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Craig Bohl, Wyoming: The Cowboys (3-5, 1-3) got beat by Colorado State 45-31, their fourth straight loss.

Frank Solich, Ohio: The Bobcats (5-4) gave up 28 straight points in the first half after going ahead 7-0, eventually falling 42-21 to Western Michigan.

Turner Gill, Liberty: D.J. Abnar rushed 27 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns to lead Liberty to a 34-0 win over Gardner-Webb. The Flames (5-3) outgained Gardner-Webb 292 to minus-17 on the ground.

Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina: John Israel caught three passes for 174 yards and two scores as the No. ...

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Nebraska-Purdue set for 2:30 p.m. kickoff

Nebraska’s home game next Saturday against Purdue will be televised by ABC and will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CDT.

In areas where the game is not televised by ABC, the game can be seen on ESPN2.

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Postgame: Pelini says Huskers 'didn't play at standard we needed to'

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini said he was happy to win Saturday as the Huskers clipped Rutgers 42-24 to reach 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten.

But …

“That’s about all I’m happy with,” he said.

The common theme from NU staff and players afterwards was that the Huskers were a little too sloppy and inconsistent. On both sides of the football.

“We didn’t play at the standard we needed to,” Pelini said.

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Game Replay: Nebraska 42, Rutgers 24

World-Herald correspondent Steve Beideck takes a look at some of the key moments that helped shape NU’s 42-24 win over Rutgers.

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PECULIAR PLAY

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood will spend a lot of time in the collective doghouse of Scarlet Knights fans for decisions made at the end of the first half that knocked quarterback Gary Nova from the game. With the ball on the Rutgers 2-yard line and exactly one minute to play, Flood had Nova throw four passes. On the last of those, Nova was knocked down by NU’s Maliek Collins on a play that injured Nova’s right knee.

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

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon breaks down Nebraska's 42-24 win over Rutgers. 

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They said it: Rutgers coach Kyle Flood, players talks Huskers

Check out the transcript of Rutgers coach Kyle Flood's postgame press conference following Nebraska's 42-24 win over the Scarlet Knights, plus comments from two Rutgers players. Transcript provided by the Nebraska athletic department.

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Rutgers coach Kyle Flood

Opening statement:

“Disappointed in the result today, compliment coach (Bo) Pelini and their football team, they have a good football team. We knew that coming in, but again, coming into a game like this we had little room for error. A lot of corrections for us to make, and a lot of football to be playe...

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They said it: Nebraska coach Bo Pelini after Rutgers

Check out the video and a transcript of coach Bo Pelini's postgame press conference following Nebraska's 42-24 win over Rutgers. Transcript provided by the Nebraska athletic department.

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Pelini's opening statement:

“Well we got the win. I'm happy about that. That's about all I'm happy about. I thought we were sloppy, inconsistent and we didn't play at the standard we needed to. I'll take the win. Anytim...

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Tom's Takes: Nebraska 42, Rutgers 24

IT'S A WIN, BUT BO'S NOT PLEASED

Bo Pelini wasn’t happy after the game, and that’s a good thing. Generally the Huskers looked good, but there were sloppy moments. Husker fans should want their coach keeping his team on task. There’s an old saying: A coach isn’t happy unless he’s unhappy. There was some of that going on here, too.

RUTGERS TAKES A RISK

Hated to see Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova go down with the knee injury just before halftime. I can’t help but think if Rutgers had run out the clock it wouldn’t have happened. The Knights took over at their own 2 with one ...

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Halftime: Abdullah the story as NU holds 21-7 lead

Throw another 100-yard rushing game onto Nebraska I-back Ameer Abdullah’s list of accomplishments.

The senior busted touchdown runs of 53 and 48 yards in the first half against Rutgers, and went to the break with 149 yards on 16 carries.

It was the 23rd career 100-yard game for Abdullah. Only Mike Rozier (26) has more in NU school history.

The two Abdullah TDs in the second quarter pushed the Huskers to their 21-7 halftime lead at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska had struck first with a 16-yard scoring run by quarterback Tommy Armstrong in the first quarter. Rutgers pul...

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NU-Rutgers pregame: Kickin' it off early

Ready for some late-morning football?

It’s been seven weeks since Nebraska kicked off before 6:30 p.m. CDT on any Saturday. It goes all the way back to the 11 a.m. start for the Huskers’ game with McNeese State on Sept. 6.

After five straight night games with a bye mixed in, NU head coach Bo Pelini said Thursday after practice that his team better be ready for the change of pace.

“I told our guys, it’s going to happen quickly on Saturday morning,” Pelini said.

As fans filter into Memorial Stadium about an hour before kickoff, a couple of notes as the sun shines br...

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Mad Chatter: The Blackshirts' resurgence, Royals' starters, Big Ten nickname rankings

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We cover Royals fans in cat costumes and burning World Series tickets, North Carolina’s diploma mill and the NFL’s unstoppable pass pattern. But first, evaluating Nebraska’s resurgent defense.

