Mad Chatter: How much can Husker fans bear?; examining the latest 3rd-and-7; who's to blame at USC?

6:08 p.m.: “I have a very bad feeling about this.”

6:09: “ watching a car crash in slow motion”

6:11: “I can’t watch but I can’t look away”

6:12: “No no no no no no no”

6:13: “Is this really happening? Again?”

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Practice report, Oct. 12: Banker says Gophers' physicality is impressive

Nebraska is preparing for size and a no-nonsense approach this week with the Minnesota offense.

“The physicality of their play is what’s really impressive,” NU defensive coordinator Mark Banker said Monday.

The Huskers travel to Minneapolis for a 2:30 p.m. game Saturday with the Gophers. Although Minnesota struggled offensively to start the season, it produced a season-high 326 rushing yards at Purdue on Saturday, including 234 in the second half.

“They do a lot,” NU assistant coach Hank Hughes said. “They run a lot of different plays. They give you a lot to prepare for...

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TBL: Husker game grades, press conference analysis, national outlook and more

Nebraska's loss to Wisconsin sparked plenty of discussion for Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on Monday's "The Bottom Line."

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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Video: Joe Ganz grades the Huskers

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TBL: Adam Carriker gives his thoughts on the Nebraska-Wisconsin game

Former Husker Adam Carriker joined Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Monday to discuss the Nebraska-Wisconsin game and more.

Also, read Carriker's Sunday night post about the game.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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TBL: Husker recruiting report with Nate Clouse

Husker Online's Nate Clouse joined Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" on Monday.

Topics discussed include QB commit Patrick O'Brien's visit over the weekend, TE target Donte Coleman, WR Keyshawn Johnson Jr., other visits for the Wisconsin game and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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Pierson-El returning to form after foot injury

Sophomore De'Mornay Pierson-El said he thought for a “split-second” about sitting out the entire season once he learned he need surgery for a broken foot.

But he knew better. Pierson-El, the nation's top punt returner as a true freshman last year, couldn't stand on the sideline healthy for a half-season.

He watched his teammates running screens and jet-sweeps in a pass-friendly offense. He watched Jordan Westerkamp make some plays in the punt return game.

“It's like seeing your gifts at Christmas and not opening them yet,” Pierson-El said. “You know you have them but yo...

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Press Conference, Oct. 12: Injury updates and hopes for improvement

Quick hits from coach Mike Riley's presser earlier this afternoon: 

Injury update: Offensive tackle Nick Gates is out for Saturday with a high ankle sprain; Zach Sterup will be his replacement at right tackle. Linebacker Josh Banderas and cornerback Daniel Davie — both have groin injuries — will return to practice this week with a good shot at playing. Defensive tackle Kevin Williams (hand/wrist) and Michael Rose-Ivey (groin) are questionable, but improving. Linebacker Chris Weber (neck) is questionable, as well. Weber leads the team in tackles, but Banderas is coming back. 


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Volleyball: Amber Rolfzen earns weekly honor

Nebraska junior Amber Rolfzen picked up Big Ten defensive player of the week honors, the conference announced Monday.

Rolfzen's first defensive award of her career came after recording 16 total blocks in wins over Michigan State and No. 24 Michigan last week. The middle blocker averaged 2.0 blocks per set and now leads the Big Ten with 1.54 blocks per set, ranking ninth nationally.

The Papillion-La Vista South product matched her season high of eight blocks in both matches. She also added a season-high 12 kills against Michigan on Saturday.

The Huskers have won six week...

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Mike Riley doubles down on improving Husker pass game

Nebraska coach Mike Riley said Monday he wants better balance on offense after two lackluster performances against Illinois and Wisconsin. 

NU is running the ball OK, Riley said. It needs improvement in the passing game. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong has completed just 21 of 59 passes in the last two games. 

"Our inability to have balance with the passing game is obviously evident to everybody," Riley said. "Our explosive plays have gone way down. We have to really define what we can do in the passing game and what we need to do in the games and really recommit ourselves to the...

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Nebraska-Northwestern game time, TV set

Nebraska’s Oct. 24 game with Northwestern at Memorial Stadium will kick off at 11 a.m., the schools announced on Monday.

The game will be televised by either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, with the specific network to be determined following this Saturday’s games.

The Huskers have a 6-2 all-time record against Northwestern, with three straight wins over the Wildcats, including a Hail Mary victory in the last matchup at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska is 3-1 at home against the Wildcats dating back to 1902.

This week’s game at Minnesota will kick off at 2:30 p.m. with television coverag...

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Midlanders in the NFL, Oct. 11

A roundup of players with Midlands ties who are now showcasing their skills in the league on Sundays.

