September 16, 2014

Huskers ready to renew an old rivarly (AUDIO)

The Huskers are 24th in this week’s AP poll, and they host an old rival of sorts in Miami this Saturday at 7 p.m. The game will be the renewal of one of college football’s most significant non-conference rivalries where the two schools are 5-5 in the all-time series. The two programs have combined for 10 national championships, including eight since 1983. Saturday’s game will mark Miami’s first trip to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln since 1976.

The 1983 Hurricanes clinched the program’s first national crown with a memorable 31-30 victory over Nebraska in the 1984 Orange Bowl. Three of Miami’s five national titles, came with bowl victories over Nebraska. Nebraska’s 1994 national championship, the first of three in a four-year span under Hall of Fame Coach Tom Osborne, came with a win over Miami in the Orange Bowl. Osborne’s 1994 Huskers will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their championship season with a reunion this weekend in Lincoln.

Listen as we take you down memory lane.

Huskers battle heat and hostile environment as Pelini pleased with better effort (AUDIO)

The Huskers laid an early knockout blow in their 55-19 win at Fresno State, jumping out to a 14-0 lead in the first three minutes and Bo Pelini talked about how that kind of took the life out of the stadium.  562 total yards including 127 of those in the first three minutes of the game. A 70 yard pass to Jordan Westerkamp and a 57 yard run by Ameer Abdullah.

Defensively, the Huskers saw a lot of passing, had to play a lot of dime coverage, which means six defensive backs which will help down the road. It was also the return of Randy Gregory, who had three tackles.  Just coming back from knee surgery, really saw his first significant playing time and it was so hot out there, Pelini said Gregory battled and played well.  The conditions and flow of the game made it tough for the entire team.

Storm Chasers win their second straight PCL Championship

The Omaha Storm Chasers beat the Reno Aces 4-0 Sunday to win their second straight Pacific Coast League Championship, and third title in the last four seasons. They will face the Pawtucket Red Sox in the 2014 Triple-A National Championship in Charlotte this Tuesday, September 16 at 6:05 p.m.

Omaha starter Aaron Brooks tossed a complete game shutout in the Game 5 win and was named the 2014 PCL Playoffs MVP with three wins and only two runs allowed in 24.0 postseason innings. Brooks finished off the 2014 season allowing just eight earned runs in 53.0 innings (1.36 ERA) in seven straight wins.

The Chasers scored three runs in the first two innings.  With two outs and runners at first and second, Brett Hayes lined a double to the gap in right-center, scoring Pedro Ciriaco and Paulo Orlando.  In the second, Whit Merrifield blooped a single into center-field past a diving Mike Freeman to score Cheslor Cuthbert with the third run.

Wingnuts sweep Saltdogs to win A.A. championship

The Wichita Wingnuts defeated the Saltdogs 8-3 Saturday night to complete the sweep and win the 2014 American Association Championship on Saturday night.

Lincoln jumped out to a 3-0 lead, highlighted by a second-inning lead-off homer from Brandon Pinckney.  Wichita tallied a run in the second on a two-out bunt single, and scored  three unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth to assume a 4-3 lead.

The Wingnuts then scored a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to make it 7-3, before adding a final tally in eighth.

Joe Bisenius (1-2) lasted six innings, yielding seven runs – four earned – on seven hits to suffer the loss. Pinckney, the 32-year old in his final professional game, went 3-for-3 with a home run and a walk.

Lincoln’s successful 2014 run comes to an end after a Central Division Championship, a comeback division-series win over Winnipeg, and its second Championship Series appearance.

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Chadron State’s rally falls short at Idaho State

Chadron State scored four of the final five touchdowns to give Idaho State a scare, but came up short as the Bengals escaped with a 39-34 win.

Idaho State had a 33-6 lead, when the Chadron State surge after a Bengals’ field goal attempt was blocked by Ethan Bauer and Jordan Jones returned it 80 yards for a score.

The Eagles also scored on a 39-yard sprint by tailback Michael Madkins with 7:44 to play and added another touchdown on a 25-yard pass from quarterback Jonn McLain to Danny O’Boyle, who made a diving catch in the end zone with 1:22 remaining.

Chadron State attempted an onside kick, but the Bengals claimed it and converted on a fourth and one situation to keep the ball and running out the clock.