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Big Ten call: Pelini talks Huskers and Hurricanes

Bo Pelini’s first six years as Nebraska football coach included non-conference home-and-home series with Virginia Tech, Washington and UCLA.

The start of the next one with Miami carries with it a little more history.

“It’s going to be fun,” Pelini said Tuesday on the Big Ten teleconference. “You always want to play against good opponents, talented opponents … the great programs. And Miami certainly fits into that category.”

The Huskers and Hurricanes have 10 previous all-time meetings, but six of those have come in bowl games. After four straight occurred in the Orange ...

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Husker I-back, Hurricanes QB know each other well

It will feel a little different Saturday night for Nebraska I-back Terrell Newby and Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya to find themselves on different sidelines.

The two grew up playing Pop Warner football together, and as recently as two seasons ago were still teammates at Chaminade High in West Hills, California.

“It’s a bit of a trip,” Kaaya said Monday in Miami. “It’s surreal to be playing against him now. It’s a pretty cool feeling.

“Right now, we’re enemies. But off the field, we’re really good friends.”

Newby said he last talked to Kaaya over the summer but prob...

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TBL: Tom Shatel talks Nebraska-Miami memories

World-Herald sports columnist Tom Shatel discusses Husker football, including memories from past Nebraska-Miami games, and more on "The Bottom Line" with Mike'l Severe on Monday.

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TBL: ESPN's Adam Rittenberg talks Big Ten

ESPN Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg joined "The Bottom Line" on Monday to discuss this weekend's Big Ten action.

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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 Fresno State.

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, Sept. 15

The World-Herald's Sam McKewon talks about the Nebraska football team's game with Miami this Saturday. 

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Pelini, Huskers trying to play it smart, get sleep after long Fresno trip

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In the moments after a 55-19 win over Fresno State, Nebraska players planned for an all-night chat fest on the charter flight home from Lincoln. Forget the consequences!

Yeah, that didn't happen.

“We were talking a lot of big game in the locker room,” running back Ameer Abdullah said. Like 'man, we were going to stay up on the flight and mess with folks.' Ten minutes into the flight everyone is just kn...

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Press Conference, Sept. 15: Huskers prep for Miami, embrace big stage, want more out of offense

Nebraska's best player is more than ready for Saturday night. Ameer Abdullah and the rest of the Husker teammates don't necessarily know much about the history between NU and Miami (Florida) -- remember, the last time the two teams played was in the 2002 Rose Bowl, when all of the current Huskers were in grade school or close to it -- but they know the Huskers-Hurricanes' tilt is a big deal.

"Games like this, I thrive for," Abdullah said. "I love games like this. Big stages. Top linebacker corps, stuff like that. I love playing against teams like this."

"It's going to be a sl...

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Mad Chatter: Nebraska rebounded well, now comes the hard part

By now, you should know enough about Bo Pelini to know that Nebraska responded predictably well Saturday night. 

Things were bad last week in Lincoln. Dismal. And how do the Huskers respond when things are bad? They almost always play at a high level.

Happened in 2008, when Nebraska responded to a humiliating loss to Missouri by taking Texas Tech, a 21-point favorite, to overtime in Lubbock. (Happened again a month later when, after a putrid effort at Oklahoma, Nebraska came home and beat Kansas.)

Happened in 2010, when Nebraska responded to a devastating loss to Texas ...

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De'Mornay Pierson-El wins Big Ten Player of the Week honors

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For the third straight week, a Nebraska player has taken home some part of Big Ten Player of the Week honors. 

This time it's freshman punt returner De'Mornay Pierson-El, who had 150 return yards -- including 86-yard punt return for a touchdown -- in Nebraska's 55-19 win over Fresno State. Last week, punter Sam Foltz won for his work against McNeese State. In week one, running back Ameer Abdullah took home ...

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Photos: Huskers in the NFL, Sept. 7

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.

This week's update includes a touchdown by Niles Paul and more.

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Video: Postgame analysis with Sam McKewon

Get staff writer Sam McKewon's instant reaction to the Huskers' 55-19 win over Fresno State:

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Video: Postgame with Pelini, Armstrong and others

Video from the postgame press conference with Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and select Husker players.

