December 1, 2015

Huskers hope to prove themselves against Iowa

Tommy Armstrong

Tommy Armstrong

A roller coaster season could end on a high note for Nebraska when the Huskers host fourth ranked Iowa. Sitting a 3-6 at the beginning of the month the Huskers have won two straight and can lock up a bowl bid with a victory over the unbeaten Hawkeyes.

Junior quarterback Tommy Armstrong who says the Huskers are out to prove they are better than their record.

“You know we lost some close games but we have the talent to be very good”, said Armstrong. “We are a very good football team but we just have to put it all together and when we do it shows.”

Nebraska is 5-6. Iowa is 11-0 and needs a victory on Friday to stay in the playoff hunt.

Sean Callahan contributed to this story

No charges will be filed in rape allegation at house shared by Husker players

No charges will be filed in connection with an allegation that a woman was raped at a Lincoln home shared by three University of Nebraska football players.

Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong said an investigation began after a 20-year-old woman alleged during a visit to Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln that she had been raped during the early morning hours of November 15th.

“We have completed our investigation into this matter and no arrests will be made in regards to this,” Peschong told reporters during a news conference at the Lincoln Police Department.

Authorities acknowledged something happened at the home shared by Husker quarterback Tommy Armstrong, receiver Jordan Westerkamp, and tight end Trey Foster. But they add there isn’t enough evidence to file charges.

“We will not be filing charges with regard to this investigation,” Lancaster County Prosecutor Joe Kelly. “Filing it would require proof beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime had occurred. That simply is not there.”

Authorities say six people were at the residence that evening. All were interviewed. No names are being released.

“The decision is simply an evaluation that we make when we compare the facts as we know them with the elements that we would have to prove in front of a jury beyond a reasonable doubt,” according to Kelly. “That simply is not there and, ethically, I cannot move forward.”

The University of Nebraska Athletics Department issued the following statement:


“We are aware of this morning’s announcement by the Lincoln Police Department and the Lancaster County Attorney. There is no change in the status of any student-athletes. We will continue to follow University policies.”


Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this report.

AUDIO:  Lincoln Police Dept. news conference on rape allegation. [15 minutes]

Hawkeyes hope to make series with Nebraska a rivalry

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz

The Nebraska-Iowa series was renewed when the Huskers joined the Big Ten Conference and Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says it is up to the Hawkeyes to actually make it a rivalry.

Nebraska has won 29 of the 45 games played between the two schools, including three of the four Black Friday games that began in 2011.

“And really the chore for us is to get involved”, said Ferentz. “Our job is to be able to play with those guys and go out and compete with them. They recruit well and have had great teams in the past and have a really good team this year so our challenge is to be ready for them on Friday.”

The Hawkeyes enter Friday’s game 11-0 and ranked fourth in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. The Huskers are 5-6 and need a victory to clinch a bowl bid.

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.