Sunday, October 22, 2006

2006/2007 Football Season Husker News #8 10-18-06

Hey Bay Area Husker Fans!

The game this weekend could be a warmup for the Big 12 title. We will still need to beat Mizzou in a couple of weeks to clinch the north, but how we fare against Texas on Saturday should give us an idea how we might do on December 2nd in Kansas City for all the marbles. A victory Saturday would also vault us in the polls and we could end up a lot closer to the top ten next week. The betting line heavily favors Texas, but the game is on our turf and we could just upset the Horns...wouldn't that be fun!

Go Big Red (White and Blue),


Watch Sites Ready for Texas Game...

Kickoff for the Texas game is at 9:00 a.m. (Pacific) on Saturday.

The game will be broadcast by ABC.

Both Final-Final and Jack's will open early for us, and Jack's will have their breakfast menu ready for the crowd. Knuckles in Monterey will be open as normal for the early games and so will Legends in Concord (because its at a golf course), so everyone should get out there early and get a good seat for one of the biggest games of the season for the Huskers.

Here's what Steve Curry (watch site coordinator) sent to the Final-Final Faithful:

Horns & Huskers...

Wow, great turnout for Arnie's (Final-Final owner) pay-per-view pickup of the KSU game. A few imported cheerleaders did a great job of encouraging some serious chants, rants, and other assorted noise. My accurate census indicates 70 Husker fans helped intimidate all but two horns from joining in the fun.

Arnie was quite pleased with the show and indicated that he will open the Final Final shortly after 8:00am (for a 9:00 broadcast) this Saturday so we can establish a claim on the best watch party areas of the place. Let's arrive before the horns and stake out the good turf.

Go Big Scarlet & Cream,



Brandon Jackson rushed for 92 yards to lead Nebraska's ground game against Kansas State on Saturday.

Big Red Review is your source for a complete postgame recap of Nebraska's 21-3 victory at Kansas State Saturday night. provides a complete game story, stats, notes, quotes and photos.

Nebraska vs. Kansas State Recap
Nebraska vs. Kansas State Final Game Statistics (HTML)
Nebraska Coach Bill Callahan Quotes
Nebraska Player Quotes
Nebraska Postgame Notes
Kansas State Postgame Notes
Kansas State Coach Ron Prince Quotes
Kansas State Player Quotes
Audio Highlights from the Husker Sports Network
Nebraska Season Statistics
2006 Season Photo Gallery

Excerpt from the Recap:

Manhattan, Kan. - The No. 21 Nebraska football team controlled Kansas State from start to finish with a strong Blackshirt defense and a powerful running game on its way to a 21-3 win over the Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan on Saturday night.

With the victory, Nebraska improved to 6-1 on the season and 3-0 in the Big 12 Conference, while dropping Kansas State to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the league. The win made the Huskers bowl eligible for the 37th time in the past 38 seasons, while Nebraska also became just the fourth program in history to reach the 800-win plateau, joining Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas. The Huskers will face the Longhorns on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

The Huskers, who ended a four-game losing streak in Manhattan to the Wildcats, set the tone on the game's opening drive by marching 80 yards on nine plays to take a 7-0 lead. It was the fourth consecutive game that Nebraska scored on the opening drive, but the first opening drive to end on a touchdown pass from a holder to a reserve tight end.


Zac Taylor and the Huskers will look to defeat a Top-5 team in Lincoln for the fifth straight time Saturday against Texas.

No. 17/16 Nebraska (6-1, 3-0) vs.
No. 5/5 Texas (6-1, 3-0)
Saturday, Oct. 21 - 9 a.m. Pacific
Memorial Stadium (81,067) - Lincoln, Neb.
Surface: FieldTurf
Series: UT leads, 6-4-0
Last Meeting: Texas won, 31-7, 2003 in Austin
Television: ABC (Split-National)
Radio: Pinnacle Sports Network (51 stations)
Sirius Satellite Radio: Channel 128

Lincoln - After a successful two-game road trip, Nebraska returns to Lincoln this Saturday to face its second top-five opponent of 2006 as defending national champion Texas pays a visit to Memorial Stadium. The Huskers and Longhorns lead their respective divisions of the Big 12 and are the only unbeaten teams in conference play, both at 3-0. The game will be televised to more than 80 percent of the United States by ABC, with kickoff set for shortly after 9 a.m. PDT.