Total yardage has its faults as a measurement. Who cares how many yards you’re giving up if they don’t lead to points? Bend but don’t break, right?

So scoring offense/scoring defense is the best metric? Not exactly. College offenses move at such varying paces, it’s absurd to compare Oregon and Stanford. One is getting 16-18 pos...

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TBL: Rich Kaipust talks Husker football and Omaha Mammoths

World-Herald staff writer Rich Kaipust joined host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" on Friday to discuss the Omaha Mammoths and preview Nebraska's matchup with Rutgers.

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Video: Marlin Briscoe talks South O, playing Gale Sayers, his NFL career and more

Omaha native and former UNO quarterback Marlin Briscoe — the NFL's first black starting quarterback who went on to win two Super Bowl championships — joined "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe on Friday to discuss having a street named in his honor, being nominated for a spot in the College Football Hall of Fame and more. Watch the complete interview with "The Magician" below, plus scroll down for some key quotes from the Q&A session.

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Faux Pelini talks sellout streaks, color schemes, Big Ten nicknames and more

It's becoming a common theme this season — the local media for Husker opponents tracking down Twitter personality Faux Pelini for a Q&A. This week was NJ.com, and @FauxPelini's answers don't disappoint. 

One of the best responses came when Faux was asked what a Cornhusker is — a question that led World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain to create his own rankings of the Big Ten mascots.

His answer: "Rutgers is the Scarlet Knights, which is somehow both specific and vague at the same time and therefore dumber than 'cornhusker' so shut it."

Faux went on to talk about ...

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From the Archives: 1970 Huskers post record victory in next step to championship

On this day 44 years ago, the Huskers took one more step toward their first national championship, beating Oklahoma State 65-31. According to the game story, it was NU's most productive scoring day since a 66-0 win over South Dakota in 1922.

The 96 combined points were even more of a rarity. That was the highest total since the 1917 Husker team beat Nebraska Wesleyan 100-0.

The rout on Oct. 24, 1970, featured two interception returns for touchdowns, plus a long punt return for a score by Johnny Rodgers.

Here's a snippet of the game story that day: 

There was no M...

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Big Red Breakfast: Papuchis expecting traditional Big Ten attack from Rutgers

The way Rutgers plays offense, you'd think the Scarlet Knights have been in the Big Ten since its inception.

That's John Papuchis' take anyway.

"They don't try to trick you," he said. "They try to hit you in the mouth."

The Nebraska defensive coordinator doesn't think Rutgers tries to incorporate too many complicated elements in their scheme (though it will mix and match its formations to keep NU off-balance). Mostly, the Knights beat teams by beating them up.

"They are exactly what you would think of in terms of the prototypical Big Ten-style offense," Papuchis s...

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Practice Report Oct. 23: Injury updates, OL rotation and Bo on Blackshirts

A late night at Northwestern last week becomes a brunch game at home against Rutgers this week. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said Thursday his team put in a good week of practice — but needs to hit the ground running Saturday when the Huskers kick off at 11 a.m. against the Scarlet Knights.

“I told our guys: It's going to happen quick on Saturday morning, so we need to get our rest tonight and get ready to go,” Pelini said. “Make sure we're ready to meet the challenge.”

The only starting Husker who appears “out” for Saturday is tight end Cethan Carter. Defensive tackle Vincent Va...

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TBL: Tony Boone talks UNO basketball and more

World-Herald staff writer Tony Boone joined Mike'l Severe on Thursday's "The Bottom Line" to talk UNO basketball and more.

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TBL: Jon Nyatawa talks Husker football, baseball

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World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa joined "The Bottom Line" on Thursday to talk Nebraska football, the blackshirts, Husker fall baseball and more.

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Video: Greg McDermott, Bluejay players at Creighton media day

Watch video interviews from Creighton's basketball media day, including Q&A sessions with Creighton coach Greg McDermott and players Geoffrey Groselle, Cole Huff, Zach Hanson, Toby Hegner, Avery Dingman, Isaiah Zierden, Austin Chatman, James Milliken, Mo Watson and Will Artino. Videos courtesy of the Creighton Athletics YouTube channel.

Also, check out interviews with women's basketball coach Jim Flanery and junior guard Marissa Janning:

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Former Husker Alex Gordon named Gold Glove finalist

If defense truly does win championships, then former Husker Alex Gordon could be feeling extra special after this season.

The Kansas City left fielder was named a Gold Glove finalist on Thursday, one day after the Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 to knot up the World Series at a game apiece. 

The other left fielders up for the AL award are Michael Brantley of the Indians and Yoenis Cespedes, who started the season with the Athletics before being traded to the Red Sox.

Gordon already has three Gold Gloves, winning the award in 2011, '12 and '13, all after switchi...

