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Photos: Huskers in the NFL, Sept. 7

Curious to see your favorite former Huskers in action in the NFL? Check out our updated Huskers in the NFL photo showcase for a complete roundup of NFL action shots.

This week's update includes a touchdown by Niles Paul and more.

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Video: Postgame analysis with Sam McKewon

Get staff writer Sam McKewon's instant reaction to the Huskers' 55-19 win over Fresno State:

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Video: Postgame with Pelini, Armstrong and others

Video from the postgame press conference with Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and select Husker players.

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Video: Nebraska coach Bo Pelini

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Video: Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong

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Tom's Takes: Nebraska 55, Fresno State 19

ENERGIZED BY DE'MORNAY

What a difference a punt returner makes. Freshman De’Mornay Pierson-El has fallen out of the sky this season as that difference-maker. The kid from Virginia is electric when he catches a punt, takes a first step and hits the jets. Instincts. Vision. He’s got the whole thing. In the first half alone, Pierson-El had three punt returns for 145 yards, including an 86-yard weaving return for a touchdown and a 51-yard return to set up a field goal. Any edge on special teams like this works wonders for the confidence. Now, about David Santos’ punt coverage ...

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Game Replay: Nebraska 55, Fresno State 19

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain takes a look at some of the key moments that helped shape NU’s 55-19 win over Fresno State.

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PECULIAR PLAY

Have you ever seen a member of a punt return team intentionally bat a ball into the end zone? David Santos’ move appeared to confuse everybody, including the TV announcers and officials. The end result — a safety — gave Fresno State its first points and the ball back.

NOT SO SPECIAL

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Third quarter: Nebraska 41, Fresno State 12

Nebraska's added to its halftime lead and appears to be on its way to a convincing win, what would be a suitable bounce back effort after last weekend's scare against McNeese State.

The Huskers are clearly the better team in this match-up against Fresno State -- and their athleticism and ability is what has made the difference Saturday.

There have been plenty of mistakes (especially for an offensive unit that hasn't looked particularly in sync since jumping ahead 14-0). But Nebraska has done enough to build a comfortable lead. Now, NU just needs to make sure it finishes stron...

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Halftime: Nebraska 27, Fresno State 5

True freshman punt return De'Mornay Pierson-El said earlier this week that he was a move away from taking one to the house. He delivered Saturday.

Pierson-El went 86 yards on a second-quarter punt return, putting Nebraska up 24-2 with 9:11 left before halftime. He eluded the initial surge after fielding the ball, broke a tackle and then glided to the end zone.

It's the seventh-longest punt return touchdown in Husker history and the first punt return TD for NU since Ameer Abdullah had one in 2012.

Oh, and on Pierson-El's next return, he took it 51 yards to set up a Nebra...

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First quarter: Nebraska 14, Fresno State 2

Nebraska couldn't have drawn up a better start Saturday night.

The Huskers jumped ahead 14-0. And it only took three minutes.

Junior Jordan Westerkamp caught a 71-yard touchdown pass on NU's fourth play from scrimmage (he was wide open down the seam) and senior Ameer Abdullah took the second drive's first play 57 yards for another touchdown (the I-back was untouched on the run).

Coming into the game, Fresno State's defense had allowed 42 plays of 10 yards or more. So the long gains by Nebraska weren't much of a surprise.

The Huskers have slowed down a bit offensiv...

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Travel roster notes: WR Irons makes the trip; no Finnin

Wide receiver Glenn Irons has not appeared in a game yet this year, but the true freshman is one of 74 players available for Nebraska's match-up against Fresno State.

Bringing Irons along is probably just precautionary — injured receivers Sam Burtch and Brandon Reilly didn't make the trip, as expected. But it should be noted: coach Bo Pelini said earlier this week that Irons and fellow true freshman Jariah Tolbert would start taking more practice reps with the top offense.

A few more observations after a quick glance through the roster:

>> Offensive tackle Matt Fi...

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Huskers suiting up in all-white uniforms against Fresno State

Attention, fashion critics (and superstitious fans): There will be a wardrobe alteration for Nebraska Saturday night.

The Huskers are out on the field at Bulldog Stadium -- sporting white jerseys and white pants. It'll be the first time since 2007 that NU's gone with the all-white look (Nebraska lost that one 65-51 to Colorado).

#Huskers are here. Let's roll. pic.twitter.com/uNnkyn6l8S — Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) September 14, 2014 // Why the all-whites? Fresno State's players are wearing all-red uniforms (red jerseys and red pants). It's a red-out at Bulldog Stadium....

