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Practice report Sept. 18: WR Burtch out for season; Pelini talks Miami

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Nebraska has lost yet another key contributor to a season-ending injury. Receiver Sam Burtch tore his ACL during Wednesday's practice.

Burtch had 12 catches last year (fourth-most among returning receivers), but he had yet to play in a game this season because of a head injury. He did return to practice this week.

"It's a shame," coach Bo Pelini said. "He was just running around."

(Not that any H...

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TBL: Joe Zagacki, the voice of the Miami Hurricanes

Voice of the Hurricanes Joe Zagacki discusses Miami heading into their game with Nebraska.

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TBL: "Through These Gates" director Ryan Tweedy

Director/Producer Ryan Tweedy discusses his documentary "Through These Gates", Nebraska football, the Husker's most hated rivals and more.

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TBL: Jon Nyatawa talks Husker football

World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa joined Mike'l Severe in studio on "The Bottom Line" to discuss the Fresno State game, the loudest moments at Memorial Stadium, Randy Gregory and much more.

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Students pushing #BlackoutMiami campaign on social media

The Huskers haven't taken an official stance as far as making it a full-stadium affair, but they've at least gone to lengths in the wild world of Twitter to endorse plans of a student-section "blackout" — in which fans wear all-black attire — during Saturday's showdown with Miami.

On Thursday, the @Huskers' Twitter account retweeted this message from @TheIronN, which posts on behalf of the Nebraska student section:

.@Huskers We'll be the thunder of the #RedStorm Oh, and keep an eye on the @HuskerBoneyard just before kickoff... pic.twitter.com/6Ncaai3IOU — The Iron N (@TheIr...

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Randy Gregory No. 7 in Mel Kiper's latest NFL draft projection

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. updated his NFL "Big Board" on Thursday, and Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory comes in at No. 7 in the 2015 ranks.

After a standout 2013 season, Gregory — despite being projected as a top-end prospect in the NFL draft — decided to return to Nebraska in 2014, albeit with an insurance plan to protect his prospects in case he was severely injured.

As of May, several top mock drafts had Gregory among the top ten, including a some listing him as a projected No. 1 pick.

In Kiper's latest update, he exercises caution ("we haven't seen much yet...

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ESPN to carry 15 Husker hoops games; CBS leaves door open for more

The Big Ten and ESPN announced the remainder of their television slate for the upcoming season Thursday, and the Huskers will make a total of 15 regular-season appearances across the network during the 2014-15 season.

Six games had been previously announced, including Super Tuesday games at Michigan (Jan. 27) and vs. Wisconsin (Feb. 10), but ESPN added nine additional appearances during Big Ten play, including appearances on ESPN or ESPNU2 at Wisconsin (Jan. 15, 8 p.m.), against Michigan State (Jan. 24, 3 or 6 p.m.) and Ohio State (Feb. 26, 6 p.m.). Nebraska will made a pair of app...

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Ameer Abdullah: Heisman would be nice, but winning the Big Ten is the goal

Nebraska I-back Ameer Abdullah joined CBS Sports Radio's "The Doug Gottlieb Show" on Wednesday to discuss the Miami-Nebraska game, his game-winning touchdown against McNeese State, the #FearAmeer Heisman campaign, AA batteries and more.

Some highlights:

>> Abdullah said he is "thoroughly educated" on the Nebraska-Miami rivalry. "They have a great team and a great university, and it was definitely one of my dream schools growing up."

>> The senior said he offers no input when it comes to Nebraska's FearAmeer.com website. "My goal right now is to win games for...

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Video: Randy Gregory excited to exploit Miami offense

In an interview with Fox Sports this week, Husker defensive end Randy Gregory discussed NU's home matchup with Miami — and he's excited about the prospect of taking on the Hurricanes in Lincoln.

"It's big. For them, you know, for one they haven't played in front of a crowd like this and then for it to be on the road, I think it's big for us," Gregory said.

On facing Miami freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya, he expects the loud Nebraska crowd and some defensive pressure to help swing momentum in the Huskers' favor.

"I think we can rattle him a little bit early and we'll be ...

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Video: Lee Barfknecht talks Big Ten on 'The Bottom Line'

World-Herald staff writer Lee Barfknecht joined “The Bottom Line” host Mike’l Severe in studio Wednesday to discuss the latest news from around the Big Ten.

Watch the complete interview below:

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Video: 'The U' director Billy Corben talks Miami-Nebraska

Watch "The Bottom Line” host Mike’l Severe’s Wednesday interview with Billy Corben, director of ESPN Film’s 30 For 30 documentary "The U" — a detailed look at the rise of the Miami Hurricanes football team in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Corben discusses the documentary, an upcoming sequel, the history between the Miami and Nebraska football teams and more.

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Mad Chatter: Are Huskers better off on the road?; 2001 Miami; Ferentz under fire

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18-9. 

In six years under Bo Pelini, this is Nebraska’s road record against major-conference foes. Pretty impressive, right? Never has NU finished worse than 2-2 in true road games — conference championship games and bowl games excluded.

Yes, there have been blowouts at Oklahoma and at Ohio State and at Wisconsin and at Michigan (2011). But more often than not, the Huskers are focused and prepared when...

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From the Archives: Frazier 'saw fear in their eyes' when staring down 1994 Bruins

The Huskers were coming off a bye week in 1994, putting their No. 2 AP ranking and 2-0 record on the line against No. 13 UCLA. It wasn't much of a test.

"I saw fear in their eyes," quarterback Tommie Frazier said after Nebraska rushed for 484 yards to flatten the Bruins 49-21 before 75,687 at Memorial Stadium.

It's been 20 years since that game. Twenty years since Nebraska's star quarterback said "A couple of their linebackers looked at me like, 'What play are they going to run now? And is it going to be for a big gain?'"

Here's a look back at the game story by Lee Barf...

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Practice Report, Sept. 16: Bracing for Miami's speed and skill

Offensive weapons? Miami has more than a few, Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis said Tuesday night after practice, as the Huskers continued to prepare for Saturday night's tilt with the Hurricanes.

“At every skill position, they have guys who can take it to the house every time they touch it,” Papuchis said. “And they're good up front. It's going to be a challenge. It's the best offense that we've played to date, certainly.”

Papuchis's biggest concern is Miami's “big-play ability.” The Hurricanes currently have nine plays of 30 yards or longer, which is tied for 16...

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Video: Sam McKewon talks Huskers on 'The Bottom Line'

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined "The Bottom Line" with Mike'l Severe on Tuesday to discuss the latest Husker football news.

In the first segment, Sam looks back at the Huskers' performance in a 55-19 win over Fresno State:

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After the break, Sam breaks down Nebraska's upcoming matchup with the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday:

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Video: The Big Red Today Show

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

Among the topics discussed:

>> The win over Fresno State

>> The 1994 team reunion planned for Saturday

>> What the Huskers need to do to defeat Miami

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BTN to televise 11 Husker men's basketball games

A minimum of 13 Husker men’s basketball games — including 11 televised matchups — will air across Big Ten Network platforms this season, the network announced Tuesday.

The Huskers' BTN matchups include the 12 regular-season games and one exhibition, with the exhibition game and the Huskers' season opener available on the BTN Plus web streaming package. The remaining 11 games will be broadcast on the BTN television network.

The first televised BTN appearance of the season for the Huskers will be a Dec. 7 showdown with Creighton at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers' other non-co...

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Big Ten call: Pelini talks Huskers and Hurricanes

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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 fit...

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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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