Friday, November 06, 2009

Bay Area Husker ENews 11-03-09

Hey Bay Area Husker Fans,

Had to get this out quick due to a death in the family that takes me back to the homeland the rest of the week. Thank goodness the Huskers "mustered the mustard" last Saturday although it was a pretty ugly win. Wish the same offense that played in the first half showed up in the second, but the defense held the Bears in check to register a "W" and put the Huskers closer to a chance for a Big 12 North Division title and a bowl game. Tough matchup this Saturday against our old rival Oklahoma. Lots of extracurricular activity associated with this game (see articles below about the joint Heisman tour). And apparently our win over Baylor helped ABC decide to broadcast the Oklahoma game although its a late game (5 p.m. PST kickoff) instead of passing it down to Versus again. And ABC will also broadcast the following weekend's matchup with Kansas (12:30 PST start).

The Volleyball team has had its share of trouble this season but they are still hanging in there as the season is coming to an end. They should get a bid for the NCAA championship rounds, but they will have to play better than they have to make it to the finals. Wish them luck as they finish out the Big 12 matches starting with Missouri tomorrow night and Iowa State on Saturday (see info below). And the Soccer team plays in the Big 12 Championship playoffs starting tomorrow too (info below).

Lots of other stuff to pass along including some news from the homeland at the end of the email. Enjoy!
Go Big Red (White and Blue)...and Mom, I hope you enjoy those heavenly 50 yardline seats for the games with Dad you will truly be missed,


Watch Parties:

A small group of us went to the new sports bar "1st and Main" in Los Altos last Saturday and found it to be a great place with lots of TVs and a good breakfast menu. Several of the gathered fans found the bar's comfy couches to be a nice touch and nearly fell asleep at half time.

With the game this Saturday being broadcast by ABC, our favorite watch sites are back in business. So come on out to Final-Final, Jack's, Legends and Knuckles to cheer on the Huskers with other Red Clad Husker fans. Get there early for a good seat and grab some great pub grub for dinner.


The Matchup
It is the latest installment in the Battle of the Big Reds as Nebraska plays host to Oklahoma, renewing one of the most historic matchups in college football history. Game time at Memorial Stadium is set for shortly after 5 p.m. PST with the game televised regionally on ABC.

Nebraska enters the game with a 5-3 overall record and a 2-2 mark in the Big 12 Conference, following a 20-10 victory at Baylor on Saturday. The win snapped a two-game Nebraska losing streak and kept the Huskers in the thick of the Big 12 North Division race, a half-game behind division leader Kansas State.

Oklahoma comes to Lincoln on a two-game winning streak after a 42-30 victory over Kansas State on Saturday night in Norman. The win improved the Sooners to 5-3 overall this season, including a 3-1 mark in Big 12 play. OU will enter Lincoln ranked 20th in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls. The Sooners' three losses this season have come by a total of six points.

The Series
Oklahoma holds a 44-37-3 all-time edge in the series between the schools and has won the past four meetings, including last year's victory in Norman. Nebraska owns a 21-18-2 edge in games played in Lincoln and had won six straight over OU in Lincoln before a 31-24 Sooner victory in 2005.

The Coaches
Nebraska: Bo Pelini (Ohio State, '90) owns a 15-7 record in his second season with the Huskers. Pelini guided Nebraska to nine wins in his first season as head coach, joining Bob Devaney, Tom Osborne and Frank Solich as the only Nebraska coaches to win nine games in their first season leading the Cornhuskers. Prior to taking over as the Huskers' head coach, Pelini served as defensive coordinator at NU, Oklahoma and LSU. Previously, he had stints as an NFL assistant with San Francisco, New England and Green Bay.

Oklahoma: Bob Stoops (Iowa, '83) is in his 11th season as Oklahoma's head coach and owns a 114-27 record with the Sooners. Stoops guided the Sooners to the 2000 national championship. His Oklahoma teams have played in four BCS National Championship games and won six Big 12 titles.

Championship Programs Set to Renew Historic Series
Nebraska and Oklahoma meet on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, marking the 85th meeting in one of college football's top all-time matchups. Oklahoma owns a 44-37-3 lead in the series, but together the two schools have produced an amazing number of national championships, conference championships, bowl victories and national award winners. Nebraska and Oklahoma have combined for 12 national championships, including five by Nebraska and seven by the Sooners.

