Friday, November 05, 2010

Bay Area Husker ENews 11/05/10

Hey Bay Area Husker Fans!

Whew! Glad the right Husker team showed up against Mizzou! Now we just have to make sure the rest of the North Division opponents don't try a sneak attack on us, and we should be set for the Big 12 Championship game on December 4th. The game tomorrow is another regional ABC broadcast, so check the details below in the watch party section.

The Volleyball team is back on track and the Soccer team is doing great in the Big 12 playoffs. See the articles below for more info about games this weekend.

I've added some info about the Mission Chamber Orchestra concert tomorrow night (after the game) for those interested in adding a little culture to their lives. And with the good possibility of the Huskers going to the Big 12 Championship game on December 4th, I've started adding some travel options for those interested in heading to Dallas to watch the Huskers that night. And it wouldn't be complete without a little Husker Humor at the end.

Have a great weekend and remember to set your clocks back an hour Sunday night as we come off of Daylight Saving Time.

Go Big Red (White and Blue),

Watch Parties:

The game against Iowa State will only be available on the ESPN Game Plan in our area (see map below). So if you want to watch the Huskers, you will need to join us at one of our Bay Area Watch Sites where they will be able to put the game up on their big screens for us. Kickoff is shortly after 12:30 local time, so get there early to get a good seat and order up some great pub grub for lunch as the game comes on. Hope to see you there.

The game next week against Kansas will be a Pay-Per-View broadcast (see article below). I don't have confirmation yet, but typically only Jacks in Fremont, Legends in Concord and Final-Final are willing to pay the $450 PPV fee so we can watch the game. We will definitely be passing the hat to help them defray that cost. So be prepared to donate $10 per fan so we can ensure we will be able to watch the game next week.


Nebraska continues a three-game stretch against Big 12 North opponents when it travels to Ames, Iowa, to take on the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday afternoon. Game time at ISU's Jack Trice Stadium is set for 12:30 p.m. PT, with the game televised to a regional audience on ABC.

Nebraska heads into the contest with a 7-1 overall record and a 3-1 mark in the Big 12 following a 31-17 victory over No. 7 Missouri on Saturday in Lincoln. The Huskers surged to a 24-0 lead after the first quarter of the contest and never allowed the Tigers closer than 10 points. Senior running back Roy Helu Jr. had a day to remember, running for a Nebraska record 307 yards and three touchdowns. The victory allowed NU to jump five spots to ninth in the AP poll, two spots to 10th in the coaches poll and seven spots to seventh in the BCS rankings.

Nebraska will face a confident Iowa State team on Saturday afternoon. The Cyclones have won two straight games, including a 28-21 victory at Texas on Oct. 23, and a 28-16 win over Kansas last Saturday in Ames. The consecutive wins have improved ISU to 5-4 on the season and 3-2 in Big 12 action. The Cyclones remain a factor in the Big 12 North race, as ISU and Nebraska both control their own destiny in the race for the division crown.

The Series

Nebraska has a commanding 85-17-2 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools, including a 35-10-2 record in Ames. The Huskers have won each of their past two trips to Iowa State, after the 'Clones won consecutive games in Ames in 2002 and 2004. ISU's 9-7 win in LIncoln last year was just its fourth in the past 32 meetings overall.


Lincoln, Neb. - Roy Helu Jr. raced untouched on a trio long touchdown runs on his way to a school-record 307 yards and three touchdowns on a career-high matching 28 carries to power No. 14 Nebraska to a 31-17 victory over No. 7 Missouri on Saturday.

Helu, a senior I-back from Danville, Calif., electrified the NCAA-record 309th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium and an ABC television audience with a 66-yard scoring sprint on NU's first play from scrimmage. Moments later, he unleashed a career-long 73-yard burst to push Nebraska to a 24-0 first-quarter lead on its way to an important Big 12 North Division win over the Tigers. He added a 53-yard scoring run in the third quarter, while carrying the offensive load for the Huskers in the second half in the absence of quarterback Taylor Martinez.

With the win, Nebraska improved to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the Big 12, while handing the previously unbeaten Tigers their first loss of the season to slip to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference. The victory marked Nebraska's second straight over an unbeaten, top-15 team. It was also NU's first win over a top-10 team during the Bo Pelini-era.

