Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bay Area Husker ENews 9/10/10

Hey Bay Area Husker Fans!

The Huskers are off to a great start with a big win over Western Kentucky last Saturday. Amazing that we have three talented QBs and, although the Freshman is getting the nod as the starter, it appears Bo has faith in all three of them to lead the offense.

Tomorrow's game against Idaho is another Pay Per View event and is an early broadcast for us west coast folks with a kickoff is at 9:38 a.m. More info in the Watch Party section below.

The Husker Volleyball team has been flawless since their early season loss and are still in the hunt for the national championship. The Soccer team is doing very well and has 4 victories so far. They will be playing in a tourney in Tempe this weekend.

Theres some news from the homefront at the end of the email and a great article about Suh being a fan for the day at the season opener last Saturday.

Go Big Red (White and Blue)...And in honor of Patriot Day tomorrow, remember "We Shall Never Forget",



WOW! What a turnout we had last Saturday! Over 100 at Final Final in San Francisco and 110 showed up to watch the game at Jack's in Fremont.

The game this Saturday against the Idaho Vandals is another Fox Pay Per View event, so unless you want to fork over $40 at home, come on out to one of our three primary watch sites, Final-Final, Jack's or Legends in Concord to watch the game with other Husker fans. All three sites have agreed to pay the increased PPV fee of $500 so we can watch the game, so we'll be passing the hat again to defray their cost. If everyone kicks in ten bucks we'll make it less painful for the owners of these fine establishments. The game is an early kickoff (9:30 a.m.) so get there early, grab a seat and order up some great breakfast.

From Steve Curry, San Francisco Final-Final coordinator: Just a reminder that our Husker vs. Idaho football game this Saturday kicks off at 9:38a.m. PDT. So, don't stay out to late Friday night kids! :-) We had about 100 Husker fans this past Saturday. I'd quess the early start would drop that a bit this week. It is fun to be around so many fans.

The Final Final will pick up the pay-per-view broadcast at $500 for commercial establishments. It sure would be nice if someone would volunteer to help me with passing the hat!

Go big red,
Steve Curry



Buy Photo
Courtesy Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations
Jared Crick and the Huskers take on Idaho this Saturday

Game 2: Nebraska vs. Idaho
Sept. 11, 2010 Memorial Stadium
Lincoln, Neb 9:38 a.m. (PDT)

Game Information
Television: FSN PPV
Radio: Husker Sports Network
Series Record: first meeting
Capacity: 81,091 (306th consecutive sellout)
Surface: Fieldturf
Special Events: 9-11 Salute, Recognition of 2010 Nebraska Football Hall of Fame

Record: 1-0Record: 1-0
Rankings:Coaches-9; AP-8Rankings: not ranked
Last Game: def. W. Kentucky, 49-10    Last Game: def. North Dakota, 45-0
Coach: Bo PeliniCoach: Robb Akey
Career/NU Record: 21-8/3rd yearCareer/Idaho Record: 12-26
vs. Idaho: first meetingvs. NU: first meeting

The Matchup

A pair of teams coming off impressive season-opening victories will meet on Saturday in Lincoln as the Cornhuskers play host to the Idaho Vandals. Game time for the first meeting between the two schools is set for 11:38 a.m. with Fox Sports Net televising the game on a pay-per-view basis.

The Huskers opened the season with a 49-10 thumping of Western Kentucky, extending their season-opening win streak to a nation-leading 25 straight years. Nebraska showed good things on both sides of the ball. The Huskers gained 289 yards on the ground and 536 total yards, NU's best output in both of those departments since late in the 2008 season. The win should keep the Huskers in the top 10 when the national polls are released on Tuesday morning.

Idaho opened the year with a 45-0 victory over North Dakota last Thursday evening at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho. The Vandals dominated from start to finish and posted their first shutout since 1997, and the school's first since moving up to Division I. The Idaho offense is led by North Platte native Nathan Enderle, who is in his fourth season as the starting quarterback and has more than 7,000 career passing yards. Enderle threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns in the season-opening victory.

The Series

This week marks the second straight first-time opponent for the Huskers. This is also Nebraska's first-ever opponent from the state of Idaho. Nebraska is meeting a Western Athletic Conference opponent for the third time under Bo Pelini, as the Huskers defeated both San Jose State and New Mexico State in 2008.



Lincoln - Redshirt freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez made an impressive college debut by rushing for 127 yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries to help No. 8 Nebraska sprint to a 49-10 season-opening win over Western Kentucky at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.