Celebration of Greatness Set for Friday
The greatness of the players and coaches who have participated in the Nebraska-Oklahoma series will be celebrated on Friday evening in Lincoln. All major award winners from both schools have been invited to attend a private dinner at the Champion's Club, just west of Memorial Stadium.

As of Sunday, 22 major award winners between the schools are scheduled to attend. The group will also be honored on the field at halftime of Saturday's game. Those scheduled to attend include:

Nebraska–Larry Jacobson (1971 Outland), Johnny Rodgers (1972 Heisman), Dave Rimington (1981 and 1982 Outland, 1982 Lombardi), Dean Steinkuhler (1983 Outland and Lombardi), Mike Rozier (1983 Heisman), Will Shields (1992 Outland), Trev Alberts (1993 Butkus), Zach Wiegert (1994 Outland), Tommie Frazier (1995 Unitas), Aaron Taylor (1997 Outland), Eric Crouch (2001 Heisman).

Oklahoma–Steve Owens (1969 Heisman and Walter Camp) Greg Pruitt (College Hall of Fame), Joe Washington (College Hall of Fame), Tom Brahaney (College Hall of Fame), Billy Sims (1978 Heisman and Walter Camp), Tony Casillas (1985 Lombardi), Brian Bosworth (1985 and 1986 Butkus), Rickey Dixon (1987 Jim Thorpe), Derrick Strait (2003 Jim Thorpe and Nagurski), Josh Heupel (2000 Walter Camp), Jason White (2003 Heisman, Davey O’Brien, 2004 Maxwell, O’Brien and Unitas).

In addition to the long list of award winners, Hall of Fame coaches Tom Osborne and Barry Switzer will also be in attendance at the event. The Nebraska award winners are also invited to attend a special ribbon cutting for Nebraska’s new Heisman room and major award display in the Osborne Athletic Complex on Friday evening.

1959 Nebraska Team to Hold Reunion
The 1959 Nebraska football team will also hold a reunion this weekend in Lincoln with more than 30 players from the team expected to be on hand. The 1959 season was not a banner campaign for the Huskers, as Nebraska finished with a 4-6 record.

However, the team will be best remembered for a 25-21 victory over Oklahoma in Lincoln on Oct. 31. The win was Nebraska’s first over Oklahoma in 17 years and ended the Sooners’ 74-game conference unbeaten streak. Classes were canceled on the Nebraska campus the following Monday to allow students another day to celebrate.


The Big 12 Conference has announced that Nebraska's home game against Oklahoma this Saturday will be televised by ABC, with kickoff set for 5 p.m. PST.

This year's game also marks the 15th straight meeting between Nebraska and Oklahoma that has been televised on national or regional television. ABC has televised 12 of those 15 matchups and this year's game will be the 26th time ABC has televised a matchup between Nebraska and Oklahoma.

The game also marks Nebraska's third appearance of the season on ABC, as NU also appeared on the network against Virginia Tech and Texas Tech. Nebraska's Nov. 27 game at Colorado is also set for a national telecast on ABC.

Other Big 12 games set for telecast on Saturday include Central Florida at Texas (9 a.m., FSN), Kansas at Kansas State (9:30 a.m., Versus) and Oklahoma State at Iowa State (12:30 p.m., ABC). All times Pacific.


Waco, Texas - True freshman quarterback Cody Green picked up a win in his first career start, but it was sophomore defensive tackle Jared Crick who stole the show in Nebraska's 20-10 victory over Baylor at Floyd Casey Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Playing in front of a Husker-dominated crowd on the road and a national television audience on Versus, Nebraska improved to 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the Big 12, while Baylor slipped to 3-5 and 0-4 in the league.

"It's a win and anytime you get a win, especially on the road you have to enjoy it," Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini said following the game. "Jared Crick had a nice game and made some plays. That's what we expect him to do."

Crick led the Huskers with a school-record five sacks for 24 yards lost of BU signal-caller Nick Florence. The Cozad, Neb., native also tied Jim Skow's 24-year school record of seven tackles for 28 yards loss on the day, while registering 13 total tackles, including 10 solos. He also recovered a fourth-quarter fumble.

While Crick supplied suffocating pressure in the Baylor backfield all day long, his defensive teammates stepped up and made plays to create turnovers for the Huskers.