Helu's huge day eclipsed the previous Nebraska rushing mark set by Calvin Jones with 294 yards and six touchdowns on 27 carries against Kansas on Nov. 9, 1991. It was Helu's 11th career 100-yard effort, and first 200-yard game of his career. His previous career high came with 169 yards on 28 carries against Virginia Tech in 2009. Helu also climbed to No. 6 on the NU career chart with 2,966 career yards. He increased his season total to 807 yards, putting him in position for his third straight 1,000-yard season.

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Lincoln- The Nebraska football team practiced for just less than two hours Thursday inside the Hawks Championship Center as the Huskers finished preparations for Iowa State on Saturday. After practice, Head Coach Bo Pelini addressed the media about this week's match-up with the Cyclones.

"It was a good day, good week of practice," Pelini said. "I think our kids are anxious to play."

Pelini briefly discussed the status of quarterback Taylor Martinez, stating that he practiced today and has been improving each day this week. Pelini said that it will be a game-time decision as to whether Martinez starts on Saturday. Pelini has been encouraged by the depth at the quarterback position throughout the season.

"We have three quarterbacks, we have good depth at the position," Pelini said. "You deal with things like that (injuries) as the year goes on. Fortunately they are all getting better. Taylor is getting better, he's progressed through the week, but we have a lot of good options there at the quarterback position."

Linebacker Will Compton has seen increased playing time after recovering from an injury earlier in the season. Pelini noted the work Compton put in while he was sidelined with the injury and how it is paying off now on the football field.

"Will is tough, he is anxious, he's a competitive guy," Pelini said. "It hurt him to get hurt and he wanted to get back out there, he's done that and he's played well when he's been in there. You never would have known he was hurt. He was out here every day and stayed engaged in what was going on. He knew he was going to come back quick. It's paid off for him."

The Huskers and Cyclones are scheduled to kick off on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. inside Jack Trice Stadium. The game is available regionally on ABC.


The University of Nebraska and FOX Sports Midwest have announced that Nebraska's Nov. 13 game against Kansas in Lincoln will be available on a pay-per-view basis. Kickoff time for the contest has been set for 4 p.m. PT.

Big 12 Special Order Sports, FOX Sports Net's pay-per-view division will produce the pay-per-view telecast and the games will be available on participating cable systems in Nebraska as well as nationally on participating satellite and telco systems.

The game is being televised on a pay-per-view basis because it was not among four Big 12 Conference games selected for over-the-air or cable television coverage on Nov. 13. Suggested retail price for the telecast, which will be available in HD is $39.95 and full ordering details will be available in the next few days.

"The pay-per-view telecast gives us the opportunity for as many of our fans as possible across the country to see the game," Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne said. "Because of TV contracts and the logistics of being able to put the telecast together, an evening start was our only option."

Other televised Big 12 games on Nov. 13 include Kansas State at Missouri (9:30 a.m., FSN), Texas Tech at Oklahoma (ABC, 12:30 or 5 p.m.), Oklahoma State at Texas (ABC, 12:30 or 5 p.m.) and Texas A&M at Baylor (FSN, 4 p.m.) (all times Pacific).

Nebraska's game Saturday at Iowa State will be televised to a regional audience on ABC at 12:30 p.m. Pacific. This marks NU's fourth consecutive week on ABC and the fifth time this season the Huskers have appeared on the network. Nebraska's Nov. 26 regular-season finale against Colorado will also be televised nationally on the network. A game time for the Huskers' Nov. 20 contest at Texas A&M will be announced on Monday.

With the determination of a kickoff time for Kansas football game, the Nebraska Athletic Department also announced that the NU women's basketball team will take on Vermont in a 9:35 a.m. (PT) game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Nov. 13.


New Haven, Conn. - For the second straight week, a Nebraska football player has been selected the Walter Camp Football Foundation FBS National Offensive Player of the Week, as Roy Helu Jr. received the honor on Sunday.

Helu Jr, set a single-game school record with 307 rushing yards in Nebraska's 31-17 victory over No. 7 Missouri. The senior I-back broke the school record of 294 set by Calvin Jones in 1991 and scored on touchdown runs on 66, 73 and 53 yards. His rushing total is the most by anyone in the FBS this season and helped Nebraska to its first win over a top-10 team since 2001.

He is the second Husker to earn the award this season, joining Taylor Martinez, who captured the honor against Oklahoma State.


The Nebraska Athletic Department Friday night hosted the 1970 Husker team to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the school's first national championship.