Martinez, who became the first Husker freshman quarterback in history to start a season opener, made his debut in front of the NCAA-record 305th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium with 85,555 on hand and an FSN pay-per-view audience at home.

On his first career carry, Martinez sprinted 46 yards for a touchdown to give Nebraska a 7-0 lead less than three minutes into the game. The 6-1, 195-pound speedster from Corona, Calif., also completed all four of his first-quarter pass attempts for 59 yards to help NU to a quick 14-0 lead.

After sophomore quarterback Cody Green led the Huskers on a successful second-quarter scoring drive to put Nebraska up 21-0 at the half, Martinez found the end zone again on the first drive of the second half.

Martinez raced 43 yards on his first carry of the drive, before dashing 19 yards up the middle to the end zone to cap a four-play, 68-yard drive that put NU up 28-0. The touchdown run also pushed him over the 100-yard mark to make him the first NU quarterback to rush for 100 yards since Jammal Lord against Texas A&M in 2003.

Martinez, who averaged better than 18 yards per carry, produced the most rushing yards by an NU quarterback in a season-opening game since Tommie Frazier rushed for 130 yards against West Virginia in the 1994 Kickoff Classic.

In addition to his impressive rushing numbers, Martinez completed 9-of-15 passes for 136 yards to finish with 263 yards of total offense. He also did not commit a turnover.

While Martinez took center stage as the starter, which was not announced officially until he took the field for the first snap, sophomore quarterback Cody Green was also impressive.

Green a 6-4, 225-pounder from Dayton, Texas, completed 5-of-6 passes for 66 yards while leading the Huskers on a pair of scoring drives. Green's first drive was a seven-play, 34-yard march that was capped by Roy Helu Jr.'s three-yard touchdown run with 5:49 left in the second quarter.

Green, who also rushed three times for 17 yards, led the Huskers on another seven-play march in the fourth quarter, with the exclamation point coming on his 33-yard scoring strike to Niles Paul to give Nebraska a 42-10 lead with 9:45 left in the game.

Paul finished with five catches for 92 yards and a score, while adding one carry for eight yards. He also returned three punts for 58 yards to close the night with 158 all-purpose yards.

Junior wide receiver Brandon Kinnie also enjoyed a big night for NU, hauling in a career-high six catches for 59 yards, while sophomore I-back Rex Burkhead added a pair of catches for 47 yards out of the backfield. Burkhead also enjoyed an explosive night on the ground, carrying five times for 57 yards to average nearly 15 yards per touch.

Nebraska's big-play offense amassed 536 total yards on just 58 plays, an average of 9.2 yards per play. The Huskers rolled for 289 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 33 carries for an average of 8.8 yards per rush, while 11 different Huskers had at least one tote on the night. In addition to the three rushing touchdowns from Martinez and one each from Helu and Burkhead, Austin Jones closed the scoring with his first career touchdown on a five-yard burst in the fourth quarter.

Senior quarterback Zac Lee also moved the Huskers well on their final two drives of the night. On his first drive, Lee handed twice to Jones to complete a two-play, 13-yard drive after a shanked WKU punt. On NU's final drive, Lee completed 3-of-4 passes for 45 yards and rushed three times for 21 yards to march NU into the red zone before time expired.

Overall, the three Husker quarterbacks completed 17-of-25 passes for 247 yards and one touchdown.

Western Kentucky, which extended the nation's longest losing streak to 21 games, managed 299 total yards on 62 plays against a stingy Blackshirt defense.

Running back Bobby Rainey did most of the damage for the Hilltoppers and first-year Head Coach Willie Taggert. Rainey, a 5-8, 196-pound junior from Griffin, Ga., rushed for a career-best 155 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 30 carries. He also pulled down three receptions for 36 yards. Rainey's touchdown was the first by an NU opponent in 13 quarters at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska returns to home action next Saturday when the Huskers meet the Idaho Vandals (1-0) for the first time in program history. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. (central) with an FSN pay-per-view telecast.

