Nebraska ties, Sept. 21


Craig Bohl, Wyoming: An 88-yard pass from Colby Kirkegaard to Dominic Rufran set up Stuart Williams’ 18-yard field goal with 15 seconds left to lift the Cowboys (3-1) 20-19 over Florida Atlantic.

Frank Solich, Ohio: A.J. Ouillette ran for two touchdowns and Quentin Poling had three interceptions as the Bobcats (2-2) beat Idaho 36-24.

Turner Gill, Liberty: Josh Woodrum threw for 318 yards and a touchdown as the Flames (3-1) beat FCS No. 25 Bryant 38-21.

Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina: Alex Ross threw a touchdown pass and ran for another as the Chanticleers (4...

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Tom's Takes: Nebraska 41, Miami 31


I've seen all the Nebraska running backs since Rick Berns. I'm not here to try and rank where Ameer Abdullah fits on the all-time list; for one thing, he's not done. But I'm not sure I've ever seen a Husker running back do all the things Abdullah did tonight, from returning three kicks to running Wildcat to catching a touchdown pass to 35 carries for 229 yards and two scores. I've never seen a Husker running back carry his team like that.


Well done, Tim Beck. Thirty six touches for Superman? Check. Thirteen on the zone read for Tommy Ar...

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Third quarter: Huskers use turnover to pad lead

After forcing just one turnover in its first three games, the Nebraska defense has caused two against Miami.

The second of those, a Duke Johnson fumble forced by linebacker Trevor Roach, resulted in a 57-yard return for a touchdown by cornerback Josh Mitchell. That gave Nebraska a 31-21 lead with 2:23 left in the third quarter.

NU had another potential turnover negated, when a Nathan Gerry interception was erased by a roughing-the-passer call on Vincent Valentine.

The Husker fumble return came after Miami had intercepted Tommy Armstrong and was trying to cut into a 24-2...

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Halftime: Abdullah churning along with 121 rushing yards

Big game, big-time back.

Nebraska senior Ameer Abdullah showed up Saturday night, running hard and scrambling for extra yardage as the Huskers claimed a 17-14 halftime lead on Miami.

Abdullah carried six times for 38 yards on the Huskers’ first series of the second quarter. He finished that drive with a 3-yard touchdown reception on a swing pass from Tommy Armstrong, tying the game at 14-14.

He later broke an 18-yarder to help set up the go-ahead field goal as time expired in the first half.

Abdullah finished the first half with 121 rushing yards on 19 carries. He...

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First quarter: QBs start with hot hands

Miami freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya started off strong Saturday night, apparently unfazed by the sellout crowd at Memorial Stadium.

Kaaya completed 5 of 6 passes for 55 yards on the Hurricanes’ opening drive for a 7-0 lead. He was 7 of 9 for 104 yards before getting intercepted by Nebraska linebacker David Santos at the Huskers’ 5 on the following series.

Kaaya finished the first quarter 9 of 13 for 121 yards.

Nebraska sophomore Tommy Armstrong was equally sharp. Armstrong went 4 of 5 for 74 yards in the first 15 minutes, including a 40-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Be...

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NU-Miami pregame: Huskers looking to create turnovers

Three games into this football season and the Nebraska defense still has caused just one turnover.

Put that down as something the Huskers are looking to change heading into kickoff tonight against Miami at Memorial Stadium.

“The opportunities haven’t seemed to open up,” NU safety Corey Cooper said. “We’ve just got to constantly work on it. We’ve just got to keep playing, and when our opportunities come take advantage of it. You can’t predict it.”

The lone turnover by the Nebraska defense thus far was an interception by Cooper on the final offensive snap by McNeese State...

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Mad Chatter (Part II): Nebraska-Miami, where the present tries to live up to the past

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little, tiny bites. We’re doing things a bit differently today. I spent Thursday working on a loooooong flashback to the ’84 Orange Bowl. So I urge you to read it here.

As for this Saturday, welcome to the littlest big game in Husker history. My goodness, there's plenty of pomp and circumstance. Biggest home game of the year. NU is still undefeated. The 1994 reunion. First time hosting Miami since Miami became, you know, Miami. 

Only problem is nobody outside Nebraska seems to care. It’s about the 10th biggest game of the weekend....

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Clinton Portis: 'Nebraska didn't stand a chance' in 2002 Rose Bowl

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Former Miami running back Clinton Portis recently spoke with the ACC Digital Network about his memories from the Hurricanes' 2002 Rose Bowl victory over the Huskers, and he pulled no punches when reflecting on the 37-14 Miami win.

"I think we dominated that game," Portis said. "Nebraska didn't stand a chance. We knew that going into the game."

In discussing the Hurricanes' Saturday matchup with NU, Por...

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Mad Chatter: The greatest game in Nebraska football history

If the rapture had come Jan. 3, 1995, nobody in Nebraska would’ve objected. 

Four other undefeated NU teams have claimed national championships. None brought so much satisfaction to the fan base. 