Team members met the media at the Wick Alumni Center and then enjoyed a private dinner with staff members from that historic team. NU Athletic Director Tom Osborne and '70 Husker Co-Captains Jerry Murtaugh and Danny Schneiss addressed the group that included 54 players.

They included: John Adkins, Frosty Anderson, Jim Anderson, Mike Beran, Joe Blahak, Van Brownson, Randy Butts, Jim Carstens, Woody Cox, John Decker, Doug Dumler, Pat Fischer, Dave Goeller, Bob Grenfell, Gary Hollstein, Jeff Hughes, John Hyland, Guy Ingles, Larry Jacobson, Bill Janssen, Henry Jennings, Doug Johnson, Monte Johnson, Jeff Kinney, John Kinsel, Ken Kontos, Bill Kosch, Brent Longwell, Danny Malone, Dave Mason, Bob McFarland, Tom McGowan, Jim Miller, Pat Morell, Dave Morock, Murtaugh, Bob Newton, John O'Connell, Bob Pabis, Johnny Pitts, Tom Robison, Johnny Rodgers, Paul Rogers, Steve Runty, Dick Rupert, Bob Schmit, Schneiss, John Stinner, Jon Strong, Jerry Tagge, Dave Walline, Wally Winter, Bob Wolfe and Steve Yanda.

Staff members who attended included Boyd Epley (strength coach), John Melton (linebackers coach), Tom Osborne (offensive ends coach), Bill Shepard (groundskeeper) and George Sullivan (physical therapist).

On Saturday, most of the '70 players will be at Husker Nation Pavilion from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. signing autographs. Fans will be limited to one autographed item per person. Free 1970 national championship posters will be provided for signing while supplies last.

The 1970 national championship team also will be honored at halftime of the Nebraska-Texas game.

Rodgers Says 2010 Huskers Remind Him of 1970 Team

Friday, Johnny Rodgers, a sophomore star on the 1970 team, told a group touring Nebraska's athletic facilities that this year's Husker team reminds him of the 1970 champions that started the season ranked ninth and managed to keep working its way up.

A lady in the tour group raised her fingers and then crossed them for luck, so Rodgers took her cue and crossed his fingers as well as his legs after making the statement.

"Bob Devaney had two 6-4 seasons in 1967 and '68 to put things back together and then had a 9-2 season in '69," Rodgers recalled. "He told us to dream about winning the national championship because we were capable. I think this (2010) Nebraska team has the same dreams we did, even though it's still fairly young."

Video highlights were played from the 1970 season at the recognition event, showing how Nebraska seized its greatest opportunity in school history with a 17-12 win over fifth-ranked LSU in the 1971 Orange Bowl. The only blemish on the Huskers' record that season was a 21-21 tie at Southern Cal.

By mid-October in '70, the unbeaten Huskers had climbed to fifth in the ratings. They advanced to third after beating Oklahoma 28-21 when Jim Anderson made his second interception in the end zone on the last play of the game. That positioned Nebraska to move to the top of the charts after three consecutive events on New Year's Day: 1) Notre Dame snapped Texas' 30-game winning streak in the Cotton Bowl, 24-11; 2) Stanford upset second-ranked Ohio State, 27-17, in the Rose Bowl; and 3) Nebraska rose to the challenge in turning back LSU.

Tagge's one-yard leap with 8:50 remaining is a play that came out of the time capsule for this weekend's special Red Out Around the World event and the 40th anniversary celebration of the Huskers' first national title.

Even if Nebraska's youngest fans hadn't seen that signature play, they will see it Saturday on NU's big screens when the '70 team is introduced before an NCAA record 308th consecutive sellout crowd.

Tagge shared that special season at the controls with Van Brownson, so he did not make all-conference as a junior in 1970. But his famous sneak is the play remembered most. "I bet I've signed thousands of photos of that one-yard run," he said. "That picture was everywhere, even on table mats whenever you walked into a pizza joint."

That play made Tagge a charter member in Husker folklore. Murtaugh, a linebacker, was an All-American that year. So was Bob Newton, an offensive tackle who made the trip from Palm Desert. Calif., for the reunion.



NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Tyrone Fahie is not a nationally known college football player. He doesn't make the highlight shows, isn't interviewed much by the media and rarely gets on the field of play.

But Tyrone Fahie not only represents the best of college football, but the best of America.

Fahie (pronounced FOY) is the oldest walk-on (he's 28) in the history of the fabled Nebraska football program. Turns out he was busy for a few years after high school - serving his country in the U.S. Navy. Fahie was deployed twice to Iraq during his six years in the military, rising to the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class. Upon completing his service time, he enrolled at Nebraska and a year later tried out for the team, the longest of long shots - and made it.

