September 22, 2014

Abdullah named Big Ten player of the week (AUDIO)

Nebraska I-back Ameer Abdullah earned Big Ten weekly honors for the second time this season on Monday.

Abdullah shared Big Ten Offensive honors with Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon following Nebraska’s 41-31 win over Miami Saturday night. Abdullah totaled 313 all-purpose yards – an NCAA single-game high in 2014 – as he rushed for 229 yards on 35 carries and two scores and added a three-yard touchdown reception. He also had four kickoff returns for 81 yards in the win, as his all-purpose yard total was second in Nebraska school history. He moved from fifth to third on Nebraska’s career rushing list while also becoming the Huskers’ career all-purpose yards leader, passing College Football Hall of Famer Johnny Rodgers.

Abdullah also earned the weekly honor against Florida Atlantic in the season opener when he rushed for 232 yards. Abdullah is one of only two players in the country with multiple 200-yard rushing games in 2014. Nebraska has won at least one Big Ten weekly award in each of the first four weeks of the season.

The Big Ten honor was one of several for Abdullah, as he was also named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll for the second this season on Monday and was chosen as the Athlon Sports Big Ten Player of the Week.

Division II football recap: All three Nebraska schools lose

MSU Moorhead 40, Wayne State 36

MSU Moorhead stopped Wayne State on a fourth and goal at the nine yard line on the final play of the game to win a wild 40-36 Northern Sun Conference football game over the Wildcats Saturday afternoon at Bob Cunningham Field in Wayne. The visiting Dragons improve to 1-2 overall and 1-2 in the NSIC while WSC is also 1-2 on the season and 1-2 in league play.
The game featured a combined 1,254 yard between the two clubs with a combined six blocked or missed kicks that resulted in a pair of rare, two point PAT returns.

Missouri Southern 34, Nebraska-Kearney 17

Missouri Southern option offense finished with 364 rushing yards and the Lions defense held Nebraska-Kearney in check in a 34-17 win.  This was the first meeting between the two since 1988. In front of a Homecoming crowd of 4,515, Southern improves to 1-2 while UNK falls to 0-3.  Averaging 397 rushing yards per game last year to rank second nationally, the Lions averaged 5.7 yards per carry.

Colorado School of Mines 33, Chadron State 18

Quarterback Justin Dvorak rushed for 107 yards and three touchdowns and added 198 yards and a TD through the air to lead the No. 22-ranked Colorado School of Mines Orediggers to a 33-18 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory over Chadron State.  Dvorak, a sophomore, was led the Mines’ attack, accounting for 305 of the Orediggers’ 366 yards.

High school football scores from Friday 9/19/04

Allen 68, Omaha Nation 38
Amherst 54, Franklin 20
Anselmo-Merna 80, Elwood 52
Ansley-Litchfield 70, Axtell 21
Aquinas Catholic 61, Weeping Water 0
Arapahoe 42, Perkins County 22
Archbishop Bergan 58, Elmwood-Murdock 14
Arthur County 78, St. Edward 58
Ashland-Greenwood 55, Lincoln Christian 7
Aurora 32, Hastings 7
Axtell, KS 26, Pawnee City 22
BDS 68, High Plains Community 44
Bancroft-Rosalie 66, Osmond 44
Banner County 56, Wauneta-Palisade 22
Battle Creek 63, Ponca 0
Bellevue East 44, South Sioux City 7
Blair 40, Platteview 0
Boone Central/Newman Grove 49, Grand Island Central Catholic 18
Boys Town 41, Louisville 7
Brady 36, Medicine Valley 35
Central City 32, O’Neill 19
Chadron 33, Broken Bow 6
Chase County 38, Kimball 6
Clarkson/Leigh 58, Cedar Bluffs 34
Columbus Scotus 28, Pierce 14
Crawford 40, Morrill 24
Crete 14, Waverly 7
Diller-Odell 62, Mead 12
Doniphan-Trumbull 30, Centennial 7
Dundy County-Stratton 43, Southwest 20
Elkhorn 58, Omaha Benson 6
Elkhorn South 45, Norris 14
Elkhorn Valley 44, Winside 22
Elm Creek 59, Sutherland 24
Emerson-Hubbard 12, Randolph 6
Exeter-Milligan 56, Johnson-Brock 14
Fairbury 22, Johnson County Central 13
Falls City 60, Douglas County West 12
Fillmore Central 55, Sandy Creek 20
Fort Calhoun 24, Bishop Neumann 20
Freeman 39, Tri County 7
Friend 34, Cross County 0
Fullerton 64, McCool Junction 14
Garden County 48, Mullen 40
Gibbon 34, Bridgeport 14
Giltner 68, Overton 16
Grand Island 56, Columbus 19
Gretna 75, Schuyler 0
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 48, Howells-Dodge 34
Hartington Cedar Catholic 39, Homer 0
Hartington-Newcastle 36, Elgin Public/Pope John 30
Hastings St. Cecilia 42, Cambridge 8
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Nebraska ready to rekindle an old football rivalry tonight