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Report: One Fresno State QB may be limited Saturday

Fresno State senior quarterback Brandon Connette, the Duke transfer who possesses a legitimate running threat, apparently won't start Saturday against Nebraska. And he may not even play.

The Fresno Bee newspaper reported Saturday that Connette was limited in practice this week and thus did not get the reps necessary to earn the starting job (because of a hand injury suffered last weekend against Utah).

That means junior Brian Burrell is expected to start at quarterback for Fresno State.

The Bulldogs had used two quarterbacks during their first two games anyway, though C...

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Nebraska ties, Sept. 14

COACHES

Craig Bohl, Wyoming: The Cowboys (2-1) came out strong against No. 2 Oregon, taking a 7-0 lead en route to a 48-14 loss.

Frank Solich, Ohio: The Bobcats (1-2) didn’t get on the scoreboard until late in the third quarter against Marshall, losing 44-14.

Turner Gill, Liberty: The Flames (2-1) totaled 625 yards in a 56-31 win over Brevard.

Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina: Before a record 10,124 at Brooks Stadium, De’Angelo Henderson rushed for a career-high 172 yards to lead the No. 5 Chanticleers (3-0) to a 30-3 victory over South Carolina State.

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Delany: 'Omaha is hungry' for Big Ten basketball tournament

The Big Ten had been trying to land Madison Square Garden in New York for its 2018 men's basketball tournament. But that plan doesn't appear likely to come to fruition, in large part because the Big East already has the venue booked for the final weekend of the season.

Commissioner Jim Delany told the Chicago Tribune that the conference has several backup plans.

Delany told the Tribune that if the tournament does not go to the Big Apple, strong possibilities to host include Omaha, Minneapolis and Detroit. “I’m thinking that if it’s not New York, we’ll put it up (for bid) and...

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Practice Report, Sept. 11: Bell, Gregory good to go

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As Nebraska coach Bo Pelini wrapped up the week with a semicircle of reporters, wide receiver Kenny Bell walked by eavesdropping just a bit as he wont to do. Minutes later, Husker defensive end Randy Gregory joked with Greg McMullen as they took out the GPS trackers they wear inside the jerseys.

Both wore smiles, and the Huskers might as well, too: Both will be available for Saturday night's game at Fresno S...

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Video: Bo Pelini after practice, Sept. 11

Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini talks about Saturday's Fresno State game after Thursday's practice in Lincoln.

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New Ameer Abdullah awards site a standout

It has a good name, a clean look, and all the requisite stat and video information. 

An awards site doesn't have to be overwhelming or full of flash to be effective. Nebraska's vehicle to promote running back Ameer Abdullah's senior season — feerameer.com — is precisely effective. Broken into four categories — the last of which is a basic prompt to join in the promotion on social media — the site delivers stats, quotes, highlights and just enough of a glimpse at Abdullah's personality to give voters for postseason awards — All-America voters, Doak Walker and Maxwell Award voters, a...

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Video: The Big Red Today Show, Sept. 10

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

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Video: The Big Ten Preview Show, Sept. 10

In the latest episode of "The Big Ten Preview Show," staff writers Lee Barfknecht and Jon Nyatawa cover headlines from around the conference, including the odds of a Big Ten team landing in the College Football Playoff, the start of league play and more.

Watch the full video below, and check out the Omaha.com/bigten for more conference news:

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Also, check out Lee's Wednesday segment on "The Bottom Line" ...

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Mad Chatter: Huskers need more help from home, the Big Ten's population problem, Ray Rice

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13. 

That’s how many native Nebraskans that I counted on NFL rosters (either active, IR, practice squad) last week. A pretty impressive number. Now see if you can spot a trend.

Phil Bates (Omaha North)

Jared Crick (Cozad)

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Practice Report, Sept. 9: Tim Beck looks for answers to 2nd half McNeese State meltdown

LINCOLN – At halftime of Nebraska's 31-24 win over McNeese State, the Huskers had 297 offensive yards. Double that number, NU offensive coordinator Tim Beck said on Tuesday, and reporters may not have had many pointed questions about a struggling offense.

Instead, as fans and Beck know, the offense went through the floor, collapsing into just 82 yards and three points over its next 22 plays in the second half before running back Ameer Abdullah bailed out the Huskers with a 58-yard catch-and-run on NU's final offensive play of the game. That left Beck holding an extended, 15-minute ...

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Baseball: Huskers begin fall ball with 18 newcomers

Nebraska ended a five-year postseason drought with last season's Regional appearance. Safe to say, NU wants to get back there.