Scoring Summary
Final: Nebraska 49, Western Kentucky 10

First Quarter (NU, 14-0)
NU - 11:23 - Taylor Martinez 46 run (Alex Henery kick) - 3 plays, 55 yards, 1:17, NU 7-0

NU - 6:11 - Rex Burkhead 20 run (Henery kick) - 3 plays, 52 yards, 1:12, NU 14-0

Second Quarter (NU, 21-0)
NU - 5:49 - Roy Helu Jr. 3 run (Henery kick) - 7 plays, 34 yards, 3:47, NU 21-0

Third Quarter (NU, 35-3)
NU 12:54 - Martinez 19 run (Henery kick) - 4 plays, 68 yards, 1:59, NU 28-0

WKU - 8:20 - Casey Tinius 25 FG - 11 plays, 67 yards, 4:27, NU 28-3

NU - 2:01 - Martinez 15 run (Henery kick) - 6 plays, 80 yards, 2:18, NU 35-3

Fourth Quarter (NU 49-10)
WKU - 12:46 - Bobby Rainey 5 run (Tinius kick) - 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:15, NU 35-10

NU - 9:45 - Niles Paul 33 pass from Cody Green (Henery kick) - 7 plays, 86 yards, 2:56

NU - 5:42 - Austin Jones 5 run (Henery kick) - 2 plays, 13 yards, 0:49

Final: Nebraska 49, Western Kentucky 10
Attendance: 85,555



Lincoln - The Nebraska football team is less than two days away from its second game of the 2010 season and continued preparations with a 90-minute workout on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields Thursday afternoon. Head Coach Bo Pelini addressed the media for the final time prior to Saturday's game.

"I thought it was a pretty good practice, pretty sharp." Pelini said. "I thought it was good tempo, a good Thursday practice. I liked our attention to detail. It wasn't perfect by any means but it was another good day."

Pelini was quickly asked about the starting quarterback position and he confirmed redshirt freshman Taylor Martinez has retained that role this week, although he reiterated that competition remains open.

Defensively, Nebraska started a pair of newcomers at the linebacker position last week due to injuries to sophomores Sean Fisher and Will Compton. Junior Lavonte David and sophomore Alonzo Whaley each earned their first career starts and combined for 18 tackles, including a team-leading 13 from David.

"I think the linebacker group as a whole made a big jump this week," he said. "We still have a ways to go, but I thought our communication was better this week and their understanding continues to get better. There are a lot of things that happen in the first game that you can't simulate in practice. That's part of the deal."

After leaving the season opener with a shoulder injury, Pelini added that he expects sophomore defensive end Cameron Meredith to start this week. He also said junior offensive lineman Marcel Jones is healthy for game action.



From the Tuesday Press Conference...

Lincoln - Coach Bo Pelini and the Huskers met with the media at Memorial Stadium on Tuesday to discuss this Saturday's game with the Idaho. Kickoff for Nebraska's game with the Vandals is set for 9:30 a.m. (PDT) with a live FSN pay-per-view telecast.

Nebraska opened the season with a 49-10 victory over Western Kentucky at Memorial Stadium on Saturday (Sept. 4), while Idaho is coming off a 45-0 season-opening victory over North Dakota on Thursday, Sept. 2. The No. 8 Huskers are coming off a 10-win campaign, while the Vandals are coming an 8-5 season in 2009 that included the second bowl win school history with a Humanitarian Bowl victory.

Pelini, who orchestrated the nation's top scoring defense in 2009, said he expected the Blackshirts to show improvement against Idaho.

"Defense always has to be better. Across the board you have to communicate, especially the way we play defense. Communication has to be good across the board. Everybody has to talk, that just comes from growing together and getting more comfortable with each other. If you look at my history, that's our style of defense. You get better as you go on, as you get more time together. I've been here before, I'm not real concerned. I'll be concerned if I'm saying this four or five weeks from now. I don't think that will be the case."



Big Ten division winners to meet in inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game

Park Ridge, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference office announced football division alignments beginning with the 2011 season as recommended by conference directors of athletics and reviewed and supported by the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors. Nebraska will officially begin conference competition in 2011, giving the Big Ten 12 football programs for the first time in conference history.

We received the Big Ten football division alignments as well as the schedules for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The scheduling process was difficult because the Big Ten is attempting to preserve a large number of rivalry games and have as many of those games as possible fall at approximately the same point in the season as they have in the past.

The schedule will be challenging, but also interesting for our players, coaches and fans. Nebraska is not a voting member at this time so we were not able to vote on the schedule, but I was allowed to provide input. We look forward to being in the Big Ten, but at this point need to turn our attention fully to the task at hand this season. We hope to finish with a good year in the Big 12 Conference.

