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Press conference: Huskers looking forward to afternoon football

As much as the Huskers enjoy the atmosphere of a night game, they can't wait for Saturday's 11 a.m. kickoff against Rutgers. Because that means they can get home at a reasonable hour.

Nebraska's played five straight night games -- and three of them have been on the road. That's a lot of groggy and lethargic Sunday mornings. NU landed at 6 a.m. in Lincoln after the Fresno State, around 3 a.m. after Michigan State and just before 2 a.m. after the most recent road trip to Northwestern.

A tough stretch, coach Bo Pelini said.

"I was worn down -- really worn down (Sunday)," P...

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Mad Chatter: Huskers should be playing against themselves; McDermott's Northwestern shirt; Royals prep

When it comes to Nebraska football, I’m a snob. I think a lot of us are. 

Not because I played the game at a high level (that’s a funny thought). Not because I'm a schematic wizard (also comical). But when Nebraska went on its national championship run in the 90s, I was 13-16 years old. Pretty much the peak of sports fanaticism. Those seasons have always kind of been the standard.

I realize factors have changed. I recognize that Nebraska isn’t Alabama or Florida State. I can adjust my expectations. But I still expect the Huskers to play at a higher level than the Big Ten requ...

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Video: Husker volleyball coach John Cook at weekly press conference

NU volleyball coach John Cook addressed the media Monday.

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Video: Husker Monday Minute with Sam McKewon, Oct. 20

The World-Herald's Sam McKewon talks about a range of topics, including NU's success on third down, the relationship between ESPN and the SEC, and the Huskers' injury situation.

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Photos: Huskers in the NFL, Oct. 19

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.

The Week 7 update includes a number of shots of Prince Amukamara and Zak Bowman during the New York Giants game with Dallas.

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Huskers, TBL celebrity pickers get back on track

The Huskers got back in the win column, taking down Northwestern 38-17, and all of our celebrity prognosticators picked up the win as well.

The World-Herald remains the only unbeaten picker at 7-0, the rest of the crew is 6-1.

For the first time, Twitter superstar @FauxPelini came closest to predicting the score, missing by only 7 points. 

See their predictions below and follow @OWHbigred and @OWHbottomline for the NU-Rutgers predictions next week.

Social media picks for the #Huskers game. @AdamCarriker94 @FauxPelini @erinsorensen, 27 is a popular number! pic.twi...

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Tom's Takes: Nebraska 38, Northwestern 17

Wow, tall buildings!

Welcome to the new great Nebraska road trip. An amazing number of Nebraska fans were all over downtown Chicago on Friday and Saturday. Only Husker fans could make Chicago look like Stillwater.

It’s bound to get interesting

Minnesota is unbeaten and Iowa just has one loss. Same for Nebraska and Wisconsin. I can see a scenario where the winner of the West has two losses. NU has to go to Wisconsin and Iowa, and suddenly Purdue and Minnesota aren’t easy outs. Minnesota has Iowa and Ohio State still at home and trips to Nebraska and Wisconsin. The Hawkey...

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

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon breaks down Nebraska's 38-17 win over Northwestern. 

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Nebraska ties, Oct. 18

COACHES

Craig Bohl, Wyoming: The Cowboys (3-4) lost to San Jose State 27-20 in overtime. Wyoming had a chance to win in regulation, but a 46-yard field goal attempt by Stuart Williams with two seconds left hit the upright.

Frank Solich, Ohio: Cornerback Devin Bass, a Millard North grad, forced a key fumble and had an interception as the host Bobcats (4-4) beat Akron 23-20.

Mike Minter, Campbell: David Salmon directed two late touchdown drives and Aaron Nichols’ interception set up the go-ahead score as the Camels (4-3) beat Davidson 28-27 for their fourth win in a row.<...

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Game Replay: Nebraska 38, Northwestern 17

QUESTIONABLE CALL

Pass interference on Josh Mitchell late in the second quarter. Mitchell appeared to break up a Trevor Siemian pass intended for Tony Jones. The back judge threw a late flag, propelling Northwestern to a last-second field goal.

PECULIAR PLAY

Nebraska coaches were seething when the referee didn’t flag Northwestern for holding Maliek Collins in the second quarter. Their frustration grew on the next snap when Siemian fired incomplete into traffic. Nate Gerry shoved a receiver to the ground (just a hair too late), prompting a personal foul.

NOTICED

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Third quarter: Nebraska 21, Northwestern 17

Quarterback Tommy Armstrong and the Nebraska offense found a groove at the right time in the third quarter.

And the Huskers probably weren't even as clean as they would have preferred on a key scoring drive.

The possession began with a 4-yard loss, but Armstrong made two big throws on third down and ran for another conversion, leading Nebraska to a go-ahead score. Ameer Abdullah got the 1-yard touchdown run with 4:27 left in the third quarter.

Can the Huskers hang on, though?

We all know that these Northwestern-Nebraska match-ups tend to go down to the wire. Expec...

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Halftime: Northwestern 17, Nebraska 14

Just when it appeared that Nebraska had seized momentum, Northwestern stormed right back and ended the first half on a high note.

