Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bay Area Husker ENews 10/15/10

Hey Bay Area Husker Fans!

Sorry for the short fuse on this one...meant to send this Wednesday, but we've been a little busy lately. Enjoy the reading below including an article from the KC Star paper and some good info from the alumni association at the end of the email.

The Huskers really opened up a can of whoop-ass on the Wildcats last week and we all hope they saved some of the same stuff for the Longhorns tomorrow. The game tomorrow has been the focus for Husker Fans for almost a year now (following the miracle 1 second fiasco in last year's Conference Champiionship that gave Texas the win). An entire website was created for the "Red Out Around The World" effort to drum up support for the team and the University.

The Volleyball and Soccer Teams are still on a roll, with some great matches coming up this weekend (see info below). The Baseball team is playing their annual Red-White series this weekend as well.

Don't know if many of you watched the festivities at Fleet Week last weekend in San Francisco with the Blue Angels, but I couldn't let this week go by without a special salute to one of our uniformed services....Happy Birthday to the U.S. Navy (Oct 13th). Anchors Aweigh My Boys!

Go Big Red (White and Blue),

Watch Parties:

All of our watch sites will be able to show the game tomorrow. Coverage will be on ABC Sports (see map below) and kickoff is set for a little after 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time so you'll want to get to your favorite watch site early, get some great pub grub for lunch and cheer on the Huskers as they meet the Texas Longhorns one last time in conference play. The weather in Lincoln is predicted to be perfect so this should be a fun game to watch. See you there!

Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN)



Game 6: Nebraska vs. Texas
Oct. 16, 2010/Memorial Stadium
Lincoln, Neb./12:30 p.m PDT

Huskers Record: 5-0, 1-0
Rankings: Coaches-4; AP-5
Last Game: def. Kansas State, 48-13
Coach: Bo Pelini
Career/NU Record: 25-8/3rd year
vs. UT: 0-1

Game Information
Television: ABC-HD (Sean McDonough, Matt Millen, Quint Kessenich)
Radio: Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Lane Grindle)
Sirius Channel 125, XM 241
Series Record: Texas leads, 9-4
Capacity: 81,091 (308th consecutive sellout)
Surface: Fieldturf

Special Events: 1970 National Championship Team Reunion

Longhorns Record: 3-2, 1-1
Rankings: Coaches, AP-R
Last Game:  lost to Oklahoma, 28-20
Coach: Mack Brown
Career/UT Record: 217-103-1/27th season 131-29/13th season
vs. NU: 7-1

The Matchup

Nebraska returns to Lincoln for its Big 12 home opener taking on Texas in a rematch of the 2009 Big 12 Championship Game. The matchup of two of college football's heavyweights will be televised regionally on ABC, with kickoff set for 12:30 p.m. (PDT). Other parts of the country will be able to see the game on ESPN-HD.

The Huskers head into the contest with a 5-0 record and a 1-0 conference mark after a 48-13 dismantling of Kansas State last Thursday evening in Manhattan. Nebraska rolled up 451 rushing yards for its highest rushing total in nine seasons, and quarterback Taylor Martinez continued the explosive start to his career with four rushing touchdowns. The victory helped Nebraska move up to No. 4 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and fifth in the Associated Press poll, Nebraska's highest ranking since the end of the 2001 season.

Texas heads to Lincoln with a 3-2 overall mark and a 1-1 record in Big 12 Conference play. The Longhorns opened the year with three straight wins, but suffered back-to-back losses to UCLA and Oklahoma before taking a week off this past weekend. The consecutive losses led to the 'Horns falling out of the national rankings for the first time since 2000.

The Series

Texas owns a 9-4 all-time edge in the series between the two schools, including an 8-1 advantage since the formation of the Big 12 Conference in 1996. Texas has won all three meetings in Lincoln since 1998, with the three victories by a total of nine points. In fact, six of UT's eight wins over Nebraska since 1996 have been by four or fewer points.

The Coaches

Nebraska: Bo Pelini (Ohio State, '90) owns a 25-8 record in his third season. Pelini has guided NU to nine or more wins in each of his first two seasons as head coach, joining Bob Devaney, Tom Osborne and Frank Solich in accomplishing that feat. Pelini is the first coach in Big 12 history to guide his team to at least a share of division titles in each of his first two seasons.

Texas: Mack Brown (Florida State, '74) is in his 13th season as the Texas coach and his 27th season overall as a collegiate head coach. Brown has a 131-29 record with the Longhorns, including the 2005 national championship and a pair of Big 12 crowns. Brown has guided Texas to a 7-1 record against Nebraska.