Juniors Dejon Gomes and Prince Amukamara both grabbed first-half interceptions for the Huskers, to help Nebraska race to a 20-0 halftime lead.

Gomes' interception in the endzone followed a Crick sack and stopped a Baylor drive. Green and the NU offense then marched 75 yards on 12 plays capped by junior Alex Henery's 22-yard field goal to give the Huskers a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Nebraska's special teams played a major role in the game giving Green and the Big Red a 7-0 lead before the NU offense ever took the field. Freshman Eric Martin broke through and blocked Derek Epperson's punt following the Bears' opening possession. Redshirt freshman Justin Blatchford scooped up the free ball and raced 25 yards to paydirt to give Nebraska a 7-0 lead with 13:31 left in the first quarter.

"It took a lot of pressure off of me going into the game already with a touchdown on the board before I even set foot on the field," Green said after the game. "It's easy for a quarterback to have a great defense. It's a great advantage."

The Blackshirts came up with a stop on BU's second possession, and Green took the field for the first time as a starter with 10:47 left in the first quarter. On his first drive, Green engineered an 11-play march that covered 44 yards and consumed 5:04 on the clock that culminated with Henery's 45-yard field goal to push Nebraska's lead to 10-0 with 5:43 left in the opening quarter.

Gomes' interception in the endzone stopped Baylor's next drive and eventually led to another Henery field goal to push the lead to 13-0 early in the second quarter. The Blackshirts then came through with their first three-and-out, and a 17-yard Niles Paul punt return set up the the Husker offense with a short field starting at the BU 46.

On the first play from scrimmage of the possession, Green connected with Paul on a 45-yard pass play to put the Huskers on the Bears' doorstep. Two plays later, freshman Dontrayevous Robinson found the endzone to put the Big Red ahead 20-0 with 9:28 left in the first half.

Robinson finished the day with 61 rushing yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, while adding 22 yards on three receptions. Green completed 12-of-21 passes for 128 yards and an interception, while adding eight carries for 43 yards. Paul led the NU receivers with two catches for 54 yards, while redshirt freshman Khiry Cooper added three receptions on the day.

The two defenses dominated the rest of the first half, and the Bears continued to slow the Nebraska offense with a second-half shutout.

The Bears' only noise came in the third quarter, when they converted an 18-yard drive into a 42-yard field goal, before Clifton Odom returned a Green interception for a touchdown to cut NU's edge to 20-10.

The Huskers missed a golden opportunity in the fourth quarter, after Crick jumped on a Baylor fumble to set the Husker offense up with a 1st-and-10 at the BU 23. But Green fumbled on the first play of the possession, and Baylor took over.

Florence hit David Gettis on a 40-yard pass play on the opening play of BU's ensuing drive, and after a fourth-down conversion, the Bears were knocking on the door. The defense held and forced the Bears into a 29-yard field goal attempt that was missed by Parks that would have pulled BU within a score.

Florence finished the game 19-of-38 for 222 yards, while Gettis hauled in seven receptions for 124 yards. Baylor mustered 276 total yards, but managed just 54 rushing yards on the afternoon. Nebraska managed 273 total yards, including 145 yards on the ground and 128 through the air.

The Big 12 Conference has announced that Nebraska's Nov. 14 game at Kansas will be televised on a regional basis on ABC. The game will kick off at 12:30 p.m. PST from Kansas' Memorial Stadium in Lawrence.

The NU-KU game will be the fourth Husker game of the season to be televised by ABC. Nebraska's games against Virginia Tech (Sept. 19) and Texas Tech (Oct. 17) were on the network and this week's matchup against Oklahoma will be regionally televised by ABC, beginning at 5 p.m. PST. A fifth Nebraska game will be on ABC as the Nov. 27 game at Colorado will be nationally televised on the network.

A game time for Nebraska's Nov. 21 home game against Kansas State will be announced six to 12 days in advance.

Other Big 12 games selected for telecast on Nov. 14 include Texas at Baylor (FSN, 9 or 9:30 a.m.), Missouri at Kansas State (Versus, 9:30 a.m.), Texas A&M at Oklahoma (FSN, 4 p.m.), Texas Tech at Oklahoma State (ABC, 5 p.m.). All times Pacific timezone.


Nebraska sophomore defensive tackle Jared Crick has been honored on both the conference and national levels for his record-setting performance in Saturday's victory over Baylor.