-- Nebraska Athletic Director

Tom Osborne

"I know the Big Ten Conference has made a great effort to create divisions that are competitive and fair, while protecting rivalries, and I am confident they have done that. I know it is exciting for our fans to think about, but that is a year away. Our focus is completely on the task at hand, which is Western Kentucky on Saturday night."

-- Nebraska Football Head

Coach Bo Pelini

The winner of each Big Ten division will meet in the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game, to be played December 3, 2011, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The championship game will determine the Big Ten Champion and the conference's participant in the Rose Bowl Game or Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game.

The Big Ten football division alignments will include a division featuring Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin, and a division featuring Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern. Each school will play the other five schools within its division and will also face three teams from the other division, including one cross-division matchup guaranteed on an annual basis. The guaranteed cross-division matchups are Illinois-Northwestern, Indiana-Michigan State, Ohio State-Michigan, Penn State-Nebraska, Purdue-Iowa and Wisconsin-Minnesota. Names for each Big Ten football division will be announced at a later date.

"Over the past several months, Big Ten staff and directors of athletics have met on several occasions to discuss and finalize division alignments," said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. "We focused on competitive equality, traditional rivalries and geography. We considered multiple models and countless permutations in an effort to achieve the most competitively balanced divisions while at the same time respecting our traditions, preserving existing rivalries, and creating opportunities for the establishment and growth of new rivalries. We have listened to the feedback from our institutions, alumni and fans, and while we understand that no final alignments could possibly satisfy all of our constituents, we believe that we have achieved a very exciting result."

With the division alignments finalized, the Big Ten also announced updated conference schedules for the 2011 and 2012 football seasons. The 2011 and 2012 intraconference schedules are attached as PDFs.

The 115th season of Big Ten football kicks off Thursday, Sept. 2, as Indiana hosts Towson, Minnesota plays at Middle Tennessee State, and Ohio State welcomes Marshall. The conference's other eight teams open action on Saturday, Sept. 4.



Ndamukong Suh had several objectives Saturday night, and the biggest one was doing something he's always wanted to do - be a fan inside Nebraska's Memorial Stadium.

Taking a break from his first NFL preseason training camp, the Detroit Lions' first-round draft choice sat down with Huskers.com and shared some thoughts before making the most unusual Game Day tunnel walk he's ever taken - in street clothes.

Suh discussed the difference between preparing for an NFL season and a college season and how much Nebraska, and specifically the defense, has improved since he enrolled here. He also described what it's like being a fan and an alum instead of suiting up on Saturdays.

Nebraska fans made sure that Suh knew they still cared, shouting "Suhhhhhhh" every time the video boards showed the 2009 Outland Trophy winner making a tackle.

After taking a short tour of Nebraska's new Student Life Complex, Suh was introduced to Boyd Epley, who launched the Huskers' strength and conditioning program that now carries Suh's name after donating $2.6 million to his alma mater last spring.

Epley called Suh the most decorated player in Nebraska football history and told him that it was an honor to meet a player who has represented Nebraska so well.



Lincoln - The No. 7 Nebraska Huskers prevailed with four-set win (24-26, 25-20, 25-16, 25-17) over the No. 20 Dayton Flyers on Thursday night in front of a sold-out crowd at the NU Coliseum to kick off the 2010 Ameritas Players Challenge.

Tara Mueller was one of three Huskers to net a double-double, as the senior from Scottsdale, Ariz., netted 13 kills and 13 digs, while hitting .375 or better in three of the four sets, including .400 in set three. Hannah Werth added her third double-double of the season (11 kills and 14 digs), while Lauren Cook notched the first double-double of her Husker career with a team-high 28 assists and 10 digs. Kayla Banwarth continued to pilot the Nebraska defense with a match-high 24 digs, while adding three assists.



Ameritas Players Challenge
No. 7 Nebraska vs. No. 20 Dayton • Thursday, Sept. 9 • NU Coliseum • 7 p.m.
Radio: Husker Sports Network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and KTWI 93.3 FM in Omaha, and on Huskers.com
Web Video: HuskersNside (subscription required)
Live Stats: Huskers.com

No. 7 Nebraska vs. Western Michigan • Friday, Sept. 10 • NU Coliseum • 7 p.m.
Radio: Husker Sports Network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and KTWI 93.3 FM in Omaha, and on Huskers.com
Web Video: HuskersNside (subscription required)
Live Stats: Huskers.com

No. 7 Nebraska vs. No. 3 Illinois • Saturday, Sept. 11 • Bob Devaney Sports Center • 7 p.m.
Radio: Husker Sports Network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and KTWI 93.3 FM in Omaha, and on Huskers.com
Web Video: HuskersNside (subscription required)
Live Stats: Huskers.com

Other Matches this Weekend
Friday, Sept. 10 (NU Coliseum)
Illinois vs. Western Michigan (11 a.m.)
Illinois vs. Dayton (4:30 p.m.)

