Four more Husker offensive players recognized with All-Big Ten honors

Nebraska wideout Jordan Westerkamp and offensive tackle Alex Lewis on Tuesday were named second-team All-Big Ten, while tight end Cethan Carter and fullback Andy Janovich both nabbed honorable mention nods from the league, which announced offensive awards. 

Westerkamp was a second-team choice by the coaches and media. He had 63 catches for 874 yards and seven touchdowns. Lewis was on the coaches' second team and on the media's third team. Carter (22 catches for 297 yards and two touchdowns) was named honorable mention by the media. Janovich (234 rushing yards) was named honorable m...

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Three Big Ten teams ranked in top six by College Football Playoff committee

The College Football Playoff committee released its fifth rankings of the season Tuesday night, but nothing changed among the top four.

Iowa stayed in the No. 4 spot, behind No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Oklahoma. Michigan State, which plays the Hawkeyes on Saturday in the Big Ten championship game, also held at No. 5. Ohio State, previously No. 8, moved to No. 6 after its 42-13 win over Michigan.

Northwestern (No. 14) and Michigan (No. 15) were the other Big Ten schools ranked by the committee.

The full rankings:

1. Clemson, 12-0

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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 Nebraska's 4th-and-1 play with about seven minutes remaining against Iowa. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong threw a fade route intended for Brandon Reilly that fell incomplete.

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

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NCAA finalizes bowl selection process; Huskers will be bowl-eligible

Without enough 6-6 teams to fill the 80 bowl spots, the NCAA announced Monday that teams with a 5-7 record would be selected to fill the remaining spots based on the highest Academic Progress Rate.

That means that Nebraska, with an APR of 985 over the previous four years, would be No. 1 on the list of teams with five wins.

And, as Jon Nyatawa has previously reported, it's now impossible for there to be 80 teams to reach six wins. Only 75 teams have 6-6 records, and another three are 5-6 with games to be played Saturday:

>> Kansas State (5-6) hosts West Virginia, 2...

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Volleyball: Amber Rolfzen wins Big Ten defensive player of the week

Nebraska middle blocker Amber Rolfzen earned another Big Ten defensive player of the week award, the conference announced Monday. It was her third time winning the honor this season.

Rolfzen helped the Huskers to sweeps of No. 18 Illinois and No. 7 Penn State last week with 15 total blocks (2.50 per set), including eight against Penn State. Rolfzen also totaled 17 kills with no errors for a .567 hitting percentage in the two matches.

The Papillion native finished the regular season with a Big Ten-best 1.59 blocks per set in conference play. For the season, she was first in bl...

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Former Husker QB Zac Taylor named Dolphins offensive coordinator

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — One of Nebraska football's most prolific passers is now tasked with turning around one of the NFL's worst offenses.

Zac Taylor, a former Husker QB who won Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2006, has replaced Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. Lazor was fired Monday. Taylor — who left Nebraska holding multiple passing records, including the NU record for passing touchdowns in a season with 26 — in his fourth year in Miami and will remain the quarterbacks coach.

The move by interim coach Dan Campbell came after the Dolphins lost 38-2...

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Player Points: Adam Carriker's key takeaways from Nebraska-Iowa

A two-time defensive MVP for the Huskers and the 13th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, former Husker Adam Carriker takes to Facebook the day after each Husker game to offer his takeaways from the matchup. 

This week, the defensive end and Hastings, Nebraska, native believes Nebraska could have and should have defeated Iowa.

Tune in to "The Bottom Line" Monday to listen as Carriker joins the show. Also, follow the NFL veteran on Facebook and Twitter.

Here's some excerpts from Carriker's post:>> With this statistical differential, Carriker wonders how NU lost? "T...

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Former Bluejay Ethan Finlay named MLS Bext XI

Former Creighton soccer star Ethan Finlay was named to the MLS Best XI on Sunday.

Finlay, selected as a midfielder, joined Columbus teammate Kei Kamara on the squad. Columbus Crew SC was one of three teams to have multiple selections.

MLS players, club executives and media members voted one goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and three forwards to the Best XI.

Here's the note about Finlay's selection:

"Following a breakout season in 2014, Finlay continued his rise to stardom in 2015. The first-time MLS All-Star started all 34 games for Crew SC, s...

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Photos: Huskers in the NFL, Nov. 29

Curious to see your favorite former Huskers in action in the NFL? We've got you covered.

Check out our updated Huskers in the NFL photo showcase for a complete roundup of shots from this season.

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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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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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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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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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