Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bay Area Husker ENews 11/18/10

Hey Bay Area Husker Fans!

Not exactly the most exciting offensive game we've seen this year, but the defense was awesome and a win is a win. I was fortunate to be there in person...lots of fun but brrrrr, it was a cold night at Memorial Stadium! Glad the game wasn't played the night before because it was snowing in Lincoln most of Friday evening. Glad to be back in sunny California but it looks like we're going to have a wet weekend in the Bay Area.

The Huskers are headed to College Station for a big game against the Aggies. Hopefully their undefeated road game record will hold, and then the Huskers will only have one last home game against the Buffs to top off a great season. Fortunately the game this Saturday won't be another PPV broadcast, and should be available at all of our watch sites (more info below).

The Volleyball team is doing great and beat the Sooners in straight sets last night. Check out the articles below. There is a nice piece from the Alumni Association below as well.

One of the reasons for going back for the KU game was to attend the first ROTC reunion at UNL...a great event with over 100 attendees. They had a wonderful dedication ceremony in the entry to the ROTC building honoring General Pershing. We were also hosted to a Football Friday event at the Alumni's Wick Center...a fabulous event for all alums who are in town for a home game. And we capped it off with a nice evening social gathering at the Champions Club. They hope to make it an annual if you are an ROTC alum check it out.

Go Big Red (White and Blue),

Watch Parties:

The game this Saturday against Texas A&M will be a regional ABC broadcast, and as usual the ABC/ESPN map below shows that we won't be able to watch it on normal TV here on the west coast, unless you have the ESPN broadcast package. Fortunately all of our watch sites have it, so this is a great opportunity to get together one last time before Thanksgiving and cheer on the team with fellow Husker fans. Its a late start time (5 p.m. Pacific) so its also a great opportunity to grab some great pub grub for dinner during the game. Hope to see you there.

Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)



The Matchup
Nebraska takes to the road for the final time in 2010, traveling to College Station, Texas to take on the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field. Game time for the matchup of nationally ranked teams is set for 7 p.m. CT, with television coverage provided on ABC. Both teams enter the game with four-game winning streaks, longest in the conference.

Nebraska enters the contest with a 9-1 overall record and a 5-1 mark in Big 12 action, following a 20-3 victory over Kansas last Saturday in Lincoln. The victory put Nebraska within one win of earning its second straight trip to the Big 12 Championship Game in Arlington, Texas next month. Nebraska remained firmly inside the top 10 in this week's polls, checking in at No. 9 in the coaches and AP polls, ninth and eighth in the BCS standings.

Texas A&M comes into the game as one of the nation's hottest teams. The Aggies have won four straight contests to improve to 7-3 overall and 4-2 in Big 12 Conference play. Last week A&M rallied from a 30-14 deficit to post a 42-30 win at Baylor to extend its winning streak to four games and remain in contention for the South Division crown. Texas A&M is ranked 18th in the AP poll and 19th according to the coaches in this week's polls, and the Aggies' three losses this season have come against teams that are a combined 25-5 on the year.

The Series
Nebraska holds a 10-3 edge in the all-time series between the two schools, including a 2-1 edge at Kyle Field. Nebraska has a 5-2 advantage in games between the two schools as members of the Big 12 Conference.


Saturday night's game with Texas A&M will be televised regionally on ABC beginning at 5p.m. Pacific Time. A coverage map of the areas receiving the game will be available later in the week. The appearance on ABC will be Nebraska's sixth of the year, with a seventh ABC appearance set for NU's Nov. 26 regular-season finale against Colorado (12:30 p.m, PT - national broadcast).



Lincoln - The Blackshirt defense flexed its muscles by holding Kansas to just 87 yards total offense, as No. 9 Nebraska notched its ninth win of the season with a 20-3 victory over the Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Playing in front of an NCAA-record 309th consecutive sellout crowd of 85,507 fans, and an FSN Pay-Per-View audience on Saturday night, Nebraska improved to 9-1 overall and 5-1 in the Big 12. KU slipped to 3-7 overall and 1-5 in the league.

