Tom's Takes: Nebraska 37, Iowa 34


Iowa totally mismanaged that game. My goodness, throwing the ball twice near the goal line early when the Hawkeyes had been running all over Nebraska. Going away from the run game in the second half. Punting time and again to De’Mornay Pierson-El. Iowa showed guts to get the lead late. But the Hawks didn’t deserve this one. No way.


It doesn’t matter who is coaching or which coordinators are with the Huskers next year. Until they develop an offensive line, this program won’t advance. Thank goodness for the playmakers.


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Nebraska-Iowa postgame: Armstrong effort draws Pelini praise

Nearing halftime on Friday, Tommy Armstrong had completed just 1 of 4 passes, already been intercepted twice and taken enough hits that backup Ryker Fyfe had played a second-quarter series.

An Iowa turnover gave Nebraska the ball with 1:07 left in the first half, however, and that’s where the Nebraska sophomore quarterback started his comeback at Kinnick Stadium.

After a sack and incomplete pass, Armstrong stepped up in the pocket and completed a 34-yard pass to tight end Cethan Carter, then a 5-yard touchdown to I-back Ameer Abdullah. It not only cut the Hawkeyes’ lead to 10...

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Video: Husker postgame report with Mike'l Severe

The Bottom Line's Mike'l Severe hosted the weekly Husker postgame show following Nebraska's 37-34 overtime win against Iowa. Watch as Mike'l gives his take on the victory, plus takes calls from fans:

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Video: Sam McKewon's postgame analysis of Nebraska-Iowa

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon took to the field after the game to offer his instant analysis of Nebraska's 37-34 win over Iowa.

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They said it: Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz on Huskers-Hawkeyes

See a full transcript from Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz's postgame press conference following Nebraska's 37-34 win over the Hawkeyes on Friday. Transcript text provided by ASAP Sports.

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Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz's opening statement:

Needless to say, a disappointing loss for our football team. Fans were great today, great crowd, and tough way for 16 outstanding seniors to go out and finish up in Kinnick. Certainly wanted to get the win for a lot of reasons, but that was one of them. Sending those guys off in good fashion, they've done a great job throughout their entire ca...

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Instant reaction: Former players, fake coaches, fans, media discuss Huskers' OT win against Iowa

The Nebraska football team beat Iowa 37-34 Friday in overtime during the annual Heroes Game, breaking a two-game NU losing streak. The Huskers were down 10-7 at halftime and trailed 24-7 at one point before rallying for a 28-24 lead.

Iowa then scored with just under 2 minutes left to take a 31-28 lead, but NU drove down and kicked the tying field goal with 8 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

In overtime, the Huskers held Iowa to a field goal before Tommy Armstrong hit Kenny Bell for the 9-yard winning touchdown pass.

Former players, fans, media members and — of course...

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Halftime: Late TD keeps Huskers within 10-7

It took until Iowa’s fourth turnover of the first half before Nebraska got on the scoreboard Friday in Iowa City.

Josh Kalu stripped the football away from Damond Powell after a short Iowa pass play with 1:07 left. NU then needed a 34-yard pass from Tommy Armstrong to tight end Cethan Carter on third-and-13 before Armstrong hit Ameer Abdullah on a 5-yard touchdown pass.

Before that final possession before halftime pulled NU within 10-7, the Huskers had 56 total yards and two first downs.

Nebraska’s only other threat came after Iowa fumbled on a punt return in the first ...

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Women's basketball: Creighton vs. Cincinnati

When: Friday 9:30 p.m.

Where: Berkeley, Calif.

Radio: KOIL 1180 AM


F Marley Hill, 6-2, So., 14.7

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Women's basketball: Northern Colorado at UNO

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Sapp Fieldhouse

Radio: 1290 KOIL


G D’shara Strange, 5-10, Sr., 16.3

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Women's basketball: No. 15 Nebraska at UCLA

When: 3 p.m. Friday

Where: Pauley Pavilion

TV/Radio: Pac-12 Network and IMG College Sports Network (107.3 FM in Lincoln/93.3 FM in Omaha)

UCLA (0-3)

C Luiana Livulo, 6-3, Sr., 4.0

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Faux Pelini has Thanksgiving day fun with Burkhead, Foltz

Faux Pelini, the famous Twitter parody of Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, had some fun with a former Husker and a current NU specialist on Thanksgiving.

Earlier in the day Faux talked with former Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead, now with the Cincinnati Bengals:

@RBrex2022 are you going to watch our game tomorrow or do you have football practice — Fake Bo Pelini (@FauxPelini) November 27, 2014


@RBrex2022 remember that time you carried like 8 Iowa guys on your back I laughed and cheered — Fake Bo Pelini (@FauxPelini) November 27, 2014

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Mad Chatter: Bo Pelini's potential successors, Tim Miles' tall task, college football playoff projection

Who could Nebraska get? 

Any discussion about Bo Pelini’s job status should address this question. The problem? It’s borderline impossible to address this question. We don’t know who’d say yes and who’d say no. We don’t know who Shawn Eichorst would want and who he wouldn’t. We don’t even know what NU would be willing to pay. (My guess: as much as $5 million.) 

Those are three large impediments to this conversation. 

But we do know that Nebraska is one of the 25 best coaching jobs in the country. We do know that for a generation of coaches in their 30s and 40s, it “feel...

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Video: The Big Ten Preview Show, Nov. 26

In this week's edition of the "Big Ten Preview Show," Lee Barfknecht and Jon Nyatawa break down the conference games as the regular season comes to a close.

You can follow Lee and Nyatawa on Twitter, plus get in on the conversation on the Big Red Today Facebook page.

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TBL: Voice of the Hawkeyes breaks down Nebraska-Iowa game

Gary Dolphin, the voice of the Hawkeyes, joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to break down the Nebraska-Iowa game.