Saturday, Sept. 11 (Devaney Center)
Dayton vs. Western Michigan (4:30 p.m.)

*Live stats of all matches at Huskers.com

Huskers Host Ameritas Players Challenge

After playing its first six matches of 2010 on the road, the No. 7 Nebraska volleyball team will play its first match of the year at the Nebraska Coliseum on Thursday against No. 20 Dayton.

Thursday's meeting will be the first match of the three-day Ameritas Players Challenge, which will also include No. 3 Illinois and Western Michigan.

There will be three matches on Friday, including Illinois vs. Western Michigan (11 a.m.), Illinois vs. Dayton (4:30 p.m.) and Nebraska vs. Western Michigan (7 p.m.), with all matches taking place at the Coliseum.

Saturday's action will move to the Devaney Center, where Dayton will take on Western Michigan at 4:30 p.m., before Nebraska and Illinois face-off in the weekend's final match at 7 p.m.

Fans can listen to all of the action with John Baylor and Diane Mendenhall on the 25-station Husker Sports Network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and Twister 93.3 FM in Omaha. Fans outside the state will also be able to catch the live audio feed for free on Huskers.com.



Provo, Utah - The Nebraska volleyball team finished a perfect weekend at the BYU Nike Invitational on Saturday night with a sweep of Idaho State (25-16, 25-17, 25-12) in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The Huskers opened on Friday with a win over host school BYU (3-1) and then swept Cal Poly for the fourth consecutive time earlier Saturday afternoon.

Junior Jordan Wilberger led the Nebraska offense with a career-best 11 kills on 16 swings to hit .625, while Gina Mancuso tied her career best in kills with 10. Brooke Delano continued to hold down the middle of the court with a match-high eight blocks, while Kayla Banwarth and Hannah Werth were the only players in the match to notch double-digit digs at 15 and 10, respectively.

The Bengals took the early lead in set one, 3-0, after kills from Sarah Carson and Lori Mendenhall, along with a Husker error, before Wilberger got Nebraska on the board with a kill. The Bengals would hold the lead at 5-3, but Nebraska would put up a 10-2 run to take the lead 13-7, powered by aces from Delano and Lauren Cook, as well as two kills each from Delano and Mancuso.

Idaho State responded with its own 5-0 run to get within one at 13-12, but Mancuso would end the Bengals' streak with a kill and the Huskers would steadily add points the rest of set, as they would finish the set on a 12-4 run to win set one, 25-16.

Setters Sydney Anderson and Cook combined for 12 assists in the first stanza, leading to 15 Nebraska kills, while the Huskers held the Bengals' attackers to .000 hitting.

Following an early 2-1 lead by the Bengals in set two, Nebraska took control at 3-2 and would not relinquish the lead the rest of the set. The Huskers strung together two 5-0 runs early to build a 13-4 lead, including one run with back-to-back service aces form Werth. Idaho State would get within seven at 22-15, but could get no closer as Nebraska finished the second set 25-17.

The Husker defense continued to play well with Werth and Banwarth each producing six digs in the set, while Delano and Lindsey Licht posted three blocks each.

The Bengals again struck first in set three with a kill by Carson, but Nebraska followed with back-to-back kills from Werth and Wilberger, with Cook assisting on each. Following a Bengal point, Nebraska put together an 8-1 run and take a commanding lead, 10-2. Idaho State would try to respond, but Nebraska was too much, as they then added a 6-0 run to extended its lead to 11 at 17-6, with Anderson setting up kills to Werth and Wilberger on consecutive plays and Delano adding an ace. Nebraska kept the pressure on down the stretch to finish the sweep with a third set win, 25-12.



Game 6: Nebraska (4-1-0) vs. Arizona (1-2-1)
Date: Friday, Sept. 10
Time: 6:30 p.m. CST
Location: Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, Tempe, Ariz. (map)

Game 7: Nebraska (4-1-0) at No. 25 Arizona State (3-0-1)
Date: Sunday, Sept. 12
Time: 3:30 p.m. CST
Location: Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, Tempe, Ariz. (map)
Live Stats: Click Here

Riding the momentum of a four-game winning streak, the Nebraska soccer team travels to Arizona for its toughest weekend yet, as the Huskers face Arizona and No. 25 Arizona State at the Sun Devil Desert Classic in Tempe. Live stats for the Nebraska-Arizona State match will be available on www.thesundevils.com.