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Mavericks named team of the week by College Hockey News

The University of Nebraska at Omaha hockey team is off to a 3-1 start, including a sweep this past weekend at Western Michigan.

The Mavericks beat the Broncos 5-2 on Friday after a 1-1 tie midway through the first period. They then shut out Western Michigan 3-0 on Saturday to vault to the top of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference with a 2-0 record.

The early success has led to the Mavericks being named the College Hockey News team of the week.

Here's a snippet from the article:

"We were feeling good about the way we were playing," UNO captain Dominic Zombo...

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Video: The Big Ten Preview Show, Oct. 22

In this week's episode of "The Big Ten Preview Show," The World-Herald's Lee Barfknecht and Jon Nyatawa take a look at the conference landscape and what it will take for the College Football Playoff committee to take it seriously.

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Also, see Lee's Wednesday appearance on "The Bottom Line" in which he discussed the weekend's Big Ten football matchups, Husker hoops recruiting and more:

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Video: Lee Barfknecht talks Husker recruiting, Big Ten running backs, NU vs. Rutgers

World-Herald staff writer Lee Barfknecht joined "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe in studio on Wednesday to discuss Husker hoops, Big Ten football, Nebraska-Rutgers and more.

Watch the full video below, and scroll down for some key quotes from the interview:

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On the Huskers landing commit Isaiah Roby and what it means for NU:

"Nebraska basketball recruiting is really in a totally different real...

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Husker I-back Ameer Abdullah No. 7 in Heisman odds

Nebraska star I-back Ameer Abdullah's odds at winning the Heisman made a 20 percent jump after his four-touchdown performance against Northwestern on Saturday. 

The senior is listed at 20/1 by the betting site Bovada, bettering his 25/1 odds from last week's rankings. He was also listed at 20/1 two weeks ago after a loss to Michigan State. This week Abdullah is the seventh listed Heisman candidate, tied with three other players.

Abdullah ran for 146 yards and four touchdowns against the Wildcats as the Huskers rolled to a 38-17 victory. Against the Spartans, Abdullah was held...

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Poll: NBA GMs expect big things from Doug McDermott

In the 13th annual NBA GM survey, NBA.com's John Schuhmann anonymously asked the top decision-makers from across the league a variety of questions — NBA Finals predictions, projected MVP, the best players at each position and more.

Of note, former Creighton star Doug McDermott — now a forward with the Chicago Bulls — came up twice in the responses.

McDermott received votes in the category of "Which rookie will be the best player in five years?" — Milwaukee's Jabari Parker finished first in the voting with 35.7 percent.

The former Bluejay also finished second with 14.3 p...

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Video: Greg McDermott, Austin Chatman, Will Artino at Big East media day

Creighton men's basketball coach Greg McDermott and players Austin Chatman and Will Artino represented the Bluejays at Big East media day on Wednesday in New York.

Check out their video interviews below, and stay tuned to Omaha.com/jays (and @OWHjays on Twitter and Bluejays Today on Facebook) for complete coverage of the event.

Earlier Wednesday, the Bluejay men were voted ninth in the 10-team league's preseason poll.

Also, check out World-Herald staff Steven Pivovar's breakdown of Big East media day Wednesday on "The Bottom Line" with host Mike'l Severe.

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Husker D-end Randy Gregory named Lott Trophy quarterfinalist

Nebraska's Randy Gregory was one of 20 defensive players named as a quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound defensive end has 28 tackles this season, including six for a loss, and 4.5 sacks. The junior also has an interception, forced a fumble, has two pass deflections and nine quarterback hurries.

The Lott Trophy is named in honor of former Southern Cal and NFL standout Ronnie Lott and is presented to the nation’s most impactful defensive player.

Gregory was named the Lott Trophy player of the week following his performance against Mia...

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Mad Chatter: A Royal setback; worthy Blackshirts; Creighton expectations

So here’s what I learned last night at Kauffman Stadium. The World Series isn’t that fun when the home team doesn’t show up. And the line between invincible and in trouble is one bad pitching outing. 

(Here’s my column from Game 1).

James Shields has tried to live up to his reputation the past month. It’s not working. It's a lot to ask the Royals to win this series if Shields is getting shelled.

Yordano Ventura gets the ball tonight for the first time in 11 days. Ned Yost said Ventura has looked “dynamite” in side sessions. 

We’ll see. The Royals can’t put it all ...

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Former Huskers Eric Crouch, Trev Alberts named to Hall of Fame ballot

Former Huskers Eric Crouch and Trev Alberts were among 87 players named to the ballot for College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 on Wednesday.

There are currently 16 Huskers in the Hall of Fame, with the latest inductee being Tommie Frazier, who entered in 2013.

Crouch won the 2001 Heisman, Walter Camp, and Davey O’Brien Awards while leading the Huskers to the 2001 national title game. He holds the NCAA record for career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (59), and started 38 games over four seasons for NU.

Alberts, now the athletic director at the University of N...

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