Nebraska Football

Nebraska is 832-341-40 all-time, one of just eight schools with 800 all-time victories  Nebraska has won five national championships (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997).  The Cornhuskers have won 43 conference championships.  Nebraska's 46 all-time bowl appearances rank fifth nationally.  Since 1970, Nebraska has 398 wins, 25 more than any other school.  Nebraska's 98 football Academic All-Americans lead the nation.  The Huskers have had 107 All-Americans in school history.

Noting Game 5...Nebraska 48, Kansas State 13

*-Nebraska improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2003. The win was also Nebraska's sixth straight over Kansas State, and Nebraska improved to 6-0 in Thursday night ESPN games.

*-Nebraska won its sixth straight road game, NU's longest road winning streak since winning 10 straight road games from 1996 to 1998. NU has also won six straight road games in the Big 12 Conference, all by at least eight points. That streak is the longest for NU since an eight-game streak in 1996 and 1997.

*-Nebraska allowed just 13 points, marking the 13th straight Nebraska opponent to score 21 or fewer points, the longest streak in the nation.

*-Nebraska redshirt freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez carried the ball 15 times for 241 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown run to open the scoring in the first quarter, a 35-yard TD run in the second quarter, an 80-yard TD in the third quarter and a 41-yarder in the fourth quarter. The 80-yard run was his second 80-yard TD run in the past three games.

*-The 241 rushing yards by Martinez were the eighth-most in school history and the 34th 200-yard rushing game in NU history. He set a single-game rushing record for a Nebraska quarterback, bettering Jammal Lord's 234 yards against Texas in 2002. The 200-yard rushing day was the first by an NU player since Marlon Lucky had 233 yards against Nevada in 2007, and it is the most yards by any Husker since Calvin Jones' school-record 294 yards at Kansas in 1991 as a redshirt freshman. Martinez owns four of the top 12 rushing efforts by a Nebraska freshman, including the top four among freshmen quarterbacks.

*-Martinez's four-TD game marked the first time NU has had a player rush for four touchdowns since true freshman David Horne rushed for four touchdowns at Texas A&M in 2002.

*-Martinez also completed 5-of-7 passes for 128 yards, and a 79-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kyler Reed. The Martinez to Reed connection was Nebraska's longest pass play since Jammal Lord connected with Matt Herian for an 80-yard touchdown pass against Colorado in 2002. It was the ninth-longest pass play in school history.

*-Martinez accounted for a Nebraska freshman record 369 yards of total offense. His total offense mark surpassed Calvin Jones' 294 total offensive yards at Kansas in 1991. The 369 yards of total offense ranks in a tie for 11th in school history. Martinez has had at least 263 yards of total offense in four of five games this season.

*-Senior I-back Roy Helu Jr. rushed for 110 yards on eight carries, marking his third 100-yard rushing game this season and the 10th of his career. Helu Jr. increased his career rushing total to 2,574 yards and moved up three spots to 11th on the NU career rushing list. Helu's 68-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was a career-long rush.

*-Nebraska rushed for 451 yards as a team, its first 400-yard rushing game since putting up 413 against Nevada in 2007, and the most since posting 641 yards at Baylor in 2001. It marked NU's first 400-yard rushing game in conference play since 2001.

*-Nebraska senior Mike McNeill pushed his career receptions total to 67, setting an NU tight end record, surpassing the previous record of 65 by Matt Herian from 2002 to 2006. Although McNeill is lining up at receiver this season, he spent his first three seasons as a tight end and accumulated 61 of his career receptions at that position.

*-Nebraska junior linebacker Lavonte David finished with 16 tackles, marking his third double-figure tackle game of the season.

*-Nebraska senior safety DeJon Gomes had a career-high 12 tackles, including a TFL and also forced a fumble.

*-Nebraska had four scoring drives of five plays or less and has 17 scoring drives of five plays or less this season.

*-Nebraska did not allow a K-State player to account for 300 yards of total offense, marking the 22nd straight game NU has not allowed an opposing player to reach 300 yards of total offense.

*-Nebraska allowed just 135 passing yards, the fourth time in five games the Husker defense has allowed 135 or fewer passing yards. NU also intercepted a pass for the ninth straight game.



Lincoln- The Nebraska football team practiced for just less than two hours Thursday inside the Hawks Championship Center and on the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Fields as the Huskers finished preparations for Texas on Saturday. After practice, Head Coach Bo Pelini addressed the media about this week's match-up with the Longhorns.

"I thought it was a good practice," Pelini said. "I thought we had really good tempo, good attention to detail. There were still a couple of things to clean up. I thought it was a pretty good day."

Pelini was pleased with how the Huskers performed and progressed throughout the week in practice.