Crick was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday, and on Monday was honored as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. Crick also received a "helmet sticker" from ESPN's College Football Final on Saturday night.

The 6-6, 285-pound Crick dominated from start to finish in the Huskers' 20-10 victory. Crick set a Nebraska record with five sacks, totaling 24 yards in losses. The sack total broke the Nebraska record of four sacks, accomplished five times previously in school history. Crick's five sacks are the most by any player in the nation this season.

Crick also racked up seven tackles for loss, tying the Nebraska school originally set by All-American Jim Skow against Missouri in 1985. Crick finished the game with 13 total tackles, including 10 solo stops, the most total tackles by a Nebraska defensive lineman since 2002. The Cozad, Neb., native added a fumble recovery and a pass breakup as the Blackshirt defense held the Bear offense out of the end zone.

In his first season as a starter, Crick is tied with fellow defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for the team lead with 49 total tackles. Crick leads the team with 8.5 sacks and his 13 tackles for loss are also tied for the team lead.

Crick's Big 12 honor is the second time a Husker has been honored as player of the week, after Suh was honored for his performance against Missouri. It also marks the third time this season a Nebraska defender has earned national defensive player-of-the-week honors. Suh was the Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week following his performance at Missouri and has twice been named the Lott Trophy Impact Player of the Week (Missouri, Iowa State).


The Heisman Trophy tour with six Heisman winners from Nebraska and Oklahoma will start on Thursday in Hastings with Johnny Rodgers, Mike Rozier, Eric Crouch, Steve Owens, Billy Sims, and Jason White. They will be in Lincoln on Friday and Saturday and in Omaha on Sunday.

Stop by and meet the winners in person in what is a first time event all six will be together in Nebraska. If you are not going to be in Nebraska this week you can order the six Heisman logo ball here.

Details are at this link.

If you are coming to the game on Saturday feel free to stop by our tailgate at the northwest corner of 10th and N. We will be having brats from Jerry's Hometown Meats in Fremont and red beans and rice from Mudbugz in Valley.

As always, thanks for your support of HuskerPedia and Go Big Red!

David Max



Nebraska's biggest football rival makes its once-every-four-year stop in Lincoln Saturday, and the Cornhuskers aren't about to waste a golden opportunity like this to show Oklahoma how much the Huskers respect their program, especially since the Sooners have played a big role in NU's own rise to national prominence.

The level of competition, of course, will determine if ABC made a good decision to put this game in prime time under the bright lights of its television cameras. But one thing is certain. It's a unique chance to showcase what a good rivalry stands for and how much one program respects the other program.

Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne made the decision last spring to invite Oklahoma's major individual award winners to Lincoln for a Friday night banquet at the Champions Club. Then, at halftime, an NCAA record 303rd consecutive sellout will watch the Huskers honor OU's marquee players and coaches at the same time we honor our own legends.

It would be nice to say that only in Nebraska can something like this happen. But the truth is, Osborne's decision is merely a reciprocating gesture to a class move made last year by OU Athletic Director Joe Castiglione to honor the 1971 Game of the Century participants in Norman.

So get ready Husker fans. Start warming up your lungs now to honor OU Heisman Trophy winners Steve Owens, Billy Sims, Jason White, Sam Bradford and the late Billy Vessels every bit as much you'll show your appreciation for Husker Heisman winners Johnny Rodgers, Mike Rozier and Eric Crouch.

As always, Nebraska fans will give it up for their own Outland Trophy winners - Rich Glover, Larry Jacobson, Dave Rimington, Will Shields, Dean Steinkuhler, Aaron Taylor and Zach Wiegert. But there will be equally warm receptions for OU's Outland winners - Jammal Brown, Tony Casillas, Greg Roberts, J.D. Roberts, Lee Roy Selmon and Jim Weatherall.

The list goes on and on and connects other former Husker and Sooner stars with prominent names like Bednarik, Butkus, Camp, Lombardi, Maxwell, Nagurski, O'Brien, Rimington, Thorpe and Unitas awards.

Osborne, Switzer Equally Popular in Rival States

Yes, it will be a hot time in the old town Saturday night. Tradition will frame a pair of 5-3 teams that have always set higher standards for themselves and will never lose sight of those who have won so much before them. Bob Devaney and Chuck Fairbanks may have been the icons for their respective programs in the early 1960s, but Osborne and Barry Switzer certainly continued the unparalleled standards of excellence set by their predecessors.