The Wildcats took at 14-7 lead when running back Justin Jackson spun away from a tackle attempt and walked into the end zone with 1:52 left before halftime.

The Huskers answered, though. In just 38 seconds.

Quarterback Tommy Armstrong hit freshman De'Mornay Pierson-El for a 46-yard gain. Two plays later — when Pierson-El appeared to be confused, unsure of where to line up and asking Jordan Westerkamp for the call — Pierson-El threw a 16-yard ...

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First quarter: Northwestern 7, Nebraska 0

Northwestern's not been the type of offense that's going to score quickly or pick up yards in big chunks. It's needed long drives to put up points.

That was the case to start Saturday's game.

The Wildcats went 89 yards over 15 plays, taking a 7-0 lead on a 2-yard touchdown run by freshman Justin Jackson. There was one terrific 27-yard run by Jackson on the possession -- but most of the damage came on short-but-efficient gains.

Northwestern came into the game averaging just 4.7 yards per play, which ranked 116th nationally. So the Wildcats have to be feeling pretty good ...

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Nebraska wearing all-white uniforms against Northwestern

They're back! Nebraska's again going with the all-white uniforms that typically tend evoke a cringing, gut-twisting response from Husker fans.

But NU wore white jerseys and white pants for the Fresno State game — and had no issue, cruising to a 55-19 victory. That was the first time Nebraska dressed in that look since 2007 (and many of you are well aware of the struggles in white before that)

The Huskers were in their traditional road attire at Michigan State: white on top; red on bottom. Changing it up this time...

First all-whites on the field #Huskers @OWHbigred pic...

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Mad Chatter: Does Bo Pelini need to 'win out' to claim the West?

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We cover (In)Famous Jameis and Wolverine woes, Royals vs. Giants, Andrew Luck vs. Russell Wilson, Nebrasketball and more. But first, a question.

Can Bo Pelini repeat the 2012 stretch run?

Two years ago, you surely remember Nebraska’s humiliating loss at Ohio State. NU dropped to 1-1 in the league. Bo declared in the postgame press conference that the Huskers had to "win out."

After a bye week, they traveled to Northwestern and darn near obliterated the mission right there. Trailing 28-16, the season looked doom...

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Humor Alert: Faux Pelini will be in attendance as the Huskers face Northwestern

The famous Twitter handle @FauxPelini, the alter ego to Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, will send out his humor-filled Twitter rants from a different place on Saturday.

Faux won't be ranting from his armchair, rather at Ryan Stadium as the Huskers play at Northwestern.

Faux resides in Chicago, so he'll travel to nearby Evanston for the game. The Chicago Tribune recently did a Q&A with the cat-loving Twitter personality. One of his best quotes: "I’ll be there but I am hearing there are wifi/cell reception issues at Ryan Field so violence will be on the table. Are there rules aga...

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Video: Rich Kaipust talks Huskers, Mammoths on 'The Bottom Line' (Oct. 17)

World-Herald staff writer Rich Kaipust joined "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe on Friday to discuss various sports topics, including the Husker football team's upcoming matchup with Northwestern and the Omaha Mammoths:

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While you're at it, check out this week's episode of "The Big Red Today Show" with Rich and The World-Herald's Jon Nyatawa:

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Els calls Zaire Anderson the Huskers' 'most consistent guy' at linebacker

Nebraska assistant coach Ross Els said Friday that Zaire Anderson’s current spot among the Huskers’ leading tacklers hasn't happened by accident.

The linebacker simply found a way between his junior and senior seasons to stay on the field more often.

“Zaire could not play coverage last year,” Els said at the Big Red Breakfast. “That’s why Nate Gerry came in. That’s why (David) Santos played quite a bit at that spot. He just wasn’t a good coverage guy. He worked his tail off, and he’s doing a great job in coverage right now.”

In addition to returning as the starting weak...

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From the Archives: Remembering Brook Berringer

With the Big Ten Network planning to debut a film profiling Husker icon Brook Berringer on Saturday, fan interest is high in the story of former Nebraska quarterback who died in a tragic plane crash two days before the 1996 NFL draft.

Back in 2006 — on the 10-year anniversary of the crash — World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain penned an article looking back at the lasting impact Berringer had on the Nebraska football family and fan base.

Read Chatelain's profile in its entirety below and then watch the trailer for the documentary.

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Ten years later: Brook ...

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Bulls win, Korver outscores McDermott in Creighton showdown

On Thursday night, two former Creighton stars faced off in the NBA. Rookie Doug McDermott and the Chicago Bulls faced veteran Kyle Korver and the Atlanta Hawks. Both players started the game, which McDermott's Bulls won 85-84 on a Jimmy Butler 3-point buzzer beater.

How'd the former Bluejays do?

McDermott had 4 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists in 27 minutes. Korver scored 9 points and grabbed 3 rebounds in 15 minutes. The elder Bluejay had the better shooting night, making 3 of 6 3-pointers, while McDermott was 1 of 5 from the floor with two free throws.

McDermott only ...

