Friday, September 29, 2006

2006/2007 Football Season Husker News #5 9-29-06

Hey Bay Area Husker Fans,

Great show by the Blackshirts last weekend, and steady improvement (we hope it continues) for the offense. A shutout is always a big deal, but especially worthy when up against a team that has an explosive offense like Troy. The Huskers start the Big XII play with a home opener against Kansas tomorrow. Another night game on Fox Sports Network, so here's our chance to get out to our favorite watch sites and cheer on the team. All watch sites should be able to show this one (its not PPV this week). In addition because the game goes over the dinner hour, Jack's Brewing Co. in Fremont will have another Prime Rib for the beef lovers in the crowd. They ordered a bigger Hunk-O-Beef this week (had a few disappointed fans last week) but you should still order in advance to make sure you get one.

Hope to see you there!

Go Big Red (White and Blue),



Nunn posted his first career 100-yard receiving day - all in the first half - in the Huskers' 56-0 win.

Big Red Review is your source for a complete postgame recap of Nebraska's 56-0 shutout of Troy on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. provides a complete game story, statistics, notes, quotes and photos from the game.

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(excerpt from the recap article)...

Lincoln - The Nebraska offense generated nearly 600 yards total offense, including more than 400 in the first half alone, and the Blackshirts pitched their first shutout of the season as the Cornhuskers rolled to a 56-0 victory over Troy on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
The No. 23 Huskers improved to 3-1 on the year with the victory in front of 84,799 fans in the NCAA-record 278th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium. Troy slipped to 1-3 on the season.

Sophomore I-back Marlon Lucky erupted for the best game of his young career with 10 carries for career highs of 156 yards and three touchdowns through Nebraska's opening drive of the second half. Lucky's big night included successive career-long runs of 34, 45 and 51 yards that all went for touchdowns, capped by his 51-yard burst up the middle on his final carry to give the Huskers a 35-0 lead.

While Lucky carried the load for Nebraska's balanced West Coast offensive attack, senior quarterback Zac Taylor propelled the Huskers through the air, completing 14-of-17 passes for 268 yards and one touchdown. Taylor played just over a half, giving way to backup Joe Ganz after leading the Huskers on their fifth touchdown on the opening drive of the second half.


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Junior safety Tierre Green has racked up 21 tackles through four games this season.
Lincoln – The Nebraska football team held a two-hour half-pad practice in Memorial Stadium Wednesday to put the finishing touches on preparation for Saturday’s Big 12 opener against Kansas at 6 p.m.

Head coach Bill Callahan commented on the Jayhawk’s sophomore cornerback Aqib Talib, an early favorite for Big-12 accolades who has performed well this season.

“He’s got all the corner skills you look for,” Callahan said. “He’s fast, he’s quick, and his change of direction is great. He plays the ball well in flight, he’s a good hitter, and in terms of run-support defense he plays the ball very well. Those are the things that stick out when I watch him play.”

The Husker’s defense has been working equally hard, including junior safety Tierre Green, who has racked up 21 tackles through four games this season, including 10 solo, to lead the team.

“He’s been solid, he really has,” Callahan said. “He’ll be tested more this week as you see the spread offenses emerge, and (our defense) will get tested quite a bit. For himself, being at that strong safety position, he has helped stop the run really well.

“He’s steadily improved at defending the pass, and if you think about the transition this guy has made it’s been extraordinary. He went from running back to corner, to the nickel to safety, and he’s really done a great job. They’re all going to be tested, and we’re going to be tested as a unit more as we get into conference play because of the nature of the spread offense.”

Callahan additionally commented on the health progress of senior center Kurt Mann.

“He’s been working with (head strength coach) Dave (Kennedy),” Callahan said. “We’re just trying to get his energy back right now, get his strength back, and the other numbers he needs to get back relative to his condition. As soon as he’s ready, I’m sure the doctor will release him.”
The Huskers will hold a team walk-through in Memorial Stadium Friday afternoon before opening Big 12 play against Kansas Saturday at 4:00 p.m. PDT.

The Big 12 Conference and ABC Sports announced on Monday that Nebraska’s Oct. 7 game at Iowa State will be televised on a regional basis with kickoff set for 5 p.m. (Pacific) at ISU’s Jack Trice Stadium.

The game will mark the fourth consecutive night contest for the Huskers, following a road game at USC (ABC) and evening home games against Troy and Kansas (FSN). Nebraska has had one other stretch in school history with four straight night games, opening the 2002 season with four evening contests.

The ABC appearance also marks the second straight season and the fourth time in the past seven years that the Nebraska-Iowa State game will be televised by the network. The ABC game guarantees Nebraska at least three appearances on the network this season, as Nebraska’s Sept. 16 game at USC was televised nationally and the Nov. 24 game against Colorado will also be shown by ABC to a national audience.

Nebraska opens Big 12 Conference play this week with a 4 p.m. PDT game against Kansas that will be carried nationally on FSN. Game times for the remainder of Nebraska’s games will be announced six to 12 days in advance.

Other Big 12 games selected for television on Oct. 7 include Oklahoma-Texas (12:30 p.m., ABC), Texas A&M at Kansas (9 a.m., FSN) and Missouri at Texas Tech (4 p.m., TBS). (All times Pacific)

Week 5 Rankings for both the AP and USA Today Polls...


The third weekend of the National Football League season continued to show strong performances from several former Huskers, including key plays from a former Blackshirt in the 2004 class and a specialist from last year’s squad.

On Monday Night Football, the Saints dominated the Atlanta Falcons, 23-3, in an emotional home opener in the newly renovated Superdome one year following Hurricane Katrina. Former Blackshirt Josh Bullocks racked up seven tackles, including five unassisted, along with a key field goal block.