The Huskers used a balanced offense and a suffocating defense to secure its third straight nine-win season under third-year head coach Bo Pelini.

Freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez returned to the starting lineup to guide an NU offense that rolled up 397 total yards, including 230 on the ground and 167 through the air.

Senior I-back Roy Helu Jr. led Nebraska with 18 carries for 85 yards and one touchdown, while sophomore I-back Rex Burkhead added 19 carries for 77 yards, including NU's first touchdown in the opening quarter.

Martinez contributed 71 rushing yards of his own on 11 carries, while completing 14-of-26 passes for 167 yards. He did throw one interception.

Nebraska's Blackshirt defense made sure the first-half touchdown runs by Burkhead and Helu were more than enough for the victory. The Huskers shut down KU quarterback Quinn Mecham, limiting him to just 15 yards on 3-of-13 passing with one interception. NU also sacked Mecham six times for 28 yards in losses. It was Nebraska's best passing defense total since shutting out Nicholls State through the air on Sept. 9, 2006.

The Huskers were also tough on the ground, holding KU to just 72 yards on 34 carries, as Brad McDougald led the Jayhawks with 27 yards on four carries. James Sims managed 24 yards on nine carries.

The 87 total yards allowed by the Blackshirts marked the best total by a Bo Pelini-coached Nebraska defense. It was the fewest yards allowed since the Huskers held Baylor to just 84 yards on Oct. 21, 2000.

Nebraska's offense wasn't flashy against the Jayhawks. Each of NU's four scoring drives lasted at least nine plays, covered at least 40 yards and lasted at least 3:40, for the normally explosive Husker offense.

Burkhead opened the scoring with a four-yard touchdown plunge with 33 seconds left in the first quarter. The short run capped a nine-play, 54-yard drive that lasted 4:11 and gave the Huskers a 7-0 lead.

Helu added a spectacular 20-yard scoring run that included a couple big cut, a few jukes and a tip-toe down the NU sideline into the end zone with 3:05 left in the first half. Helu's highlight reel run capped another nine-play drive that covered 75 yards in 3:40 to give the Huskers a 14-0 halftime lead.

Nebraska's lead grew to 17-0 after Alex Henery's 42-yard field goal capped a third nine-play drive that covered 55 yards in 3:51. The Blackshirts lost the shutout on Jacob Branstetter's answer with a 42-yard field goal of his own. Branstetter's kick came with 3:36 left in the third quarter, allowing KU to capitalize on a Husker fumble.

Henery closed the scoring with 3:24 left in the fourth quarter, after the Huskers consumed 6:28 of the clock in the final quarter with a 12-play drive. For the game, Nebraska won the time of possession battle, 36:28-23:32, while running 28 more plays from scrimmage than the Jayhawks.


Lincoln - The No. 9 Nebraska Cornhuskers practiced in full pads Tuesday afternoon for just over two hours as they prepare to face off against No. 18 Texas A&M in College Station. A win for the Huskers this Saturday would clinch the North Division and send NU to the Big 12 Championship game for the third time in the past five years. Redshirt offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirels said winning the North title is a "big thing" for the Huskers.

"This is the week to go out there and clinch the North," Sirles said. "You never want to leave it up to the last game. You never want to leave it up to anything."

The Huskers are 4-0 on the road this season and are making their last trip to College Station. Sirles says he's excited to play in front of the 12th Man, a place where Nebraska clinched the 2006 North Division with a last-second 28-27 victory over the Aggies.

"We've shown our testament on the road that we can play well with the noise," Sirles said. "I'm excited. It will be a good experience."

The Huskers will continue to prepare for the Aggies on Wednesday afternoon.


Nebraska placed 23 football players on the 2010 Academic All-Big 12 Football Team, the league office announced Thursday. The 23 honorees for Nebraska led all conference schools and included 13 first-team selections, with another 10 student-athletes earning second-team honors.

The group of first-team selections includes 11 active members of the 2010 football team. Among those honorees, three players earned academic all-conference honors for the third time, including senior linebacker Thomas Grove, senior place-kicker Adi Kunalic and junior tight end Ryan Hill.