"I thought we had a good week of practice," Pelini said. "I thought we progressed as the week went on. Hopefully we're a better football team now than when we played Kansas State. I think we are and we'll need to be Saturday."

Pelini briefly commented on the status of linebacker Will Compton, saying the sophomore may able to contribute to NU's defense on Saturday. Compton has missed the first five games with a foot injury.

"He's available," Pelini said. "He's had a good week of practice and is feeling good."

With all of the hype and expectations around the game, Pelini has maintained the same focus throughout the entire week and his goals remain intact.

"I don't think they're any different this week than they have been any other week," Pelini said. "I hope we play better than we have every other week. I think we've practiced well, we'll find out. It's about execution on Saturday. It doesn't matter about the hype. It doesn't matter about the build-up or anything else. It matters how you execute, how you play your football. I think our guys understand that, I'm sure Texas understands that. It will be earned on the field."

The Huskers and Longhorns are scheduled to kick off on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. inside Memorial Stadium. The game is available to most of the nation on ABC with the rest of the country able to see the game on ESPN.


Manhattan, Kan. - Freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez produced the best rushing performance by a quarterback in Nebraska football history as the No. 7 Cornhuskers sprinted past previously unbeaten Kansas State, 48-13 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Thursday night.

Playing in front of 51,015 fans and an ESPN primetime national audience, Martinez became just the second Big Red signal-caller to rush for more than 200 yards in a game, joining Jammal Lord who accomplished the feat twice in 2002. In fact, the freshman from Corona, Calif., passed the 200-yard mark on NU's opening drive of the second half with an 80-yard touchdown run to stake the Huskers to a 24-3 lead.

Martinez finished the night with the eighth-best rushing total in school history with 241 yards on just 15 carries (16.1 yards per carry), surpassing Lord's NU quarterback rushing mark of 234 yards against Texas on Nov. 2, 2002. Martinez also had four touchdowns with runs of 13, 35, 80 and 41 yards. He completed 5-of-7 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown, compiling a career-best 369 total-offense yards to match the 11th-best mark in school history, despite leaving the game for good with more than 10 minutes remaining to give way to Cody Green. It was the most total offense yards by a freshman in school history.

The Wildcats, who slipped to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12, could not match Martinez, as Nebraska improved to 5-0 by winning its Big 12 opener and improving to 6-0 all-time in Thursday night ESPN contests.

Nebraska romps past K-State 48-13

The Kansas City Star

MANHATTAN, Kan. /There was no hiding the pain after this one.

Instead of proving to the country they were worthy of a national ranking, the Kansas State Wildcats got exposed by a vastly superior opponent on Thursday night.

The seventh-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers outplayed the Wildcats in every phase of the game, doing almost anything they wanted on their way to a 48-13 blowout victory.

Shortly after the slaughter ended, K-State coach Bill Snyder said he wanted his players to hurt and take some time to reflect on this loss. No problem there.

“We were taking this game as an opportunity for us to show the world how good we were,” wide receiver Chris Harper said, “and we came in and fell flat on our faces.”

Added senior offensive lineman Zach Kendall: “This one sucks. This loss sucks. We have got to come back from this.”

Doing so will require an overhaul in several areas. Nebraska was so dominant in front of ESPN’s cameras that K-State fans who had spent their morning camping out for seats headed to the exits midway through the fourth quarter, leaving a passionate contingent of Nebraska fans on hand to loudly chant “Go Big Red” in the game’s final moments.

The loss dropped K-State to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12, damaging its chances for a North Division championship. Nebraska improved to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in its final Big 12 season — and capped a 99-year-old series with Kansas State in dominating fashion. The Huskers are now 78-15-2.

Husker quarterback Taylor Martinez was the main reason for the uncompetitive evening. Despite more than a week to prepare for the redshirt freshman, the Wildcats were ill-prepared to stop his speed and looked foolish trying to tackle him. Martinez scampered all across the field for 241 rushing yards and four touchdowns — both Nebraska single-game records for a quarterback — in 15 carries. He also threw for 128 yards and a touchdown, giving him 369 yards of total offense, a freshman single-game school record.

Whether on designed runs or broken plays, Martinez hurt the Wildcats. In the first quarter he zipped 14 yards into the end zone after mishandling the snap. In the second quarter, he broke off a 54-yard run and later scored on a 35-yard run. He outran every player on the field for an 80-yard score after halftime and scored his fourth rushing TD from 41 yards out in the fourth quarter.

“When I looked up, he was already 50 yards down the field,” K-State cornerback David Garrett said. “I went to the sideline and tried to figure out what was going on and what they were doing so we could do something to stop it. It just happened so fast.”

That’s just the kind of night it was for K-State.

