November 26, 2015

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 Pick Up Third Straight Win

Nebraska improved to 4-1 on the young season with a 67-44 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Pinnacle Bank Arena Tuesday.

The Huskers used a balanced attack and strong defense to get the win, the team’s third straight. Nebraska held Arkansas-Pine Bluff to just 31% shooting. The Huskers also held the rebounding advantage by 17.

Head Coach Tim Miles said junior Andrew White III is working to become a better rebounder. “There’s really not a go-to rebounder on the team, but they all seem to rebound,” Miles said. “Andrew can do a lot of things. He wants to be an elite rebounder. He’s got a long way to go to get there, but I think he’ll work at it.”

White led the Huskers with 16 points.  Shavon Shields added 15 points along with five rebounds.

Nebraska’s next challenge is against #24 ranked Cincinnati on Friday at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn.

“We’ll be ready for Cincinnati, and if we’re not it will be a bloodbath,” said Miles. “They are a very talented team.”

Creighton prepares for UMass

Greg McDermott

Greg McDermott

The Creighton basketball team will play UMass in the championship game of the Men Who Speak Out Main Event tournament in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.

The Bluejays advanced with an 85-75 victory over Rutgers and will go up against a UMass team that cruised to an 82-65 win over Clemson.

“Their offensively display was incredible”, said Creighton coach Greg McDermott. “Clemson played the two teams that we played so I saw them on film a little bit more and to dominate a team like Clemson was really impressive and we are going to have our hands full.”

Junior forward Cole Huff led Creighton with 26 points against Rutgers and says the UMass perimeter players will be difficult to contain.

“Their guards weren’t afraid to shoot and were putting up a lot of points”, said Huff. “They are a physical team and like to get out and run so we have to match their intensity.”





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.