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TBL: Dirk Chatelain discusses possible Pelini replacements

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain joined "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe to discuss Wednesday's Mad Chatter blog, which talks about possible replacements for Bo Pelini if the Husker coach were to be fired.

Got a thought on the matter? Join the conversation on the Big Red Today Facebook page, or reach out to us on Twitter.

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Practice report Nov. 26: 50/50 status for Bell, Gregory

Coach Bo Pelini indicated Wednesday that receiver Kenny Bell and defensive end Randy Gregory will be game-time decisions.

Both weren't suited up for practice Tuesday. NU held a walk-through Wednesday.

Are Bell and Gregory healthy enough to play against Iowa?

"Probably 50/50," Pelini said after Wednesday's practice.

They're apparently still evaluating others, too — like receiver Alonzo Moore and offensive tackle Zach Sterup. Center Mark Pelini is presumably out, but nothing's official yet.

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Video: Eric Crouch says Bo Pelini is right man to coach Huskers

Former Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch joined Campus Insiders' Ray Crawford to explain why Bo Pelini is still the right man for the Husker job.

Crouch, who won the Heisman Trophy at Nebraska as a senior in 2001, is No. 42 on the "Nebraska 100," which ranks the top 100 athletes all-time from the state.

Crouch praised Pelini and said his career at Nebraska is reminiscent of Tom Osborne, who was criticized early in his career before building a powerhouse program in the 90's.


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Ameer Abdullah one of three finalists for Doak Walker Award

Nebraska senior I-back Ameer Abdullah on Tuesday was named as one of three finalists for the 2014 Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s top running back.

Abdullah is joined as finalists by fellow Big Ten running backs Tevin Coleman of Indiana and Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin. The trio mark the first time in the 25-year history of the award that all three finalists are from the same conference.

The finalists were determined by a vote of the Doak Walker National Selection Committee.

Abdullah has rushed for more than 200 yards four times in 2014, tying a Nebraska...

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They said it: Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz talks Hawkeyes vs. Huskers

Check out a transcript from Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz's Tuesday press conference advancing the Hawkeye's upcoming matchup with Nebraska on Friday.

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Kirk Ferentz's opening statement:

Welcome and happy Thanksgiving early.

Captains this week are the same guys, Louis Trinca‑Pasat and Quinton Alston on the defensive side, and Brandon Scherff and Mark Weisman offensively. Same four guys there.

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Video: Will Artino says Jays will be 'better than everyone thinks'

Creighton senior post Will Artino was featured in the latest edition of "Bluejay Spotlight."

In the video, Artino talks about being recruited by Dana Altman before playing for Greg McDermott, his improvements each year, being a senior leader and much more.

Creighton came in at No. 23 in the Associated Press poll on Monday, the first time the school has been ranked this season. The Bluejays are 4-0 and face Eastern Illinois at 7:01 p.m. tonight at CenturyLink Center.

Here's the "Bluejay Spotlight" video featuring Artino: 

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Men's soccer: Creighton's Fabian Herbers named Academic All-American

Creighton sophomore Fabian Herbers was named a third-team Academic All-American on Tuesday by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Herbers, the Big East offensive player of the year, owns a 3.60 cumulative grade-point average as a business major.

The Academic All-America honor is the first for Herbers and the first by a Bluejay men’s soccer player since 2011. After being recognized as a first-team All-District VII member earlier this month, Herbers is one of three representatives from a Big East school to claim the academic honor.

Herbers leads the confe...

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Husker guard Terran Petteway named to Oscar Robertson Trophy watch list

Nebraska guard Terran Petteway was named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy watch list earlier this week. The award recognizes the national player of the year and is given by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Petteway ranks third in the Big Ten in scoring this season at 21.0 points per game. He averages 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game entering tonight's contest against UNO.

In addition to scoring average, he is among the Big Ten leaders in 3-pointers per game (3.3, third) and blocked shots (fourth). The junior has a pair of 20-point games in the Huskers' first three co...

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From the Archives: 1994 Huskers lock up Orange Bowl bid by shutting down Oklahoma

A Big Eight title never felt so routine.

At least, that's the impression Husker players were giving off after they beat Oklahoma 13-3 on Nov. 25, 1994. 

The win made top-ranked Nebraska 7-0 in the Big Eight, and it guaranteed the Huskers a spot in the Orange Bowl, where they would eventually beat Miami to win the national championship.

Those 1994 Huskers had higher goals than a Big Eight championship. Bigger goals than a victory over the rival Sooners. Bigger goals than throwing oranges onto the field. They wanted a national title.

It was hard to believe that just...

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Mad Chatter: Does Bo Pelini have the big-picture solutions?

Five minutes after the last Husker exited the Memorial Stadium turf, fans were still clearing out. Event staffers were stripping tape across the field in preparation for Eight-Man state championship games. And in the southeast corner of the stadium, the NU marching band was playing a familiar tune:

“Celebrate good times, c’mon!”

An odd choice for a bad day. How many more can Bo Pelini afford? 

That’s the question of this week. That was the elephant in the room at Pelini’s weekly press conference Monday. My questions didn’t focus on his job status, but rather what change...

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At press conference, Husker coach Bo Pelini places all focus on Iowa

Bo Pelini's Monday press conference contained several questions regarding the future of Nebraska's football program for the second straight week, despite the seventh-year coach's preference to keep the conversation centered on the Huskers' next opponent.

"Could we talk about Iowa please?"

That was Pelini interrupting a reporter who was presumably asking about the kind of feedback provided to the NU coaches by athletic director Shawn Eichorst. Pelini had just responded to comments made by ESPN analyst Brian Griese during the Nebraska-Minnesota broadcast regarding the ceiling o...

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