The matchup between Nebraska and Arizona (1-2-1) Friday evening will be a meeting of old foes, as the Huskers' first win in program history came against the Wildcats on Sept. 9, 1994 in Missoula, Mont. Nebraska leads the all-time series, 3-1. The Huskers will then meet a talented Arizona State (3-0-1) squad Sunday afternoon that entered the NSCAA/HendricksCars.com national rankings this week at No. 25. The Sun Devils (3-0-1) qualified for the 2009 NCAA Tournament and tied Nebraska in Lincoln last season, 1-1.

Nebraska (4-1-0) has won its last four games, including a 3-1 road victory at Indiana last Saturday. All-Big 12 selections Morgan Marlborough and Molly Thomas have heated up on offense by combining to score eight (four each) of the team's 11 goals. The NU defense has been solid as well with three shutouts behind senior goalkeeper Tara Macdonald, who leads the Big 12 Conference with a 0.30 goals against average and .944 save percentage.

Following this weekend, the Huskers return to Lincoln for the beginning of a four-game homestand. Nebraska hosts Cal State Fullerton on Friday, Sept. 17 and then closes non-conference play against Big Ten opponent Iowa on Sunday, Sept. 19.



Lincoln - Sophomore Jordan Jackson scored two first-half goals to lead Nebraska (4-1-0) to its fourth straight win in a 4-0 shutout over IUPUI (1-4-0) on Monday afternoon. The Huskers played in front of a Labor Day crowd of 739 fans, the largest attendance at the Nebraska Soccer Field since October 3, 2008. Since that month, Nebraska has been one of the best home teams in the country, compiling a 13-0-2 record since its last loss in Lincoln on Oct. 17, 2008.

Jackson's two goals marked the second multiple-scoring game of her career and her first goals of the 2010 season. She put the Huskers on top in the 16th minute via a free kick from 35 yards out that was perfectly placed into the upper left corner of the net over IUPUI goalkeeper Kristin Hasely. Just four minutes later, junior Molly Thomas sent a pass to the front of the net from the left side of the box, where Jackson was moving toward Thomas and flicked the ball with her right foot into the right side of the net.

A native of Overland Park, Kan., Jackson's five-point day (2 goals, 1 assist) was a career-best performance. Her second goal, assisted by Thomas and junior Katie Goetzmann, gave Thomas at least one point for the fourth-straight match.



Lincoln - Former Nebraska men's gymnast John Robinson will return to the Husker program as an assistant coach for the 2010-11 season, Coach Chuck Chmelka announced on Friday.

Robinson, a four-year letterman for the Huskers from 2007 through 2010, replaces Phil Cahoy Sr. on the NU staff. Cahoy assisted the Huskers for the 2009-10 season in Chmelka's first year as Nebraska's head coach.

Chmelka said Robinson's recent experience as a Nebraska gymnast should allow him to relate well to future Huskers.

"John brings a ton of enthusiasm and a positive work ethic to our coaching staff," Chmelka said. "We are very excited to have him at Nebraska."

A native of North Carolina, Robinson was a leader for the Huskers in competition over the past four years. As a senior, Robinson competed in the all-around and was named Nebraska's Hartung Award winner. His senior season was also highlighted by earning a spot in the finals at the 2010 Winter Cup. He was also the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week on Feb. 2, 2010, after earning the individual all-around title against Minnesota and Air Force on Jan. 30. Robinson's senior season was cut short prior to the MPSF Championships by a hand injury.

As a junior for the Huskers in 2009, Robinson competed in every meet as an all-arounder and earned a trio of event titles, including a pair of all-around crowns. He also competed in the NCAA Event Preliminaries on vault in 2009. Robinson competed as an all-arounder at the 2008 NCAA Championships, before earning Nebraska's Most Improved Gymnast Award as a sophomore.

In his first season at Nebraska in 2007, Robinson competed in every meet, including the NCAA Qualifier. He came to Nebraska as a product of Weyandt's Gymnastics Academy in Charlotte, N.C. He was a six-time Junior Olympic national qualifier and a three-time North Carolina state champion.

Robinson earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from Nebraska in 2010.


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