It was an amazing performance that will likely earn Martinez national-award recognition. Even though many fantastic running quarterbacks have passed through Lincoln — Tommie Frazier and Eric Crouch to name a couple — Martinez already has found a spot in the program’s record books.

“He made it look awful easy,” Snyder said. “He’s a tremendous athlete and obviously has excellent speed. He’s faster than we are.”

Running back Roy Helu Jr. added 110 yards and a touchdown on the ground, and several big plays broke open a game that Nebraska led 17-3 at halftime.

While Nebraska’s star player was impressing the 51,015 in attendance and a large TV audience, K-State’s star couldn’t get anything going. Senior running back Daniel Thomas, who many had suggested could seriously break into the national-award discussion with a big game himself, was held to 63 yards on 22 carries.

Thomas had entered the game as the Big 12’s top rusher with 628 yards but was supplanted by Martinez. Martinez was third in the conference before the game with 496 yards but afterward had the lead with 737.

K-State briefly tried running Thomas out of the Wildcat formation, throwing a few screen passes his way, but Nebraska’s physical defense was in position to quickly tackle him throughout the night. Lavonte David, who had 16 tackles and a sack, was often the one bringing Thomas down.

Senior quarterback Carson Coffman couldn’t get anything going to help ease the defensive pressure that Thomas felt, and threw for only 91 yards. Snyder called for backups Collin Klein and Sammuel Lamur to enter the game, and said the competition for K-State’s starting quarterback spot will be reopened in practice.

“Two weeks in a row we’ve struggled,” Snyder said. “Maybe we’re not as good an offensive football team as somebody wanted to project in some point in time. We have a lot of work ahead of us.”

After two long Josh Cherry field goals — K-State’s only points through three quarters — the Wildcats finally managed to find the end zone when Coffman hit Harper for a 2-yard touchdown pass.

Those were the Wildcats’ final points of the night, and they weren’t nearly enough.

On this night, K-State seldom accomplished anything that was.

Posted on Thu, Oct. 07, 2010 11:31 PM

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The Big 12 Conference has announced that Nebraska's game at Oklahoma State on Saturday, Oct. 23, will be televised on ABC. The game will be played at either 12:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. (PDT), with that announcement coming next Sunday.

ABC selected both the NU-OSU game and the Oklahoma at Missouri game for telecast, but will not determine the time slots until after the results of this Saturday's games. The 12:30 p.m. game will be a regional telecast, while the 5 p.m. game will be a full national telecast on ABC.

The selection of the Oklahoma State game for telecast on ABC will guarantee the Huskers at least four appearances on the network this season. The Washington game on Sept. 18 was televised by ABC, while this Saturday's contest against Texas will also be on the network, beginning at 12:30 p.m. PDT. NU's regular-season finale against Colorado will be a national ABC telecast with kickoff at 12:30 p.m. PT.

Game times and television information for Nebraska's games with Missouri, Iowa State, Kansas and Texas A&M will be announced six to 12 days in advance.

Other Big 12 games selected for telecast on Oct. 23 include Iowa State at Texas (11 a.m., FSN) and Texas A&M at Kansas (6 p.m., FSN).


A total of 19 former Huskers were in action during NFL play on Sunday while Matt Slauson and the New York Jets take on Minnesota on Monday night

Fabian Washington had five solo tackles and four pass breakups, as Baltimore moved into first place in the AFC North with a 31-17 victory over Denver. Sam Koch helped limit Denver's field positions with four punts for a 43.5 yard average, as the Broncos started three of the four drives inside their own 25-yard line and did not have a yard on returns all day. Former Husker Correll Buckhalter had five carries for 13 yards and caught a 12-yard pass for Denver, as the Broncos fell to 2-3 on the season.

Another former Husker I-back had a big day, as Brandon Jackson rushed for a career-high 115 yards in a 16-13 loss to Washington. It was Jackson's second career 100-yard day - first since his rookie campaign - and included a 71-yard run in the first quarter.

In Detroit, the Lions picked up their first win of the season with an impressive 44-6 win over St. Louis. The Lions' win was its most lopsided win since 1995, as Detroit scored on six of seven possessions to break open the game behind the play of Dominic Raiola. Ndamukong Suh made an impact with three tackles and his first NFL interception while Kyle Vanden Bosch had two tackles and a quarterback hurry in the victory. Josh Brown's two field goals accounted for all of St. Louis' points in the loss, connecting on a pair of 28-yard field goals.


