, 25-23, 25-23
Overton def. Southwest, 25-13, 25-17
Auburn def. Ralston, 24-26, 25-9, 26-24
Lincoln Lutheran def. Omaha Gross Catholic, 25-10, 25-16
Lincoln Lutheran def. Ralston, 25-14, 25-13
Omaha Gross Catholic def. Auburn, 21-25, 25-17, 25-20
Omaha Roncalli def. Ashland-Greenwood, 20-25, 25-20, 25-19
Omaha Roncalli def. Plattsmouth, 25-18, 25-17
Wahoo def. Ashland-Greenwood, 2-0
Wahoo def. Plattsmouth, 25-16, 25-14
|Boone Central/Newman Grove Triangular|
Battle Creek def. Elgin Public/Pope John, 25-15, 25-15
Battle Creek def. Boone Central/Newman Grove, 25-21, 25-11
Elgin Public/Pope John def. Boone Central/Newman Grove, 25-15, 25-22
|Broken Bow Triangular|
Broken Bow def. Ravenna, 25-13, 25-13
Broken Bow def. Holdrege, 25-13, 25-10
Blue Hill def. Giltner, 15-25, 25-12, 25-16
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Blue Hill, 25-15, 25-13
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Giltner, 27-25, 25-16
Cambridge def. Hoxie, Kan., 18-25, 25-23, 25-11
Southern Valley def. Cambridge, 25-13, 18-25, 25-18
Centura def. Sandy Creek, 25-17, 25-17
Centura def. Minden, 18-25, 25-20, 25-22
Minden def. Sandy Creek, 27-25, 25-17
Bellevue East def. Omaha Central, 28-26, 20-25, 25-13
Elkhorn def. Bellevue East, 25-21, 25-19
Elkhorn def. Omaha Central, 25-18, 25-14
|Elkhorn Valley Triangular|
CWC def. Elkhorn Valley, 25-8, 25-19
CWC def. St. Mary's, 25-14, 25-8
Elkhorn Valley def. St. Mary's, 25-16, 25-14
Neligh-Oakdale def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-20, 25-11
Pender def. Neligh-Oakdale, 22-25, 28-26, 25-18
Pender def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-10, 25-14
|Hastings St. Cecilia Tournament|
Hastings St. Cecilia def. Lawrence-Nelson, 25-17, 25-22
Lawrence-Nelson def. Heartland, 25-17, 16-25, 25-21
Lawrence-Nelson def. Cross County, 25-22, 25-18
Superior def. Heartland, 25-11, 25-16
Superior def. Hastings St. Cecilia, 25-23, 20-25, 26-24
Wood River def. Cross County, 25-19, 25-21
Wood River def. Heartland, 25-21, 25-21
Elm Creek def. Hi-Line, 20-25, 25-15, 25-23
Pleasanton def. Elm Creek, 25-12, 28-26
Pleasanton def. Hi-Line, 25-18, 25-17
|Humphrey St. Francis Triangular|
Humphrey St. Francis def. Heartland Lutheran, 25-5, 25-7
Humphrey St. Francis def. Nebraska Christian, 25-21, 25-22
Nebraska Christian def. Heartland Lutheran, 25-14, 25-12
Amherst def. Loomis, 25-20, 20-25, 25-21
Amherst def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-21, 25-18
Loomis def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-11, 25-21
|Medicine Valley Triangular|
Arapahoe def. Paxton, 25-11, 25-18
Medicine Valley def. Arapahoe, 25-15, 25-20
Medicine Valley def. Paxton, 25-18, 25-13
Diller-Odell def. Meridian, 26-24, 25-16
Diller-Odell def. Dorchester, 25-10, 25-13
Meridian def. Dorchester, 25-9, 25-22
|Omaha Bryan Triangular|
Fremont def. Omaha Bryan, 25-10, 25-15
Omaha Burke def. Omaha Bryan, 25-14, 25-17
Freeman def. Palmyra, 21-25, 25-14, 25-19
Southern def. Freeman, 20-25, 25-23, 25-20
Southern def. Palmyra, 25-17, 25-21
Dakota Valley, S.D. def. Ponca, 25-21, 25-21
Dakota Valley, S.D. def. Pierce, 21-25, 25-10, 25-15
Ponca def. Pierce, 25-23, 25-18
|Rawlins County Triangular, Kan.|
Wauneta-Palisade def. Rawlins County, Kan., 25-21, 25-16
Wauneta-Palisade def. St. Francis, Kan., 26-24, 25-21
Beatrice def. Seward, 25-22, 25-21
Seward def. York, 25-22, 17-25, 25-17
York def. Beatrice, 24-26, 25-19, 25-20
Falls City Sacred Heart def. Sterling, 25-15, 25-17
Nebraska City Lourdes def. Falls City Sacred Heart, 25-8, 25-21
|Twin Loup Triangular|
South Loup def. Spalding Academy, 25-10, 25-6
South Loup def. Twin Loup, 25-22, 25-11
Twin Loup def. Spalding Academy, 25-14, 25-12
|Weeping Water Triangular|
Lewiston def. Weeping Water, 25-22, 14-25, 25-22
Weeping Water def. Omaha Christian Academy, 20-25, 25-13, 25-17
Burwell 36, Amherst 22
CWC-Ewing 42, St. Mary's 6
Central Valley 42, Twin Loup 26
Eustis-Farnam 54, Maywood-Hayes Center 46
Fullerton 50, Palmer 48, 2OT
Lincoln East 48, Lincoln North Star 17
McCool Junction 85, Deshler 8
McPherson County/Stapleton 53, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 28
Millard North 55, Elkhorn 14
Omaha Burke 33, Gretna 0
Red Cloud 37, Hampton 0
Sandhills/Thedford 66, Maxwell 27
Sutherland 60, Hemingford 18
Nebraska announced on Thursday that it has completed its 2023 non-conference schedule and made an adjustment to another non-conference series.
The Huskers will take on Louisiana Tech on Sept. 23, 2023 in Lincoln, finalizing the 2023 schedule. Nebraska will also play at Colorado on Sept. 9, and play host to Northern Illinois on Sept. 16 during the 2023 non-conference season.
The meeting with Louisiana Tech will be the third between the two programs. Nebraska defeated the Bulldogs, 56-27, in the 1998 Eddie Robinson Football Classic in Lincoln. The most recent meeting occurred in 2006 in Lincoln with the Huskers knocking off Louisiana Tech, 49-10.
Louisiana Tech owns a 4-1 record in 2019 and has appeared in a bowl game each of the past five seasons. The Bulldogs have won eight or more games four of the past five seasons.
Nebraska also announced that a 2021 matchup with Northern Illinois in Lincoln has been moved to the 2027 season. The fourth game in the series between the schools will now be played on Sept. 4, 2027, at Memorial Stadium. The Huskies visited Lincoln earlier this season and in 2017, and will also play at Memorial Stadium in 2023.