On Sept. 11 this year, Fahie, a 6-5, 255-pound defensive end, ran through the tunnel and into Memorial Stadium to a thundering applause. He had the honor of carrying the American flag on the anniversary of the terrorist bombings nine years earlier. Flanked by two policemen and two firefighters, all with American flags, Fahie was the right choice to represent his team and his teammates.

"Every time we step inside Memorial Stadium, it reminds us of the freedoms we enjoy and the sacrifices others have made," he said. "We should never take for granted what police officers and firefighters do. They put their lives on the line every day, too, just like the military."

Fahie will gain a large measure of recognition on Dec. 12 when he receives an Honorary Lott IMPACT Trophy from the Pacific Club's IMPACT Foundation. The Lott IMPACT Trophy annually goes to the college football player who has the biggest IMPACT on his team, on and off the field. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.

The only other Honorary Lott IMPACT trophies ever given out were to former Arizona State star Pat Tillman (posthumously in 2004) and Boston College's Mark Herzlich last year.

Fahie tells the story that one of his combat leaders passed on to him his first time in Iraq. He said "Once you're part of a team, you quit worrying about yourself. It's not about you, it's about everyone else. You practice and you prepare together. You realize that someone can get killed if you don't concentrate on what we're asking you to do."

Not only does Fahie, a native of Virginia Beach, Va., take football seriously at Lincoln, but his studies as well. An honor student, he's made the academic honor roll every semester at Nebraska and has already graduated with a degree in business and will receive a Master's in business administration next spring. His mother is working on a degree at the same time as her son and will receive a doctorate degree at the University of Central Florida in the spring, also.

Much of Fahie's military experience translates to the football field. "In football, everybody focuses on the game.They don't see the practice and preparation that goes into getting ready for the game. In the military, we had 18 months of training for a six-month deployment. I worked with a Seal team (in communications), a small unit. Every person on the team has a job, and every person does that job and expects the person next to them to do their job. That's the only way they can survive."



No. 5 Nebraska (21-2, 13-1) at Texas Tech (3-20, 1-13)
Saturday, Nov. 6 • United Spirit Arena • Noon

Radio: Husker Sports Network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and KTWI 93.3 FM in Omaha, and on
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The No. 5 Nebraska volleyball team (21-2, 13-1) will be in Lubbock, Texas on Saturday for a Noon match with the Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-20, 1-13) at the United Spirit Arena.

Nebraska is fresh off a sweep on the road of the Kansas Jayhawks on Wednesday night, while Texas Tech has lost eight straight matches entering Saturday and has won just once at home season.

The Huskers are 33-1 all-time against the Red Raiders and have won the past 28 meetings in the series. Not only has Texas Tech struggled to win a match, but the Huskers have swept the Red Raiders the past 13 matches dating back to 2004.

Husker fans will need to keep track of Kayla Banwarth's dig total on Saturday as the senior needs just two digs to break Jennifer Saleaumua's Nebraska record of 1,568 career digs.

There will be now TV coverage of the match, but there will be a free live stream on

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



Nebraska will play in its first Big 12 semifinal since 2005 when the third-seeded Huskers take on second-seeded Oklahoma State on Friday night at 8 p.m. in San Antonio, Texas. The Huskers advanced past the quarterfinal Wednesday afternoon with a 4-1 win over Missouri, while the Cowgirls defeated Texas Tech, 3-1, in the final match of the day.

Head Coach John Walker's team went through a short practice Thursday at Blossom Soccer Stadium. The Huskers are No. 54 in this week's RPI ratings, while Oklahoma State is No. 7 and ranked No. 10 in this week's NSCAA Top 25.

Last month, Nebraska dropped a 4-2 decision at Oklahoma State as the Huskers gave up two goals with under 25 minutes remaining. The two teams also met in last year's Big 12 Championsip as the Cowgirls shut out the Huskers (3-0) just a month after NU defeated OSU in Lincoln.

Nebraska has a pair of All-Big 12 First Team offensive threats in sophomores Morgan Marlborough and Jordan Jackson. Each scored in Nebraska's first round win against Missouri and the duo has combined for 28 goals and 21 assists this season. Marlborough is the 2010 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season.