And to do that -- without 2B Pat Kelly, OF Michael Pritchard, LHP Zach Hirsch, RHP Christian DeLeon, RHP Aaron Bummer and others -- the Huskers know they'll likely need some key contributions from a large group of promising roster additions.

Coach Darin Erstad said he's been pleased with the way the team leaders have introduced the 14 true freshmen and four transfers to the Husker culture. Now the coaches get their chance at training them and instilli...

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Creighton men jump to No. 2 in latest rankings

The Creighton men's soccer team jumped six spots to No. 2 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll released Tuesday.

The Bluejays, coming off a pair of shutout victories last weekend, received four first-place votes in the poll.

No. 1 UCLA (3-1-0) held a nine-point advantage — 370 to 361 — over the Bluejays on the ballot.

Creighton (4-0-0) shut out Western Illinois and Cincinnati last weekend, and has yet to surrender a goal this season. 

The Jays were ranked 8th in last week's poll, the first of the regular season, after starting the 2014...

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Big Ten Teleconference: Bo Pelini talks about Ray Rice

Saturday night's game at Fresno State is the first of at least five night games in a row for Nebraska's football team. Even more, the Huskers are on the road for two of them, including a trip to a loud stadium that enjoys upsetting BCS teams. 

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During his Big Ten Teleconference appearance Tuesday, NU coach Bo Pelini said his team has prepared for the road trip and the night atmosphere. 

"We've research...

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NU's Jordan Burroughs earns bronze at World Championships

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan — Olympic gold medalist and Nebraska assistant Jordan Burroughs earned the freestyle wrestling bronze medal at 74 kg/163 pounds at the 2014 FILA World Championships after going 4-1 here on Tuesday.

In his first-round match, Burroughs injured his left knee, but managed a 4-3 victory over Guinea Bisau’s Augusto Midana. Burroughs dominated in his next two matches, defeating Korea’s Yunseok Lee and Uzbekistan’s Rashid Kurbanov by a combined score of 18-2.

In the quarterfinals, Burroughs took down Kurbanov by a 5-0 margin to advance to the semifinals against D...

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Press conference Sept. 8: Huskers refocusing after close win

Coach Bo Pelini isn't changing his expectations for this team, despite the scare against McNeese State, and all of the subtle mistakes made by the Huskers that collectively led to a humbling afternoon.

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Pelini spent more the 10 minutes at the start of his press conference Monday laying out the reasons why Nebraska couldn't seal up Saturday's 31-24 win before Ameer Abdullah's spectacular touchdown run.

G...

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TBL: Tom Shatel talks Huskers with Mike'l Severe

World-Herald sports columnist Tom Shatel discusses Husker football, expectations for the game against Fresno State and more on "The Bottom Line" with Mike'l Severe on Monday.

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TBL: ESPN's Adam Rittenberg talks Big Ten

ESPN Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg joined "The Bottom Line" on Monday to discuss the rough weekend for the Big Ten.

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TBL: Nebraska football recap with former Huskers Carriker, Kellogg

Former Huskers Adam Carriker and Ron Kellogg joined "The Bottom Line" Monday to break down the Nebraska win over McNeese State.

Video: Carriker talks about the defensive effort

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Video: Kellogg discusses the offense

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Mad Chatter: Nebraska's offseason honeymoon is over, #B1G goes splat, NFL surprises

If you live in Birmingham, you open the newspaper every day and read about Alabama and Auburn, probably some Florida and Georgia and LSU, too. Not just one school. 

If you live in Oklahoma City, you turn on the TV at night at see Sooner reports and Cowboy reports, probably some Texas and Baylor, too. Not just one school. 

If you live in Detroit, you hear guys in the neighborhood talking about Michigan and Michigan State and Ohio State. You say to yourself, "Hmmm, I wonder if my team measures up."

Yet if you live in Omaha or Lincoln or Kearney or Norfolk, you’re so far a...

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Foltz, Ott named Big Ten Players of the Week

Two native Nebraskan were named Big Ten Players of the Week Monday. 

Husker punter Sam Foltz nabbed his first career special teams honor after he put four of his six punts inside the 20-yard line and three inside the 10-yard line in a 31-24 win over McNeese State. Foltz's punting crucially kept the Cowboys backed up throughout the second half, forcing them to drive the length of the field twice to score points. He is from Grand Island.

Trumball native and former Giltner star and current Iowa defensive end Drew Ott took home defensive player of the week honors after 13 tackles...

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