The Huskers improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in Big 12 action last Saturday with a 21-3 victory over Kansas State in Manhattan. The win marked Nebraska’s second straight road victory over a Big 12 North foe, coming on the heels of a 28-14 victory at Iowa State. The 3-0 mark has given Nebraska an early advantage in the Big 12 North, one game ahead of Missouri and two games in front of Colorado and Kansas State.

The win at Kansas State continued to inch the Huskers up the national polls. NU moved up four spots to 17th in this week’s Associated Press Poll, and improved four positions to No. 16 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Texas enters Saturday’s matchup with a 6-1 overall mark and a 3-0 record in Big 12 play after a 63-31 victory over Baylor in Austin. The Longhorns’ only loss of the 2006 season was a Sept. 9 setback against top-ranked Ohio State in Austin. That loss is Texas’ only blemish in its past 27 games. Texas will come to Lincoln with a No. 5 national ranking in both polls, marking Nebraska’s first top-five opponent in Lincoln since defeating No. 2 Oklahoma in 2001.

In addition to matching the Big 12’s remaining unbeaten teams, Saturday’s game will also match two of the nation’s four programs with 800 all-time victories. Texas won its 800th game last season in the Rose Bowl, while Nebraska reached that plateau with last week’s win at Kansas State. Saturday’s game will be just the third in college football history between schools with 800 all-time victories, joining 2005 and 2006 games between Notre Dame and Michigan.

Huskers Take Big 12 North Lead with Second Straight Road VictoryNebraska controlled Kansas State from start to finish on its way to a 21-3 win over the Wildcats in Manhattan on Saturday night. The win was Nebraska’s first at Kansas State in a decade and marked Nebraska’s second straight Big 12 North road win, after picking up a win at Iowa State a week earlier.

Nebraska improved to 6-1 on the season and 3-0 in the Big 12, while making the Huskers bowl eligible for the 37th time in the past 38 seasons. Nebraska also became just the fourth program in history to reach the 800-win plateau, joining Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas.

(this will be a regional broadcast and probably won't be available on the west coast without the ESPN sports package - which is available at our 4 watch site locations)

Nebraska will be featured on ABC for the second straight week when it faces Oklahoma State on Oct. 28 in Stillwater, Okla.

The Big 12 Conference and ABC Sports announced on Monday that Nebraska’s Oct. 28 game at Oklahoma State will be televised regionally by the network, with kickoff set for 12:30 p.m. PDT.

The ABC telecast will be the second straight for the Huskers, following this week’s ABC telecast of the Nebraska-Texas game which will be shown to more than 80 percent of the country.

Nebraska had two other ABC telecasts earlier this season in road games at USC and Iowa State, and its Nov. 24 home game against Colorado will be televised nationally by the network.

The ABC telecast of the Nebraska-Oklahoma State game marks the second straight Husker-Cowboy matchup televised by the network. ABC also provided the telecast of Nebraska’s 17-7 victory over Oklahoma State in Lincoln in 2003. ABC also televised Nebraska’s matchups with Oklahoma State in 1977, 1981 and 1984.

In addition to the Nebraska-Oklahoma State game, the other Big 12 games selected for telecast on Oct. 28 include Oklahoma at Missouri (ABC, 9 a.m.) and Texas at Texas Tech (4 p.m., TBS) Pacific Time.

Game times for Nebraska’s games against Missouri (Nov. 4) and at Texas A&M (Nov. 11) will be announced six to 12 days in advance of the game.


Josh Brown kicked a 54-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to give the Seahawks the 30-28 edge over St. Louis.

Demorrio Williams (Atlanta)—Williams racked up a team-leading nine tackles, including seven solo, against the New York Giants (3-2) during a 27-14 Atlanta Falcons (3-2) loss.

Sam Koch (Baltimore)—Sam Koch averaged 43.2 yards on five punts as the Ravens (4-2) fell to Carolina 23-21. The Seward, Neb., native had one 58 yarder and also pinned two inside the Panther (4-2) 20-yard line.

Cory Ross (Baltimore)—Ross was inactive during the Ravens’ 23-21 loss to Carolina.

Chris Kelsay (Buffalo)—Kelsay made six tackles, including three solos, for the second week in a row in the Bills' (2-4) 20-17 loss to the Detroit Lions (1-5).

Mike Minter (Carolina)—Minter recorded three solo tackles and two assisted tackles to contribute to the Panther’s (4-2) 23-21 edging of Baltimore (4-2).

Mike Rucker (Carolina)—Rucker had two solo tackles during the Panthers' 23-21 win over the Ravens.