And believe this - both states have a healthy respect for each other. "When Barry comes to Nebraska, he's still one of the most popular attractions for banquets and other events," Osborne said last week, adding that he gets a similar reception whenever he speaks in Oklahoma.

Osborne thinks he knows why Nebraska and Oklahoma play every game against each other with respect instead of rancor. "For almost 30 years in a row, the winner of the Nebraska-Oklahoma game determined the Big 12 champion and an Orange Bowl berth," he said. "Most of the time, we were both in the Top 10, and sometimes, we were both in the Top 5.

"OU went through a dip in the '90s, and we went through ours more recently," Osborne said. "Most of the time, the games were highly competitive. They were never nasty. There was never any trash talk. Games were always played very hard with proper respect shown on both sides. The fans of both schools picked up on that healthy respect for each other, so this has been a great rivalry, but never a bitter rivalry."

And that fact alone puts the NU-OU football rivalry in a league of its own.

A month ago, a poll asked fans to name Nebraska's biggest rival in football. A total of 12,310 of you cast a vote, and 7,159 - or 58 percent said Oklahoma is the biggest rival. Colorado and Missouri each received 19 percent of the total vote with CU edging Mizzou by 80 votes - 2,376 to 2,296. Kansas (228 votes) finished fourth with 2 percent of the vote, and K-State (131) and Iowa State (120) each garnered 1 percent.

Osborne: Rivalries Cannot Be Declared

Rivalries, Osborne said, cannot be declared like Colorado tried to do with Nebraska when he was still the head coach. They must be earned through tradition, a consistently high level of play and an acknowledgement from both schools that they are indeed rivals.

Unlike Michigan-Ohio State and USC-UCLA, the NU-OU rivalry thrives and prospers because the Huskers and Sooners have decidedly different recruiting bases. OU recruits Texas primarily, and NU recruits the entire country to complement the Huskers' base that includes important forays into Texas.

"While we have recruited many of the same players, we've never been embroiled in recruiting battles like Oklahoma-Texas or some of the other big rivalries," Osborne said. "We recruit a lot of the players they don't and vice versa."

Last year, when OU hosted Nebraska the night before the game in Norman, Switzer said: "We could never do something like this with Texas."

Recruiting was one big reason why, but former Husker All-America defensive tackle John Dutton was struck by something else Switzer said that evening - that OU coaches, players and fans have never quite grasped how Nebraska has been able to beat the Sooners so often with players they never would have considered recruiting themselves.

Dutton's answer to that is a simple one. "We were always in better physical condition than the teams we played against," he said, "and everyone pushed everyone in practice every single day. It was a relentless mindset. From the scout team to the first team, no one would even think about losing."

The NU-OU rivalry proves that respect can be an integral part of an intense rivalry, and Osborne said Nebraska lobbied to keep the annual game intact when the Big 12 was organizing into two divisions. "It's my understanding that because Oklahoma's prime recruiting ground was Texas, they preferred to be in the South," he said. "So I guess they were leaning more toward their rivalry with Texas. We tried to find a way to keep our game going on an annual basis, but it would throw the conference structure out of kilter, so we are where we are now. We still have the same respect for each other, but the rivalry just isn't the same when you don't get to play each other every year."

What do you think? Does the NU-OU rivalry still transcend time and loyalties and if so, how and why?



Lincoln - A total of 15 former Huskers saw action during Week 8 of the 2009 NFL season, while three players were off with a bye.

In St. Louis, Josh Browns played an integral role in the Rams’ first win of the 2009 season over Detroit, snapping a 17-game losing streak. Brown was a perfect 2-2 in PATs and also booted a 41-yard field goal, but his biggest play of the day came late in the second quarter with the Rams up, 3-2. With 1:03 to go and Brown set for a 53-yard field goal attempt, holder Donnie Jones flipped the ball to Brown, who then threw a short pass to Daniel Fells. Fells then rumbled 36-yard for a touchdown, giving the Rams a 10-2 lead at halftime following Brown’s extra point. The Rams went on to win, 17-10.

The Tennessee Titans also picked up their first win of the season, downing Jacksonville, 30-13. With Vince Young now running the offense, the Titans’ defense also improved their play, holding Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard to just 139 yards passing and no touchdowns, while intercepting him twice. Former Husker Kyle Vanden Bosch totaled five tackles and added his first sack of the year in the win.