Two-time selections include junior safety Austin Cassidy, sophomore tight end Ben Cotton, senior quarterback Zac Lee, junior fullback Tyler Legate and junior tight end Jay Martin. Sophomore I-back Rex Burkhead and redshirt freshman offensive tackle Brent Qvale were first-time honorees. Past members of the team who were honored included offensive lineman Cruz Barrett and linebacker Blake Lawrence, who carried a 4.0 grade-point average the previous year.

Among second-team honorees, Lance Thorell is a three-time Academic All-Big 12 pick, while defensive backs Justin Blatchford and Eric Hagg were honored for a second time.

Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services, the football academic all-league squad consisted of 100 first team members combined with 70 on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.


The University of Nebraska Athletic Department has announced that Ndamukong Suh will have his No. 93 jersey retired in a special ceremony at halftime of the Nebraska-Colorado game on Friday, Nov. 26. Suh will join 16 other all-time Cornhusker greats to have their Nebraska jerseys retired.

All major national award winners at Nebraska automatically have their jerseys retired, however their numbers are still available to active Huskers.

Suh is a worthy addition to Nebraska's elite club. The Portland, Ore., capped a dominant Nebraska career with a 2009 season that ranks as one of the best ever by a college football defender. Suh won the Outland Trophy, the Rotary Lombardi Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. He was also named the Associated Press College Player of the Year and finished fourth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy.

As a senior, Suh led the Huskers with 85 total tackles, including 24 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. He also posted a remarkable 10 pass breakups, an interception, 26 quarterback hurries and three blocked kicks. His play was the key to a Nebraska defense that led the nation in scoring defense at 10.4 points per game.

Suh finished his career with 215 tackles, 57 tackles for loss, 24 sacks, six blocked kicks, 15 pass breakups and 38 quarterback hurries, while also scoring three touchdowns. He ranks second in school history in tackles for loss and third in sacks.

"We are proud to add Ndamukong Suh to our group of retired football jerseys," Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne said. "It is certainly an elite group of football players that have the honor of having their jersey retired, and Ndamukong undoubtedly deserves that type of honor. He was one of the all-time great defensive players we've had here, and an outstanding individual as well."

Nebraska's game against Colorado on the day after Thanksgiving was the first opportunity to retire Suh's jersey. Suh will take part in the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day game against the New England Patriots before heading to Lincoln. Suh is having a standout rookie season with the Lions. Suh leads all NFL interior defensive linemen with 6.5 sacks and his 33 total tackles are the fourth-most among all defensive tackles. Suh was honored as the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month in October.

In addition to his play on the field at Nebraska, Suh was successful off the field as well. He earned his degree in construction management in December of 2009. In April, Suh made an unprecedented gift of $2.6 million to the University of Nebraska, including $2 million to Athletics and $600,000 to the UNL College of Engineering to endow a scholarship. His donation to the Athletic Department has allowed for renovations and updates in the newly named Ndamukong Suh Strength and Conditioning Center, as well as the Nebraska football locker room.

Suh joins an impressive list of players to have their jerseys retired, including: #7 Eric Crouch, #15 Tommie Frazier, #20 Johnny Rodgers, #30 Mike Rozier, #34 Trev Alberts, #50 Dave Rimington, #54 Dominic Raiola, #60 Tom Novak, #64 Bob Brown, #67 Aaron Taylor, #71 Dean Steinkuhler, #72 Zach Wiegert, #75 Larry Jacobson, #75 Will Shields, #79 Rich Glover and #98 Grant Wistrom. Suh's name and jersey number will be added to the display directly below the HuskerVision video screen on the north end of Memorial Stadium.

Several members of Nebraska's retired jersey club are expected to be on hand to take part in the Suh jersey retirement ceremony.


Nebraska Athletics announced today that they will participate in the recently launched Facebook Deals, which lets people discover and claim specials from participating organizations by checking into Facebook Places from a smartphone. Facebook Places gives people the ability to easily share where they are with friends on Facebook, find friends who are nearby and discover new places. With Deals, Nebraska Athletics fans can now find a special offer at this Saturday's football game vs Kansas.

