November 25, 2015

Extra security at Memorial Stadium in place for Huskers-Hawkeyes game (AUDIO)

Memorial Stadium

Memorial Stadium

Security will be increased for the Nebraska game against Iowa Friday.

It is a huge game as Iowa comes to Nebraska undefeated at 11-0, ranked third in the nation, to take on the Huskers, 5-6 on the year.

Expect Memorial Stadium to be packed.

“We hope there are 90,000 people and we hope they are all in red,” says Steve Smith, a spokesman for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Smith says fans should arrive early and travel light. It is fine to carry in blankets, but know that your coat will be inspected.

Gates open Friday at 1pm with kick-off set for 2:30pm.

Gates 6 and 8 will be closed. Gates 1, 17, 18, 19, 21 and 22 will close at kickoff.

“This is not related to any specific threat,” according to Smith. “People should rest assured there is no specific threat against Memorial Stadium or the game, but these are consistent with adjustments being made at other sites around the country following the recent international events, including the attacks in Paris.”

Officials are asking fans to adhere to the “If You See Something, Say Something” approach at Friday’s game. Reach Stadium Operations via text — text to 69050 and begin your message with “UNLPD.” Fans also can contact the nearest event staff member, security officer or police officer in the stadium, or call UNL Police at 402-472-2222.

Additional information about Memorial Stadium’s game day policies and procedures is available at

AUDIO:  Brent Martin reports [:45]

Huskers wary of Beathard scrambles

Mark Banker

Mark Banker

Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard has completed 61 percent of his passes and thrown just three interceptions this season but it is the plays he can make with his feet that has Husker defensive coordinator Mark Banker concerned.

Beathard has gained 422 yards of rushing and his ability to scramble is one of the reasons the Hawkeyes have topped the 30 point mark in five straight games.

Banker says the key for the Huskers will be to put pressure on Beathard without opening up running lanes.

“We can’t take away from our pass rush but at the same time if you beat your guy you have got to have a clock in your head when it is time to close the pocket because he will take off”, said Banker. “He has a good sense of timing in the pocket and in about two and a half seconds if he doesn’t like what he sees he can take off on you.”

The Huskers take a 5-6 record into Friday’s game against a third ranked Iowa team that is 11-0.

Plenty at stake for Huskers against Iowa

Mike Riley

Mike Riley

Iowa will come in as the highly ranked team but there will be plenty on the line for Nebraska in Friday’s regular season finale against the Hawkeyes. A victory would be the Huskers third straight, their second over a top ten team in three games and clinch a trip to a bowl game.

“It would give a chance to continue practicing and work longer with younger guys in the development part of it and the guys that are redshirting we could spend more time with”, said Nebraska coach Mike Riley. “Just for this team it would be great and also for our upcoming team.”

Nebraska is coming off a 31-14 win at Rutgers and Riley feels the defense is playing its best at the end of the season.


Huskers prepare for unbeaten Iowa



Game week preparations started Sunday for the Nebraska football team as the Huskers get set for Friday’s regular season finale against third ranked Iowa.

The Huskers have been idle since a November 14th victory at Rutgers and junior safety Nate Gerry says they looking forward to the challenge of playing the unbeaten Hawkeyes.

“It is going to be a big week for us and another opportunity to take on a top ten opponent”, said Gerry. “They are a good football team and probably the closest team to the Nebraska football style there is.”

Iowa is 11-0 and clinched a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game with a 40-20 victory over Purdue.

Patience pays off for Cross

Imani Cross photo courtey/

Imani Cross photo courtey/

Patience is paying off for Nebraska running back Imani Cross. After serving as a backup for most of his career the senior from Gainesville, Georgia has been inserted into the starting lineup and has led the Huskers in rushing in victories over Michigan State and Rutgers.

“I am thankful that they gave me the opportunity to run the ball and be used in this scheme”, said Cross.” I think my main thing is just to continue to get better every day, focus on the little things and what can I do better to elevate my game and help this team win.”

Cross has rushed for 334 yards this season, including 188 in the past two weeks, and says he gets emotional when he thinks about next Friday’s game against fifth ranked Iowa being his final appearance in Memorial Stadium.

“I am definitely humbled and honored with the opportunity to play at Nebraska and be with great teammates and it is something I am going to miss.”


by Sean Callahan