Four former Huskers met in Baltimore, as the Ravens handed the Broncos their first loss of the year, 30-7. Former Blackshirt Fabian Washington led the way for the Ravens, totaling eight tackles, including six solo stops, while Sam Koch punted four times for 177 yards, averaging 44.3 yard per punt. For the Broncos, Russ Hochstein and the rest of the Broncos’ offensive line struggled against the Ravens’ front seven as the Broncos only ran the ball for 66 yards on 19 carries. Correll Buckhalter carried eight times for 16 yards, and also caught a team-high six passes for 30 yards.

PACKERS GREEN SAYS PELINI WILL MOTIVATE HUSKERS...(should have included this last week)...

Take it from a running back who only needs 46 more yards to become the Green Bay Packers' all-time leading rusher . . . Nebraska will get back on track this weekend because Bo Pelini is the Huskers' head coach.

Before signing a contract to return to the Packers earlier this week, Ahman Green watched Nebraska's loss to Texas Tech last weekend. He was in Lincoln to support his nephew, NU receiver Niles Paul, who calls Green his all-time favorite Husker player.

A running back on two Nebraska national championship teams, Green also was a five-time Pro Bowl selection at Green Bay when Pelini was a linebacker coach for the Packers and a bit of an NFL rarity.

"He didn't coach me directly when I was there, but I've seen linebackers that he coached at Green Bay, and he made a difference," Green said, citing the way Bo influenced players attitudes and helped them understand their assignments.

Pelini "is one of the few coaches in the NFL that when he left the team, guys missed him," Green said. "It was like, 'Man, we wish Bo was still here."

Nebraska players felt the same way when Pelini left NU's program as an assistant coach in 2003, only to return 4½ years later as the Huskers' head coach.

Green says Pelini has a unique way to connect with players and get them back on track and headed in the right direction again. "He knows how to motivate players," Green said, "so they understand their responsibilities and keep their mistakes to a minimum."

Pelini-coached players play hard, both in the NFL and in college, Green said.

Green needs only 46 more yards to surpass Jim Taylor's career Green Bay rushing record of 8,207 yards.



By Chris Low,

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Monte Kiffin is having a blast.

AP Photo/Wade PayneMonte Kiffin, left, and his son Lane, have brought new energy to Tennessee.

Most guys his age are already retired or at least thinking about it. The only thing the 69-year-old Kiffin is thinking about is that next blitz, that next coverage, that next opponent.

Besides, he's having too much fun to quit.

"I don't golf. I don't fish. I don't play tennis. I don't bowl. How am I going to retire?" Kiffin says, his voice rising in a machine gun-like tone that fluctuates from a whisper to a hearty chuckle.

"I've got news for those coaches recruiting against us, and I'm not going to say who they are, that are telling kids who want to come play for us that I'm going to retire. I ain't retiring. Haven't even thought about it. We've got too good a thing going here. I'm fired up. Every day I come to work, I get a little more fired up."

And with good reason.

His Tennessee defense is playing lights-out. The Vols haven't given up an offensive touchdown in eight quarters, a span of 133 minutes since an opposing offense has reached their end zone.

For that matter, they've only allowed one trip inside their 20-yard line in the past two games.

And here's the best part as they prepare for South Carolina's visit Saturday night (ESPN, 7:45 ET) at Neyland Stadium: This is just the beginning.

Kiffin, the gray stubble on his face telltale evidence of the long nights spent in the film room, nods glowingly when asked how much more he'll be able to do as the talent improves and players have a whole year in his system.

"I think we're going to be pretty darned good, especially with the way it looks like recruiting is going right now," he said.

His son, Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin, is even more confident.

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The Nebraska volleyball team returns home to the NU Coliseum Wednesday night to play host to the Missouri Tigers. First serve for the 130th consecutive sellout at the NU Coliseum is set for 7 p.m. and the match will be carried on selected Husker Sports Network stations, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and Twister 93.3 FM in Omaha, and on with John Baylor and Diane Mendenhall on the call. In addition, the match will be televised throughout the state on NET-1 and NET-HD with Larry Punteney and Kathi Weiskamp on the call. It is the 12th of 13 Husker regular-season matches televised in 2009.