No. 3 Nebraska (16-1, 8-0) vs. Kansas State (9-10, 3-5)
Saturday, Oct. 16 • Ahearn Field House • 7 p.m. Central
TV: None
Radio: Husker Sports Network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and KTWI 93.3 FM in Omaha, and on Huskers.com
Web Video: KStateSports.com (Free Video)
Live Stats: KStateSports.com

Following a bye on Wednesday night, the No. 3 Nebraska volleyball team (16-1, 8-0) will look add to its 15-match winning streak Saturday night in Manhattan, Kan. The Huskers are set for a 7 p.m. match with the Kansas State Wildcats (9-10, 3-5) at the Ahearn Field House.

The Huskers are the only remaining undefeated team in conference play this season, while Kansas State is tied for seventh with a 3-5 record. The Wildcats started the Big 12 season with wins over Kansas and Texas Tech, but have hit a tough stretch lately as they've been swept in their past three matches by Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa State.

Saturday night's match will mark the 82nd all-time meeting between the two Big 12 North Division programs, with Nebraska holding a 78-3 advantage in the series. The Huskers won 58 straight matches from 1975 to 1998, before Kansas State won a five-set match in Lincoln during the 1999 season. The Wildcats' two other wins came in 2003 when they swept the season series.

There is no TV coverage for the match, but a free live stream will be available on KStateSports.com.

Fans can also listen to all of the action with John Baylor and Lindsay Peterson 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.


Lincoln - Husker fans across the country will have three more opportunities to watch the Nebraska volleyball team this season on CBS College Sports.

Due to an agreement between Nebraska Athletics, NET and CBS College Sports, three matches that were already set to be shown across Nebraska on NET, will now also be broadcast nationwide as well. The matches include meetings with Texas Tech (Wednesday, Oct. 20), Kansas State (Wednesday, Nov. 10) and Oklahoma (Wednesday, Nov. 17), with all matches set for 7 p.m. at the NU Coliseum. CBS College Sports will have the rights to air each match live and also rebroadcast the matches until July of 2011.

With the three additional matches on CBS College Sports, the Huskers will have been seen eight times on national TV at the end of the 2010 regular season. Nebraska has already been on CBS College Sports twice, ESPNU once and FSN once, while their match at Texas on Wednesday, Oct. 27 is also set to be shown on ESPNU.

Next up for the Huskers is a Saturday night showdown at 7 p.m. in Manhattan, Kan., where Nebraska will meet the Kansas State Wildcats at Ahearn Field House.


Norman, Okla. - Senior goalkeeper Tara Macdonald broke the single-game school record with 13 saves in a complete-game shutout as the Nebraska soccer team tied Oklahoma, 0-0, in Norman on Thursday night. The Huskers are now 11-4-1 overall with a 4-2-1 record in Big 12 play, while the Sooners are 8-5-2 with a 3-2-1 league mark.

Macdonald turned in her sixth career shutout to preserve the draw as Nebraska was held scoreless for the first time in conference play. The Austin, Texas native was very effective down the stretch with seven saves in the final 30 minutes of the game, including four critical stops in the overtime periods. Her record-breaking 13-save performance broke the previous NU single-game best of 12 set by Karina LeBlanc (1998) and Erin Miller (2002).

Offensively, Oklahoma held a narrow 23-19 shots advantage after both teams struggled to create an offensive flow with only 10 total shots (OU 7, NU 3) at the halftime break.

Nebraska attempted six shots on goal, including three from sophomore Morgan Marlborough, who saw her school record of eight consecutive games with a goal come to an end. Marlborough and the Huskers took 13 shots in the second half, but were unable to put any past OU goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire. Out of the intermission, Marlborough hit the left post from 10 yards out, while sophomore Jordan Jackson nearly gave the Huskers an overtime win but she was tripped up on her breakaway opportunity as time expired in the first overtime period.

Macdonald, a 2008 transfer from the University of Oklahoma, moved into sixth place on the NU all-time save chart with her school record 13-stop effort. It marked Macdonald's first career shutout in a double-overtime contest, as she also played a full 110 minutes three times last season in ties against Arizona State Villanova (2-2), Arizona State (1-1) and Texas Tech (3-3). She is now 6-2-1 on the season.

Nebraska stays in the state of Oklahoma this week as the Huskers head north to Stillwater this Saturday to take on No. 5 Oklahoma State. Kickoff between the Huskers and Cowgirls is set from 1 p.m. Prior to Friday's Big 12 action, Oklahoma State (13-1-1, 6-0-0) and Nebraska sit first and second in the Big 12 standings.


Lincoln - Kurt Farmer went 2-for-3 and Nick Thune produced two RBI's to lead the White team to a 5-3 victory over the Red in the first game of the 2010 Red-White Series at Hawks Field on Thursday afternoon. Starting pitcher Dylan Vogt earned the win by throwing four innings and giving up two hits and a pair of runs, while Brandon Pierce picked up the save by pitching the final two innings and allowing a run on two hits.