Mike Brown (Chicago)—Brown had one of two defensive touchdowns on fumble returns that led to a 24-23 comeback win by the Bears on Monday Night Football. Brown's three-yard fumble return put the Bears within two scores in the bottom of the third quarter. Brown also added five tackles, including four solo, in the Bear's sixth win of the season.

Kyle Larson (Cincinnati)—Larson averaged 42.0 yards on seven punts in the Bengals' 14-13 loss to Tampa Bay. The former Husker specialist notched a long of 49 yards and pinned another inside the Buccaneer 20-yard line.

Ralph Brown (Cleveland)—Brown and Cleveland enjoyed a bye week and will face the Denver Broncos in Week 7.

Daniel Bullocks (Detroit)—Bullocks snagged six tackles, including two solo, as Detroit earned its first win of the season with a 20-17 decision over the Buffalo Bills.

Dominic Raiola (Detroit)—Raiola made his 70th consecutive start at center for the Lions in the team’s first win of the season. Railoa, a Rimington Award Winner in 2000, anchored a Detroit offensive line that allowed quarterback Jon Kitna to complete 24-of-36 attempts for 278 yards and one touchdown.

Cory Schlesinger (Detroit)—Schlesinger played in his 173rd career game at fullback and caught one pass for six yards in the Lions' first win of the season.

Ahman Green (Green Bay)—Green continues to rest a hamstring injury as the Packers enjoyed a bye in Week 6. Green Bay will face Miami in Week 7.

Kris Brown (Houston)—Brown had two field goals in Houston’s 34-6 loss to Dallas, including a 48-yarder that put the Texans up 6-3 at halftime.

Zach Wiegert (Houston)—Wiegert anchored an offensive line that held Dallas to no sacks of quarterback David Carr and allowed Carr to complete 15-of-27 throws for 128 yards.

Will Shields (Kansas City)—Shields' recorded his franchise-record 213th consecutive start at right guard for the Chiefs in Kansas City’s 45-7 loss to Pittsburgh. Shields contributed to the blocking that led to a 26-yard, one touchdown Larry Johnson performance.

Russ Hochstein (New England)—Hochstein and the Patriots enjoyed a bye in Week 6.
Le Kevin Smith (New England)—Smith and New England had a bye and will face the Buffalo Bills in Week 7.

Josh Bullocks (New Orleans)—Bullocks racked up four tackles, including three solo, as the Saints continued to roll in their fifth win as they defeated Philadelphia, 27-24.

DeJuan Groce (New Orleans)—Groce had one tackle in the Saints’ 27-24 victory over the Eagles. Groce just returned to action after spending the first five weeks of the season rehabbing an injured hamstring.

Scott Shanle (New Orleans)—Shanle recorded a team-high six tackles, all solo, as the Saints rolled over Philadelphia, 27-24.

Adam Treu (Oakland)—Treu played in his 149th career game with Oakland during the Raiders’ 13-3 loss to Denver, serving as the squad’s long snapper.

Fabian Washington (Oakland)—Washington did not play in Oakland’s 13-3 loss to the Broncos.
Correll Buckhalter (Philadelphia)—Buckhalter had five yards on one carry and 10 yards on one reception as the Eagles lost to the Saints, 27-24.

Ryon Bingham (San Diego)—Bingham did not record a tackle but was active in the Chargers’ 48-19 victory over San Francisco.

Carlos Polk (San Diego)—Polk did not record a tackle but recorded his fifth game of action this season in San Diego’s 48-19 win over the 49ers.

Josh Brown (Seattle)—Brown kicked a 54-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to give the Seahawks the 30-28 edge over St. Louis. Brown connected on three field goals and three extra points to account for 12 of Seattle’s points.

Grant Wistrom (Seattle)—Wistrom had four solo tackles in the Seahawks' 30-28 win over the Rams.

Barrett Ruud (Tampa Bay)—Ruud had one assisted tackle in Tampa Bay’s 14-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Kyle Vanden Bosch (Tennessee)—Vanden Bosch snagged three tackles, including two solo, in his sixth straight start for as the Titans, who picked up their first win in a 25-22 edging of Washington.


All-American Sarah Pavan leads No. 1 Nebraska into a match at No. 9 Texas.

One of the most anticipated matchups of the college volleyball season takes place this Wednesday, as the No. 1 ranked Nebraska volleyball team travels to Austin, Texas, for a matchup with No. 9 Texas. First serve from Gregory Gymnasium is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game can be heard on the Husker Sports Network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and Omaha, and on Wednesday’s match will also be shown to a national audience, as the match will be carried live nationally on ESPNU (Ch. 609 on DirecTV; Ch. 148 on DISH).