I’m biased. I was 13 years old, the age at which nothing in the world matters more than your favorite team. But I don’t think I’d get much opposition on that opinion.

After 22 years of remarkable consistency but consistent heartache, Tom Osborne finally did it. He did it the Nebraska Way, with a fourth-quarter rally and fullback traps. He did it against a program we viewed as ...

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Big, Fat Recruiting Update, Sept. 19

And so we return for Miami (Florida) week. A red carpet recruiting weekend, if you will, in which the Huskers will try to get a commit or two quickly, but more likely try to plant a seed in the minds of players with more visits to take and 2016 prospects.

Once again, first things first: Let's talk current commits and total projected numbers for the class.

Nebraska has 12 total commits thus far (see the 2015 class here).

There are ten scholarship seniors right now. That includes new long snapper Paul Kelly.

The Huskers currently have two open scholarships. Those op...

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Big Red Breakfast: Garrison talks Miami, both then and now

John Garrison is about to see the Nebraska-Miami football series from a different angle.

Garrison will be on the NU sideline on Saturday night as the Huskers’ offensive line coach. Garrison returned to the program in 2008 and has been a full-time assistant since 2011.

On Jan. 3, 2002, he was a junior and the Huskers’ starting center when No. 4 Nebraska played No. 1 Miami in the Rose Bowl to determine the national championship. The Hurricanes roster was stocked with future NFL talent, including 325-pound tackle Vince Wilfork.

“Nobody told me we were going to be playing a...

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Practice report Sept. 18: WR Burtch out for season; Pelini talks Miami

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Nebraska has lost yet another key contributor to a season-ending injury. Receiver Sam Burtch tore his ACL during Wednesday's practice.

Burtch had 12 catches last year (fourth-most among returning receivers), but he had yet to play in a game this season because of a head injury. He did return to practice this week.

"It's a shame," coach Bo Pelini said. "He was just running around."

(Not that any H...

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TBL: Joe Zagacki, the voice of the Miami Hurricanes

Voice of the Hurricanes Joe Zagacki discusses Miami heading into their game with Nebraska.

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TBL: "Through These Gates" director Ryan Tweedy

Director/Producer Ryan Tweedy discusses his documentary "Through These Gates", Nebraska football, the Husker's most hated rivals and more.

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TBL: Jon Nyatawa talks Husker football

World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa joined Mike'l Severe in studio on "The Bottom Line" to discuss the Fresno State game, the loudest moments at Memorial Stadium, Randy Gregory and much more.

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Students pushing #BlackoutMiami campaign on social media

The Huskers haven't taken an official stance as far as making it a full-stadium affair, but they've at least gone to lengths in the wild world of Twitter to endorse plans of a student-section "blackout" — in which fans wear all-black attire — during Saturday's showdown with Miami.

On Thursday, the @Huskers' Twitter account retweeted this message from @TheIronN, which posts on behalf of the Nebraska student section:

.@Huskers We'll be the thunder of the #RedStorm Oh, and keep an eye on the @HuskerBoneyard just before kickoff... — The Iron N (@TheIr...

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Randy Gregory No. 7 in Mel Kiper's latest NFL draft projection

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. updated his NFL "Big Board" on Thursday, and Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory comes in at No. 7 in the 2015 ranks.

After a standout 2013 season, Gregory — despite being projected as a top-end prospect in the NFL draft — decided to return to Nebraska in 2014, albeit with an insurance plan to protect his prospects in case he was severely injured.

As of May, several top mock drafts had Gregory among the top ten, including a some listing him as a projected No. 1 pick.

In Kiper's latest update, he exercises caution ("we haven't seen much yet...

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ESPN to carry 15 Husker hoops games; CBS leaves door open for more

The Big Ten and ESPN announced the remainder of their television slate for the upcoming season Thursday, and the Huskers will make a total of 15 regular-season appearances across the network during the 2014-15 season.

Six games had been previously announced, including Super Tuesday games at Michigan (Jan. 27) and vs. Wisconsin (Feb. 10), but ESPN added nine additional appearances during Big Ten play, including appearances on ESPN or ESPNU2 at Wisconsin (Jan. 15, 8 p.m.), against Michigan State (Jan. 24, 3 or 6 p.m.) and Ohio State (Feb. 26, 6 p.m.). Nebraska will made a pair of app...

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Ameer Abdullah: Heisman would be nice, but winning the Big Ten is the goal

Nebraska I-back Ameer Abdullah joined CBS Sports Radio's "The Doug Gottlieb Show" on Wednesday to discuss the Miami-Nebraska game, his game-winning touchdown against McNeese State, the #FearAmeer Heisman campaign, AA batteries and more.

Some highlights:

>> Abdullah said he is "thoroughly educated" on the Nebraska-Miami rivalry. "They have a great team and a great university, and it was definitely one of my dream schools growing up."

>> The senior said he offers no input when it comes to Nebraska's website. "My goal right now is to win games for...

