October 31, 2014

Huskers ready to play host to Scarlet Knights

nebraska_cornhuskers-helmet-logoAmeer Abdullah and the 16th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers will be in action once again this Saturday, as they host Big Ten Conference newcomers Rutgers at Memorial Stadium.

Rutgers’ first season in the Big Ten has gone as well as could be expected. The Scarlet Knights own a 5-2 overall record, although they have only managed a 1-2 start in league play. The optimism for the team took a big hit last weekend when Ohio State posted a 56-17 win over Kyle Flood’s team.

“Today is a great example that when you play a really talented football team, the margin of error is very small,” Flood said following the loss. “We just didn’t play very clean football. As a coaching staff, we need a better plan.”

The margin for error will once again be razor thin for Flood’s squad this weekend, as it faces a powerful Nebraska team. The Cornhuskers bounced back from their first loss of the season against Michigan State with a 38-17 road win over Northwestern last weekend. They are now 6-1 overall and 2-1 in Big Ten play.

This will be the first time these teams will square off as conference foes, and just the second time they will have met overall. The first matchup took place all the way back in 1920 when Nebraska earned a 28-0 victory at the Polo Grounds in New York City. [Read more...]

Creighton volleyball alone in first after topping Marquette

Kelli Browning had 18 kills on .593 hitting and a pair of veteran reserves saved the day as Creighton Volleyball moved into sole possession of first place in the BIG EAST Conference with a 3-1 win over Marquette on Friday night.

Scores of the match in favor of Creighton were 17-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-21. The victory gives the Bluejays (16-7, 9-1 BIG EAST) a regular-season sweep of the Golden Eagles (16-6, 7-3 BIG EAST) and a bit of revenge after MU won the BIG EAST Tournament title in Omaha last November.

Marquette and Creighton were tied 7-7 early in the first set before the Golden Eagles broke through for a 25-17 victory to open the match. Both teams had 13 kills, but CU had eight more attack errors and that proved to be the difference. BIG EAST kills leader Autumn Bailey had five kills and five digs in 10 swings for MU in the opening frame to pace a Golden Eagles offense that hit .323. CU was paced by four kills each from Marysa Wilkinson and Browning.

The momentum of the match swung late in the second set. Marquette tied the score at 18-all on a kill from Meghan Niemann that ended with star Creighton libero Kate Elman crashing into a courtside table. Elman, who became CU’s first player to surpass 1,500 career kills earlier in the set, would leave the match with a right arm injury and did not return. She was sent for X-rays following the match.

Bailey put down a kill for a 19-18 Golden Eagles lead, but CU would answer after a timeout. Leah McNary and Lauren Smith combined for three kills, and surrounded by three MU attack error the Jays advanced to the edge of set point with a 6-0 run. CU would close out the frame on a solo stuff by Smith of Bailey at 25-20. Browning had five kills and two blocks to lead CU, which hit .314 in the set. Michelle Sicner came on with CU up 12-11 in the frame and would set the Bluejay offense the rest of the night to the tune of 27 assists. [Read more...]

High School football scores from Friday Oct 24th

Ansley-Litchfield 83, Central Valley 35
Aquinas Catholic 28, Archbishop Bergan 0
Arcadia-Loup City 52, Wood River 6
Ashland-Greenwood 48, Douglas County West 7
Auburn 13, Syracuse 10
Bancroft-Rosalie 106, Allen 70
Battle Creek 35, Lutheran High Northeast 0
Beatrice 49, Lincoln Pius X 17
Bellevue West 34, Omaha Central 28
Bennington 62, Schuyler 10
Bishop Neumann 22, David City 14
Blair 62, Mount Michael Benedictine 21
Blue Hill 55, Axtell 26
Cedar Bluffs 62, Mead 36
Chase County 68, Mitchell 12
Cody-Kilgore 40, Arthur County 34
Columbus 20, Millard South 13
Columbus Scotus 42, Columbus Lakeview 3
Creighton Preparatory School 28, Papillion-LaVista South 10
Crete 12, Norris 7
Deshler 35, Walthill 29
Elkhorn South 42, Gretna 35 [Read more...]

Huskers begin to get ready to host Rutgers

Nebraska returns to Lincoln for the first time in four weeks on Saturday, as the Huskers play host to Big Ten newcomer Rutgers at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CDT with the game televised by ESPN2.

The Huskers enter the game with a 6-1 overall reocrd and a 2-1 Big Ten Conference record after a 38-17 victory at Northwestern last Saturday. The Huskers were dominant in the second half, erasing a 17-14 halftime deficit and holding the Wildcats to just 28 yards after intermission. The win made the Huskers bowl eligible, ensuring a postseason berth for the seventh straight season.

The win at Northwestern helped Nebraska move up three spots in both major polls, as the Huskers now check in at No. 16 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls. At 2-1 in Big Ten play, the Huskers are tied for second in the Big Ten West with Iowa, a game behind division leader Minnesota, who sits at 3-0 in conference play.

Rutgers comes to Lincoln with a 5-2 overall record and a 1-2 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Scarlet Knights dropped a 56-17 decision at Ohio State last Saturday in their Big Ten Conference road opener. Rutgers features a potent passing attack that averages better than 250 yards per game through the air.

Rutgers is making its first ever trip to Memorial Stadium on Saturday, and the game will mark just the second meeting between the two programs.

Creighton’s Herbers named Big East offensive player of the week

Creighton men’s soccer sophomore Fabian Herbers earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors, the conference office announced Monday.

Herbers scored both of Creighton’s goals last week during a two-game BIG EAST road trip. He converted a long free kick from the left sideline to stun St. John’s just inside the final minute of regulation to give the Bluejays a 1-0 victory. On Saturday, Herbers connected on another free kick from just outside the top of the box in the 82nd minute to forge a 1-1 tie at Xavier.

With his pair of scores last week Herbers now leads the BIG EAST with four game-winning goals and is tied for most points in the conference at 20. He has scored the lone goal in three of the Jays’ last four matches and leads the team with eight goals.

The conference laurel is the first of the year and second all-time for Herbers. He claimed BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors last season on Sept. 23.

It marks the second straight week that a Bluejay has been named Offensive Player of the Week by the conference. Junior Timo Pitter earned the honor last week. The Jays’ weekly conference award total now stands at six this year. Last season Creighton also totaled a half dozen Player of the Week honors from the conference.

The Bluejays return to Omaha to entertain No. 3 Georgetown this Saturday at 7 p.m. CT in Morrison Stadium. A free live video stream of the game will be available via the BIG EAST Digital Network with play-by-play from Matt Kelly and analysis from Peter Henning.