All the recruits: How the Huskers' 2016 commits fared in high school games this week (Nov. 28)

A player-by-player look at how all 16 of Nebraska's 2016 recruits performed, individually and as a team, during games played during the weekend of Nebraska's Nov. 27 matchup with Iowa.

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Quayshon Alexander: The defensive end's Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic squad will play in the NJSIAA Non-Public Group 3 championship on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m.

Bryan Brokop: The offensive line commit and New Lenox (Ill.) Lincoln-Way West were overwhelmed early and fell behind Nazareth 35-0 at halftime en route to a 42-21 defeat in the Illinois Class 5A championship. "They're fast,...

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Women's basketball: UNO vs. Illinois State

When: Noon Sunday

Where: Convocation Center, San Antonio

Radio: 1180 AM KZOT

UNO (3-2)

G Amber Vidal, 5-6, Fr., 6.4

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Nebraska bowl watch: Not enough teams reach six wins; NU still alive

Nebraska could only sit back and scoreboard watch Saturday as a handful of mediocre teams will determine its postseason fate.

An unfortunate state of affairs for Husker football, yes. But this 5-7 NU team still remains in contention for a bowl bid.

It is clear after Saturday's afternoon action that there will not be enough bowl-eligible teams to fill all 80 available postseason slots. As of 5:50 p.m. Saturday, there were 75 bowl eligible teams — with only three more squads capable of reaching the required six-win benchmark.

Let's note, though, that there is a bit of unc...

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Nebraska ties, Nov. 28

Craig Bohl, Wyoming: Brian Hill rushed for 232 yards and a touchdown, setting a school record for rushing yards in a season, and Cameron Coffman tossed three touchdown passes as Wyoming beat UNLV 35-28. The Cowboys (2-10, 2-6 Mountain West) avoided setting a school record for losses in a season with the win.

Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina: Dominique Allen rushed for 174 yards and two scores, and Eric Goins kicked a 43-yard field goal with no time left to lift The Citadel over Coastal Carolina 41-38 in an FCS first-round playoff game.

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Recruiting: Nebraska gets pledges from safety, punter

Two recruits, a safety from Florida and a punter from Washington, announced on Twitter Saturday that they plan to play football at Nebraska.

Brandon Drayton was first. He's listed at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds. The consensus three-star prospect took an official visit to Nebraska this weekend, and apparently made up his mind while in Lincoln.

Drayton is out of Largo, Fla. He reportedly had scholarship offers from Miami, Iowa, Minnesota and others.

I really enjoyed myself this weekend on my official visit in Lincoln Nebraska and I've committed to be a husker— BD10 (@bdrayton10)...

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Game Replay: Iowa 28, Nebraska 20

Four keys from Nebraska's 28-20 loss to Iowa on Saturday, including some questionable calls, a top performer and more.

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Peculiar play: Nebraska rolled the dice late in the second quarter, going for a first down on fourth-and-three from the Iowa 42 that didn’t exactly go as planned. NU quarterback Tommy Armstrong didn’t get much time to let the play unfold. His pass was deflected back toward the Huskers backfield where running back Terrell Newby grabbed it and was quickly dropped for a 1-yard loss by Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell. The play didn’t hurt the Huskers on the sc...

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They said it: Kirk Ferentz after the Nebraska-Iowa game

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and player Austin Blythe took to the podium after the Hawkeyes' 28-20 win over Nebraska on Friday to discuss the game.

Check out a transcript below, as provided by the Nebraska athletic department.

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Opening statement:

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Video: Sam McKewon's Nebraska-Iowa postgame analysis

Nebraska fell 28-20 to Iowa in the regular-season finale Friday.

Immediately after the final whistle, staff writer Sam McKewon jumped in front of the camera to offer his take on the game.

Watch the video below for his Sam's instant reaction, check out his blog on NU's pivotal fourth-down playcall, and read Dirk Chatelain's column to get his thoughts on the loss.

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What happened on 4th and 1? Riley, Langsdorf and Armstrong explain

Even with all of the mistakes Friday in Nebraska's 28-20 loss to Iowa, the Huskers had a plum chance to press the Hawkeyes if only they could score a fourth-quarter touchdown.

NU's best chance came midway through that quarter, when the Huskers had third-and-1 at the Iowa 19. Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf called for Nebraska's bread-and-butter short yardage play, a two-back power formation in which fullback Andy Janovich blocks in front of big back Imani Cross. The play has been successful all season.

But it didn't work this time. Iowa stuffed it for no gain.


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Tom's Takes: 4th-down options; tip hat to Hawkeyes; take the bowl

Three quick takes by World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel on Nebraska's 28-20 loss to No. 4 Iowa on Friday.

