October 22, 2014

Players consider it an honor to wear the Blackshirts. So much, that one player doesn’t feel he’s ready to wear it yet (AUDIO)

Nebraska_Cornhuskers_Blackshirts16 Husker defenders were awarded the coveted Blackshirt jersey.

Upfront defensive ends Randy Gregory and Greg McMullen both were selected as ends in the Blackshirt group. Defensive tackles were sophomore Maliek Collins, and juniors Kevin Williams and Vincent Valentine. Four linebackers with seniors Zaire Anderson, Trevor Roach, junior David Santos and sophomore Josh Banderas being the recipients and a total of seven defensive backs were selected.  Corners Josh Mitchell, Daniel Davie and Jonathan Rose, ewcomers Byerson Cockrell and Joshua Kalu and two safeties, senior Corey Cooper and sophomore Nate Gerry.

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Armstrong doesn’t throw any touchdowns, but comes up big on third down plays

The first three meetings between Nebraska and Northwestern were all close and after the first half it looked like it would come down to the end again, but the Huskers scored 24 unanswered points in the second half for 38-17 win.   Bo Pelini was happy with the finish.

Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. completed 18-of-29 passes for 221 yards. He did not throw an interception or a touchdown pass, but he made a couple of big third down completions.  He was 5 of 6 passing on third down in the second half, able to convert and sustain drives.  He did haul in his first career touchdown catch, a 16-yard reception from freshman wide receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El after a reverse handoff from Abdullah.

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Beck claims protecting the ball a trademark of Nebraska football…really? (AUDIO)

I’m not sure I would call protecting the football a trademark of NU football under Bo Pelini and Tim Beck (a term he used the other day at practice)…turnovers have always been an issue, in my mind. I could be wrong, but turnovers have been an issue against Northwestern as well.Beck says he wants to see steady ball movement from the offense throughout the game against the Wildcats

Even if the Huskers aren’t getting touchdowns or field goals, a couple of first downs and a good punt, flip the field position…don’t give Northwestern short fields to work with.  If the Huskers don’t score on drives, punts are going to be better than turnovers…NU has to make Northwestern work a little bit for their yards and points…A good defense can start with a good offense.

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Nebraska-Rutgers set for 1 p.m. kick

The Big Ten Conference announced that Nebraska’s Oct. 25 matchup with Rutgers will kick off at 11 a.m. CDT. The matchup at Memorial Stadium will be televised on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.

The Nebraska-Rutgers game is just the second all-time between the schools and the first ever meeting in Lincoln. The only previous game between the two programs was a 28-0 Nebraska win in 1920, in a contest played at the New York Polo Grounds.

Rutgers heads into this weekend’s game at Ohio State with a 5-1 record, including a 1-1 mark in Big Ten Conference play.

The daytime start against Rutgers will be the Huskers’ first day game since a Sept. 6 contest against McNeese State. Nebraska will complete a stretch of five consecutive prime-time games this Saturday when Nebraska travels to Northwestern for a 6:30 p.m. game televised by BTN.

 

No Husker football to watch. We have a couple of games to keep your eyes on (AUDIO)

Of course it’s a bye week for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, but several games you need to keep your eyes on in terms of the standings in the Big Ten East. The first in Northwestern at Minnesota. The Wildcats host the Huskers next weekend and a win for them tomorrow over the Gophers would move them to 3-0 in conference play and give them a 2.5 game lead over the Huskers heading into next Saturday’s game. The Gophers also ahead of the Huskers, they are 1-0 in Big Ten play. That game will kick off at 11am and you can watch it on the Big Ten Network.

The other game of interest is Indiana at Iowa. The Hawkeyes also sit at 1-0 in Big Ten play, they are third team ahead of the Huskers in the standings. That game kicks at 11 on ESPNU.

Get the rundown of the Big Ten East schedule with our Big Red Report