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Video: Nebraska coach Bo Pelini

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Video: Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong

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Tom's Takes: Nebraska 55, Fresno State 19

ENERGIZED BY DE'MORNAY

What a difference a punt returner makes. Freshman De’Mornay Pierson-El has fallen out of the sky this season as that difference-maker. The kid from Virginia is electric when he catches a punt, takes a first step and hits the jets. Instincts. Vision. He’s got the whole thing. In the first half alone, Pierson-El had three punt returns for 145 yards, including an 86-yard weaving return for a touchdown and a 51-yard return to set up a field goal. Any edge on special teams like this works wonders for the confidence. Now, about David Santos’ punt coverage ...

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Game Replay: Nebraska 55, Fresno State 19

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain takes a look at some of the key moments that helped shape NU’s 55-19 win over Fresno State.

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PECULIAR PLAY

Have you ever seen a member of a punt return team intentionally bat a ball into the end zone? David Santos’ move appeared to confuse everybody, including the TV announcers and officials. The end result — a safety — gave Fresno State its first points and the ball back.

NOT SO SPECIAL

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Third quarter: Nebraska 41, Fresno State 12

Nebraska's added to its halftime lead and appears to be on its way to a convincing win, what would be a suitable bounce back effort after last weekend's scare against McNeese State.

The Huskers are clearly the better team in this match-up against Fresno State -- and their athleticism and ability is what has made the difference Saturday.

There have been plenty of mistakes (especially for an offensive unit that hasn't looked particularly in sync since jumping ahead 14-0). But Nebraska has done enough to build a comfortable lead. Now, NU just needs to make sure it finishes stron...

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Halftime: Nebraska 27, Fresno State 5

True freshman punt return De'Mornay Pierson-El said earlier this week that he was a move away from taking one to the house. He delivered Saturday.

Pierson-El went 86 yards on a second-quarter punt return, putting Nebraska up 24-2 with 9:11 left before halftime. He eluded the initial surge after fielding the ball, broke a tackle and then glided to the end zone.

It's the seventh-longest punt return touchdown in Husker history and the first punt return TD for NU since Ameer Abdullah had one in 2012.

Oh, and on Pierson-El's next return, he took it 51 yards to set up a Nebra...

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First quarter: Nebraska 14, Fresno State 2

Nebraska couldn't have drawn up a better start Saturday night.

The Huskers jumped ahead 14-0. And it only took three minutes.

Junior Jordan Westerkamp caught a 71-yard touchdown pass on NU's fourth play from scrimmage (he was wide open down the seam) and senior Ameer Abdullah took the second drive's first play 57 yards for another touchdown (the I-back was untouched on the run).

Coming into the game, Fresno State's defense had allowed 42 plays of 10 yards or more. So the long gains by Nebraska weren't much of a surprise.

The Huskers have slowed down a bit offensiv...

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Travel roster notes: WR Irons makes the trip; no Finnin

Wide receiver Glenn Irons has not appeared in a game yet this year, but the true freshman is one of 74 players available for Nebraska's match-up against Fresno State.

Bringing Irons along is probably just precautionary — injured receivers Sam Burtch and Brandon Reilly didn't make the trip, as expected. But it should be noted: coach Bo Pelini said earlier this week that Irons and fellow true freshman Jariah Tolbert would start taking more practice reps with the top offense.

A few more observations after a quick glance through the roster:

>> Offensive tackle Matt Fi...

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Huskers suiting up in all-white uniforms against Fresno State

Attention, fashion critics (and superstitious fans): There will be a wardrobe alteration for Nebraska Saturday night.

The Huskers are out on the field at Bulldog Stadium -- sporting white jerseys and white pants. It'll be the first time since 2007 that NU's gone with the all-white look (Nebraska lost that one 65-51 to Colorado).

#Huskers are here. Let's roll. pic.twitter.com/uNnkyn6l8S — Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) September 14, 2014 // Why the all-whites? Fresno State's players are wearing all-red uniforms (red jerseys and red pants). It's a red-out at Bulldog Stadium....

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Report: One Fresno State QB may be limited Saturday

Fresno State senior quarterback Brandon Connette, the Duke transfer who possesses a legitimate running threat, apparently won't start Saturday against Nebraska. And he may not even play.

