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Big Ten teleconference: Pelini talks Illinois offense, Big Ten and Miami scuffles

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini said Tuesday that the Husker defense will have to be prepared for many things when Illinois visits Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.

That was in response to a question about Illini offensive coordinator Bill Cubit on the weekly Big Ten teleconference.

“He’s innovative,” Pelini said. “You kind of know going in you’re going to see some things you haven’t prepared for. You’re going to have to make some adjustments.

“Like anybody, you’re going to have some carryover from week to week, and some things you saw on film, but he thinks outside the...

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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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TBL: Tom Shatel talks Husker football with Mike'l Severe

World-Herald sports columnist Tom Shatel discusses Husker football, including Nebraska's win over Miami, 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 Miami.

Video: Carriker talks about the defensive effort

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Video: Kellogg discusses the offense

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Video: Relive the 2013-14 Nebraska basketball season

Nebraska basketball returned to the NCAA tournament during the 2013-14 season.

Take a look back at the first season at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

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Video: Nebraska-Miami highlights

Catch up on all the highlights from Nebraska's 41-31 win over Miami with this highlights package released by Nebraska on YouTube.

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Video: Husker Monday Minute with Sam McKewon, Sept. 22

The World-Herald's Sam McKewon talks about the Nebraska football team's win over Miami and its upcoming game with Illinois.

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Press conference, Sept. 22: Pelini sees some clean-up work for Husker defense

Bo Pelini said at his weekly press conference that some defensive things that didn’t hurt Nebraska on Saturday night need to get fixed before they do bite the Huskers.

Pelini and the NU defense went over the Miami game film “with a fine-tooth comb” Sunday and the seventh-year head coach said that “our guys learned from it.”

“To me it wasn’t as much about what they did, it’s how we did what we did,” Pelini said Monday. “We just didn’t play with very good technique at times. We didn’t communicate well at times.”

Nebraska allowed 435 total yards (6.7 per play) in the 41-31...

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Former Husker Alex Henery signed by Detroit Lions

Alex Henery is getting another shot in the NFL.

The former Husker kicker, cut by the Philadelphia Eagles last month, has been signed by the Detroit Lions.

The move came after the Lions cut rookie Nate Freese.

Henery has three years of NFL experience, going 74 for 86 (86 percent) on field goals, with a career long of 51 yards. He's connected on 116 of 117 (99.1 percent) extra-point attempts.

Henery was a first-team All-American for the Huskers in 2010.

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Mad Chatter: Anger is good for you, Husker fans; Randy Gregory's frustration; Tim Miles scores again

Can we do that every Saturday?

Yeah, yeah, Nebraska would probably lose its title of “greatest fans in college football.” But rage is fun!

An old enemy stirred Memorial Stadium into a frenzy Saturday -- and the actual football game wasn’t bad either.

You can count on one hand the number of games the past 25 years that produced vitriol from the sold-out crowd. Colorado in the early 90s. Maybe Texas (though the Huskers never gave fans much reason to get fired up). That’s about it.

I underestimated the degree to which Nebraska fans still hated Miami. As one fan told ...

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ABC will televise Nebraska-Michigan State game

Nebraska's Oct. 4 game at Michigan State will be televised nationally on ABC, the network announced Monday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. 

The Huskers last appeared on ABC in a 38-17 loss to Iowa.

The 2-1 Spartans, 73-14 winners over Eastern Michigan on Saturday, moved from No. 11 to No. 9 in this week's AP Top 25 and USA Today coaches polls. Their loss was a 46-27 setback at No. 3 Oregon on Sept. 6.

NU climbed from No. 24 to No. 21 in the AP poll and from No. 22 to No. 19 in the coaches poll. The 4-0 Huskers play Illinois on Saturday.

MSU beat Nebraska 41-28 la...

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Photos: Huskers in the NFL, Sept. 21

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 3 update includes Roy Helu, Prince Amukamara, Josh Brown and more.

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TBL celebrity prognosticators start season 4-0

Just like Nebraska, our expert pickers are unbeaten on the season, starting out 4-0.

This week, "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe came the closest on his score prediction, 31-27, missing by 14 points. Former Husker Adam Carriker and Erin Sorenson of Hail Varsity missed by 17 and 18 points respectively. 

See their predictions below and follow @OWHbigred and @OWHbottomline for the NU-Illinois predictions later this week. 