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Take a bowl and run, huskers

Nebraska didn’t earn a bowl bid with its play this season, including Friday’s loss to Iowa, but the Huskers still might get one at 5-7. That’s the bizarre world we live in with so many bowl games. Of course they should accept if offered. This team still needs all the practice it can get.

Are these the only options?

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

Nebraska coach Mike Riley and select Huskers took to the podium after NU's 28-20 loss to Iowa on Friday to discuss the team's regular-season finale.

Check out a transcript below, as provided by the Nebraska athletic department. 

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On mistakes today and why they happened:

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Halftime analysis: Iowa 14, Nebraska 10

Two costly mistakes by quarterback Tommy Armstrong have kept the Huskers from taking control of their regular season finale against No. 3 Iowa.

His first interception (in the first quarter) spoiled a potential scoring chance. NU had the ball at the Iowa 47 yard-line — but Armstrong threw a pass directly to linebacker Cole Fisher along the sideline.

The second hurt even more. Backed up deep in his own end, Armstrong was trying to toss a screen pass but he couldn't get it out of Parker Hesse's reach. The Iowa defensive end tipped the pass in the air, intercepted it at the 4-yar...

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Women's basketball: UNO at Houston Baptist

When: 2 p.m. Friday

Where: San Antonio, Texas

Radio: 1290 AM KOIL

UNO (3-1)

G Amber Vidal, 5-6, Fr., 7.0

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Mad Chatter: Time to expand the college football playoff; Larry Station talks Huskers-Hawks; Petito the fighter

It’s Friday (sort of). That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We have more than 3,000 words covering Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer, Aaron Green and Larry Station, Steph Curry and Fred Petito. 

But first, the maddening college football playoff rankings. I know, I know, I shouldn’t get upset. I shouldn’t care. If 2014 taught us anything, it’s that rankings don’t matter until the final week. 

But I watch anyway. I find myself disagreeing with the committee on one or two teams every week. Last night, I wondered how and why Oklahoma is No. 3 despite an ugly loss to Texas. A...

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Iowa preview: Triple the run

Overall record (7-0 Big Ten): 11-0

Offensive yards per play (43rd): 5.97

Defensive yards per play (15th): 4.76

Turnover margin (T-5th): plus-11

Penalty yards per game (44th): 48.5

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Practice Report Nov. 25: Riley talks Patrick O'Brien, Iowa and running the dang ball

Nebraska coach Mike Riley had a brief statement Wednesday night for reporters after practice: "Happy Thanksgiving." The Husker team was eating its holiday meal as Riley spoke.

Some quick hits at NU winds down its prep for No. 3 Iowa.

>> Riley liked Nebraska's preparation this week. It's not exactly done — the Huskers will have a higher-tempo workout on Thursday — but NU is as healthy as it's been since the beginning of the season. Michael Rose-Ivey (groin), Brandon Reilly (ankle), Terrell Newby (ankle) and Kevin Williams (groin) will all play after a bye week of rest. R...

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TBL: Lee Barfknecht breaks down the Nebraska-Iowa game and more

World-Herald staff writer Lee Barfknecht joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday.

Topics discussed include a win over Iowa flipping the script on the season for the Huskers, more games in the Big Ten, Husker hoops 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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Riley: Players under investigation in alleged rape case ran 'gamut' of emotions

Nebraska coach Mike Riley on Wednesday had little to add to a university statement released after the Lincoln Police Department announced no charges would be filed in an alleged rape case concerning a house where three Husker players — quarterback Tommy Armstrong, wideout Jordan Westerkamp and tight end Trey Foster — lived. 

"You guys read the statement as I did," Riley said after practice as NU continued to prepare for unbeaten Iowa. "From there, all we're doing is taking this team and the guys who have been getting ready to play the game."

When asked how Armstrong, Westerka...

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TBL: Former Husker linebacker Sean Fisher

Former Nebraska linebacker Sean Fisher joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Wednesday.

Topics discussed include his time playing for Nebraska, his brother's success at Iowa 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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TBL: Dirk Chatelain discusses Friday's Nebraska-Iowa game

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday.

Topics discussed include the CFB playoff rankings and Iowa, Mike Riley's record as a head coach 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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Video: Husker Play Breakdown with Joe Ganz and Mike'l Severe

"The Bottom Line" hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz take to the studio each week to offer an in-depth look at some of the key formations, routes, play calls and more that impacted the outcome of the Nebraska football team's previous matchup.

In this week's breakdown, they look at stopping Iowa's boot game.

In addition, Severe and Ganz preview the matchup with Iowa. 

Check out the complete breakdown below, and for more analysis, follow TBL on Twitter and Facebook.

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