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David Johnson, Arizona RB (Northern Iowa): three carries for 18 yards, four receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown, one kick return for 19 yards and a fumble

Jonathan Babineaux, Atlanta DT (Iowa): two solo tackles, two tackles for loss and a quarterback hit

Adrian Clayborn, Atlanta DE (Iowa): two solo tackles and two quarterback hits

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Sam McKewon's AP Top 25 ballot, Week 7

Each week, I'll post the top 25 ballot I sent to the Associated Press as part of its weekly poll. My ballot is reactive to events of the previous weekend and the cumulative season and tends to have much more fluctuation in the first month than it does in the last. We'll start with teams that dropped out:

Georgia (22): The Bulldogs lost 38-31 to Tennessee, blowing a 21-point lead. They also appear to have lost, for some period, running back Nick Chubb.

West Virginia (24): I could see the Mountaineers getting back in the rankings soon, seeing as they've lost only to Oklahoma an...

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Player Points: Adam Carriker's key takeaways from Nebraska-Wisconsin

A two-time defensive MVP for the Huskers and the 13th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, former Husker Adam Carriker takes to Facebook the day after each Husker game to offer his takeaways from the matchup.

This week, the defensive end and Hastings, Nebraska, native thinks the Huskers played not to lose Saturday and though his confidence in Mike Riley is shaken, he's not ready to give up after six games.

Tune in to "The Bottom Line" Monday to listen as Carriker breaks down the NU-Wisconsin game. Also, follow the NFL veteran on Facebook and Twitter.

Here's some excerpts...

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Photos: Huskers in the NFL, Oct. 11

Curious to see your favorite former Huskers in action in the NFL? We've got you covered.

Check out our updated Huskers in the NFL photo showcase for a complete roundup of shots.

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Tom's Takes: Long road to bowl game, unsportsmanlike call, and who's the I-back?

Three quick takes by World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel on Nebraska's 23-21 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday.

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I still can’t believe Mike Riley got an unsportsmanlike conduct flag. Maybe the ref had never been called “Jiminy Christmas” before.


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Postgame: Once again, Huskers don't get last first down they need

Three first downs. Three.

That’s the difference between 2-4 and 5-1 for Nebraska. Getting one last first down and being able to then run out the clock.

The Huskers failed again Saturday after taking over at their own 22-yard line with 1:26 left and a 21-20 lead. They could only advance the ball 5 yards after two runs by Imani Cross and one by Andy Janovich, with Wisconsin using timeouts after each play.

NU punted, and again ultimately put its defense back out on the field one too many times.

BYU and Illinois previously had used those opportunities for game-winning...

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Game Replay: Wisconsin 23, Nebraska 21

Four keys from Nebraska's 23-21 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday, including some questionable calls, a top performer and more.

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Peculiar play: Who knew a television timeout could be used so effectively to make a crowd a bigger part of the game? Taking advantage of what seemed to be a longer-than-usual break for TV following the touchdown that gave Nebraska a 21-20 lead, NU players (and even a couple of coaches) helped turn Memorial Stadium into a hip-hop club. DJ Kool’s “Let Me Clear My Throat” had fans throughout the stadium dancing and waving their hands. The song helped ...

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They said it: Nebraska coach Mike Riley, players after the Wisconsin game

Husker coach Mike Riley took to the podium after NU's 23-21 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday to discuss the team's 0-2 start in conference play and other topics.

Check out a transcript below, as provided by the Nebraska athletic dept. To see what Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst and QB Joel Stave had to say about the game, click here.

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On if he has ever lost by such close margins:

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They said it: Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst, QB Joel Stave after the game

Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst took to the podium after the Badgers' 23-21 win over Nebraska on Saturday and had some very glowing things to say, both about his team and the Huskers. Badger QB Joel Stave also spoke after the game.

Check out a transcript of their comments below, and click here to see the Husker postgame press conference with NU coach Mike Riley and select players.

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Opening statement:

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Video: Sam McKewon's Nebraska-Wisconsin postgame analysis

Immediately after Nebraska's 23-21 loss to Wisconsin, staff writer Sam McKewon jumped on the field to offer his take on the Husker loss.

Check out his analysis below, and don't forget to check out video from the Husker postgame press conference, too.

Make sure to visit Big Red Today for complete coverage of the game.

But first, Sam's take:

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All the recruits: How the Huskers' 2016 commits fared in high school games this week

A player-by-player look at how all 15 of Nebraska's 2016 recruits performed, individually and as a team, during games played leading up to Nebraska's Oct. 10 matchup with Wisconsin.

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Quayshon Alexander: The defensive end's Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic lost 15-13 to Bergen Catholic. The Spartans had a chance to tie the game following a late touchdown in the fourth quarter, but the two-point conversion was no good.