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Video: Huskers vs. Wildcats on 'The Bottom Line'

World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa and Wildcat Report's Louie Vaccher joined "The Bottom Line" with Mike'l Severe on Thursday to discuss Nebraska's upcoming matchup with the Northwestern Wildcats, including some key stats, the Husker offense and more.

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Practice report Oct. 16: Huskers ready to play again

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The bye week was nice. But Nebraska's looking forward to playing again.

Bo Pelini, especially.

"I'm not a big fan of byes," he said Thursday before admitting that he was grateful his team could benefit from resting for a week so a few players could heal up. 

But as a competitor, a football junkie, someone who lives for the passions and emotions of game day???

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Alex Gordon pairs with Team Jack for World Series campaign

Every time Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon gets a hit, the Team Jack Foundation will get a donation.

That's the latest arrangement between the former Husker baseball star and the foundation started by the family of Jack Hoffman, a pediatric brain cancer patient who scored a touchdown in the 2013 Nebraska spring game.

Fans can make a per-hit pledges for the World Series, and for every time Gordon gets a hit, Team Jack will receive a donation to help fund pediatric brain cancer research.

Those who want to give can also make a one-time donation. To donate, go to ...

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ESPN's Mel Kiper puts Ameer Adbullah among top five backs in 2015 NFL draft

Nebraska I-back Ameer Abdullah earned the No. 3 spot at his position in ESPN NFL draft guru Mel Kiper's latest revision of his 2015 big board.

Kiper's update, published Wednesday for ESPN Insiders, has Abdullah trailing Georgia running back Todd Gurley and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon. In the No. 4 spot is Alabama back T.J. Yeldon, while Miami's Duke Johnson rounds out the top five. Abdullah is the lone senior in the group.

In breaking down the running backs, Kiper notes that "Abdullah has become a known commodity and has a high floor because of his all-around ability."

Wi...

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They said it: Nebraska coach Connie Yori at Big Ten media day

Check out a complete transcript of Nebraska women's basketball coach Connie Yori's press conference at Big Ten media day in Chicago. Transcript provided by ASAP sports. 

Also, check out this recent video spot featuring Yori and men's coach Tim Miles that went viral on social media.

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Connie Yori: We're an hour and a half late getting here. I didn't have time to change my clothes. So pardon me for my casualness. But we have four starters returning. Right now those four kids are playing very well. We have T, B, E and Hai. That's Tear'a Laudermill, Brandi Jeffery, Emil...

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Husker hoops ranked No. 21 in preseason coaches poll

The Nebraska men's basketball team is No. 21 in the preseason USA Today coaches poll released Thursday.

In a breakdown of the poll, the USA Today staff had this to say about Tim Miles' team:

"The Cornhuskers return all five starters from last year's fast-finishing squad, including Big Ten player of the year candidate Terran Petteway (18.1 ppg). Shavon Shields and Walter Pitchford round out a frontcourt with considerable shooting range."

Other Big Ten teams in the poll include No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 18 Michigan State, No. 20 Ohio State, No. 23 Michigan and No. 25 Iowa.

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They said it: Husker coach Tim Miles at Big Ten media days

Check out a video and complete transcript of Nebraska coach Tim Miles' press conference at Big Ten media day in Chicago. Transcript provided by ASAP sports. Also, see the Big Ten's preseason honors, which includes an All-Big Ten selection for Husker forward Terran Petteway.

Tim Miles: First of all, I want to just start with a little bit of I want to coach you guys up a little bit. Today is not media day, it's the nightmare for sports information directors. And second of all, when a coach walks into a room, we're used to the school song or a standing ovation, and we get none ...

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Women's basketball: Rachel Theriot preseason All-Big Ten, Huskers picked third by media

Nebraska fans entered last season wondering how Rachel Theriot would replace former Husker star Lindsey Moore at point guard. 

After a sterling sophomore season, it's now a question of what Theriot will do for an encore. 

Big Ten coaches and media both believe Theriot is one of the best players in the league, as the 6-foot junior from Cleveland was named preseason All-Big Ten by each group Thursday morning. 

The 2014 Big Ten tournament MVP, Theriot averaged 14.1 points, 7.1 assists and 3.4 rebounds last year, serving as sidekick to Big Ten player of the year Jordan Hoop...

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NU's Terran Petteway named All-Big Ten first team at media day

Nebraska junior Terran Petteway, who has been named to the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch and BTN's preseason All-Big Ten teams already, was chosen to the official preseason all-conference team on Thursday, the Big Ten announced at its basketball media day.

Petteway is the first Husker chosen to a preseason all-conference team since Aleks Maric in the Big 12 in 2007. Petteway is a returning first-team All-Big Ten pick after averaging a conference-high 18.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game last season.

The Husker forward is joined on first team by Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, Michigan's ...

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Video: Lee Barfknecht on 'The Bottom Line' (Oct. 15)

World-Herald staff writer Lee Barfknecht joined "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe on Wednesday to discuss the latest Big Ten Conference news, including the NU men's basketball team's fourth-place pick in the writers' preseason poll, the Husker football and more.

Want more B1G news? Check out our dedicated Big Ten page and follow Lee on Twitter.

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