Nebraska Athletics was one of 22 organizations to participate in the initial launch of Facebook Deals. At the Nebraska football game vs. Kansas this Saturday, November 13, the first 200 fans to check into Memorial Stadium after halftime on their smart phone's Facebook application or at will receive the opportunity to attend an autograph session with legendary Huskers quarterback Tommie Frazier for themselves and one guest. The session will include complimentary Valentino's pizza and Aquafina products. Details on the location and time of this autograph session will show up on their smart phones after fans checks-in so they can claim their deal.

Former Huskers quarterback and 1995 Johnny Unitas Award Winner Tommie Frazier led the Huskers to back-to-back national titles in 1994 and 1995 and captured most valuable player honors in both national championship games. Fans that qualify for this autograph session deal will be able to bring one item to be signed. Autograph cards will be also be provided.

"Our participation in this program is just another way that we can recognize and thank the 75,000 fans that we have on Facebook," Assistant Director of Athletic Marketing Ethan Rowley said. "We're always looking for ways to give back and engage with our fans and Facebook Deals gives us this opportunity."

Nebraska fans are encouraged to become a fan of Nebraska Athletics on the official Facebook Fan Page of the Huskers by visiting

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Lincoln - The No. 5 Nebraska volleyball team (25-2, 17-1) stayed perfect at home in 2010 with a 3-0 sweep (25-22, 25-23, 25-14) of the Oklahoma Sooners (19-9, 11-6). The Huskers are now 12-0 at home this season and haven't dropped a set at the NU Coliseum since Oct. 2 when they beat Texas, 3-1.

"The match went just like I thought it would tonight," Head Coach John Cook said. "Oklahoma played really well and we struggled a bit early but we found a way to win the first two sets."

The duo of Sydney Anderson (22) and Lauren Cook (18) combined for 40 assists, while five Huskers had five or more kills, including 10 from Brooke Delano as well as nine each from Lindsey Licht, Hannah Werth and Morgan Broekhuis. The Huskers also put away five aces, including two each from Cook and Tara Mueller.

"I thought our serve was the difference," Cook said. "We did a great job of controlling their defense."

Defensively for the Huskers Werth tallied a match-high 17 digs, one shy of her season high, and Kayla Banwarth added 10 digs. Delano led all players with four blocks, while the Huskers committed just one receiving error compared to the Sooners' five.

Nebraska will now have a bye on Saturday and will next be in action next Wednesday when they host the Baylor Bears at 7 p.m. It will be Senior Night at the NU Coliseum as the Huskers will honor Sydney Anderson, Lindsey Licht, Kayla Banwarth and Tara Mueller. There will be no TV coverage of the match, but it will be streamed online at Fans can also listen to all of the action with John Baylor and Dianne Mendenhall on the 25-station Husker Sports Network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and Twister 93.3 FM in Omaha. Fans outside the network can find the audio stream for free on


Lincoln - Five members of the Nebraska volleyball team were honored on Tuesday as members of the 2010 Academic All-Big 12 team, released by the conference office. Jordan Wilberger, Lindsey Licht, Allison McNeal and Gina Mancuso were all first-team selections, while Kayla Banwarth was a second-team honoree.

A first-team selection for the second straight year, Wilberger has been a major contributor for the Huskers at middle blocker this season. While excelling with a 3.758 GPA as a middle grades education and English as a second language major, Wilberger ranks in the top 10 of the Big 12 in both hitting percentage and blocks. The Scottsbluff, Neb., native is hitting .321 (7th) and is putting up 1.17 (6th) blocks per set.

The first honor of her career, Licht carries a 3.268 GPA as an elementary education major. The senior from Aurora, Colo., is having a career year with 2.94 kills and 1.13 blocks per set, the eighth-best mark in the Big 12 this season. Licht is also hitting a career-best .305 which ranks tenth in the league.

McNeal has been in the rotation at middle blocker, playing in 53 sets. The Schulenberg, Texas, native carries a 3.793 GPA as an elementary education major. On the court, McNeal averages 1.38 kills and 0.92 blocks per set, while posting a .367 hitting percentage.