The Nebraska football team is ready for their Saturday night showdown with the Miami Hurricanes. Head Coach Bo Pelini said the team had a good week of preparation.

“I think our guys are recovered from the weekend—from the travel and all that,” Pelini said. “I think we have had good tempo, and I think we have had a good week of preparation. We need to finish it up tomorrow and get ready to go.”

The Huskers are a little thing at wide receiver. Burtch will miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury. Burtch, a Elmwood-Murdock product, recorded 12 receptions for 147 yards last season, including three touchdowns. The offense will have to rely on guys like sophomore walk-on Lane Hovey of Adel, Iowa to step in and fill some of the void.

Defensively, John Papuchis will have a hard time trying to stop the many skill players Miami brings.

“They have a lot of weapons at every skilled position, they have guys that can take it to the house every time they touch the ball,” Papuchis said. “They are good upfront, so it is going to be a challenge, it is the best offense we have played this season.”

Miami will start a true freshman at quarterback. Brad Kaaya.  He’s a native of West Hills, Calif., and a graduate of Chaminade High, where he was a teammate of current Husker sophomore running back Terrell Newby.

“They are athletic enough at every skill position that if you miss a tackle it could turn into a touchdown,” Papuchis said. “They have great speed at wideout, so I am concerned with balls being thrown over our head, but our guys are aware of it and we have to tackle well to limit explosive plays.”

First things you didn’t know about Miami:

1 Miami’s defense is now ranked eighth-best nationally, allowing 259.7 yards per game.
2 Miami is one of seven teams in the nation so far to have at least five different players recover a fumble.
3 Duke Johnson surpassed Willis McGahee for eighth all-time in program history with his 90 rushing yards against A-State
4 Phillip Dorsett has caught two TD passes in consecutive weeks, and has already tied his career high with four in 2014.
5 Miami is tops in the ACC and No. 6 nationally in net punting, with 45.3 yards per kick.

Kickoff between the two national powers will be nationally televised on ESPN2 at 7pm (CT).

Nebraska kicker injured in a motorcycle accident

Mauro Bondi.  Photo: Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations

Mauro Bondi. Photo: Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations

21-year old Mauro Bondi, a kicker for the Nebraska football team, suffered a broken collarbone after he crashed his motorcycle Thursday night in Lincoln.

Lincoln police report that around 6:30 p.m., Bondi was traveling west on Alvo Road when he couldn’t handle a turn.  Bondi’s motorcycle hit a curb and then went off the road.  A person in another vehicle stopped and took Bondi back to his apartment.  He later went to the hospital and was treated for his injury.

Bondi was wearing a helmet and alcohol was not involved.  Bondi was cited for negligent driving and riding without a motorcycle license.

Bondi is a junior from Boca Raton, FL.  Nebraska plays Miami on Saturday.