The White squad used a three-run second inning to gain an early advantage as Farmer began the frame with a leadoff double down the left field line. The Columbus, Neb., native scored on the next batter when designated hitter Brian Wuest singled up the middle to bring home the White's first run of the game. Pat Hirschberg then doubled to left field to advance Wuest, who came around to score on a Nick Thune sacrifice fly. After stealing third base, Hirschberg scored the third run of the inning on a wild pitch.

Vogt kept the Red team scoreless through three innings until a Kale Kiser leadoff single in the fourth resulted in the Red's first run. Catcher Cory Burleson was walked two batters later and scored the Red's second run on a throwing error to close the White's lead to 3-2.

Red pitcher Nick Dolsky silenced the White bats in the middle innings as he struck out five batters and did not allow any runs or hits in 2.1 innings. Shortly after Dolsky left the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, the White put together another string of three consecutive hits, capped by a Patrick Tolentino RBI single to give the White a 4-2 lead.

The Red team closed the gap to one run again in the top of the sixth inning on a Tyler Niederklein RBI single, but Thune responded with an RBI single of his own in the bottom half to score Farmer and account for the final 5-3 margin.

The White team outhit the Red 9-to-5 behind Farmer's two-hit day.

Nebraska returns to Hawks Field for Game 2 of the Red-White Series on Friday at 3 p.m. The series finale is Saturday at 9 a.m.


A total of 32 home games at Hawks Field and 16 contests against 2010 NCAA Tournament teams highlight the 2011 Nebraska baseball schedule released Wednesday. The 56-game schedule includes 14 home games in the month of March, including a pair of non-conference series against 2010 NCAA runner-up UCLA and 2008 NCAA champion Fresno State.

"We feel like we've put together a schedule that is going to be one of the top schedules in our conference," Head Coach Mike Anderson said. "I thought we had one of the toughest last year and I think we have a chance to do that again. We start out in Texas for a couple weekends against some quality competition and then we return home to play two California teams. It's a tribute to this university and shows that our baseball program is respected to set return dates (from UCLA and Fresno State)."

Nebraska opens the 2011 season on Friday, Feb. 18, when the Huskers begin a four-game weekend at the Texas State Tournament in San Marcos, Texas. The Big Red will take on the host Bobcats, Washington, Missouri State and Air Force before returning to the Lone Star State the next week to Huntsville, Texas for four non-conference games at host Sam Houston State.

The home segment of the schedule begins Wednesday, March 2, when Nebraska hosts Nebraska-Kearney. From March 4 to 6, the Huskers welcome 2010 NCAA runner-up UCLA for its first three-game series of the year, while 2008 NCAA champion Fresno State heads to Lincoln the following week for a three-game set from March 11 to 13. Nebraska plays eight of its remaining nine games in the month of March at Hawks Field. The only road contest during that stretch is a midweek non-conference match-up at Kansas State on Wednesday, March 16.

"A nice thing about our schedule is that we play 32 home games," Anderson noted. "We're in a cycle where the schedule can benefit us that way. Thirty-two home games can make a difference."

The end of March marks the beginning of another challenging Big 12 season, as the Huskers start conference play March 25-27 at Texas Tech. The April slate features three Big 12 home series against Oklahoma State (April 1-3), Kansas State (April 15-17) and Baylor (April 29-May 1), while the Huskers head to Kansas (April 8-10) and Oklahoma (April 22-24).

After the Baylor series concludes May 1, Nebraska hosts Texas (May 6-8) and travels to Texas A&M (May 13-15) before ending the regular season in a Thursday to Saturday series against Missouri (May 19-21).

"The Big 12 schedule is going to present strong challenges," Anderson. "We've known this for years, but there is not a week where you have a weekend off. In the Big 12 you have to play well at home and you have to figure out a way to do well on the road. Our success in the past has been when we've done well on the road, and our failures have been when we haven't."

Nebraska will match up against familiar non-conference foe Wichita State on Tuesday, April 12 in Wichita, while the Big Red hosts Iowa on Tuesday, April 26. The annual Nebraska-Creighton series begins Tuesday, April 5 at Hawks Field before the final two games are played at the new TD Ameritrade Park on Tuesday, April 19 and Tuesday, May 10.

Postseason play begins Wednesday, May 25 as Oklahoma City's Bricktown Ballpark plays host to the Big 12 Tournament, which returns to a double-elimination format in 2011. The NCAA Tournament starts on Friday, June 3, while the 2011 College World Series is set for June 18-29.

Bronco Busting?

ESPN's Brad Edwards has projected what the BCS standings would look like if they were released today (Oct 12th). According to his projections, consensus No. 3 Boise State would be on top -- and consensus No. 1 Ohio State would be fifth.