The Huskers come to Austin with a perfect 17-0 record following a sweep of Colorado on Saturday afternoon. In that match, Jordan Larson totaled 17 kills and 10 digs to lead three Huskers with at least 10 kills. Sarah Pavan and Tracy Stalls also added 12 kills, while the Huskers recorded 12 blocks and held Colorado to .129 hitting. NU, which features four freshmen or sophomores in the starting lineup, leads the nation in both kills per game (17.76) and assists per game (16.74) while leading the Big 12 with a .301 hitting percentage. Freshman setter Rachel Holloway was named Big 12 Player of the Week on Monday, averaging 16.00 assists in wins over No. 15 Missouri and Colorado last week.


Sophomore Sari Raber and the Huskers cap off the Big 12 regular season this weekend.

The Nebraska soccer team (8-5-3, 3-4-1) winds up its Big 12 regular season this weekend as it travels to the Sooner state for a pair of contests against Oklahoma State (12-2-2, 7-1-1) and Oklahoma (6-9-1, 3-5-1). The Huskers meet up with the Big 12-leading Cowgirls in Stillwater at 7 p.m. on Friday, before heading south to take on the Sooners at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

After a disappointing weekend that saw the Huskers drop a pair of conference contests to Texas A&M and Texas, Nebraska is looking to get back to its winning ways this weekend. The Huskers are ranked fifth in the league and need a pair of wins this weekend to re-establish a winning record in conference play.

Against Texas A&M last Friday, Nebraska suffered just its second shutout of the season, notching a season-low four shots while allowing 21 from the Aggies. Despite a stellar defensive effort from the Nebraska defense and sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Klages that kept A&M out of the net through 63 minutes, the Huskers couldn't seem to get the offensive side of the field moving in the right direction.

Nebraska suffered a similar fate against Texas on Sunday at the Nebraska Soccer Field, tallying just nine shots after averaging 25 shots a game in its last four home contests. However, the Huskers did manage to get on the board off the first career goal for redshirt freshman Shannon Dickerson. NU earned a free kick early in the game that senior Brittany Timko sent toward the net and off the leg of Dickerson to put the Huskers up 1-0 for the first time in four games. But the lead wouldn't stand for long, as the Longhorns netted the game-tying goal before the half was out and tallied the game-winner in the second period.

The Huskers face another tough test at Oklahoma State Friday, as the Cowgirls have emerged as a contender in league play. After finishing ninth in the Big 12 and failing to qualify for the NCAA Tournament last season, OSU has produced an impressive turnaround in 2006. Not only do the Cowgirls lead the Big 12, but they are ranked 10th nationally with a trip to postseason action all but guaranteed.

OSU's in-state rival, Oklahoma, has not experienced quite the success of its northern neighbor. Despite a four-game unbeaten streak that was snapped by Baylor this past Sunday, the Sooners are still below .500 in the conference and on the season.


Senior Ty Capps led the Huskers to a fifth-place tie at the Squire Creek Intercollegiate with a 70.

Ruston, La. - The Nebraska men’s golf team snagged a tie for fifth place in a field of 18 through 18 holes of play after being rained out on the first scheduled day of competition at the Louisiana Tech/Squire Creek Classic at the par-72, 7,105-yard Squire Creek Country Club in Ruston, La.

The Huskers shot a team total of 292 to leave them in a tie with South Alabama and Western Kentucky.

Senior Ty Capps led the team with a 70, placing him in a tie for sixth place. Senior Ryan Lenahan was next for the Huskers with a 73, leaving him in a tie for 25th, while Brady Schnell shot a 74 to place in a tie for 34th.

Sophomore Trent Price finished with a 75 to place in a tie for 45th and round out the Husker scoring lineup, while Drew Reynolds rounded out the Husker squad with a 76 and a tie for 56th.

As a team, the Huskers were third in the tournament in both pars with 60 and in par-five scoring at four-under par. The Huskers additionally ranked fourth in par-four scoring at just three-over par.

Sam Houston State shot a team total of 281 to win the tournament, while Southeastern La. and Tenn.-Chattanooga tied for second with a team total of 286. Mississippi shot a team-total 287 to snag the fourth-place spot and round out the top five.

The Huskers will take a break this weekend before wrapping up their fall season with the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate Oct. 30-31 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.


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