The @OWHBottomLine celeb picks are in! What do you predict for #NEBvsMIA? @FauxPelini @AdamCarriker94 @erinsorensen pic.twitter.com/L0tFB4UuUP — Wor...

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Build a Husker poster series returns

The Build a Husker poster series is back!

Find a piece of Nebraska's adidas Red Rising uniform in each day's Omaha World-Herald. Collect all seven pieces and create your own 6-foot tall collectible poster. The series started on Saturday and runs through Friday.

Nebraska will wear the Red Rising uniforms against Illinois on Saturday. 

Find locations to buy single copies of The World-Herald here.

Our Build a Husker poster series has begun. Have you picked up a copy of the @OWHnews yet? http://t.co/VTq9lr2ZJX pic.twitter.com/aoV1ZMPd59 — World-Herald Big Red (@OWHbi...

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Video: Nebraska-Miami highlight reel

Watch video highlights from Nebraska's 41-31 win over the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday in Lincoln. Want to see more highlights? Check out our "Husker quick hits" page for quick clips, notes and more. Plus, don't forget to watch the press conference with Bo Pelini and the Husker players, as well as our own postgame analysis video with Sam McKewon.

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Nebraska-Miami postgame: Huskers head for Big Ten slate

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Nebraska players were still living in the moment late Saturday night, so it hadn’t yet dawned on them to think too far ahead.

But how much of a boost might the 41-31 win over Miami provide as the Huskers now head into Big Ten play starting next week?

“We’re 4-0, and that’s the important thing,” NU linebacker David Santos said. “We’re undefeated right now. And next week we’ll have a mission of being 5-0...

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They said it: Husker coach Bo Pelini after the game

Check out the key quotes from Nebraska coach Bo Pelini at the postgame press conference following Nebraska's 41-31 win over the Hurricanes. Transcript courtesy of Huskers.com.

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BO PELINI

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Opening statement:

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Game Replay: Nebraska 41, Miami 31

World-Herald correspondent Steve Beideck takes a look at some of the key moments that helped shape NU’s 41-31 win over Miami.

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PECULIAR PLAY

A double reverse by the Huskers that eventually ended up in the hands of freshman De’Mornay Pierson-El. There was no gain because a Miami defender was properly positioned, but it’s a play that could pay big dividends during Big Ten play.

WHAT WAS THAT?

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They said it: Miami coach Al Golden after the game

Check out the key quotes from Miami coach Al Golden at the postgame press conference following Nebraska's 41-31 win over the Hurricanes. Transcript courtesy of Huskers.com.

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On the penalties/chippiness towards end of the game

“I like the fact that it meant a lot to our guys, obviously we don’t want to lose our poise like that, especially when you are playing a classy program like Nebraska. So, I like the fact we stuck to it, the fact that they wanted to finish the game, but obviously the penalties — we can’t have them.”

On Ameer Abdullah:

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Nebraska ties, Sept. 21

COACHES

Craig Bohl, Wyoming: An 88-yard pass from Colby Kirkegaard to Dominic Rufran set up Stuart Williams’ 18-yard field goal with 15 seconds left to lift the Cowboys (3-1) 20-19 over Florida Atlantic.

Frank Solich, Ohio: A.J. Ouillette ran for two touchdowns and Quentin Poling had three interceptions as the Bobcats (2-2) beat Idaho 36-24.

Turner Gill, Liberty: Josh Woodrum threw for 318 yards and a touchdown as the Flames (3-1) beat FCS No. 25 Bryant 38-21.

Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina: Alex Ross threw a touchdown pass and ran for another as the Chanticleers (4...

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Tom's Takes: Nebraska 41, Miami 31

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ABDULLAH ONE OF A KIND

I’ve seen all the Nebraska running backs since Rick Berns. I’m not here to try to rank where Ameer Abdullah fits on the all-time list; for one thing, he’s not done. But I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a Husker running back do all the things Abdullah did on Saturday night, from returning three kicks to running Wildcat to catching a touchdown pass to 35 carries for 229 yards and two scores. ...

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Third quarter: Huskers use turnover to pad lead

After forcing just one turnover in its first three games, the Nebraska defense has caused two against Miami.

The second of those, a Duke Johnson fumble forced by linebacker Trevor Roach, resulted in a 57-yard return for a touchdown by cornerback Josh Mitchell. That gave Nebraska a 31-21 lead with 2:23 left in the third quarter.