Team Rating
1. Boise State .913
2. Oregon .863
3. TCU .854
4. Oklahoma .8425
5. Ohio State .8421
6. LSU .782
7. Nebraska .777
8. Auburn .744
9. Michigan State .642
10. Alabama .634

For the rest of the article go to: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5673225

A Punch to the Breadbasket as Nebraska Begins a Farewell

New York TImes - Published: October 6, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Nebraska Cornhuskers have been making the two-and-a-half-hour trek due south here for nearly a century. Generations of players have looked out the bus windows at the browns and golds of the tabletop plains. They watched Beatrice, Neb., give way to Marysville, Kan., before finally arriving at the home of one their oldest rivals, the Kansas State Wildcats.

Dave Weaver/Associated Press

Taylor Martinez after Nebraska’s win over Western Kentucky on Sept. 4. The Cornhuskers (4-0) face Kansas State (4-0) Thursday.

Jeff Taylor/Reuters

Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch being tackled by a Kansas State defender in a 1998 game. The Cornhuskers lead the series, 75-15-12.

Marty Lederhandler/Associated Press

Johnny Rodgers, a running back for Nebraska, with the Heisman trophy in 1972.

Those buses arrived here for the last time on Wednesday. This group of Cornhuskers — 4-0, and ranked No. 7 — opens its last season as a member of the Big 12 Conference against the 4-0 Wildcats on Thursday.

Nebraska is bound for the Big Ten next season, a fact that is at once heartbreaking and infuriating to anyone who grew up in America’s breadbasket in the 1970s watching Big 8 Conference foes take on the Big Red machine on black and white TVs on autumn afternoons. From its Heisman Trophy winners Johnny Rodgers (1972), Mike Rozier (1983) and Eric Crouch (2001) to its five national championships in the past 40 years, Nebraska remains the standard-bearer for the nation’s farming football fans.

“It’s sad — I think of the history and tradition that goes along with that is relative to the Big 8-Big 12 conference, I think it will be missed,” said Kansas State Coach Bill Snyder, who is good friends with Tom Osborne, the former Nebraska coach who is now the university’s athletic director.

“I hate to see them go,” he continued. “I am disappointed and saddened by Nebraska not being in the conference.”

How Nebraska’s farewell tour — through a conference that it helped build and often dominated — will play out is anyone’s guess.

“I don’t know what to expect,” Osborne conceded. “I’ve heard and expect more nasty comments in some places. There will be others that will be more respectful. I do know everyone in the Big 12 is going to want to send us out with a loss.”

If recent history is a guide, there is little doubt that breaking up is hard to do. In 2004, Boston College’s final season in the Big East before heading to the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Eagles were showered with fake money, booed heartily and mercilessly criticized on talk radio and Internet forums.

“It’s a divorce, and very few of those end up without hard feelings,” said Boston College’s athletic director, Gene DeFilippo. “The Big East fans felt jilted by Boston College, and you could feel that high emotion in about every stadium.”

Here in the Little Apple, as Manhattan is known, the bad feelings and abusive language erupted over the summer when Nebraska announced it was going to the Big Ten for, among other things, a larger amount of television revenue.

“There was a few days there, when the Pac-10 was wooing the Texas and Oklahoma schools, and it looked like the Big 12 was going to die altogether and K-State and Kansas would be out in the cold, and people were angry,” said Matt Walters, who graduated from Kansas State in 1990 and hosts “The Game,” a popular afternoon drive-time talk show in Manhattan. “It’s been calm mostly since.”

Over the years, the rivalry has been a respectful, if mostly one-sided, one. Nebraska and Kansas State are neighbors whose fan bases look and act alike — older, agriculturally based, friendly and well behaved. Nebraska leads the series, 75-15-2, but Kansas State won five of seven games from 1998 to 2004.

In television commercials, the in-game video and the game program, Kansas State officials acknowledge that this is the end of an era.

“The final chapter of a great Big 12 series,” reads the tag line of the game poster.

But they are not taking any chances, either. Kansas State’s athletic director, John Currie, sent a letter to fans on Monday, asking them to live up to their reputation as classy supporters.

“We pride ourselves at K-State on the people and how well-respected our fans are across the nation,” it read in part.

“We expect nothing less than Bill Snyder Family Stadium to be rocking Thursday night, but it is also a part of our mission as an athletics program to provide the best fan experience possible to both our fans and those visiting Manhattan.”

The Nebraska players are perhaps taking this final tour with the least concern.

