November 29, 2015

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



Riley credits run game and defense for win streak

Mike Riley

Mike Riley

Nebraska coach Mike Riley credits an improved ground game and defense for the Huskers resurgence. After falling to 3-6 after an October 31st loss at Purdue the Huskers have responded with victories over Michigan State and Rutgers.

Riley says improvement on defense begins with the secondary.

“We are challenging more receivers, we are getting our hands on more balls and we are not giving up as many big plays as we did early in the year”, said Riley. “That also has to do with a better pass rush and we have also run the ball better the last couple of weeks.”

The Huskers have averaged just over 175 yards on the ground the past two weeks and the defense limited Rutgers to 259 yards of total offense. Nebraska is off this week and Riley says the focus will be on rest as the prepare for a November 27th game against Iowa.

Huskers bid for two in a row as they head to New Jersey

Mike Riley

Mike Riley

Nebraska coach Mike Riley says his team cannot afford a let down against any opponent.

The Huskers kept their bowl hopes alive last week with a thrilling victory over Michigan State and now visit a struggling Rutgers team that is 3-6 overall. Nebraska is 4-6.

“We’re not in any position to even think we should have a let down”, said Riley. “Focusing on anything but Rutgers like what happened last week or what is ahead of us is going into a big time trap.”

Rutgers is 1-5 in the Big Ten but did have a near miss at home against Michigan State. Kickoff is 2:30p.m. and the game will be carried by the Big Ten Network.


Husker receivers winning on deep balls

Brandon Reilly photo courtesy/

Brandon Reilly photo courtesy/

Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong says the Huskers are having success with the deep ball because receivers are winning one-on-one battles.

Armstrong had two touchdown passes of 30 yards or more in a 39-38 upset win over Michigan State, including a game winning 30 yard strike to Brandon Reilly with 38 seconds remaining.

“The way we play and the way certain defenses play against us it kind of puts certain guys on islands and it is expected for our guys to go up and make plays”, said Armstrong. “We have a lot of talent all over the receiving corps and they are just looking for a chance.

Husker offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf says the receivers will face a challenge on Saturday against Rutgers’ secondary.

“They are pretty young in the back end but they have played pretty well and their corners are good cover guys”, said Langsdorf. “I think they have got a good pressure package that is a little scary. They give a lot of different looks there and they have given some people problems with it.”