With the Saints leading 17-3 with just under two minutes remaining in the third quarter, Bullocks blocked a 25-yard field goal attempt while the defense recovered the ball on the New Orleans 13-yard line to secure the momentum and a two-touchdown lead.

Scott Shanle also added four solo tackles and one sack for the Saints defense, while Demorrio Williams snagged seven solo stops and one assisted tackle in the Falcons’ losing effort.

Former NU specialist Sam Koch contributed to a 15-14 Baltimore Ravens victory over the Cleveland Browns with six punts for an average of 39.2 yards, including three inside the 20-yard line. Koch also had a long punt of 53 yards after a crucial three-and-out by the offense from their own 26-yard line, putting the ball on the Cleveland 21-yard line with the Browns ahead 7-3 in the second quarter.

Former Husker defensive back Ralph Brown contributed one solo tackle in Cleveland’s losing effort.

Buffalo’s Chris Kelsey posted two tackles, including one unassisted, in the Bills’ 28-20 loss to the New York Jets.

Chicago’s Mike Brown racked up three unassisted and one assisted tackle in the Bears’ 19-16 victory over Minnesota, helping hold the Vikings to just 11 first downs despite Minnesota’s advantage in time of possession.

Cincinnati racked up 14 fourth-quarter points to edge the Steelers, 28-20. Former Husker specialist Kyle Larson had five punts for an average of 53.4 yards, including a long of 67 yards, and two inside the 20-yard line.

Green Bay’s Ahman Green led the Packers in rushing with 22 carries for 63 yards in his team’s 31-24 divisional win over Detroit. The Lions’ Daniel Bullocks had six tackles, including four unassisted, in Detroit’s losing effort. Cory Schlesinger also had two catches for seven yards from his fullback position, while Dominic Raiola’s blocking at center helped lead to 342 yards passing for Jon Kitna.

Houston’s Kris Brown had one extra point, while Zach Wiegert led an offensive line that helped David Carr to a 208-yard passing day in the Texans’ 31-15 loss to the Washington Redskins.

Philadelphia’s Correll Buckhalter had five carries for 16 yards, as well as two catches for 25 yards, in the Eagles’ 28-24 win over San Francisco.

Josh Brown racked up six extra points in Seattle’s offensive explosion over the New York Giants, while Grant Wistrom racked up two unassisted tackles during the Seahawks’ 42-30 win.

Carolina’s Mike Minter and Mike Rucker combined for five tackles, including one each unassisted, in the Panthers’ 26-24 victory against Tampa Bay, which included holding the Buccaneers to just 13 first downs and 209 net yards. Tampa Bay’s Barrett Ruud snagged eight solo tackles in the Buccaneers’ losing effort.

Finally, Tennessee’s Kyle Vanden Bosch snagged four tackles, including three unassisted, as well as one sack in the Titans’ 13-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Rachel Schwartz and the Huskers take on Baylor on Saturday.

Lincoln – Nebraska kept a firm grasp of the No. 1 spot for the fifth consecutive week, as the Huskers were ranked at the top of the CSTV/AVCA Coaches poll released Monday.

The Huskers, one of five unbeaten teams in the country with a 12-0 record, received 46 of the 60 first-place votes and totaled 1,480 points, 27 points ahead of Penn State. The Nittany Lions (13-0) received 13 first-place votes, while No. 4 Washington received the remaining first-place vote. All five unbeaten teams are ranked this week, including UCLA (15-0) at No. 3 Southern California (13-0) at No. 5 and New Mexico (16-0) at No. 22.

Three Big 12 teams are ranked this week, including Texas at No. 8 and Missouri, which swept the Longhorns over the weekend, checking in at No. 19.

The Huskers are off until Saturday afternoon, when they take on Baylor. First serve between the Huskers and Bears is set for 11 a.m. (Pacific) and the match will be carried on the Internet at


Carly Peetz scored the first goal of her career in NU's 3-2 loss to Iowa State.

Ames, Iowa – The Nebraska soccer team suffered its first overtime loss of the year with a 3-2 setback in double overtime at Iowa State in Ames on Sunday.

Nebraska slipped to 6-2-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12, while the Cyclones improved to 5-6 overall and 1-1 in the league.

The Huskers enjoyed a 2-1 lead in the final minute of regulation before a Cyclone penalty kick forced NU's fourth overtime game of the season, tying the 2003 squad for the most overtime games in a season. The loss marked the first loss by the Huskers in overtime since losing to Texas, 1-0, last season. Nebraska is 1-1-2 in extra minutes this season and 12-6-11 all-time.

The overtime loss spoiled another outstanding performance from senior Brittany Timko, who assisted on the Huskers' second goal to set a school record by scoring at least one point in her 13th straight game.

Nothing to pass along this week.



* Hahn Aims Big Property Tax Exemptions At Homeowners, Family Agriculture
Regardless of its future, homeowners and family ag operations should get a look at the proposal from the Democratic candidate for governor.

* Senator Kremer Remains In Critical Condition
Our best wishes are with the senator from Aurora.

* Nebraska Volleyball Remains Nation's Number 1
We're No. 1!

* NU Volleyball Team Avoids Upset By Inspired Creighton
Could this be the beginning of a rivalry worth the name?

* UNK Volleyball Unranked For First Time In 13 Years
Ouch! Reaaaal big ouch!

* Nebraska Should Thump Kansas In Big 12 Opener
Updated. Your comments encouraged.

* In Omaha Dial 9-1-1 To Report ...Smoking
You can't make up stuff like this.

* Nebraska School Kids Participate In Day Of Prayer
Good for them.


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