Forward Krista Lopez leads Oklahoma State with 27 points on 12 goals and three assists. Lopez was one of four All-Big 12 First Team members this season for the Cowgirls, in addition to forward Kyndall Treadwell (2 goals, 4 assists), defender Melinda Mercado and goalkeeper Adrianna Franch (0.61 GAA, .854 save percentage). Mercado was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.

Free live video and live stats for Friday night's semifinal match can be found on The winner will advance to Sunday's championship game against either Texas A&M or Oklahoma. That game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net at Noon CST.


The Nebraska Athletic Department, in partnership with the Nebraska Alumni Association, is making plans to accommodate post-season bowl game demands for Big Red fans bracing for another possible Husker appearance in the Big 12 Championship game.

After Nebraska moved one step closer to winning the Big 12 North Saturday with a 31-17 win over Missouri, the Athletic Department and the Alumni Association announced plans for fans to reserve spots on two trips: 1) a repeat appearance in the Dr. Pepper Big 12 Conference Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and 2) first-class accommodations to the Huskers' bowl destination in December or January.

"It's always difficult to communicate in advance with fans when so much more football is left to be played," Nebraska Associate Athletic Director Paul Meyers said. "But we feel it's important to show our fans the customer focus they expect and to get ahead of the curve in terms of planning. We always view being proactive as critical to accommodate our fans as they follow our team on the road."

Demand for both a conference championship game and a bowl trip is expected to be extremely high.

Reservations are now available online at, or by phone (1-800-378-5318). If Nebraska does not qualify for the title game, the Alumni Association will discard the reservation.

Though bowl destinations won't be known until the regular season is finished, Nebraska's Athletic Department and Alumni Association are working on ticket and travel packages to every potential city.

To be among the first to know about potential bowl trip details and availability, fans are encouraged to send their names and email addresses to or to visit


BIG XII CHAMPIONSHIP TRAVEL OFFER...(although Executive Travel is based in Nebraska, they will have ground packages for those that want to make their own airline arrangements from the Bay Area)...

Just a few more "W's" and we're off to Dallas for the Huskers' last Big XII Championship showdown - quite possibly an even more historic finale against our "old friends" from Oklahoma.

Click here for tour details and registration

Executive Travel is pleased to take you to the heart of the action via Southwest Airlines charter flight from Lincoln. We'll be staying at the newly renovated Sheraton Dallas, just blocks from the city's vibrant dining and nightlife center--the historic West End.

In addition to airport and game transfers, you also get that all important reserved-seat game ticket. And, joining us will be a surprise Husker sports media personality who will provide you with pre-game insider analysis that you won't hear on the Game Day Show.

Should your schedule or preferred departure city call for alternative arrangements, you may still join us for all of the action by selecting our land-only package.

For reservations, you may book online or give us a call at (800) 737-0582 or (402) 435-8888. All reservations require a $250/person deposit, which is fully refundable should the Huskers fail to make the Championship game.

We look forward to seeing all of you in Dallas!


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MISSION CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF SAN JOSE (with our own Emily Ray, conducting) ANNOUNCES...

Roll with the passion on Nov. 6

We have named this 15th anniversary season “Our Passion!” because of the joy we take in making music for you. In our second concert of the season on Nov. 6, Music Director and Conductor Emily Ray has designed a program titled “Passions in Contrast.”

Here’s who is along for a roller coaster of emotion:

The 12-year-old Rossini laughs merrily in his exuberant String Sonata No. 1.

John Beeman provides a mystery tour with Serendipity.

Haydn tickles us in the Symphony No. 94 in G major“ Surprise.”

Tchaikovsky takes us into emotional depths with the Violin Concerto in D major.

Pip Clarke returns as soloist for her eighth appearance with MCOSJ. This virtuoso of the romantic repertoire will play the D major concerto as you’ve never heard it.

Join us for this program. We promise you an exciting ride.

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Saturday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Le Petit Trianon
72 N. Fifth St.
San Jose
Plenty of free parking across the street

General Admission: $22
Students and Seniors: $18
Children: $7
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For info: 408.236.3350

BONUS! Buy a series subscription for the remaining concert and get a free ticket for any individual concert. Give it to a friend and when the user comes to a concert, s/he will get a coupon for a half-price ticket to yet another concert.


HUSKER HUMOR (from Kirk)...
A little golf humor....

Golfer: "I'm playing so badly that I think I'm going to drown myself in the lake."

Caddy: "I don't think thats possible sir, I doubt you can keep your head down long enough!"

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