The Fresno Bee newspaper reported Saturday that Connette was limited in practice this week and thus did not get the reps necessary to earn the starting job (because of a hand injury suffered last weekend against Utah).

That means junior Brian Burrell is expected to start at quarterback for Fresno State.

The Bulldogs had used two quarterbacks during their first two games anyway, though C...

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Nebraska ties, Sept. 14

COACHES

Craig Bohl, Wyoming: The Cowboys (2-1) came out strong against No. 2 Oregon, taking a 7-0 lead en route to a 48-14 loss.

Frank Solich, Ohio: The Bobcats (1-2) didn’t get on the scoreboard until late in the third quarter against Marshall, losing 44-14.

Turner Gill, Liberty: The Flames (2-1) totaled 625 yards in a 56-31 win over Brevard.

Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina: Before a record 10,124 at Brooks Stadium, De’Angelo Henderson rushed for a career-high 172 yards to lead the No. 5 Chanticleers (3-0) to a 30-3 victory over South Carolina State.

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Delany: 'Omaha is hungry' for Big Ten basketball tournament

The Big Ten had been trying to land Madison Square Garden in New York for its 2018 men's basketball tournament. But that plan doesn't appear likely to come to fruition, in large part because the Big East already has the venue booked for the final weekend of the season.

Commissioner Jim Delany told the Chicago Tribune that the conference has several backup plans.

Delany told the Tribune that if the tournament does not go to the Big Apple, strong possibilities to host include Omaha, Minneapolis and Detroit. “I’m thinking that if it’s not New York, we’ll put it up (for bid) and...

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Practice Report, Sept. 11: Bell, Gregory good to go

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As Nebraska coach Bo Pelini wrapped up the week with a semicircle of reporters, wide receiver Kenny Bell walked by eavesdropping just a bit as he wont to do. Minutes later, Husker defensive end Randy Gregory joked with Greg McMullen as they took out the GPS trackers they wear inside the jerseys.

Both wore smiles, and the Huskers might as well, too: Both will be available for Saturday night's game at Fresno S...

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Video: Bo Pelini after practice, Sept. 11

Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini talks about Saturday's Fresno State game after Thursday's practice in Lincoln.

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New Ameer Abdullah awards site a standout

It has a good name, a clean look, and all the requisite stat and video information. 

An awards site doesn't have to be overwhelming or full of flash to be effective. Nebraska's vehicle to promote running back Ameer Abdullah's senior season — feerameer.com — is precisely effective. Broken into four categories — the last of which is a basic prompt to join in the promotion on social media — the site delivers stats, quotes, highlights and just enough of a glimpse at Abdullah's personality to give voters for postseason awards — All-America voters, Doak Walker and Maxwell Award voters, a...

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Video: The Big Red Today Show, Sept. 10

Watch the latest episode of "The Big Red Today Show" to get Rich Kaipust and Jon Nyatawa's take on the latest Husker sports headlines.

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Video: The Big Ten Preview Show, Sept. 10

In the latest episode of "The Big Ten Preview Show," staff writers Lee Barfknecht and Jon Nyatawa cover headlines from around the conference, including the odds of a Big Ten team landing in the College Football Playoff, the start of league play and more.

Watch the full video below, and check out the Omaha.com/bigten for more conference news:

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Also, check out Lee's Wednesday segment on "The Bottom Line" ...

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Mad Chatter: Huskers need more help from home, the Big Ten's population problem, Ray Rice

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13. 

That’s how many native Nebraskans that I counted on NFL rosters (either active, IR, practice squad) last week. A pretty impressive number. Now see if you can spot a trend.

Phil Bates (Omaha North)

Jared Crick (Cozad)

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Practice Report, Sept. 9: Tim Beck looks for answers to 2nd half McNeese State meltdown

LINCOLN – At halftime of Nebraska's 31-24 win over McNeese State, the Huskers had 297 offensive yards. Double that number, NU offensive coordinator Tim Beck said on Tuesday, and reporters may not have had many pointed questions about a struggling offense.

Instead, as fans and Beck know, the offense went through the floor, collapsing into just 82 yards and three points over its next 22 plays in the second half before running back Ameer Abdullah bailed out the Huskers with a 58-yard catch-and-run on NU's final offensive play of the game. That left Beck holding an extended, 15-minute ...

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