DiCaprio Bootle: The defensive back's Miami (Fla.) Southridge team was shut out by South Dade, 38-0. 

Bryan Brokop: The offensive line commit helped...

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Halftime: Armstrong gets Huskers jump-started for 14-7 lead

Tommy Armstrong overcame a rough start in the first half to rally Nebraska to a 14-7 lead over Wisconsin at Memorial Stadium.

Armstrong completed just 1 of 6 passes in the first quarter, matching his start last week at Illinois. And that completion was just a 3-yard throw to Cethan Carter on third-and-4 on the Huskers’ first series.

The junior then completed 8 of 10 passes for 110 yards in the second quarter as NU scored both times it had the football. Armstrong also had a hand in both touchdowns, with a 7-yard run and a 41-yard throw to Alonzo Moore.

After Wisconsin to...

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Recruiting: Prospects react to Lincoln visits, Nebraska-Wisconsin game

It's a big recruiting weekend for the Huskers, as has been noted several times.

There are multiple official and unofficial visitors on the sidelines at the Nebraska-Wisconsin game. Check out some Twitter updates below from and about the recruits in Lincoln for the matchup.

For more recruiting news, check out Big Red Today's recruiting page and look in on how NU's recruiting class currently stands, plus all of the Huskers recruiting needs.

Here's all of the Twitter updates:

Had a great time in Lincoln, until next time #GBR — Keyshawn Jr. (@keyshawnnnn) October 11, ...

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Iowa DE Drew Ott suffers apparent knee injury

Iowa star defensive end Drew Ott went down early in the third quarter with an apparent non-contact knee injury.

Ott was helped off the field after an Illinois punt. He returned to the sideline with his right knee taped with ice and on crutches.

Ott was hobbled early in the season with a hyperextended elbow, but returned to full strength last week versus Wisconsin. The Giltner graduate entered the game with four sacks and three forced fumbles.

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Pregame: Badger defense a tough test for Husker offense

At least by statistics, the Nebraska offense squaring off against the Wisconsin defense should be the best matchup when the teams kick off at 2:36 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

NU leads the Big Ten in passing offense (280.8 yards per game), ranks second in total offense (474.0) and is fifth in scoring (31.6).

Wisconsin ranks seventh in passing defense (183.0), third in total defense (278.0) and third in scoring defense (9.6).

The Huskers also should get back more extended services from receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El, who returned last week but in a very limited fashion at Il...

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Last week on TBL: Former Husker Steve Taylor and Wisconsin broadcaster Matt Lepay

Last week's lineup on "The Bottom Line" featured former Husker Steve Taylor, Wisconsin broadcast Matt Lepay and more. Here's the best from the interviews this week.

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Former Husker quarterback Steve Taylor, a former captain at Nebraska, talked about the responsibility that comes with being a captain.

“When times get tough, which they do on a football field — they get tough in life in g...

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Mad Chatter: The fragile state of Husker football; Will Eichorst succeed Alvarez at UW?; a Royal problem

It’s Friday. That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We’ll cover the falling Royals and surging Cubs, Jordan Stevenson’s redshirt and Nebraska’s paper-thin defensive front, Steve Sarkisian’s job security and Bill Snyder's hand-written note, Phil Mickelson, Shawn Eichorst and more.

But first, the fragile state of Husker football. 

Here’s an experiment for you: Take 135 of the most testosterone-fueled college kids you can find, force them to commit hundreds of hours to a common goal, then — halfway through the journey — take the goal away from them. Tell them that all th...

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Shatel: Why Nebraska needs Tom Osborne now more than ever

There’s a new definition of a great speaker. It’s called a “No Cell Phones” speaker.

That could be the new description of a speaker so good, so compelling, that nobody in the place had their phones out.

That was Tom Osborne on Thursday morning, at the Big Red Today Breakfast at Anthony’s.

The ballroom was packed, over 300 strong. They were young, old, medium. From Big 8 to Big Ten.

Osborne hasn’t been head coach since 1997. Hasn’t been athletic director in two years. Has faded from the spotlight, as Nebraska moves forward.

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TBL's Cup of Joe: Five keys for Nebraska vs. Wisconsin

Former Husker quarterback and graduate assistant Joe Ganz gave his five keys for Nebraska to get the victory against Wisconsin on Saturday during his weekly "Cup of Joe" segment.

Replay the video below, plus listen live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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Ganz and host Mike'l Severe also broke down the matchups in their "Big Board" segment.

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TBL: Tony Boone previews UNO's hockey opener

World-Herald staff writer Tony Boone joined "The Bottom Line" on Friday to preview UNO's hockey opener.

Boone talked about touring the new Baxter Arena, UNO's matchup with Minnesota State — and a bit of boxing news.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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