One of three Huskers to share the outside hitter position, Mancuso is averaging 1.83 kills and 1.65 digs per set during her sophomore season. In the classroom she had not declared a major, but holds a 3.592 GPA.

Banwarth earned second-team honors for the second straight year as an English major with a 3.128 GPA. The senior from Dubuque, Iowa was named a team captain for the Huskers this season and is in her fourth year as the starting libero. Banwarth recently set the NU career digs record with the 1,569th dig of her career in a 3-0 win at Texas Tech.

Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services, the volleyball academic all-league squad consisted of 38 first team members combined with 13 on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.


Big 12 Conference Championship

If the Huskers qualify for the final Big 12 Conference Football Championship, the Nebraska Alumni Association will partner with the Nebraska Athletic Department to offer the only official University of Nebraska ticket and travel package for Husker alumni and fans, Dec. 3-5. Click here for more information.

Official Bowl Game Info

The Huskers are bowl eligible and wherever they land, the Nebraska Alumni Association will partner with the Nebraska Athletic Department to offer the best available ticket and travel packages for our fans and friends. Get the most up-to-date information here.

Welcome Ozarks Huskers

The Ozarks Huskers, the 64th alumni chapter of the Nebraska Alumni Association, was granted an official charter Nov. 1, 2010. Gabriel Cline, ’09, life member of the alumni association, is planning an inaugural meeting for southwest Missouri area Nebraskans interested in joining the chapter. Details about the newly formed chapter and the meeting are posted on their Facebook page. For more information about all of our alumni chapters, visit

Go Big Red for the Holidays

Become a fan of the official University of Nebraska Alumni page on Facebook and enter our holiday photo contest! Send us a photo of a Nebraska or UNL-themed holiday decoration. One item per photo, please! Remember to include your full name, graduation year and current place of residence. The top five winners will receive a University of Nebraska holiday ornament, and the grand-prize winner will receive two tickets to a 2011 non-conference home football game of his or her choice. For more information, visit our event and “like” our page!

Bon Voyage

Be a part of the alumni association's first-ever European tour designed with young alumni and current UNL students in mind! This 10-day trip is both affordable and fun, with popular destinations for young adults and knowledgeable, entertaining guides from Lincoln-based TenDot Corporate Travel. The early bird deadline is Dec. 31, 2010. Read more.

UNL Student Appears on 'Jeopardy!'

Timothy Relihan, a UNL senior majoring in international studies and history, is competing in the two-week college championship tournament of "Jeopardy!" airing nationally Nov. 8-19. The Stromsburg native landed a spot on the popular game show after performing well on an online test and an audition that included a written test, a mock game and an interview. While more than 10,000 people took the online test, just 15 students were selected to be on the show. Read more.

First U.S. Exhibit of Antique French Quilts at UNL

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum at UNL will present the first U.S. exhibition exclusively devoted to the French needlework tradition, "broderie de Marseille," Nov. 13-May 22. "Marseille: White Corded Quilting" will demonstrate the qualities that make French whole cloth quilted and corded needlework unique, review the origins and development of the tradition, and describe its influence on quilted needlework traditions over three centuries on five continents. Learn more.

NUtech Connects Academia with Industry

NUtech Ventures’ new website, launched in August, is designed to bring academia and industry together in innovative partnerships. The website reflects NUtech’s focus on long-term research collaboration instead of short-term transactions with companies. A blog and integration with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn all seek to engage academic and industry partners in conversations about innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship.

Fahie to Receive Lott IMPACT Trophy

Although he’s not a household name, Tyrone Fahie will earn recognition on Dec. 12 when he receives an Honorary Lott IMPACT (Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity) Trophy. The oldest walk-on in Nebraska football history, the 28-year-old served two tours of duty in Iraq before enrolling at Nebraska. Only two other Lott IMPACT trophies have ever been given – to former Arizona State star Pat Tillman (posthumously in 2004) and Boston College's Mark Herzlich last year. Read more.


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