The Huskers (16-6, 9-4 Big 12) look to rebound following a sweep at the hands of No. 2 Texas on Friday night. Lindsey Licht led Nebraska with 10 kills on .316 hitting, but the rest of the Husker attack failed to get untracked against Texas. NU hit just .168 after hitting .300 or better in four of the last six contests. Despite that, NU had chances to win the first two sets, but the Longhorns made the plays at the end of sets to remain unbeaten.


Lincoln – Iowa State announced that next Saturday’s volleyball match between No. 8 Nebraska and No. 9 Iowa State will start at 8 p.m. The move was announced following the announcement that the Iowa State-Oklahoma State football game earlier that day was picked up by ABC with a 2:30 p.m. start time.

The match will be carried on selected Husker Sports Network Stations, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and Twister 93.3 FM in Omaha, and on It will not be on the full network, as the Nebraska football game against Oklahoma in Memorial Stadium will kickoff at 7 p.m. and carried nationally on ABC.


Game 20: No. 5 Oklahoma State (12-7-0. 5-5-0) vs. No. 4 Nebraska (11-4-4, 5-3-2)
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 4
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Blossom Soccer Stadium (Map), San Antonio, Texas
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Live Blog: NU Soccer Blog

The Nebraska soccer team begins the 2009 postseason when it travels to the Lone Star State for the Big 12 Championship this week in San Antonio. Carrying the school's best record since 2005 (11- 4-4, 5-3-2), the Huskers have earned the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament and will face No. 5 Oklahoma State (12-7-0, 5-5-0) this Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., at Blossom Soccer Stadium. Fans can catch all the action with free live video and stats on and a live blog on

Nebraska has traditionally been one of the Big 12's best teams in San Antonio, advancing to the semifinals nine times and reaching six championship games, where the Huskers have won a conference-high five titles. NU is 17-7 all-time at the Big 12 Championship, having won its last game in the tournament in 2005, a 3-1 win over Kansas. The Huskers were ousted in the first round in 2006 and 2008 and did not qualify for the eight-team tournament in 2007.

Nebraska ended the regular season with a thrilling come-from-behind overtime victory (2-1) over Iowa State last Friday in Lincoln. Trailing 1-0 midway through the second half, sophomore Molly Thomas tied the game in the 72nd minute, before senior Lauren Isenhower scored the game-winning goal with 2 1/2 minutes remaining in the first overtime on a header from Thomas.

The Huskers entered the week sixth in the Big 12 standings, but jumped to fourth with the victory, claiming the highest seed Nebraska has taken into the conference tournament since 2005. This Wednesday's contest with Oklahoma State will be a rematch of an Oct. 4 battle in Lincoln, which NU won, 2-0, on goals from seniors Shay Powell and Carly Peetz. This will be the first-ever NU-OSU matchup at the Big 12 Championship, with the Cowgirls heading to San Antonio as one of the conference's hottest teams, rebounding from a 1-4 league start to win their last five games.

Nebraska's side of the bracket includes defending Big 12 champion and No. 1 seed Missouri, who faces No. 8 Kansas on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. No. 3 Colorado takes on No. 6 Texas at 2 p.m., while No. 2 Texas A&M meets No. 7 Baylor at 8 p.m. in day one action. Friday's semifinals are slated for 5:30 p.m. (No.1/8 vs. No. 4/5) and 8 p.m. (No. 2/7 vs. No. 3/6), while the Big 12 Championship game will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m., in a nationally-televised match on Fox Sports Net.



* 'A Shared Sacrifice'

Gov. Dave Heineman Monday unveiled to the Nebraska Legislature and public what he called a "specific, detailed and responsible" plan to address the state budget's $334 million shortfall. Across-the-board cuts are on the menu, including state aid to schools.

* Gummed-Up Pipeline

Barney Cotton smiled and stared. It was the kind of stare you'd like your offensive line coach to have, especially when his unit is under siege after so-so-performances for, well, most of October.

* Global Warming Science: Real? Or Too Raw?

A UNL professor examines the matter from both sides of the debate.

* Suh Cited in Traffic Accident

Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was cited for negligent driving by the Lincoln Police Department after a Sunday morning car accident that totaled one car and severely damaged three others.

* Husker Monday Review: Baylor

Relive the Baylor game and recognize how much Nebraska still has to play for this season.

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