None of them were born when the transcendent Rodgers returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown to kick off the scoring in the ballyhooed Game of the Century between No. 1 Nebraska and No. 2 Oklahoma in 1971, which the Huskers won, 35-31. They were in grade school in 1998 when Kansas State beat Nebraska here, 40-30, for the first time in 39 years — since the Kansan Dwight David Eisenhower was in the White House — touching off a goalpost-toppling celebration rarely seen in Wildcats football history.

“People have been telling us that it’s going to be a lot different, but personally I don’t see how it is going to affect us at all,” said defensive tackle Jared Crick, a junior. “Usually when we go on the road, people don’t like us anyway, so I don’t really see what the big difference will be. It’s going to be a hostile environment no matter where we are playing. I don’t see leaving the Big 12 as a big factor in what we expect when we go on the road.”

Win or lose, however, there will be quite a few football fans from Nebraska and Kansas, as well as Missouri, Iowa and Oklahoma, who were part of Big 8 country and will understand what has been lost when the Huskers board the bus and rumble back through Marysville and Beatrice one last time en route to Lincoln.

One of them will be an old coach. Osborne looks forward to new rivalries being established on storied football fields like those at Michigan and Ohio State. Still, he cannot help looking back.

“I’m going to be sad,” said Osborne, 73, who joined the Nebraska coaching staff in 1964. “One chapter closes, and another opens.”

A version of this article appeared in print on October 7, 2010, on page B19 of the New York edition.



This Saturday, we’ll celebrate the time-honored tradition of a game day Saturday and the true essence of what it means to be a Husker. Whether you are in the stadium with thousands, at a watch party with hundreds or at home with just a few, we invite you to join us. WEAR RED and share in the excitement and tradition of college football.

A Night with Nebraska in California

The Nebraska Alumni Association and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln invite you to join other Husker alumni, fans and friends for an evening reception and optional golf tournament in Irvine, Calif., on Feb. 10, 2011. Chancellor Harvey Perlman, Coach Bo Pelini and former Huskers Tommie Frazier and Matt Davison will be our special guests. Member registration begins Oct. 18; non-member registration Oct. 20.

Connect with Success

Meet the 2011 Alumni Masters at a welcome reception in the Wick Alumni Center, Nov. 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. This year’s masters include: Damon Barry, ’00; Kate Bingaman-Burt, ’04; H. Robert Douglass, ’63; John Kennedy, II, ’05; Loren Lutes, ’60, ’61; Therese McGuire, ’78; Allan Noddle, ’62; Teresa Poggenpohl, ’83; Roger Wehrbein, ’60; and Jeff Zeleny, ’96. Learn more.

Honors in KC

Honors Program Alumni: Join Professors Patrice Berger, Karen Lyons and Madhavan Soundararajan and Adviser Ann Koopmann in Kansas City for drinks and conversation Oct. 22 during the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference. A reception will be held 6:30-8 p.m. that evening in the Barney Allis Lobby of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel. RSVP to Karen Lyons by Oct. 18.

ROTC Reunion Deadline Oct. 29
The official Nebraska Alumni ROTC affiliate group has extended the deadline for its first-ever reunion. You now have until Oct. 29 to reserve your place for the Nov. 12 event. E-mail Pam Penner or call her at 402-472-8933 to register.


Life in the Past Lane

A special exhibit on view through September 2011 at UNL’s Morrill Hall highlights spectacular fossil finds salvaged over the last five decades through Nebraska's Highway Paleontology Program, a collaborative effort of the NU State Museum and the Nebraska Department of Roads. "Highway Paleontology: Life in the Past Lane" features rare specimens, including the remains of a six-foot-tall flightless bird, a 40-foot-long plesiosaur, a lion 25 percent larger than the modern African lion, and a giant land tortoise. Read more.

Environmentally Friendly

Parking has gone green at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After incorporating environmentally friendly construction elements in other structures, UNL Parking and Transit Service's new 1,040-stall parking garage at 19th and Vine streets is designed to meet internationally recognized green building standards. Learn more.

Thompson Forum To Examine China's Effect on Americans

Former U.S. senator from Nebraska Chuck Hagel and Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yesui will present the Charles and Linda Wilson Dialogue on Domestic Issues, "China Rising: Good News or Bad News for U.S. Workers, Consumers and Investors?" on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. as part of UNL's E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues.


Support Coach Pelini

Vote once a day through Dec. 4 for Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini for the 2010 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year. If Coach Pelini is chosen, $50,000 will go to the charity of his choice and a $20,000 scholarship endowment will go to the alumni association.

RED OUT in Brazil

After nearly six decades of watching important Nebraska football games, mostly in his home state, Dan “Hutch” Hutchison – a former Nebraska teacher, coach, farmer and school superintendent – now wears red and celebrates from Brazil. Read more.

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