The Blackshirts are back

After holding Northwestern to just 28 second-half yards in a 38-17 win, 16 Nebraska football players received Blackshirts on Tuesday.

>> Defensive line: Randy Gregory, Maliek Collins, Vincent Valentine, Kevin Williams, Greg McMullen. 

>> Linebackers: Trevor Roach, David Santos, Zaire Anderson, Josh Banderas

>> Secondary: Josh Mitchell, Byerson Cockell, Daniel Davie, Jonathan Rose, Joshua Kalu, Corey Cooper, Nate Gerry. 

By class: 

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Photos: Chewbacca, Power Rangers, Pelini among costumes at Red-White baseball game

October baseball is a thing in Lincoln. The Huskers are holding game three of the fall Red-White series today at Haymarket Park, and coach Darin Erstad decided to let his NU players get a bit wacky, playing the scrimmage in a variety of costumes – including sci-fi movie icons, college sports coaches and cartoon characters.

Check out a variety of Twitter posts featuring photos of some of the best getups from the game, starting off with Erstad's announcement of the idea and his submitted lineup for the game:

@Huskers Costume game tomorrow at noon. Boys deserve it been working ...

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Huskers land 2016 small forward commitment

The Nebraska men's basketball team got a commitment Tuesday night for the 2016 class. Isaiah Roby, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound wing from Dixon, Illinois, tweeted a picture of himself with Husker coach Tim Miles.

Very happy to say I have committed to coach Miles and the University of Nebraska! #GBR #Nebrasketball #B1G — isaiah roby (@roby_isaiah) October 22, 2014


Miles also sent out a tweet earlier in the night, though NCAA rules prevent him from directly speaking about student-athletes before they sign letters of intent.

#GBR #Huskers ...

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Practice Report, Oct. 21: Blackshirts, Bando and Rutgers

Randy Gregory might be a projected first-round pick in 2015 NFL draft, but he'd never worn a Blackshirt before Tuesday. And the Nebraska defensive end wasn't sure he was ever going to, even when safety Nate Gerry said before practice he thought coaches would hand out the black jerseys used to signify the top defensive players on the team.

"I walked in the locker room and a I saw a white jersey and I thought, 'Well, they lied,' but then we go meetings and come back, and it's black jerseys," said Gregory, who never wore one despite being All-Big Ten last year, in part because the Hus...

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SI: Randy Gregory will go No. 2 in 2015 NFL draft; Abdullah 25th

Husker defensive end Randy Gregory was tabbed as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, according to the latest draft projections by

Gregory has been projected by many as an early first-round pick since he announced his plans to return to Nebraska after his sophomore season, when he started 10 of 13 games and recorded 66 tackles and 10.5 sacks while earning first team All-Big Ten honors.

SI lists Gregory behind top pick and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Sports Illustrated on Gregory:

"A minor knee injury slowed the start to Gregory's 2014. He s...

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Rutgers AD, a Nebraska native, looks forward to Lincoln trip

With the Scarlet Knights visiting Nebraska in their first season in the Big Ten, Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann — a Nebraska City native and former Husker volleyball player — is looking forward to the chance to get back to her home state.

"Mom still lives there and my brother is still there and all my nieces and nephews. There will be 20 from the Hermann clan coming to the game," Hermann told

A four-time letterwinner and former all-Big Eight selection with the Huskers, Hermann became Rutgers' first female athletic director in 2013 — just the third female AD a...

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Video: The Big Red Today Show, Oct. 21

In this week's episode of "The Big Red Today Show," Sam McKewon and Jon Nyatawa discuss the latest headlines about the Husker football team, Nebraska's 38-17 win at Northwestern and what lies ahead in this weekend's home matchup with Rutgers.

Want even more Husker updates and analysis? Follow Sam and Jon on Twitter.

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Tickets made available for Nebraska-Rutgers game

Rutgers recently returned a limited number of tickets for Saturday’s football game at Memorial Stadium.

These tickets are located in the visiting team allotment and are available for purchase now.

Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online at or by calling the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-8-BIG-RED between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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Big Ten teleconference: Pelini knows what Rutgers is going through

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Nebraska three years ago was doing what Rutgers and Maryland are doing now, dipping its toe in the Big Ten for the first time and sometimes finding out about the league on the fly.

NU head coach Bo Pelini was asked about the challenges Tuesday on the Big Ten teleconference as the Huskers prepare to play Rutgers on Saturday.

“It is a challenge for Rutgers, for Maryland,” he said. “It’s like you’re playi...

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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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Doug McDermott explains why he wore a Northwestern shirt on Saturday

Former Creighton basketball star and current Chicago Bulls rookie Doug McDermott created a stir on Saturday during the Nebraska-Northwestern football game when he was shown on the video board wearing a Northwestern polo and trying to pump up the crowd. 

The Nebraska half of the crowd at Ryan Field voiced their displeasure with a chorus of boos. And McDermott received a lot of flack from Nebraska fans on Twitter.

McDermott responded on Twitter with a picture of former Creighton teammate Grant Gibbs in the middle of a scrum for the ball with Nebraska star Terran Petteway.

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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: Highlights from Nebraska's win over Northwestern

Watch video highlights from Nebraska's win over Northwestern on Saturday.

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TBL: Tom Shatel joins Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line"

World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel discussed Doug McDermott, Husker football, Husker basketball and more on "The Bottom Line" with Mike'l Severe on Monday.

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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 Northwestern.

Video: Carriker talks about the defensive effort

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Video: Kellogg discusses the offense

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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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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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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


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


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.


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.


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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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