October 1, 2014

Huskers continue preparations for Big Ten opener with Illini

nebraska_cornhuskers-helmet-logoThe Nebraska football team continued its preparations for their Saturday night Big Ten opener with the Illinois Fighting Illini on Thursday afternoon, as the Huskers completed a 50-minute walk-thru inside of the Hawks Championship Center.

Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini met with the media afterward, noting that the Huskers have had a good week of preparation leading up the game Saturday night.

“We’ve had a good week of preparation,” Pelini said. “It’s been a good attention to detail. We’re looking forward obviously to starting Big Ten play.”

After a shaky defensive start in the first few games, Pelini is happy with the progress the linebackers have made since the victory over longtime opponent Miami last weekend.

“We’ve definitely had a good week,” he said. “I mean it always depends how they’re going to come out and choose to play us, but we could definitely end up in multiple packages. We just have to see how it plays out. Our linebackers have had a good week.”

Pelini announced that junior linebacker David Santos will most likely not see any action Saturday night due to an injury suffered last Saturday against Miami. So far this season, Santos has made 11 solo tackles and 13 assisted tackles. The Spring, Texas, native also had an interception against Miami last weekend. [Read more...]

Huskers women’s soccer draws with Rutgers

Nebraska (4-4-2) and No. 25 Rutgers each scored in the first half, but couldn’t break a 1-1 tie the rest of the way at the Nebraska Soccer Field on Thursday evening.

Senior Mayme Conroy scored the Huskers’ lone goal of the game in the 37th minute off an assist from Jourden Casey. The goal marked Conroy’s third of the season as she headed it in from five yards out.

NU’s goal came after the Scarlet Knights got on the scoreboard in the 15th minute as Brianne Reed scored off a deflection at the near corner of the box. Nebraska goalkeeper Kelly Schatz didn’t give up a goal the rest of the way and compiled seven saves for the game, a new career high.

Schatz earned three of her saves in the second half after one in the first half. She added two in the first overtime and one in the second overtime to preserve the tie. [Read more...]

Bluejays trounced in women’s soccer Big East opener

The opening match of BIG EAST play was less than kind to the Creighton women’s soccer team as the Bluejays fell to the two-time defending champion, Marquette, 7-2 on Thursday, Sept. 25.

The loss dropped Creighton to 8-2-0 overall and 0-1-0 in conference play, wheil Marquette moved to 5-5-1 overall, 1-0-0 in the BIG EAST.

The Golden Eagles jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with goals in the 5th and 14th minute.

The loss dropped Creighton to 8-2-0 overall and 0-1-0 in conference play, while Marquette moved to 5-5-1 overall, 1-0-0 in the BIG EAST.

The Golden Eagles jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with goals in the 5th and 14th minute.

Junior Kirstyn Corder injected some life into her squad as she headed in a goal on a corner play from junior Jill Richgels at the 25:43 mark. [Read more...]

Pelini named Campbell Trophy semifinalist

University of Nebraska center Mark Pelini is among the semifinalists for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy announced Thursday.

Pelini, a senior from Youngstown, Ohio, anchors a Husker offensive line which leads the Big Ten and ranks eighth in the country in total offense (559.8 ypg.). The Huskers also rank in the top-10 nationally in sacks allowed (one, fourth), rushing yards per game (329.0 ypg., fifth) and scoring offense (45.5 ppg, 10th). A three-year letterwinner, Pelini saw time at center in 2013 and has started each of the first four game this season for the unbeaten Huskers.

In the classroom, he is a two-time academic All-Big Ten selection and has been named to Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll five times during his tenure at Nebraska. Pelini was named to both the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2014 for his community outreach work. Pelini has volunteered his time with School is Cool Week, Husker Heroes, Husker Hotline, Super Hero Day, NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 and local school and hospital outreach activities.

The National Football Foundation (NFF) Awards Committee will select up to 16 finalists and award $18,000 scholarships that can be used for the honorees’ postgraduate educations. The recipients will be announced on Thursday, Oct. 30, and one of the finalists will be selected as the Campbell Trophy winner on Dec. 9. [Read more...]

Previewing the Huskers Big Ten opening opponent, Illinois

Illinois opens Big Ten Conference play Saturday night against Nebraska. The Fighting Illini posted a 3-1 record in non-conference play, suffering their only loss at Washington.

Offensively, Illinois boasts one of the nation’s top passing attacks. The Illini rank 19th nationally with an average of 321.5 passing yards per game while completing 66.2 percent of their passes. Illinois averages only 108.2 rushing yards per game, as nearly 60 percent of the Fighting Illini’s total plays have been passes.

Wes Lunt is completing 65.8 percent of his passes for 1,237 yards and 11 touchdowns. He ranks eighth nationally in passing touchdowns and ninth in passing yards per game. Geronimo Allison has caught 16 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns this fall, while six Illini have at least 10 catches.

On the ground, Josh Ferguson has gained a team-high 316 yards, while averaging 6.3 yards per rush. Ferguson is coming off a career day against Texas State last weekend, when he ran for 190 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, Illinois ranks 93rd nationally in total defense and 100th in scoring defense. Opponents have rushed for an average of 172.5 yards per game against the Illini, but are averaging just 3.5 yards per carry. Through the air, Illinois is giving up an average of 257.2 passing yards per game. [Read more...]