NU had another potential turnover negated, when a Nathan Gerry interception was erased by a roughing-the-passer call on Vincent Valentine.

The Husker fumble return came after Miami had intercepted Tommy Armstrong and was trying to cut into a 24-2...

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Halftime: Abdullah churning along with 121 rushing yards

Big game, big-time back.

Nebraska senior Ameer Abdullah showed up Saturday night, running hard and scrambling for extra yardage as the Huskers claimed a 17-14 halftime lead on Miami.

Abdullah carried six times for 38 yards on the Huskers’ first series of the second quarter. He finished that drive with a 3-yard touchdown reception on a swing pass from Tommy Armstrong, tying the game at 14-14.

He later broke an 18-yarder to help set up the go-ahead field goal as time expired in the first half.

Abdullah finished the first half with 121 rushing yards on 19 carries. He...

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First quarter: QBs start with hot hands

Miami freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya started off strong Saturday night, apparently unfazed by the sellout crowd at Memorial Stadium.

Kaaya completed 5 of 6 passes for 55 yards on the Hurricanes’ opening drive for a 7-0 lead. He was 7 of 9 for 104 yards before getting intercepted by Nebraska linebacker David Santos at the Huskers’ 5 on the following series.

Kaaya finished the first quarter 9 of 13 for 121 yards.

Nebraska sophomore Tommy Armstrong was equally sharp. Armstrong went 4 of 5 for 74 yards in the first 15 minutes, including a 40-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Be...

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NU-Miami pregame: Huskers looking to create turnovers

Three games into this football season and the Nebraska defense still has caused just one turnover.

Put that down as something the Huskers are looking to change heading into kickoff tonight against Miami at Memorial Stadium.

“The opportunities haven’t seemed to open up,” NU safety Corey Cooper said. “We’ve just got to constantly work on it. We’ve just got to keep playing, and when our opportunities come take advantage of it. You can’t predict it.”

The lone turnover by the Nebraska defense thus far was an interception by Cooper on the final offensive snap by McNeese State...

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Video: Sam McKewon's postgame analysis

Get staff writer Sam McKewon's instant reaction to the Huskers' 41-31 win over the Miami Hurricanes:

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Mad Chatter (Part II): Nebraska-Miami, where the present tries to live up to the past

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little, tiny bites. We’re doing things a bit differently today. I spent Thursday working on a loooooong flashback to the ’84 Orange Bowl. So I urge you to read it here.

As for this Saturday, welcome to the littlest big game in Husker history. My goodness, there's plenty of pomp and circumstance. Biggest home game of the year. NU is still undefeated. The 1994 reunion. First time hosting Miami since Miami became, you know, Miami. 

Only problem is nobody outside Nebraska seems to care. It’s about the 10th biggest game of the weekend....

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Clinton Portis: 'Nebraska didn't stand a chance' in 2002 Rose Bowl

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Former Miami running back Clinton Portis recently spoke with the ACC Digital Network about his memories from the Hurricanes' 2002 Rose Bowl victory over the Huskers, and he pulled no punches when reflecting on the 37-14 Miami win.

"I think we dominated that game," Portis said. "Nebraska didn't stand a chance. We knew that going into the game."

In discussing the Hurricanes' Saturday matchup with NU, Por...

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Mad Chatter: The greatest game in Nebraska football history

If the rapture had come Jan. 3, 1995, nobody in Nebraska would’ve objected. 

Four other undefeated NU teams have claimed national championships. None brought so much satisfaction to the fan base. 

I’m biased. I was 13 years old, the age at which nothing in the world matters more than your favorite team. But I don’t think I’d get much opposition on that opinion.

After 22 years of remarkable consistency but consistent heartache, Tom Osborne finally did it. He did it the Nebraska Way, with a fourth-quarter rally and fullback traps. He did it against a program we viewed as ...

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Big, Fat Recruiting Update, Sept. 19

And so we return for Miami (Florida) week. A red carpet recruiting weekend, if you will, in which the Huskers will try to get a commit or two quickly, but more likely try to plant a seed in the minds of players with more visits to take and 2016 prospects.

Once again, first things first: Let's talk current commits and total projected numbers for the class.

Nebraska has 12 total commits thus far (see the 2015 class here).

There are ten scholarship seniors right now. That includes new long snapper Paul Kelly.

The Huskers currently have two open scholarships. Those op...

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