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Video: Randy Gregory excited to exploit Miami offense

In an interview with Fox Sports this week, Husker defensive end Randy Gregory discussed NU's home matchup with Miami — and he's excited about the prospect of taking on the Hurricanes in Lincoln.

"It's big. For them, you know, for one they haven't played in front of a crowd like this and then for it to be on the road, I think it's big for us," Gregory said.

On facing Miami freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya, he expects the loud Nebraska crowd and some defensive pressure to help swing momentum in the Huskers' favor.

"I think we can rattle him a little bit early and we'll be ...

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Video: Lee Barfknecht talks Big Ten on 'The Bottom Line'

World-Herald staff writer Lee Barfknecht joined “The Bottom Line” host Mike’l Severe in studio Wednesday to discuss the latest news from around the Big Ten.

Watch the complete interview below:

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Video: 'The U' director Billy Corben talks Miami-Nebraska

Watch "The Bottom Line” host Mike’l Severe’s Wednesday interview with Billy Corben, director of ESPN Film’s 30 For 30 documentary "The U" — a detailed look at the rise of the Miami Hurricanes football team in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Corben discusses the documentary, an upcoming sequel, the history between the Miami and Nebraska football teams and more.

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Mad Chatter: Are Huskers better off on the road?; 2001 Miami; Ferentz under fire

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In six years under Bo Pelini, this is Nebraska’s road record against major-conference foes. Pretty impressive, right? Never has NU finished worse than 2-2 in true road games — conference championship games and bowl games excluded.

Yes, there have been blowouts at Oklahoma and at Ohio State and at Wisconsin and at Michigan (2011). But more often than not, the Huskers are focused and prepared when...

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From the Archives: Frazier 'saw fear in their eyes' when staring down 1994 Bruins

The Huskers were coming off a bye week in 1994, putting their No. 2 AP ranking and 2-0 record on the line against No. 13 UCLA. It wasn't much of a test.

"I saw fear in their eyes," quarterback Tommie Frazier said after Nebraska rushed for 484 yards to flatten the Bruins 49-21 before 75,687 at Memorial Stadium.

It's been 20 years since that game. Twenty years since Nebraska's star quarterback said "A couple of their linebackers looked at me like, 'What play are they going to run now? And is it going to be for a big gain?'"

Here's a look back at the game story by Lee Barf...

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Practice Report, Sept. 16: Bracing for Miami's speed and skill

Offensive weapons? Miami has more than a few, Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis said Tuesday night after practice, as the Huskers continued to prepare for Saturday night's tilt with the Hurricanes.

“At every skill position, they have guys who can take it to the house every time they touch it,” Papuchis said. “And they're good up front. It's going to be a challenge. It's the best offense that we've played to date, certainly.”

Papuchis's biggest concern is Miami's “big-play ability.” The Hurricanes currently have nine plays of 30 yards or longer, which is tied for 16...

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Video: Sam McKewon talks Huskers on 'The Bottom Line'

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined "The Bottom Line" with Mike'l Severe on Tuesday to discuss the latest Husker football news.

In the first segment, Sam looks back at the Huskers' performance in a 55-19 win over Fresno State:

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After the break, Sam breaks down Nebraska's upcoming matchup with the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday:

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Video: The Big Red Today Show

Watch the latest episode of "The Big Red Today Show" to get Sam McKewon and Jon Nyatawa's take on the latest Husker sports headlines.

Among the topics discussed:

>> The win over Fresno State

>> The 1994 team reunion planned for Saturday

>> What the Huskers need to do to defeat Miami

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BTN to televise 11 Husker men's basketball games

A minimum of 13 Husker men’s basketball games — including 11 televised matchups — will air across Big Ten Network platforms this season, the network announced Tuesday.

The Huskers' BTN matchups include the 12 regular-season games and one exhibition, with the exhibition game and the Huskers' season opener available on the BTN Plus web streaming package. The remaining 11 games will be broadcast on the BTN television network.

The first televised BTN appearance of the season for the Huskers will be a Dec. 7 showdown with Creighton at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers' other non-co...

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Big Ten call: Pelini talks Huskers and Hurricanes

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Bo Pelini’s first six years as Nebraska football coach included non-conference home-and-home series with Virginia Tech, Washington and UCLA.

The start of the next one with Miami carries with it a little more history.

“It’s going to be fun,” Pelini said Tuesday on the Big Ten teleconference. “You always want to play against good opponents, talented opponents … the great programs. And Miami certainly fit...

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Husker I-back, Hurricanes QB know each other well

It will feel a little different Saturday night for Nebraska I-back Terrell Newby and Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya to find themselves on different sidelines.

The two grew up playing Pop Warner football together, and as recently as two seasons ago were still teammates at Chaminade High in West Hills, California.

“It’s a bit of a trip,” Kaaya said Monday in Miami. “It’s surreal to be playing against him now. It’s a pretty cool feeling.

“Right now, we’re enemies. But off the field, we’re really good friends.”

Newby said he last talked to Kaaya over the summer but prob...

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